My love language is gifts, and nothing gives me greater pleasure than creating the perfect present for the fabulous people in my life. This year I wanted to create custom edible (or at least practical) gifts for each of my recipients, and using simple household items I created baskets or kits that were (almost) too pretty to eat.
Munchie Basket: (FYI my cricut had a meltdown right before I was giving Aimee her present, or the tags would be a lot more decorative.) My friend Aimee and I love to eat. Most of our plans together revolve around some type of food or restaurant, or making sure we have enough snacks. I ordered a sampling of biscuits from a delicious shop we had visited in Charleston, South Carolina, of course hoping she would share with me. I whipped up some honey brown sugar butter for the cinnamon ones, and garlic and herb butter for the cheese and chive, put in cute little mason jars and attached a tag. I picked up some sweet and savory snack mixes that stored in these cute containers from The Container Store. We love sushi, but I couldn’t figure out how to get it in the basket, so I got a sushi stuffed animal. I also wasn’t sure how to incorporate our extreme love of cheese plates so I got her a tea towel with a recipe for baked Brie. She was really happy.
- Sriracha Salt
- Garlic Herb Salt
- Curry Salt
- Lime Ginger Salt
- Greek Spice
- Cajun Spice
- Tex-Mex Spice
- Five Alarm Chili
- Vanilla Honey Sugar
- Cinnamon Clove Sugar
- Citrus Sugar
- Rosemary Lemon Sugar
Tip: If you’re infusing sugar or salt with anything wet (sriracha, citrus zest, etc), grind it in a food processor, bake at 250 for 5 minutes, then grind again to avoid having wet spices!
Sweet Southern Home:
My best friend from college recently moved across the country, so I wanted to send her and her girlfriend a gift that made them feel at home. I made them a mini loaf of fluffy bread with savory herb butter and fresh local honey, and included a jar of pickled green beans, and some good ol’ sweet tea.
My friend Kellie works a million hours and takes care of everyone, so I wanted to send her a package of goodies she can enjoy for a while. She got fudge, cookies, hot cocoa mix, sugared pecans, and a vanilla candle (my new crafting mission).
For others, I went the practical route and made them something that would help them drink inconspicuously in public, while still letting people know their identity. I ordered sturdy plastic tumblers in bulk online and used my Cricut to make each of my co workers a personalized cup no one will steal in the teachers’ lounge.
The English teachers got a little extra literary card from one of my favorite Teachers Pay Teachers sites, Bs Book Love.
For our couple friends, I ordered custom coozies from one of my favorite etsy-turned-pro crafters, Oh Sew Sassy. She completely lets your customize the colors, fonts and name, so it’s fun to put together different ones for each person. Cheers!