It’s the thought that counts for a gift, right? Maybe you are sick of the over commercialized tone of the holidays, trying to save some money, cut down on waste or just want to be more intentional this holiday season. Making your own gifts for people you love shows and takes a lot of thought.
Taking the time to make something and personalize it may mean more to your loved ones (and you) than rushing to buy something half-heartedly from a store. These gifts are not too time intensive for putting together and can contribute to the health of those you love and are thankful for in your life.
Healthy Chocolate Bark
Who doesn’t love chocolate? Making your own chocolate bark is actually pretty easy and can be a healthy, sweet treat for people you love. This can be a clever gift option for those of us who don’t have much time to spend making something! Chances are you could probably make chocolate bark with ingredients in your pantry, assuming you have some chocolate on hand.
Epicurious suggests using about 12 ounces of any high-quality chocolate for two to four gifts, depending on how much you want to give each person.
Melt the chocolate in the microwave or stove, add in some fun, tasty ingredients and cool in the freezer or cold garage on a baking sheet. When the chocolate is firm to touch, you can simply snap it and break into uneven pieces.
What can make this a healthier gift is using dark chocolate instead of milk or white and adding in some dried fruit and nuts. For example, you could make dark chocolate bark with pistachios and sea salt or dark chocolate hazelnut bark with dried cherries. The options are endless—get creative with what you put in yours!
Homemade Spice Mix
If you or people in your life love to cook, this can be a really thoughtful homemade gift. You can gift a tailored spice blend you personally love to put together yourself or find a spice blend recipe online that you think your friends/family will love. Follow directions for blending and storage for best outcomes.
This can also be a good gift for someone with a goal of cooking more at home. Include a recipe or two that uses the spice blend for an extra helpful and thoughtful touch.
Homemade Sugar or Salt scrub
Gifting a homemade sugar or salt scrub can be a subtle hint to someone you think they deserve some quality pampering. Another reason for making your own scrub is it will probably be better for your skin compared to a scrub you can find at the store because there are fewer ingredients.
Making a scrub is fairly easy. You primarily need sugar, good, quality salt, coconut (or other specified) oil and any optional scents.
Spiced Nut Mix
If you are looking for an easy, tasty gift that captures the holiday flavors—and you don’t want to be baking all day—I suggest making your own spiced nut mix. Most spiced nut mixes can easily be made by tossing nuts in a combination of spices, sugar, salt and possibly egg wash. Next, you just have to put the mix on a baking pan and bake until done. For best results as gifts, be sure to store in air tight containers.
Truffles may sound intimidating to make, but they don’t have to be. Buying chocolate truffles—while delicious—can be expensive and can be full of sugar and preservatives.
You can find fancy, skillful truffle recipes, but there are also truffle recipes that are easier to make and still delicious. In fact, many healthy based truffle recipes have just a few ingredients like dark chocolate, coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon and cocoa powder. Many recipes are naturally vegan, gluten free or raw. Examples include: decadent healthy truffles, avocado chocolate truffles, chocolate tahini balls and a non-chocolate option can be raw date and orange truffles.