Making Gifts and Holiday Traditions

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Homemade Seasonal Coffee Blend

Make Your Own Seasonal Coffee Blend

With the advent of Pinterest, it seems everyone is getting in on the craft bandwagon.  You can probably even find some ideas for making a bandwagon that someone pinned!

For four years, a group of women in my community have come together to exchange handmade gifts on the first Thursday after Thanksgiving.  It started out with 20 or so women, and this year it grew to the shocking total of 70 participants!

Each participant makes 10 gifts and then chooses 10 gifts that others made.  This is easily one of my favorite new holiday-season traditions.  It is inspiring to see the creativity of my friends and neighbors.  It takes a bit of the consumerism out of the holiday season.  It stretches me to think of new and interesting gift ideas.

Some of the ideas are complex – beautiful sewn and knitted scarves, for example.  Some are gifts you want to keep for yourself, like adorable coasters or beautiful jewelry.  Some gifts are perfect hostess gifts for the many parties and social occasions that come up this time of year. 

My favorite gift this year was seasonal spiced coffee.  It’s easy to put together, and a lovely gift.  Without gluten, dairy or nuts, it’s also safe for a wide range of recipients.  Even people who don’t drink coffee often like to have some on hand for their holiday guests.

Mix up a big batch of this and bag it up.  Attach a measuring spoon with festive ribbon, and you have a phenomenal handmade gift!

Other Homemade Gift Ideas:

Cup of Seasonal Coffee

This coffee tastes like the holidays in a cup.

Seasonal Coffee Blend

These are the proportions for a pot of coffee.  Make as much as you want to gift, but keep these proportions.


  • 10 tablespoons ground coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick (Ground cinnamon will clog your pot.)


  1. Mix all ingredients together, and bag up in a sealed coffee bag.

Kim Lutz is the author of Welcoming Kitchen: 200 Delicious Allergen and Gluten-free Vegan Recipes and the gluten-free, allergen-free, vegan website, Kim is the co-author with Megan Hart, MS, RD, LD, of The Everything Organic Cooking for Baby and Toddler Book and The Everything Guide to Cooking for Children with Autism.

Read all of Kim’s posts here.

17 Responses to Making Gifts and Holiday Traditions

  • Ricki Heller says:

    I love that blend–what a great idea for my friends who drink coffee (oh, wait, that’s everyone except. . . me). :D And what a FABULOUS idea for a fun gathering–resulting in new gifts!


    Kim Lutz Reply:

    @Ricki Heller, Ricki, It’s such a blast that we start thinking about what to make for the next one as soon as this one’s done!


  • That really is a neat idea for creating/sharing homemade holiday gifts! Simple and pretty packaging for coffee that many would enjoy, too. :-)

    Thanks, Kim!


    Kim Reply:

    @Shirley @ gfe, Thanks, Shirley!


  • Karen Stewart says:

    This sounds yummy but I will be using Teeccino since I don’t drink coffee. It tastes like coffee without the harmful ingredients. You can brew it like coffee also. It is in your local healthfood stores and is wonderfully satisfying for those that like the flavor without the harm.


    Kim Reply:

    @Karen Stewart, Thanks for the info, Karen!


    Maggie Savage Reply:

    @Karen Stewart, Thanks for the info Karen. I was under the impression that Teeccino isn’t gluten-free. Has that changed? Thanks!


    Karen Stewart Reply:

    @Maggie Savage,

    The package states “verified gluten-free”. :-) )


    Maggie Savage Reply:

    Thanks Karen – I looked on their site. Sounds like it’s not good for people with celiac disease, which is what my hubby has.

    Lana Reply:

    @Maggie Savage, I thought it had barley in it as well?


  • Annie says:

    I LOVE the idea of a holiday craft exchange! I might just be doing that next year. Thanks!


    Kim Reply:

    @Annie, You’ll be glad you did! It’s so much fun.


  • Alta says:

    What a lovely and simple gift idea! And that holiday craft exchange is an awesome idea too. Might have to talk with my sisters/sisters-in-law about that!


    Kim Reply:

    @Alta, It’s easy to pull off and super-popular with all who participate.


  • Tess Masters says:

    Kim! I just LOVE the sound of that party. What an absolutely fantastic idea. SO much fun. Happy holidays to you and your family. Can’t wait to see you next year. xx


    Kim Lutz Reply:

    @Tess Masters, Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy new year, Tess!


    Tess Masters Reply:

    @Kim Lutz, Thanks Kim xxx


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