Handmade Holiday Gifts
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
When it comes to gifting for the holidays, there are endless ideas on what to give that it can be overwhelming. Instead of spending a bunch of time and money out shopping, I’m going to share a few ways you can use food as a gift of love.
Gift in a Jar
This is an idea that has many possibilities. I’ve received and gifted a few ideas like this myself. You can get all the ingredients for homemade cookies and layer them in a mason jar with the recipe and gift it to co-workers. This is especially great if it’s for a recipe you know the person loves! Something we have gifted is homemade canned salsa and barbeque sauce. As I wrote about before, you could also make the homemade seasonings and mixes and gift those.
Photo by Betty Crocker
A wonderful way to spread joy and give a gift is through using your hands. If you are a good cook, you may offer to give cooking lessons or help someone with their holiday meal. Another idea is something the ladies of my family put together for me and my cousins. My grandma, mom, and aunts all hand-wrote favorite recipes down and compiled them in a cute book and gave it to each of us! Now that is so special to me and something I refer to often!
Donate Time or Money
My last thought is to spread love to those in need. There are many folks that could use some help this time of year, especially with food. You could contact your church or a local shelter to see if there is a family you could help with a grocery gift card or meals. Or you could donate your time to help them serve food. Giving a gift of time goes a long way to show kindness!
To go along with the gift that is made with love, I like to put detail and attention into the wrapping of the gift as well. It takes a little longer to put together as well as for the person to open, but to me, it makes it that much more special.
Hopefully these tips inspire you to create a gift for your loved ones! Happy Holidays!
Cassie Kupsky Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Personal Trainer
Greater Green Bay YMCA