Even if you feel strapped for cash around the holidays, you never have to show up to a party empty-handed—and we’ll show you how to impress your friends, family, or coworkers in the process.
There are lots of tasty, easy, and healthy ways you can give something special without breaking the bank. These four do-it-yourself (DIY) gifts are sure to impress friends, family and coworkers alike!
Custom Spice Mixes
Some people give artisan salt or pepper at this time of year. Do one better by giving a spice mix of your own making! Do-it-yourself rubs and spice mixes—like our Tuscan Spice Rub, with Mediterranean favorites like basil, oregano, and rosemary—are easy, affordable, and attractive.
Start with an attractive clear container (think mini mason jars or clear ornaments from a craft store) and fill with a spice blend of your making. To complete the package, just give them a recipe to make with it—like our Fiesta Veggie Dip.
Custom Homemade Snack Blends
Who doesn’t love a good snack mix to munch on in front of the fire on a cold day? Choose a snack mix with healthy ingredients—like nuts, seeds, and whole grains—and package it in a glass jar for giving. Make a big batch and you’ve got gifts for everyone! Our recipe for Zesty Mixed Nuts and Seeds packs in healthy fats and fiber alongside delicious flavor. Looking for granola? Try our recipes for Pumpkin Cranberry Granola, Savory Granola, or Homemade Granola. These work great on yogurt and chopped fruit alike.
Do it Yourself Pickles
Pickled foods have been all the rage this year and there’s simply no end in sight. Though they may seem intimidating to make, pickles can be quite simple. This recipe for Quick Pickles takes less than 30 minutes to prepare. Get creative with spices and flavors—almost anything works! Dill, rosemary, garlic cloves, red pepper flakes, onion, and even lemon can add a flavor punch to your pickles. Don’t forget that you can pickle more than just cucumbers. Check out our recipe for Pickled Green Beans for another gift option.
House-Made Apple Chips
Did you go overboard picking apples this fall? Apple chips are a great way to use up your leftover bounty. Packing flavor and crunch, these simple treats are always a crowd pleaser. Whip up our recipe for cinnamon-sprinkled Apple Chips and package in clear bags tied off with colored ribbon for a great holiday gift. Baked Asian Pear Chips with Pumpkin Pie Spice are another great gift option, delivering the flavors of the holiday season in a healthy way!
As always, if you’re looking for more seasonal inspiration, ask your nearest In-Store Nutritionist at Giant. We’re always happy to share our latest and greatest healthy inspirations with you.