Homemade gifts are the one’s worth the most, especially for those you hold closest in your life. At least, that’s how it’s always been in my family. The first year my little hands could grasp a Crayola crayon, my mom put me straight to work, creating and decorating homemade cards for my dad, teachers and various family members. As I grew older, my construction-papered cards only became more elaborate, equipped with pop-ups and poems, many of which my mom still has tucked away somewhere in the basement.
In terms of gift-giving, each time a holiday or birthday celebration rolls around, it’s the homemade cards my parents look forward to the most. This explains why every holiday season I still continue to sift through all the markers at my parent’s house till I find the lone few that haven’t dried up. Once I successfully find at least two other colors than brown, I quickly get to work on crafting last minute cards for the two people I love the most. They may end up getting cards made from brown-colored paper, but if they’re lucky, I’ll have found a scented marker to save the day. Each carefully chosen word will emanate of pine needles or marshmallows, a surprise that only adds to the poetry.
While I can’t give every loved one in my life a pine-needle smelling card, I do love to give away edible gifts. As long as you abide by others’ allergies, this type of gift has a guaranteed usability. That shirt you thought was cute but never see your friend wearing? Salvation Army. Those cookies you made her? In her tummy.We all love a good treat.
Below are few alternative homemade gift ideas, including the figs I posted yesterday, that make great accompaniments or gifts all on their own.
- Homemade Granola – Wrap in single-serve cereal portions, or fill a glass jar and wrap it with a ribbon.
- Spiced Nuts with Cranberries – A guaranteed winner for all your nutty lovin’ friends
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread – If you’ll be able to give your gift away within a day or two, this is a must make. It just might be my all-time favorite bread, and certainly my favorite banana bread.
- Holiday Almond Balls – Everyone gives away cookies. But these aren’t technically a cookie, nor are they just another holiday treat. Buttery and oh so addicting, these festive, sugar-powdered holiday balls are a real treat and freeze well too if made in advance.
- Chickpea Olive Tapenade – This one should be given away relatively soon after being made as well, but a healthy treat for after the holiday gatherings die down is always much appreciated. If nothing else, friends and family can serve your gift at their next celebration.