I am very in love with giving big baskets/bags full of homemade goodies for the holidays. There’s something so satisfying about seeing all sorts of treats wrapped up in their own packaging waiting for someone to taste. This year wasn’t an exception, but I did take a slightly different, slightly less labor intensive route.
I realized while I was trolling the farmer’s market in December that there are plenty of really nice goodies and ingredients for sale, grown and packaged by nice local farmers, that people would enjoy just as much (arguably more depending on how successful your baking goes) than strictly homemade things. I still made a handful of treats, but I combined them with some of my favorite things from the market.
Chestnut Poundcake (wrapped up in parchment and baker’s twine for cute factor)
Picked from the backyard:
Purchased from the market:
Smoked heirloom tomatoes
Chili Garlic pistachios
Plus in this particular basket (for Carol… hi Carol!) I added one of those cute 2010 tea towels from Hello Handmade.
I don’t think I’m ever going back to making everything myself. This was is so much more manageable and so much more interesting. AND so much more reliable. I made pear vodka one year and it fermented. Always nice to give people rotten gifts.
And nobody would be sad to get a pretty basket some time OTHER than December… but I never remember to give these during the rest of the year. Mental note: baskets of treats make good summertime birthday and fall housewarming presents too.