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5 must-have DIY kits that make perfect Christmas presents

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By Will Godfrey

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Most years, I start thinking about Christmas present shopping pretty early.

Just thinking, mind you.

Without fail, I’ll end up putting off the actual shopping until the last possible moment, and it ends up being the kind of stressful experience that takes about a year to recover from. Conveniently.

But this year, I’m bucking the trend. Inspired by the choice of present-worthy items in the Gousto Market, I’ve already managed to tick a few choice gifts off my list!

This year, it’s all about DIY Kits. There’s a really good range of them in the Gousto Market, and they make cracking (excuse the pun) Christmas presents – I’ve always loved the idea of gifts that encourage people to get stuck in and create something. Then again, if all else fails the Market also has Foxhole Gin…

Here are my top 5 DIY Kits in the Gousto Market. If you think one of these has Christmas present potential, log into your account, add one to your next Gousto box and tick a present off the shopping list nice and early (for once!).

1. Dark Chocolate and Gold Dust Macaron Kit – £24.95


London-based macaron masters Mon Dessert have built their reputation on their artisan macaron-making skills, earning them a coveted place on the shelves of Fortnum & Mason. With this top quality baking kit, you’ll be able to create 24 mouthwatering macarons, served fresh from the oven in just 2 hours – irresistible.

Perfect for… Bake Off addicts and macaron lovers (so everyone, right?).

Log into your Gousto account now to add a Macaron Kit to an existing order, or order a new box and add a kit in right away!

2. The Artisan Cheese Maker’s Kit – £21.95

artisan homemade cheese kit

Nothing can beat an impressive post-dinner cheeseboard… Unless you’ve crafted those cheeses yourself! This kit makes it much easier than you’d think to make four delicious gourmet cheeses: mozzarella, ricotta, paneer and goats’ cheese.

Perfect for… The craft connoisseur.

Log into your Gousto account now to add a Cheese Kit to an existing order, or order a new box and add a kit in right away!

3. Grow Your Own Kiwi Kit – £8.95


Finally, someone’s done what we’ve all been waiting for and invented a grow your own kiwi kit. Just joking. It may seem a little (well, a lot) random, but I think that’s exactly what makes this such a fun present. And just imagine the satisfaction of tucking into your home-grown kiwis!

Perfect for… Those teenagers you never know what to buy, or a friend from New Zealand with an ironic sense of humour.

Log into your Gousto account now to add a Grow Your Own Kiwi Kit to an existing order, or order a new box and add a kit in right away!

4. Grow Your Own Jalapeno Chilli Kit – £8.95

grow your own jalapeno kit
At 2,500 – 5,000 Scovilles, the Jalapeno isn’t a ruin-your-evening sort of chilli, but its fame comes from being full of flavour, with enough heat to add a kick to a curry, or a fajita, or a pizza… to anything!

Perfect for… Spice lovers and green-thumbed home cooks.

Log into your Gousto account now to add a Grow Your Own Jalapeno Chilli Kit to an existing order, or order a new box and add a kit in right away!

5. Make Your Own Bacon Kit – £14.95

make your own bacon kit
We all have a friend who’s a diehard bacon enthusiast (if you don’t, that means it’s probably you). This box contains all the ingredients and equipment you need to make three bacon batches: sweet, smoked and original.

You’ll just need to get your hands on 1kg of good quality pork belly (for streaky bacon) or pork loin (for back bacon) – both easily available at any butchers – and the kit will do the rest. A perfect Christmas present to take a budding chef or anyone with a passion for pork to home-cured heaven!

Perfect for… Me!

Log into your Gousto account now to add a Make Your Own Bacon Kit to an existing order, or order a new box and add a kit in right away!

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These DIY kits are all available from the Gousto Market – log into your account now to add a kit to your next Gousto order!

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