Oh, how I love them! I always make my own. I don't use currants or raisins but I do use dried strawberries, blueberris and cranberries. My recipe is distinctly unfrugal, especially as I make them for quite a few people.
But although they are not cheap to make, I love giving them, and in return I get goodies like mince pies, sausage rolls and piccalli.
Martin Lewis (Money Saving Expert) suggests a pre-nupp agreement, in other words a pre Christmas No Unnecessary Presents Pact. In many ways I agree: Christmas present giving can create a sense of obligation which the recipient may find it hard to filfil. Often presents finish up in the bin or charity shop anyway. Over the years I have reduced the number of presents I give.
However, my puds won't br gracing the rails of a charity shop because I check that they will be wanted. I'm very grateful for the food gifts I receive, taking advantage of other people's particular culinary skill. I give my time and talent and reduce my friends food shopping bill and I enjoy the fruits of their kitchen skills