December 16 2010
Forget flowers or chocolates. I’ve discovered a much smarter way to say thank you – with a themed box of iced biscuits hand-baked by Biscuiteers. Whether your host is a keen cook, green-fingered or passionate about DIY, there are boxes filled with appropriately shaped biscuits (flowers, kitchen utensils, tools) to buy online for direct delivery accompanied by a personal message.
I came across Biscuiteers when I was gift-hunting for my sister in a John Lewis department store (they’re also available at Harrods, Selfridges, Liberty, Harvey Nichols and Fortnum & Mason) and chose Bootylicious – a shoebox-shaped tin packed with 10 pairs of killer heels, wedges, flip-flops and candy-coloured boots (£38.50 online from Biscuiteers). It was a great hit with my sister, who was initially reluctant to nibble such gorgeous-looking biscuits but said they were delicious when she finally succumbed.
The themes I particularly like – because the biscuits look so whimsical – are the Bag Lady tin, £37.50, with its totes, clutches and shoulder bags, the Toolkit, £37.50, filled with hammers, saws, pliers and screwdrivers, the Flower Power tin, £27.50, full of bright, retro-looking blooms, and Christmas Baubles, £38.50, whose colourfully-iced biscuits are threaded with silk ribbons for hanging on a Christmas tree. If you buy a Safari tin, £38.50, or Woodland tin, £30, filled with animal-shaped biscuits, it triggers a £5 donation to Great Ormond Street Hospital children’s charity.
Just as imaginative are Biscuit Cards – biscuits (£8-£10.95) sent with a personal message in a postcard-sized box by first-class post. Dozens of shapes are available, including flowers, hearts, shoes, cupcakes, green wellies, Christmas crackers, stars, houses, teapots and Christmas trees. I’m ordering lots for the festive season. It’s much more fun – and far more personal – than sending or receiving e-cards.