Christmas Bites: Gift Preparation

Ho, ho, ho, holy moly am I writing about Christmas already? Here's the thing. I love everything about the holidays.

santa and I last year

Everything but last minute gifts, materialism and expensive plane tickets.

Whenever I find myself trying to put together gifts for friends and family last minute I'm usually doing it without heart and spending far too much money.  This year I can't afford to do either of those.  I need to show the people I love that I care and I need to stick to a budget.

I'm trying to avoid the mall at all costs during the month of December and plan my online purchases ahead of time before things get crazy.  I know from experience that online companies are overwhelmed with shipping at Christmas and delivery can take longer.  I'm looking at you Amazon.

To help us through the holiday madness, let's work together on planning ahead of time.

Now make yourself a detox hot chocolate, put on your coziest flannel pyjamas, and let's get brainstorming.

Are you with me?  Let's go.


Naughty and nice gift boxes - bacon bark, snowman cookies and healthy truffles  (hot tip- you can also make the bacon bark into cups or squares...this helped me become a finalist on Recipe to Riches!)

Chipotle and rosemary spiced nuts

Almond butter or Maple Cinnamon Multi-seed butter from A Dash of Compassion

Homemade sea salt caramels

Other ideas I love: homemade pancake, cookie or hot chocolate mix.  Make healthy or gluten-free for friends who prefer that!  Maybe even a protein hot chocolate mix for your favourite fitness friend?

Hand made

DIY survival candles

Scented bath salts

Homemade lip balm (I made this one year and loved it!  You can also buy a bar of beezwax and melt it)


Make someone you love a recipe binder full of recipes they'd like (I've done this for my dad as well, typing up recipes from family members using Pages on apple and putting them in plastic sleeves.  Add extra empty sleeves for their own recipes)


Tastebook - These personalized cookbooks turn out beautifully.  I made one for John's mom with recipes we'd made together and she loved it.

Personalized calender through Apple - these are the best!  Perfect for 2013. 

Photo books through Blurb or Apple


(wreath wrap - source and tutorial here)

 (source - and great handmade gift ideas here)

(chalkboard idea found here)

Do you have any great personal gift ideas?  Please share!