Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Homemade + DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

Love banana bread? Give it a Christmas twist with a few juicy tart cranberries and share with your family and friends. Wrap up a warm loaf of this Cranberry Banana Bread in some waxed or craft paper and tie with a pretty ribbon or a piece of twine. We love this recipe from Joy the Baker.

Short on time? Try this DIY Vanilla Sugar recipe from Van Houtte Coffee and gift it away in a pretty mason jar. All you need is some sugar and a couple vanilla beans that you could pick-up at a gourmet grocery or bulk store. Add a tag and suggest using the sugar in coffee, tea, baking and sprinkling on fruit salad.

If you can dip a pretzel in chocolate, then you can make this next homemade gift! Chocolate-Dipped Pretzel Rods are one of my favourite things because of the sweet and salty pairing. Dip the pretzels in white or dark chocolate and roll around in festive sprinkles, nuts or chocolate swirl. Try this easy recipe using chocolate chips and your microwave from Paula Deen. After the rods have set, place 4-5 chocolate-dipped pretzel rods into a clear cellophane bag and wrap with ribbon.
Give the gift of vodka. You can never go wrong. But take it to the next level and make your own Jalapeno Infused Vodka - perfect for mixing up a spicy Caesar. Not into spice? Infuse organic vodka (if you want to get fancy) with pineapple, ginger, fresh herbs or lemon peels. We like all the ideas from Brit + Co. on vodka infused mix-ins.
Hook your girlfriends up with a trio of Homemade Lip Butters to keep chapped winter lips at bay. Package up in a cute little box and a homemade gift tag. Try this recipe from Life Ann Style for this easy DIY.

What's your favourite homemade gift to give over the holidays?

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