It is always the small, meaningful little presents that make me happiest. That goes for giving as well as receiving. Thoughtful little treats are not about impressing someone; they are not about showing how much you are willing to spend on them… they are worth so much more than that and tend to come at the perfect time. I am sure it is also lovely to get expensive gifts from people you love, but the meaningful little attentions are always the ones that make me think I am lucky to have the friends I have. A little teapot when I was thinking of putting up a new kitchen shelf, nice bowls, a silver fork and spoon, a pack of sweets, cute homemade Christmas decorations, drawings from the children, a new notebook, my favourite shower gel from France, some pretty fabric, a piece of cake in a nice tin with the recipe attached to it… these have all been given to me recently, some of them to cheer me up after a rubbish day, others for no reason.
One of the best presents I have ever been given was for my birthday two or three years ago. It was cake mix. Not only was it layered in a pretty way in a jar, but it was also “instant cake” to which I only had to add eggs and oil, for a day I fancied cake but did not have the time (or the will) to make one from scratch. It looked so lovely I displayed it in my kitchen for a few weeks and it ended up being a well-deserved treat at the end of a long working day. Even though the cake was not the best in the world, I really enjoyed it. I just loved the idea and have been thinking of making something similar ever since. One day, one day…
A few weeks ago, I decided to put together one such meaningful little present for a friend and for my children’s teachers, and as I stumbled upon cupcake cases in a shop, I remembered seeing on Pinterest a fun way to arrange them. I thought it would go well with a cupcake recipe and a jar of vanilla sugar. So I bought some Hummingbird bakery recipe cards, replaced vanilla essence with vanilla sugar on their recipe cards, layered the cupcake cases in jars saved by my lovely father-in-law, used jam jars for the vanilla sugar and my little presents were ready!
How do you spread a little happiness around you?