Can I just first say that I’ve had tons of fun putting together this post?!
I so enjoy giving and receiving homemade Christmas gifts. There’s something about gifts made by hand that just warms my heart! Maybe it has something to do with the deep meaning of the original heart-felt Christmas Gift that God sent down to us in the form of a precious baby!
So today I’m sharing 5 of my own DIY gift ideas, plus 5 others I found while sipping on some decadent Ultimate Hot Chocolate and clicking around the Internet.
DIY Christmas Blend Coffee
Mix 4 c coffee grounds with:
¾ tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp nutmeg, ¾ tsp ground cloves, 1 cup chopped pecans, & 1 vanilla bean broken into 2-3 pieces.
Place in a glass container and top with additional cloves and a few chopped pecans.
I bought labeled jars from Hobby Lobby (but you could also use plain jars with these adhesive chalkboard labels), then added the name of the blend with a paint pen.
My Pumpkin Snickerdoodles debuted back before Thanksgiving, but have been made again by request more than once! I bought these cute cookie boxes and gift tags at Hobby Lobby, but here are some that can be ordered.
Berry Cherry Chia Jam
Our healthy and beautiful Berry Cherry Chia Jam is a sweet gift (literally!) that we’ll be delivering to neighbors this year. It’s cooked in a single pot in just 20 minutes, then divided into small mason jars to cool. Homemade gifts don’t get much easier than that!
Roasted Cinnamon Pecans
- 1 egg white
- ¼ c ghee or butter, melted
- 2/3 cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp salt
- 5 cups pecan halves
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees
- In a large mixing bowl, beat egg white until soft peaks form.
- Stir in melted ghee, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt.
- Add pecan halves, stirring until all are evenly coated.
- Use slotted spoon to scoop pecans from bowl and spread evenly across a greased jelly roll pan (discard any remaining liquid after pecans have been removed).
- Bake approximately 45 minutes, turning every 15 minutes. Remove from oven when pecans are slightly crisp and golden brown – the edges will continue to crisp as they cool down.
- Allow to cool completely before transferring to storage container or gift bags.
Maple Spice Banana Bread in Jars
Pomegranate & Pistachio Chocolate Bark (Dark or White)
Monogrammed Coffee Mugs
Whipped Peppermint Bark Body Butter
I’ve begun using more natural oils, both around the house and on my skin, and LOVE them – they work so well, they smell so good, and they’re so much “cleaner” and cheaper than the expensive scented creams I used to buy! Homemade body butters like this Whipped Peppermint Bark Body Butter from Fit and Fab Living are a simple and affordable Christmas gift that just about anyone (female?) on your list will appreciate!
Herb Infused Olive Oil
Infused olive oil is a nice break from the holiday sweets, and makes such a beautiful gift. This Rosemary Garlic Olive Oil from The Clean Dish sounds excellent. Note that thorough drying of herbs is essential to avoid foodborne illness – The Kitchn offers a simple primer and a few more great sounding recipes here.
Monogrammed Cutting Board
I think I *may* squealed out loud when I saw this monogrammed cutting board from Ruffled. Just imagining the initials of certain food-loving friends etched on a cutting board instantly had me in the gifting spirit!