With Christmas just days away, you may find yourself scrambling for those last-minute items to stuff into stockings. Fear not! We’ve got 10 quick ideas for simple gifts that will leave your loved ones delighted without draining your bank account.
DIY Satin Flower Hair Clips
For all you do-it-yourselfers, these DIY hair clips are cute, simple to make, and easy to personalize to the tastes of the recipient. Chances are, if you’re a regular crafter, you might have some of the supplies on hand already.
Spiced Maple Pecans
A jar of spiced nuts is a quintessential holiday gift. These healthy nuts are naturally sweetened with maple syrup, so you can feel good about giving them away…or whipping up a batch for yourself!
Lavender Olive Oil Body Scrub
This rich and luxurious lavender olive oil body scrub is an easy-to-make gift that will encourage your loved one to pamper themselves in the new year with a relaxing spa night at home. Pair it up with a dry skin brush and some lotion for a heftier gift set.
Food Rules, by Michael Pollan
For the foodie in your life, a copy of Michael Pollan’s Food Rules is a fun and educational gift that makes for great light reading over a holiday break. The slim paperback copy fits easily into a stocking or shoebox.
Mismatched Recycled Sweater Mittens
More quick stocking stuffer ideas:
- Fresh fruit. I love hearing the stories my mom tells about my grandfather receiving a piece of fresh fruit in his stocking every year. His annual orange was one of his favorite gifts…and often the only gift. Sometimes simple says it best!
- Notepads and paper. I love giving cute notepads to my family members each year, since most of us are always scrounging for scratch paper. Pair it up with a set of pens or pencils to sweeten the deal.
- Small jars filled with paperclips, thumbtacks, magnets, or stickers. Repurpose jam and honey jars for holiday gifting by filling them up with useful office supplies (or stickers for kids).
- Essential oils. Available at most health food stores, pure essential oils make a lovely stocking stuffer for the ladies in your life. Choose lavender for stress relief and better sleep, peppermint for sore muscles and body aches, orange for increased energy and immunity, and lemon for natural home cleaning purposes.
What are your favorite holiday stocking stuffers to give and receive? Leave a comment and let us know!
Hallie Klecker is the author of Super Healthy Cookies and The Pure Kitchen, both gluten- and dairy-free cookbooks focusing on fresh ingredients and whole foods. Her newest e-book, Crazy for Kale, makes use of kale in 40 creative ways. She is also the Editorial Content Manager for Simply Gluten Free Magazine. Hallie writes the recipe blog Daily Bites, where she shares her passion for cooking with whole, natural foods. Hallie is a certified Nutrition Educator and former personal chef. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!
These easy-to-make treats serve double duty as either a snack or a breakfast option when paired up with a smoothie or some scrambled eggs. If you’re traveling over the river and through the woods this holiday season, tuck a few of these Apple Muesli Balls in your bag for a quick snack that will kick your sweet tooth to the curb and fill you up at the same time.
When I bake, I try to pack in extra protein, fat, and fiber to make my baked goods more nutritious and satisfying. I drew inspiration for these treats from the classic concept of muesli, which is really just nothing more than oats, nuts and seeds, and dried fruit served with milk or yogurt. To add a little texture and extra sweetness, I added grated apple to the muesli balls. You could also try grated carrots (or zucchini when it’s in season).
Lord knows the last thing we need this time of year is another baked good recipe, but I think you’ll find that these treats are healthier than most. If you have company coming into town around the holidays, tuck a few muesli balls in the freezer and you’ll have a quick grab-and-go snack at the ready at all times.