Christmas is heralded as the most wonderful time of the year. Unfortunately, many of us become stressed because we feel the need to give gifts to so many people outside of our immediate family. Trying to find a relevant gift that the person will appreciate without ruining your Christmas budget can be stressful. There’s a simple solution–Food Gifts.
I know that someone just rolled their eyes at me for this recommendation, or maybe I’m just looking at Sue Chef who would be a gold medalist if eye rolling was an Olympic sport. Let’s look at some of the common objections people have to giving food gifts.
People will think I’m cheap
I hear this a lot when I suggest that a friend give a couple dozen cookies or a pound of homemade fudge to a co-worker or neighbor.
Fresh bakery goods are not cheap.
In fact, a plate of assorted cookies sells for a minimum of $15.00 at the grocery store near my home. A tin of 60 tiny Mrs. Field’s cookies runs $35.00. Fudge sells for between $10.00 and $20.00 per pound. Rum and bourbon balls sell for $2.50 each. This isn’t a “cheap gift.”
When I was a starving college student, I would make cookies to give as gifts to extended family who would come to our home on Christmas Eve, and they were always appreciative. Neighbors, and co-workers, are also pleased to receive one of my cookie trays or a box of homemade fudge. One friend’s husband always anticipates receiving his container full of fudge each year.
Some people don’t have time to bake.
There are those who don’t know how to make fudge. Your gifts will definitely be appreciated. Another good thing about food gifts is that they are consumed, and then, they are gone. There’s no need to store them after the holidays. This is why food gifts are popular with my minimalist friends.
No one will think you’re cheap. Instead, they will appreciate the food gift and think that you’re thoughtful.
I don’t have time to bake or make fudge.
I know one, or more, of my readers is thinking that they’re one of those people who don’t have time to bake. It does require some time to bake cookies and make fudge, but not as much time as a trip to the store during the holiday season. If you don’t believe me, start the stopwatch function on your phone, or watch, the next time you run to the store for that one thing that you needed. It takes at least 20 minutes for my husband to run to the store and pick up a gallon of milk. In that time, I can bake 2 dozen cookies or have two batches of fudge cooling on the counter.
It doesn’t take a lot of time to bake cookies or make fudge.
Having a few simple cookie or fudge recipes in your arsenal, and a well stocked pantry, can keep you out of the stores when you realize you need one more last minute gift. I don’t know about anyone else, but the closer it gets to Christmas, the less I want to go anywhere near stores. The parking lots are madhouses.
Cake mix cookies are simple to prepare.
Cake Mix Cookies don’t require a great deal of effort. Most of our cake mix cookie recipes have only four to five ingredients. Making cookies this way can be don quickly. We have prepared fifteen dozen cookies in two hours using cake mix cookie recipes. The best thing about using cake mix cookie recipes is that there’s minimal measuring required. Another good thing is that by using cake mixes, I frequently come up with cookie flavor combinations that I ordinarily wouldn’t prepare if I was making cookies completely from scratch.
If you don’t have cake mixes in your pantry, flourless (Gluten Free) peanut butter cookies are quick and simple to prepare because there’s no need to work the flour into the recipe which is the most time consuming part of cookie baking. This is also a four ingredient recipe. You can even turn the flourless peanut butter cookies into peanut butter blossoms. We love the combination of peanut butter and chocolate.
Candy making is complicated.
When I was young, I would watch my mother make fudge every year for Christmas. She would add ingredients to a large pot and boil them for a long time, periodically testing the solution to see if it was ready by allowing a drop to fall into a glass of cold water before she added the final ingredients and poured it out onto wax paper to cool.
Candy making can be complicated, but it doesn’t have to be.
Pretzel Pecan Turtles require no measuring, and make a tasty, and expensive looking gift. Homemade fudge can be prepared with about 5 minutes of hands on time, or less, by using our simple 5 minute fudge recipe which is nearly foolproof.
The best thing about the 5 minute fudge recipe is that it can be easily adapted to suit different tastes.
We love to try variations on the 5 minute fudge recipe. Two of our favorites are:
- Rocky Road Fudge loaded with marshmallows and nuts.
Gifts from the kitchen are a great, budget friendly, option.
These gifts don’t have to be restricted to cookies and candy. There are many simple recipes that could easily be given as Christmas gifts.
We have used all of the above for a simple Christmas breakfast, and on years when Baker’s Man and I are working every day up until Christmas, we would be very grateful to receive any of the above, so we can check one more thing off of our to-do list for the holidays.
Do you give food gifts to friends and family? Which of these ideas do prefer? Do you have an idea for a food gift that isn’t listed? Share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment below.
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