3 May


If you’re doing Small Presents, do remember that “present” is both a noun and a verb and, if you don’t present Small Presents well, they don’t feel like gifts: three gingerbread people in a crumpled paper bag is just a snack but three gingerbread people in a cellophane bag done up with curling ribbon and a “Merry Christmas” tag is a proper present.

Here are some ways of presenting small amounts of festive food:

  • In the aforementioned cellophane bag tied with the aforementioned curling ribbon
  • In a paper box (Google origami instructions for something fancy.)[1]
  • On a Christmas plate (Sourced from an op shop if you want to be green and/or cheap.)
  • Cook Christmas cakes in little flowerpots or in individual silicon patty cases.

A Small Present is a token of your regard for the recipient; for maximum effect, accompany it with a hearty articulation of the depth of your appreciation.[2]

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Here’s a mug I bought for 75c in an op shop. Filled with my Auntie Betty’s trademark mini meringues and swathed in cellophane, it would qualify as an excellent Small Present.

My colleague Murray told me that his family are now sick of hazelnut torte[3] and would like him to learn something else. We settled on a classic chocolate cake and we’ll give it a whirl tomorrow.

[1] Do choose the paper carefully. Recycled wrapping paper from last year will be Christmassy, but recycled credit card statements will be slightly sinister.

[2] My cousin Peter just wrote “Couldn’t have done it without you” on every card he gave to every professional on his list last year: from his boss, to his colleagues, to the lass who cleans his windows and he said it worked as universally as Conan Doyle’s telegrams saying “All is discovered! Flee at once!”

[3] Which has mystified Murray. “I put chocolate rum ganache on it every time,” he said. “I could eat that every day for a decade and still be looking for more.”

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