Holiday Big Batch Gifts
Looking for small gifts to give co-workers, teachers or your social group or club? Check out these holiday goodies you can make a lot of at once, for very little money.
Pour cooked popcorn in a single layer on baking sheets. Melt dark chocolate and white chocolate. Use a piping bag filled with slightly cooled, melted chocolate to make a thin stream of chocolate covering the popcorn. While the chocolate is still warm, top with toffee bits, chopped nuts or other decadent toppings. Pack two cups of cooled popcorn in cellophane bags and tie closed with a decorative string or ribbon. Attach an ornament or tag for a decorative touch.
Pumpkin Spice Sugar
Give a small shaker jar of the popular spice mix; it’s perfect for sprinkling on toast or coffee. Add 1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice for each 1/4 cup of granulated sugar to a bowl. Stir to combine fully and then fill jars with the mix. If lids have holes, add a layer of cling film to the top of the jar before adding the lid. Finish off the gift with a free downloadable tag and a string or ribbon.
Melt 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1/4 cup unsalted butter, and one 14oz. can of sweetened condensed milk in the microwave or over a simmering pot of water in a heatproof bowl. Stir to combine fully. Press into a well-greased 8-inch square pan. Top with chopped nuts if desired. Cut into 36 equal pieces. Place four pieces in small cellophane bags and tie closed with a decorative string or ribbon.
Lavender Salt Scrub
Give a spa treatment gift with this easy to make salt scrub. Combine 4 cups coarse sea salt, 1-1/2 cups coconut oil and 20 drops lavender essential oil to a large bowl. Mix completely then fold in 1/4 cup buds of dried lavender. Fill small canning jars with mixture. Add lid and top with a circle of decorative paper before adding the ring, Add ribbon and a sprig of dried lavender to top of the jar before presenting.
Peppermint Bark Tins
This holiday classic is even better when made right in a CD tin. Melt 2 parts dark or semi-sweet chocolate to 1 part white chocolate. Fill the bottoms of CD tins 2/3 full with dark chocolate. Add white chocolate, by zig-zagging over the dark chocolate. While the chocolate is still warm, use a toothpick to drag the white chocolate through the dark chocolate zig-zagging against the lines of white chocolate. Next, repeat in the opposite direction. Add crushed peppermints to the top. Cool completely before adding the lid and sealing with decorative tape.