How about gifting Christmas gifts from the heart? Our favorite winter holiday is around the corner, and it’s time to wrap up another great year and presents that complement it respectfully.
What better way to tell those closest to you how much they mean to you than by giving them handmade gifts full of love? Many healthy, delicious, and unique presents, from food to cosmetics, can be found in your household groceries – here are a few great ideas for Christmas Gifts from your kitchen:
These coconut snowballs are not only easy to make, but they are also delicious. Add a note to enjoy them with a cup of hot chocolate or homemade tea.
Here’s the recipe for the Coconut Snowballs as a Christmas Gift.
Yield (12 balls)
- 1 3/4 cups unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 teaspoons melted coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
- Place 1 cup of shredded coconut in a food processor along with the coconut oil. Process on high speed, scraping down the sides periodically, until it reaches a paste-like consistency. (It does not have to be completely smooth like butter; some coconut texture is good.)
- Add the maple syrup, coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt and process until well combined. Add 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of shredded coconut and pulse until just combined.
- Shape the mixture into 12 (1-inch) balls and coat with the remaining shredded coconut. Refrigerate for at least an hour and keep for maximum 5 days.
- Place them into a decorative box, add more shredded coconut, wrap the box with a ribbon and your box of yummy snowballs is ready to make someone really happy.
Sugar Based Body Scrub
Who doesn’t love a good body scrub? Homemade body scrubs are easy to make and perfect for people with allergies. They make the perfect Christmas Gifts, especially when stored in beautiful jars.
- 1/2 cup sugar (white or brown sugar- preferably organic)
- 1/2 cup oil (organic olive or coconut oil)
- Optional: essential oils
- Mix all ingredients and store in an air tight jar. Wrap the neck of the jar with paper ribbons and add a greeting card with a personal message along with it.
- Use 1 tablespoon as needed in the shower. Scrub your skin with the mixture and rinse off well.
- Sounds too simple? Because it is! Almost effortless to make and with precious silky skin as a result, this is the ideal gift all beautiful ladies in your family – from your youngest niece to your grandmother. Treat them with an all-natural, organic spa!
Chai Tea Mix Recipe
Yield 12-16 teabags or infuser servings
- 12 green cardamom pods
- 1/2 teaspoon whole red peppercorns (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1 4-inch cinnamon stick
- 3 tablespoons chopped candied ginger
- 1/2 cup loose black tea, or
- 1 tea infuser and fillage tea bags
- Preheat oven to 350°. Split the cardamom pods in half and place in a pie tin along with the peppercorns, fennel, coriander, cloves and cinnamon. Toast in the oven for about 5 minutes, or until the spices are fragrant. Remove and cool.
- Crush spices lightly with a rolling pin. You may have to crumble the cinnamon stick with your hands.
- In a bowl, mix the spices, candied ginger and tea together until blended.
- Separate the blend into your container of choice – best pick may be a vintage tin tea box. As a bonus, include fillable tea bags and brewing instructions and voila – you’ve got the perfect winter cozy up beverage.
Cinnamon and Orange Tea
Doesn’t Cinnamon tea remind you of Christmas Eve? One practical gift that no one thinks about is spices. Spices such as cinnamon sticks make the perfect gift. Mostly everyone enjoys a nice cup of tea, chocolate, or eggnog.
Buy a bundle of cinnamon sticks. Nicely wrap them and include a recipe such as this one:
- 3 1/2 cups water
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- Peel (without pith) and juice of 1 orange
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh mint leaves
- Bring the ingredients to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from heat; steep, covered, until the liquid cools to room temperature. Strain and reheat to serve. The brews can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.
These Christmas Gifts from Your Kitchen are cost-effective and made with love. Shower your family and friends with Christmas gifts that warms the heart this year.
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This post was originally published on 12/22/2015. It has been updated to include additional content.