Chocolate first arrived in Britain in the middle of the 17th Century. It was sold in places similar to coffee-houses where rich gentleman socialised, discussed business and ate chocolate. [What a life!!!] However, chocolate was seen as a luxury because all women and the men from the middle and lower classes did not have access to it.
Today, if your given a box of chocolates for your birthday its not on the same level as a Cartier watch (although part of me would go for chocolate anyway..). But when the chocolates are personally made its on a whole 'nother level!
The picture above is of strawberries dipped in melted chocolate. I put the strawberries on baking paper then waited for the milk chocolate to dry. In the meantime, I melted white chocolate. I then drizzled the melted white chocolate from quite a height off of the end of a teaspoon over all of the chocolate and baking paper below. It gives a wonderful effect when you lift each strawberry up in turn. (Wait until they're dry before trying to do this- finger prints are not a great look!).
Alternatively: buy silicon moulds in any shape you like. Paint the inside of these with a layer of melted chocolate. Wait for it to dry then repeat up to 10 times until a good thick layer is established. Then fill the rest of the mould with chocolate and leave to set in the fridge.
You can make these interesting by using different flavoured chocolate, or buy putting a large nut in the centre, or by half-dipping in another form of chocolate after!
Buy plastic gift bags and pop the chocolate in and tie with a ribbon- they make great personalised gifts and you can do them on any budget!