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Homemade Foodie Gifts for the Holidays
Posted By Jessica Harlan On November 26, 2009 @ 5:24 pm In Green Living | No Comments
Last year around this time I wrote about making handmade gifts for the holidays (and even shared my recipe for Herbed Sea Salt), with the idea of saving money and getting back into the spirit of gift-giving. Little did I know that a year later, the idea of simplifying Christmas (both financially and spiritually) would be resonate even more strongly.
So once again, my husband and I will head for the kitchen to make many of our holiday gifts. The family certainly liked the sea salt-topped caramels that we gifted them with last year, packed into inexpensive white boxes from Michael’s , and tied with stretchy gold cord and a handwritten label. So this year, we’ll have to up the ante a little.
Making a food-related gift is wonderfully satisfying. It’s a chance to show your loved ones a little bit about your passions, whether it’s for wonderful local apples that you make into jars of applesauce, or your favorite herb-rubbed chicken, the recipe for which you include with a packet of your secret herb blend. I also found it so much more relaxing to spend an afternoon in the kitchen with my husband, rather than braving the traffic and crowds at my local mall. And from an environmental standpoint, I like the idea that instead of forcing all of the recipients to find room in their homes for more stuff, which they’re likely to throw away during their spring-cleaning purge, my gifts will be eaten and enjoyed, without adding to the world’s clutter and landfills.
To get you started on your own holiday gift-making, here are some ideas that might inspire you to channel your own Martha Stewart… or, better yet, the eco-minded Danny Seo:
Do you have ideas for easy, homemade foodie gifts? Please share!
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URLs in this post:
 Michael’s: http://michaels.com/art/online/home
 chocolate: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Organic-Fair-Trade-Chocolate-Buyers-Guide.html
 Hazelnut-Mocha Sauce: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/chocolate/hazelnut-mocha-sauce/
 mulling spices: http://www.giftsfromyourkitchen.com/cones/mulling-spice-mix-cone.html
 Holiday Bagel Doggie Treats: http://desertculinary.blogspot.com/2007/12/homemade-bagel-treats-for-pups.html
 whole wheat flour: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/3-Delicious-Ways-to-Get-More-Whole-Grain-in-Your-Life.html
 Sea Salt Caramels: http://www.thenibble.com/REVIEWS/main/candy/old/the-best-salt-caramels.asp#recipe
 Top 10 Green Gift Wrap Ideas: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Top-10-Green-Gift-Wrap-Ideas.html
 5 Kinds of Gifts that Give Back: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/5-Kinds-of-Gifts-that-Give-Back.html
 3 Ways to Give Twice: Creative Ideas for Gifts that Give Back: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/3-Ways-to-Give-Twice-Creative-Ideas-for-Gifts-That-Give-Back.html
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