Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

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Christmas is sneaking up on us very quickly as it does every year! It is often a busy time of year including shopping, cooking, wrapping gifts and numerous social commitments. 

I don't know about you but I dread going to shopping centres at Christmas time! The busy environment has a stressful effect and I avoid it where possible. 

One way to minimise time spent in a crowded shopping centre is to make your own gifts for family and friends. Receiving a hand made gift is meaningful. It is evident the person has put love, effort and thought into it. I will be the first to admit that I am not a naturally creative person, I lack sewing and wood work skills, however, putting together a tasty treat for someone is both easy and not overly time consuming. 

This week's blog I have listed a few ideas for handmade treats that can be given as gifts for Christmas. They are fantastic for those friends or family who are tricky to buy for or for those that would appreciate a non-materialistic gift that is not purchased from a store.

Dukkah- roast some nuts, seeds and spices and then blend...it's as easy as that! They look great bottled in a clear jar with some ribbon. Dukkah is so versatile and can be served with olive oil and fresh crusty bread on a platter or sprinkled over just about anything including, eggs, salads, cooked veggies and frittata.

Photo credit: http://www.clairekcreations.com/macadamia-dukkah-2/

Raw Chocolate- There are countless flavour combinations you can put together for raw chocolate. Some great Christmas flavour additions include, orange, cranberries, pistachios and cinnamon. You can pick up chocolate molds pretty cheap and they look fantastic. 

Photo credit: http://talesofakitchen.com/desserts/chocolate-gifts-and-treats-and-new-years-celebrations/

Spiced Nuts- Think your favourite nuts, cashews, pecans, almonds, tossed with coconut oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg and some coconut sugar and then bake! Yum, getting hungry just thinking about it! Pop them into a jar with some twine and a gift tag and voila! 

Photo credit: https://minimalistbaker.com/15-minute-candied-spiced-nuts-1-pan/

Granola- Make a batch of homemade granola as a gift and it is bound to be received with delight! I know I am keen to try a gingerbread granola, mixing together oats, nuts, coconut, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, ground ginger, coconut oil and maple syrup to make a healthy festive gift. 

Photo credit: https://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/gingerbread-granola/

DIY Bliss Ball Jar- With so much food and social gatherings at Christmas, why not give a food gift they can put together themselves at a later date? DIY bliss ball jars are easy to assemble and look really effective. Simply layer the ingredients necessary to blend up a batch of bliss balls at home and attach a gift tag providing the instructions. 

Photo credit: https://www.thehealthychef.com/2015/06/protein-energy-balls-make-your-own/

I hope these ideas give you some inspiration and some 'food' for thought.

What handmade food gifts have you made or received? I would love to hear your ideas! 

Wishing you a calm, happy and stress-free Christmas season ahead. 

Alicia xx 

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