Can you hug the internet? If anyone figures out how please let me know. This holiday season I’ll be pointing-and-clicking my way to gifty goodness without ever setting foot into a mall.
And as a mom of young children – think navigating a stroller through the morass of people, leaving a line you’ve been standing in for 45 minutes because it’s nap/meal/potty time and the littles can’t wait one. more. minute., and saying “no, we’re not going to buy that” a thousand times – it’s bliss.
It feels a little cold, you know? I’m all for getting people what they really want – like, um, stainless steel muffin pans and a deep fryer – but I like to warm things up with something handmade.
Now, since my crafty score is 0, this can be kind of tricky. What, you too?? Oh good! This week I’m going to share some ideas that are easy to make, require no special skills, and turn out GREAT while going easy on your wallet. First up, food! Teachers, best friends, neighbors and grandparents all have one thing in common:
And we like it!
Official foodie status is not required to appreciate these epicurean delights . . . tastebuds and a sense of adventure will do just fine! And that’s good, because these lil’ treasures are quick, inexpensive and easy to make in big batches for everyone you love. ♥
This elegant pairing is perfect for beef, lamb, and chicken, sprinkled over al fresca tomatoes with parmesan and cracked pepper or just plain avocadoes. OR freshly-baked crackers. OR in winter stews. The possibilities are really endless!
And the best part? It’s SO EASY to make. You’ll need about 3 cups unrefined sea salt (preferably not finely ground) and 1 1/2 cups dried rosemary, minced finely in a food processor or coffee grinder. Hand mix or blend in food processor until thoroughly combined, then place in pretty jars and slap a bow on top!
*Personally, I put mine in old spice jars that have the labels removed. Perfect size for everyday use!
Wrap homemade marshmallows, fair trade chocolate and graham crackers in a decorative tin or pastry box and voila! Hug & Cuddle in A Box. Unless you’re giving it to your child’s teacher . . . or your uncle.
You know, scratch that. A hug in a box, folks, that’s all it is. A warm, ooey-gooey chocolately hug that will have you on people’s favorite list all year long.
P.S. As a gift to yourself, don’t forget to include the marshmallow recipe! Otherwise you will be hounded for it. Seriously.
*Shout out to Jenni, maker of marshmallow and inspirer of this idea!
The Chai Tea recipe from Cheeseslave would make a great gift with a tea ball, don’t you think? You could even include some coconut milk and local honey!
Need more ideas? I love the Chocolate Mint, Love Charm, Black Licorice and Everything & More recipes from Straight From the Farm. And check out The Kitchn for fabulous tutorials on making rounded sached and no-sew teabags.
Fermented Hot Chili Sauce
“Seasoned with fresh garlic this fermented hot chili sauce is rich with flavor, bright and fiery,” writes Jenny of Nourished Kitchen.
And she’s right, this chili sauce is uh-mazing and a great gift for guys, office pals, or neighbors.
Check out the recipe here.
These simple salt dough ornaments are as easy as 1-2-3! They make a great gift for the grandparents, and you also get a sweet keepsake or ten for your tree. If someone in your family is sensitive to gluten, you can find a gluten-free version here.
You say. “This doesn’t cover everyone on my list!” Oh, right. Well then, luxurious homemade salts, lotions, potions and perfumes coming soon. Not to mention gifts for dad and of course FUN & CREATIVE ideas for the little ones!
Do you have a handmade gift or stocking stuffer idea? Tell us below!
Photo credit: sohappy!