Last Christmas I gave a number of food gifts. I combined them all in a nice basket, but of course I don’t have a picture. I thought I would highlight a few of the ideas I used, though, and I do have a couple of pictures of individual things.
Roasted Cinnamon nuts – just click the link to see the recipe I used. You can find other recipes online. Some are spicy too. They are easy to make, and most people enjoy nuts. Nuts can be expensive. I bought large bags of them at BJ’s which made it more economical.
Herbes de Provence – For some reason I can’t find the recipe I used for this, but recipes abound on the internet. Most use lavender, which I wasn’t able to find, so I used one that contained thyme, basil, oregano, and rosemary. I specifically bought spices in jars that I liked so I could use them to package the mix. I made the labels on the computer and printed them onto label paper (which I happened to have). The bottle show is the one I’m using, but the ones I gave away were full.
Vanilla extract – It takes several months for this extract to reach a good flavor, but even though it wouldn’t be completely ready in time for Christmas, you could still give it as a gift and tell them is needs to sit a couple more months before use. I started making vanilla well before Christmas, but had trouble deciding how to bottle it. I looked in craft stores and didn’t find anything I liked. I ended up buying salad dressing just for the bottles. I don’t have a picture of them, but they were round glass bottles. The salad dressing was put into canning jars and the bottles were cleaned thoroughly.
I think food gifts are an excellent way to go at Christmas, especially if you don’t know what some one has/doesn’t have or what they need/don’t need. Everyone eats! Just remember to take into consideration special diets and eating preferences and whether or not someone is likely to use it. A single man who never bakes isn’t likely to appreciate the vanilla extract, but might love home made cookies!