Gift baskets are a traditional holiday gift in our home, and each year you’ll find us decorating boxes and filling them with all sorts of tasty goodies.
We usually start with the more traditional homemade food gifts of Christmas cookies like these yummy Sugar Crusted Ginger Chewies at Joy the Baker, and seasonal quick breads like this Spiced Pumpkin Bread at momadvice. We include only two of these ‘eat now’ foods because we’ve found that many people already have lots of food around the holidays and appreciate foods that can be saved for another time. Although if you know someone who doesn’t have the opportunity to bake, then certainly load them up with treats they can use right away.
So what types of foods will last till after the holidays?
Food mixes that you put together in a jar are very popular. You can find mixes for brownies, cookies, soups and even main course meals by searching on the web for ‘gifts in a jar’. Our friend’s favorite food is always Beef Stroganoff mix in a jar. Our family and friends look forward to just that each year. It’s such a hit that we keep some on hand to give throughout the year for people who may be ill or just had a baby and need a simple, good meal that they can make quickly. And after all that tasty food everyone will be thirsty, so add in drink mixes like hot cocoa and chai tea that can be packaged prettily and put in your basket.
Jams, jellies and any home canned items like applesauce or peaches make a nice addition to your basket and can be eaten anytime during the year. Also you can make herb blends and put them in a nice container, there’s salt substitute seasoning blends, as well as a seasoning blends for chicken, fish or barbeque depending on what the recipient likes to eat. You can find some great mixes at simplemom or google on spice blends or seasoning blends to find even more great ideas.
So now you’ve got your mix ideas ready to go, but you’re thinking great mixes but how do I put them in a jar and make them look pretty enough for gift giving then look no further than budget101 for some creative ideas on dressing up your jars.
Need more food for your basket? Sure! Nothing is more appreciated then food. (or is that just me.) Homemade snack mixes packaged in small decorated boxes or bags. Homemade candies that are wrapped and made oh so special, like these super simple cake balls and chocolate covered marshmallows.
Just think outside the box (and put it in the box) and personalize the ‘baskets’ to each individual or family and watch the excitement as they see what goodie they find next in their own special Homemade Gift ‘Basket’.