There is nothing more heartfelt than a one-of-a-kind gift you make yourself. So many different types of gifts lend themselves to being handmade — candles, soaps and, of course, edibles and drinkables. Most folks on the receiving end of such gifts appreciate the thought and time it took to create such a personal gift, and love that they don’t have to find a place to put yet another knick-knack (aka dust collector).
When it comes to creating and giving homemade foods and drinks, you can create very fancy gifts by going just a bit beyond the edible portion:
- Pick up a cute basket or holiday box at your local Michaels, AC Moore, (don’t forget to bring your 40% off coupon) or Christmas Tree Shoppe.
- Scrunch up some colored tissue paper or shred some colored paper to use as a basket or box liner.
- Use your computer to print up cute labels to tie to bags or stick on jars. Google holiday or food images, or any subject that ties into the gift-giving occasion, to find a cute image to put on your label such as these from Land o’Lakes. (You’ll need to join its free club to access labels.)
- Foods and drink mixes can be packaged in cellophane bags, canning jars or decorated foil pans. Pinterest is a great resource for creative ideas. Check out this board and this one to get you started.
- Place your gift in the basket or the box and fill with coordinating accessories. More on that below.
- Wrap with clear cellophane and tie a big bow at the top using wired ribbon, which will hold its shape better than fabric ribbon.
- Don’t forget to include any preparation instructions the receiver will need.
A flavored coffee mix is perfect for the coffee lover and can be accessorized with a mug for home, a thermal travel cup, and a package of biscotti or stroopwafels for dunking. Try this Cappuccino Mix.
For tea-drinkers, gift this chai tea mix along with a tea cup and saucer, a tea cup cover to let tea steep, a tea ball and a tea towel. You might even whip up a loaf of quick bread to complete tea time.
Mulled wine mix goes wonderfully with a bottle of a favorite wine, a pair of wine glasses, a wine opener and a fancy wine bottle stopper.
Yummy hot chocolate mix can be put in a cellophane bag and paired with a big mug. Add another bag full of mini marshmallows and perhaps a few individually wrapped chocolate candies.
Who wouldn’t want to receive a selection of sweet, gooey sauces? They can be used on pies, to dip cookies in, on cakes or ice cream and more. An adorable way to gift these is in a basket along with a nice ice cream scoop, a couple of sundae glasses and an assortment of colorful sprinkles. Maybe even a little jar of maraschino cherries to add a pop of color. Try these hot fudge, salted caramel and butterscotch sauces.
Be sure to store any perishables in the refrigerator until gift-giving time.