GET into the Christmas spirit without draining your finances by making your own festive drinks and bites.
Here are some cheap and easy ways to raise a glass.
STOLLEN STEALS: Known in Germany as Christstollen, this yeast bread is baked with dried fruits, candied citrus peel, nuts and spices. A classic nibble at Christmas markets, it’s super-easy to make yourself.
For a festive guide, visit myfrugalchristmas.com/Stollen-Recipes.html
You could, of course, save time with the budget options at Lidl. Favorina stollen is £2.49 for 500g, or try the delicious Marzipan Stollen, £3.19 for 500g.
SUPER CIDER: Mulled cider is a Christmas market staple. Warm Healey’s Cornish Scrumpy cider 1 litre, £3.75 at Sainsbury’s, in your slow cooker, along with cinnamon sticks, sliced orange, cloves and allspice.
TERRIFIC TRINKETS: Christmas markets are perfect for picking up little festive treats.
Make your own star-shaped paper lantern using the free tutorial at YouTube.com/@Craftastic. Amazon.co.uk does a similar, pre-made version reduced from £7.49 to £6.99 now.
GINGERBREAD DELIGHTS: There’s nothing like homemade gingerbread. Make it simple by picking up gingerbread dough at Ocado for £3, or Tesco has a dry, pre-mixed pack for £1.60.
Just add golden syrup, butter and water. For the wow factor, the Lakeland build-your-own gingerbread house kit is £14.99, but Asda now sell a £4.50 version with pre-baked walls and roof, icing and sweets.
- All prices on page correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
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