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homemade gift ideas

Andrea

Christmas is only 5 days away (!), and I'm guessing that most of you already have holiday gifts determined and purchased...right?!?  This post is probably a bit late, but I thought it might be helpful to those of you still looking for last minute gifts for friends, family and co-workers.

Brian and I have given homemade gifts out for the last few years, and always enjoy the pleased responses we receive in return.  In a time when spending significant amounts of money is difficult for most, putting personal effort into gifts rather than cash is a nice alternative.  I've compiled a few ideas for you to choose from...enjoy!

Homemade Jam


Homemade jam can be made with fresh and frozen fruit.  Be sure to use a proper method of preservation if you plan to give the gifts un-refrigerated.  If you'd rather not tackle the canning process, tell recipients to keep their jam refrigerated for up to 4 weeks.

blackberry peach jam


Homemade Granola


A batch of granola is quick to whip up, and keeps for weeks in an airtight container in the pantry.

mixed fruit granola


Homemade Almond Butter


Nut butter made from scratch is so much better than store-bought because you can mix your own interesting combinations.  It can be a bit pricey though, depending on the nuts you choose.

cinnamon vanilla almond butter


Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix and Marshmallows


Homemade marshmallows are nothing like their store-bought cousins.  So light and fluffy, they truly melt in your mouth (or your hot cocoa).  For a little twist, add some peppermint extract in place of vanilla.  If you don't have vanilla sugar for the cocoa mix (it takes about 2 weeks to make your own) just substitute regular sugar.

hot cocoa mix

marshmallows


Homemade Baked Goods


Always a winner, nobody frowns at a box/tin/basket/bag full of baked treats.

triple ginger cookies



dark chocolate almond bites



peppermint eggnog scones



citrus scones with cranberries and ginger