Holiday Gifts Ideas from the Kitchen

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holiday scene with pine cones, walnuts, orange piece stars and pine branches on wood plank

                               𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐲 𝐆𝐢𝐟𝐭𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐊𝐢𝐭𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐧

Happy Holidays!!! It’s that time of year where the spirit of giving is in the air. Who doesn’t enjoy giving or receiving gifts? I do! If you’re like me, you may have many people on your list, not only your family and friends, but what about your children’s teachers, co-workers, neighbors, mailman, package delivery person, hair stylist, nail stylist, the list goes on and on. That can really make a big dent in your pocket especially if you have not budgeted for it.

Well, one solution is to consider making your own holiday gifts right from your kitchen. I am not talking about baked cookies or homemade preserves, it is much easier than that. I am talking about homemade holiday gifts made from your kitchen where you just gather a few ingredients and place them in mason jars or baskets with recipe instructions and let the recipient make the recipe. The recipient of your holiday gift will be delighted for the thoughtful gesture.

 These personalized gifts are easy to make and definitely can save you money. Making holiday gifts does take time but with some planning and organizational skills, you can get this done in no time. Get the family involved to help make these holiday gifts; it’s a great fun family activity that is sure to bring smiles and laughter to your loved ones.

Some important factors to consider when making your own holiday gifts:

  • Get creative when decorating your gifts,
  • Dig through your craft box for small remnants of fabric, ribbons, canning jars, baskets, etc.
  • Use nature’s greenery to decorate like leaves, pinecones or herbs such as rosemary,
  • Accessorize your gift with utensils such as a cup, mixing spoon, spatula, potholder, or whisk,
  • Include a gift tag, any recipes, directions, and the use-by date,
  • Use food-grade containers,
  • If you give perishable food gifts, call the recipient to give them a heads up you are delivering a perishable item,
  • Consider allergies, be sure that you are not gifting things that the recipient cannot use or may be allergic to such as tree nuts, chocolates, dairy, etc.
  • Stay away from spicy, chewy food gifts for your elderly people,
  • Have fun making your holiday gifts!!!

Check out these great resources to get you on your merry way to making your own holiday gifts:

𝐕𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬, 𝐝𝐫𝐲 𝐬𝐨𝐮𝐩, 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐝𝐬, 𝐭𝐚𝐠𝐬, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞:          

𝐌𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐚 𝐰𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐡 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐬:                                                                               

𝐌𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐚 𝐰𝐚𝐥𝐧𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭:                                                                                                  

This material is based on the 2022 At Home with ECA Online Series.