Post # 1
I’m debating what to make this year for Christmas gifts…. just a little something to give friends. I’d need to make about 20…. and would like to keep the cost down.
So far, this is my brainstormed ‘short-list’. Please vote for one. And, if you have some other brilliant idea for me, I’m ALL EARS!!!
Ideally, I’d like to make something I can do a few weeks in advance (so I’m not slaving in the kitchen the week before Christmas!).
In no particular order:
Salted Caramel Sauce w/ Bourbon
Sea Salt Carmels (individual candies in a cello bag)
Cinnamon Rolls (par-baked… need to test how they hold up after freezing)
BBQ Spice/Meat Rub
Pumpkin Spice Cake (bundt) – most time sensitive gift
BBQ Sauce (don’t really have a recipe for this – would have to figure it out!)
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups (never made them, so it COULD be a flop)
Homemade Nut Butter (Almond Butter, Cashew Butter….) Could be $$$
So… if you were the recipient, what you would enjoy receiving?? Poll to follow shortly!
Post # 3
@oracle: I plan on making homemade apple butter for family. Each get their own small mason jar. You can freeze them for a few months or they last a few weeks in the fridge which is why I will be making small ones. I might even bake each family a pumpkin bread to go along with it.
Post # 4
that’s a really great idea! Love the pumpkin bread to go with it!
Post # 5
Literally ALL of that sounds INCREDIBLE.
Post # 6
@oracle: my cousin does large mason jars full of his awesome chocolate covered toffee every year. My other cousin and I were just saying yesterday that we are already starting to crave it!
anyway, I vote caramel sauce because its unique but the candies would be good to. I get way too many baked goods at Christmas and I’d rather have something that might keep a while.
Post # 7
@oracle: If it was me, I would want something not time sensitive. So even though I LOVE cinnamon rolls and pumpkin spice cake, I would want something that could keep longer. I think that carmels, granola, or nuts would be awesome. You could do any of those way before hand, and pre wrap them in a little baggie, which makes for easy transport/giving.
One year a friend and I made 50 million pounds of homemade chex mix and chocolate dipped pretzels…(ok not 50 million, but SEVERAL batches of each). A lot of work, but EVERYONE loved it.
Homemade gifts are so meaningful and fun to receive. 🙂
Post # 8
All of that sounds amazing and I would be so happy to receive any of it.
My top 3 from your list are: Cinnamon Rolls, Granola, and Homemade Peanut Butter Cups (:
Post # 9
My contribution to this year’s White Elephant gift exchange with FI’s family is some homemade candy. I’m making English toffee, Nutella peanut butter fudge, and peppermint patties. I’ve made the toffee a billion times and it always turns out great, but the other two are new recipes that I picked out after much searching. I hope they turn out ok!
A coworker made her own vanilla extract in little bottles last year, so there’s an idea. I think you literally just steep vanilla beans in vodka. It seems to take a while, though, so you’d have to be ok with giving a gift that can’t be used right away, or you could just stash the idea for next year.
Post # 10
I have a friend who does an awesome toffee – so, that’s totally ‘her’ domain. Even though we have few mutual friends – I’d like to do something different. Toffee IS a great holiday treat!!
Thanks for the sauce vote. 🙂 I’m not much of a sauce user… so I keep wondering if it will get stuck in the back of someone’s fridge. I like the idea of making sauce because it’s easy to jar and store (a bit easier than fiddling with caramels and wraping them, etc.) I also was playing around with pairing the sauce with a small carton of homemade ice cream, but, it’s a little too much hands on work so close to Christmas (homemade ice cream doesn’t last as long as store bought).
I guess the bottom line is I don’t want it to go to waste!!!
Post # 11
I have thought about vanilla extract before… I heard the homemade version is incredible! But, i don’t have enough time to tinker around with it. What I really wanted to make this year was limencello 🙂 But, again, didn’t get on the ball ahead of time. Maybe next year 😉
Post # 12
Everything sounds so yummy!I picked the caramels!
I am thinking of making candy flavored vodka for friends as a gift! http://www.scarymommy.com/candy-flavored-vodka/
Post # 14
yeah I can see how you’d worry it would go to waste. I’m a bit of a foodie so I would be super excited to find multiple ways to use it. Of course, I tried to make red onion marmalade after I had it on a dish at a restaurant and everyone thought I was crazy to want to give it out at Christmas. I planned to attach a little booklet of serving suggestions but decided it would probably end up at the back of the fridge 🙁
Post # 15
All of those ideas sound fantastic, but I chose cinnamon rolls! I love something like that if you can just throw it in the oven to finish it.
Post # 16
@oracle: DH is on the paleo diet, so I voted spiced nuts as he can’t eat the sugary options! Like you mentioned with nut butters, spiced nuts could be $$.