The Gift of Food
1. Baked Goods. Do you enjoy baking? If so, then you can easily utilize your baking skills to make inexpensive and delicious gifts for family and friends. Pick one or two items and make huge batches – for instance, a loaf of your special bread or batch of muffins, the cookies you make only at holiday time that everyone raves about, or rich truffles or fudge. Be sure to keep costs down by choosing recipes that don’t require items that are pricey, such nuts or olives.
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2. Jarred Recipes Instead of presenting a gift of baked goods, fill a jar with the dry ingredients necessary for your favorite cookie, soup or brownie, print out the recipe on a card, and attach the card around the neck of the jar with ribbon or twine. The recipient can whip up something delicious for themselves after all the holiday goodies are gone.
3. Craft Items. You don’t have to be especially crafty to create a homemade gift. There are plenty of fairly simple crafts that even a novice could handle that would make lovely gifts. The key is to choose something you know you can do and that you also know will not take an excessive amount of time. The craft you choose should also use fairly inexpensive materials. Also, as with the baked goods, choose one or two max and make all the same for everyone on your list.
5. Framed Photos. Dig up an old photo that you think your gift recipient might appreciate and frame it for giving. It may be a picture of the two of you or a picture they have never seen. Consider also personalizing the frame, especially if you purchase an inexpensive wood or plastic frame. You could write or stencil around the framed photo to make it into a keepsake treasure that your friend or family member will enjoy for years.