December 23, 2010 by Flora Dawn
If you have read my blog lately, you are probably aware of my fondness for food gifts. Of course I love food, but it’s not just that. I think we live in a really fast-paced, materialistic culture, especially around the holidays, and it is really nice to slow down and make a thoughtful gift for someone. And who doesn’t like good food? I mean, gluten free or not, great food is still great food.
I think it is a fun tradition to start with your family. Exchanging edible gifts is really considerate, inexpensive, and often downright entertaining.
So, instead of last minute Christmas shopping, I vote for last minute Christmas baking. The baking aisle is full of sale items and the kids will have a great time “helping” in the kitchen. Although a few of these recipes aren’t really too kid-friendly, my kids measure or stir the dry ingredients.
There are so many easy and inexpensive ideas for food gifts that it is really hard to choose. Here is a list of some of my favorites. After all there still is time to make something special for your friends and family.
- Caramel Corn
- Peanut Butter Balls
- Sugar Cookies
- Gingerbread Men
- Peanut Brittle
- Peanut Butter Fudge
- Holiday Pecans
- Peppermint Bark
- Candy Cane Cocoa
- Granola (for the healthiest gift idea in the list)
And of course festive packaging makes it all the nicer. Typically I pick up pretty tins and baskets at the Dollar Tree or after-Christmas sales, but this year I found Martha Stewart gift boxes at Michael’s. Like all things Martha, they are beautiful, functional and classic. However, must people simply appreciate the gesture of a homemade treat, even if it’s wrapped in foil or in a ziploc bag 🙂