Going to the mall was an activity my younger self loved loved to do. Remember hanging out at the mall all day and trying to explain to your parents that it was fun? I still enjoy window shopping (especially at William Sonoma and Anthropologie) and now my own little daughter thinks lunch at Nordstrom Café is pink sparkly frosting on the mall experience.
But during the holidays I want to avoid the mall like the plague. A stroll downtown to look at the big Christmas tree and city lights with a cup of hot cocoa can easily put me in the festive mood without fighting crowds in the mall. And for many of the people on our shopping list, I’d really rather share a thoughtful present than another gift basket with lotions and bubbles. Or if we do give bubbles, I’d like my daughter and I to make them and package them up in a pretty bottle. With pink sparkly ribbons.
Over the last few weeks I’ve been scouring my favorite websites and blogs looking for new homemade gift ideas to build my list out. With just a few weeks until Christmas, I’m not sure how many on the list will get made but didn’t want to keep these fun and tasty ideas to myself.
So, here are the top 10 homemade gifts from the kitchen that I’ve collected. What will you be making this year? Share in the comments below!
I’ve been making these for almost ten years and each year try something new. Haven’t quite figured out what this year’s will look like yet, but I’ll let you know when I figure it out.
Last year I made Oregon Bark which was hazelnuts, cranberries and dark chocolate but I’m ready to try something new. And with one of the two ingredients being trail mix, you can really have fun mixing things up with this recipe from PBS Parents.
I am absolutely crazy about these! What fun for kids and grown ups – it’s all in how you decorate them, and would be lots of fun for the kids to make for their friends.
There’s something really special about gifts in jars with pretty ribbons and this granola by my friend Carrie at La Pomme de Portland is the perfect snack to gift in a jar.
I’m crazy about practically anything with salted caramel, and chocolate sends it over the edge!
Who doesn’t love monkey bread? My kids devour it. Sure, there are recipes out there that call for packaged dough, but we likely already have these ingredients in the pantry and they’ll taste better homemade.
Need something gluten free? Elana’s Pantry never fails!
I know that it’s popular to give jars with food mixes like chili’s, soups and cookies, but when I give a gift, I don’t want the recipient to have to lift a finger to enjoy it. I know some teachers that would love these with some tea.
I better get going!