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Baking something for a neighbour or friend

Tis the season to start thinking about Christmas gift giving! If you're the type who loves to give homemade treats, then you may have already started! But here are some extra ideas for those who are finding it hard to come up with new creative bakes for friends, neighbours or even school staff.

For gingerbread Yule log, nut crusted mince pies and a mint chocolate Christmas pudding recipe plus lots more, read Bake Off star - Martha Collison's  'It's the best time of year for baking' article. These recipes are guaranteed to leave a neighbour or friend impressed.

Give unique gifts this winter with Jamie Oliver's Mulled wine jelly sweets.

Learn Frances Quinn's classic recipes and creative decorating techniques, as she demonstartes her fail proof baking skills, even if you're not an expert baker. Check out her 'How can I make an easy Christmas showstopper?' article on the BBC website. Or if you don't have time to make everything from scratch then have a look at the Christmas cheat section too!

Fudge is a wonderful sweet treat and, with a little practice, it's simple to make too - take a look at Jamie Oliver's easy step by step guide on how to make Salted Caramel Fudge. The flawless homemade gift, scrummy for everyone!