At this time of year when everyone is crazy busy, I thought I’d surprise family and friends by giving them homemade Christmas gifts for the holidays. This DIY edible gift is easy to make and requires very little packaging. The best part is that it’s a gift made with love. Merry Christmas!
Since I love food and always appreciate the gift of food, this holiday season I put on my apron and got to work chopping, toasting and wrapping. Since I’m no Julia Child in the kitchen, I kept things very simple. I made a healthy granola recipe I found years ago in my all time favourite Canadian magazine, Chatelaine. I’m sure everyone will love it; it’s crunchy, salty and sweet all at the same time.
Mason jars are the perfect choice to package granola: they’re portable, eco-friendly and there’s no wrapping paper to mess with. If you don’t have mason jars, any clear jar will do: jam, spaghetti sauce, salsa. I’d suggest using small jars versus large ones which require way too much granola to fill them.
This is the type of homemade gift that kids can help with, even if it means simply scooping the granola into the jars. While teachers don’t usually expect gifts, they would certainly appreciate a pretty jar of healthy crunchiness rather than getting yet another coffee mug (my little sister is a teacher and has more than enough mugs). It’s also a creative hostess gift and a great stocking stuffer.
If you really want to fancy things up, tie strings of raffia around the lid holding a stem of faux berries and you’re done.
There’s still plenty of time to create your own homemade Christmas gifts. Our DIY Gifts Pinterest board is chock-full of great inspiration. The image below shows a few of the goodies you’ll find there: 1) printed pillows, 2) doggy treats, 3) a garden in a jar and 4) gourmet flavoured salts.
You’ll also find much more; anything from gourmet spices, brownie mix and cork coasters to scrabble art frames, jewelry, bath salts and heating pads. Take a look and see what strikes your fancy.
Are you planning on making any DIY gifts this year?
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