Handmade gifts are the best way to express affection. Take it a notch above by adding an edible element to the gift. These are gifts your child can make herself at home with minimum fuss, and very little expense—and a way for children to show their favourite teacher that he or she is appreciated.

Smita G. Srivastava writes a food blog www.littlefoodjunction.blogspot.in

Fruity cookie rings (age group 8-10)

Cost: For five cookies, approx. 70.

Material

5 Marie biscuits

Photographs by Smita G Srivastava

2 tbsp honey

A small cookie cutter

Method

Using the cookie cutter, gently cut out circles from the centre of the Marie biscuits (use gentle rotating motion or the cookie will break). To assemble, smear the biscuit top with some honey and top it with chopped fruits. Serve immediately. Parental assistance is required for chopping fruits and using the cutter.

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Cookie card(age group 5-7)

Cost: For five cards, approx. 40.

Material

2 sheets of glaze paper (green and blue)

1 glue stick

10 flower-shaped cookies

Some cling wrap

Double-sided tape

Method

Cut out clouds, grass and leaves from the blue and green sheets, respectively. Fold the A4 sheet and stick the cutouts. Tightly cling-wrap the cookies and stick on the card with double-sided tape. Parental assistance is required for cutting leaves and cling-wrapping cookies.

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Snowman pops (age group 5-7)

Cost: For eight Snowmen Pops, approx. 50.

Material

8 marshmallows

100g chocolate bar

A few colourful sugar-coated fennel (saunf)

8 toothpicks

Some edible red and brown food colour

A clean brush

Method

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Flower on stick (age group 8-10)

Cost: For five flower sticks, approx. 70.

Material

A 100g chocolate bar

A packet of Gems

5 lollipop sticks or wooden skewers

A few artificial leaves and paper straw

Some craft clay

5 clay or plastic pots

Method

Break the chocolate into chunks and melt for 30 seconds in a microwave or double boiler. Parental assistance is needed for this. Gently slit open the cookie, dab some melted chocolate and place the stick. Cover with the other cookie. Refrigerate for 2-3 minutes. Dip the cookie in melted chocolate, decorate with Gems and refrigerate again for 2-3 minutes. Wrap the flower with cling film. Place some craft clay in a pot and put in the flower stick. Decorate with a leaf and some paper straw.

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Cake in a cup (age group 11-13)

Cost: For four cake cups, approx. 50.

Material

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/3 cup milk

1/3 cup vegetable oil

A pinch of baking soda

3 tbsp chocolate chips (optional)

1 tsp walnuts

I large egg

4 regular paper cups

Method

Mix together the flour, sugar, cocoa and soda. In a separate container, beat the egg and mix in oil and milk. Gently fold in the flour mix to the wet ingredients. Add nuts and chocolate chips. Pour in paper cups and microwave for 2-21/2 minutes (do not overcook or the cakes will become hard). Parents can help children operate the microwave.

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Cookie moustaches (age group 11-13)

Cost: For eight moustache cookies, approx. 50.

Material

A 100g chocolate bar

A few Gems

A small Ziploc bag

Some moustaches drawn on a piece of paper

A firm transparent plastic sheet (or an OHP sheet available at all stationery stores)

Method

Break the chocolate into chunks and melt for 30 seconds in a microwave or double boiler. Fill the chocolate in the Ziploc bag and gently trim the corner. Place the plastic sheet on your drawings and pipe the chocolate in the shape of the moustaches. Gently lift the plastic sheet and refrigerate for 5-6 minutes. Slowly peel the chocolate moustache. Dab a dot of melted chocolate on the cookie and place Gems for eyes and then the chocolate moustache below. Pipe a chocolate dot for eyeballs. Refrigerate for a minute and cling-wrap.

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