DIY Gifts for the Holidays

Make gift giving extra meaningful this year by making your own gifts! Not only will these gifts be fun and affordable to make, they also can ship well as holiday care packages.

Learn how to make:

  • Fudge Brownies In a Jar

  • Infused Honey (Lavender & Tulsi Basil are great options)

  • Meyer Lemon Infused Salt

  • Cumin & Coriander Infused Salt

  • Zinfandel Infused Salt

What you need for Fudge Brownies in a Jar: 

DRY INGREDIENTS

3/4 cup organic all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups organic cane sugar

3/4 tsp sea salt

2/3 cup organic & fair trade cocoa powder

1/2 cup organic powdered sugar

1/2 chocolate chips or chocolate chunks

OTHER MATERIALS

Quart-size mason

jar ribbon or yarn scrap fabric for decorative lid

scissors

cardstock paper for tag to list ingredients (download our gift tag and print out recipe here)

Directions:

1) Using a funnel or spoon, add all-purpose flour to the mason jar. Shake slightly to level out into a distinct layer. Then add sugar, salt, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and chocolate chips in the same manner keeping the layers as level as possible.

2) Place the lid of the mason jar securely on top without the ring.

3) Cut out a circle or square of scrap fabric and set it on top of the lid.

4) Using the ring of the mason jar lid, screw the ring on top of the fabric and lid to secure the fabric in place.

5) Cut out a gift tag from cardstock. Write: Whisk two eggs, 1/2 cup canola oil, 2 T. water, & 1/2 tsp vanilla together and combine with dry ingredients in mason jar. Preheat oven to 325F. Grease 8x8 baking dish and line with parchment paper. Bake brownies for 40-45 minutes. (Or Download our gift tag print out PDF

6) Use a hole punch and string the gift tag with ribbon or yarn and tie a bow around the lid as decoration.

 

What you need for Infused Honey

1/2 cup dried herbs or dried edible flowers (I used lavender in one and dried tulsi basil in the other, dried rose petals, cinnamon sticks, vanilla bean would work well too)

quart jar of local Miller honey

small 2 oz containers for gifts

yarn or ribbon for bow

Directions:

1) Pour out 1/4-1/2 cup of honey and place into a separate container.

2) Add 1/2 cup of dried herbs/flowers of your choice to the honey. Using a spoon or chopstick, stir until all herbs are coated in honey. If there is any space left in the mason jar, pour back any leftover honey you initially removed. Seal with the lid and place in a dark place for 2 weeks - 10 weeks. If you don't have time to wait, heat your honey up on the stove top to infuse herbs quickly.

3) Once your honey is infused, use a sieve to strain out the dried herbs from your honey. You can use a funnel to pour your honey into small containers to gift. 

4) Wipe any lingering honey off the jars with a wet towl and add a yarn or ribbon bow to the container. Use a tag, permanent marker, or wine glass marker to write the flavor on the container.

 

What you need to make Meyer Lemon Infused Salt (makes about ten 2 oz jars):

GREAT FOR SALAD DRESSINGS, FISH, CHICKEN, AND SEASONING VEGETABLES!

5 tsp Meyer Lemon zest (zest from 3 Meyer lemons)

1 1/2 cups sea salt (I prefer Maldon sea salt flakes but you can use coarse or fine sea salt)

small 2 oz containers for gifts

yarn or ribbon for bow

Directions:

1) Zest lemons and mix together with sea salt. 

2) Pour salt into small containers and use yarn to make a bow on the lid.

What you need to make Cumin & Coriander Infused Salt (makes about twelve 2oz jars):

DID YOU KNOW CUMIN & CORIANDER ARE THE MOST USED HERBS WORLDWIDE? USE THIS SALT FOR VEGETABLES, SOUPS, OR MEATS!

4 T cumin seeds from bulk section

4 T coriander seeds from bulk section

1 1/2 cup salt (I prefer Maldon sea salt flakes but you can use coarse or fine sea salt)

small 2 oz containers for gifts

yarn or ribbon for bow

mortar and pestle

small pan for toasting seeds

Directions:

1) Heat up a small pan and add cumin and coriander seeds. Stir seeds occasionally and toast them without any oil until they start to smell aromatic (about 5 minutes).

2) Using a mortar and pestle, combine the toasted seeds and a 1/4 cup of salt and grind up the seeds until they become fine and even more aromatic.

3) Stir in the remaining salt and then pour the infused salt into small containers.

4) Wrap a bow around the lid.

 

What you need for Zinfandel Infused Salt (makes about 15 2 oz jars)

GREAT FOR SALAD DRESSINGS, MARINADES, OR MEAT SEASONING!

1 cup Lodi Four Vines Zinfandel (or any red wine of your choice)

1 1/2 cup sea salt (I prefer Maldon sea salt flakes but you can use coarse or fine sea salt)

Directions:

1) In a sauce pan, reduce 1 cup of wine on low heat until it starts to resemble thicker syrup. Prevent burning and overheating by stirring occasionally and keeping at a low heat.

2) Mix wine reduction with salt. Spread the salt on a baking sheet and bake at 300F until wine salt is dried, maybe 10-15 minutes. Keep an eye on the baking sheet to ensure the the syrupy salt doesn't burn.

3) Pour salt into small containers and wrap lid with a bow.

 

 

Just like that, you can have quaint and thoughtful gifts for your loved ones! These budget-friendly gifts are sure to impress any food lover in your life!