The holidays are just creeping along, coming up very quickly. Are you prepared? To me, the holidays are very stressful. I’m a terrible gift giver. I’m extremely good at showing my love through cooking for someone or telling them 46 times a day that I love them, but gifts? No thank you. No wonder most of us gain weight around the holidays. It’s not the desserts we’re eating, it’s the stress hormones that we produce from trying to find the perfect gift. Ok….and the chocolate…and cookies…and cocktails. But I’m sure cortisol is involved as well.
Well, if you have a hard time figuring out the perfect gift, I have a few ideas up my sleeve to help you out. People love homemade gifts. To know that the person put in time and energy to actually make a gift for you is pretty awesome. So the other day, I headed to Hobby Lobby, grabbed all kinds of different jars, a glue gun, ribbon, bells, name tags, and little pieces of fake Christmas decor like pine cones, snow flakes, and whatever else I could find. Then I just got to glueing and decorating. Before I knew it, I felt like a school kid all over again with my crafting.
Below you’ll find all sorts of different ideas for homemade gifts. From different caramel sauces, to chocolate covered nuts, to chocolate bark that will knock your friend’s socks off! A homemade gift will be the perfect gift for any person you care about. But if you’re not into homemade, I found some perfect gifts for her, him, and people who love cooking or love working out! So be sure to check that out at the bottom of the page! Happy Holidays!!
Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce on page 250 in Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook
Cinnamon Candied Pecan Trail Mix
Use the Cinnamon Candied Pecans recipe and add dried cranberries and dark chocolate chips
Salted Chocolate Almond Clusters
(Use this recipe but use almonds instead of pistachios and remove the shredded coconut)
Deer Poop (Chocolate Covered Macadamia Nuts)
Place parchment paper on a baking sheet and add macadamia nuts. Pour melted chocolate on top, place in the fridge to cool then break into individual pieces…or poops.
Toast Hazelnut & Coconut Peppermint Bark (see recipe below)
- Vanilla Bean Caramel Sauce on page 250 in Juli Bauer's Paleo Cookbook
- 10 ounces dark chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1/2 cup roasted hazelnuts, roughly chopped (see recipe here for roasting instructions)
- 1/2 cup coconut chips (toasted in 350 degree oven for 7-8 minutes, or until golden brown)
- coarse sea salt, to taste
- Make caramel sauce.
- Melt chocolate in double boiler or microwave. Add in peppermint extract and mix until combine.
- Spread chocolate on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and use a spatula to spread into a thin layer. Then sprinkle hazelnuts, coconut chips, caramel sauce and coarse sea salt across the chocolate until completely covered.
- Place in fridge and let cool for 10-20 minutes until hard. Use a knife to break bark into pieces. Serve immediately, store in fridge.
If you’re still looking for the perfect gift but crafting ain’t yo’ thang, that’s ok. I’ve put together some easy gifts that you could buy for any person out there! And if these don’t work, don’t forget that my newest cookbook Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook is the perfect gift for any person! The gift of over 100 never before seen recipes that will help a friend or family member become healthier and happier in the New Year is the greatest gift you can give!
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