Meaningful Gifts for the Holidays

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Along with thankfulness for health, family, friends and meaningful work (not asking too much, is it?), one of the things I’m sometimes forgetful about, but which deserves its own category of thanks, is healthy food to eat.  Once I learned about healthy alternatives to most of the processed, high-sugar and high-fat products I’d been eating before, I never looked back and certainly don’t miss them around the holidays.

Why not share the whole foods wealth with your friends this year, and make up some gifts that will satisfy the need for something indulgent, tasty and delicious—while still encouraging and promoting a healthier body? A great way to show your loved ones how much you care is through homemade, “good-for-you” gifts.

Here’s a collection of ideas to get you started (including a few non-food items).

You Make It: Gifts that you make, wrap and deliver:

They Make It

These gifts are made of recipe components that your recipients can then use to create delicious food or drink.

  • AP Flour Mix—and Maggie’s Cupcakes in a mix! Just add a short instruction card and your recipient can make her/his own treats easily.
  • Pancake mix (mix the dry ingredients, with instructions on what to add)
  • Soup mix (switch up the ingredients for a gluten-free mix, and add your own cooking instructions)

Non-Food Gifts

How about gifts that can be used while cooking, or in the kitchen?

What’s your favorite food-related gift to give at the holidays? Please share your own ideas in the comments!

Ricki Heller is the blogger behind Diet, Dessert and Dogs and the author of Sweet Freedom: Desserts You’ll Love without Wheat, Eggs, Dairy or Refined Sugar , recommended by Ellen DeGeneres on her website.  Ricki’s second book,  a revised and updated version of Sweet Freedom that’s 100% gluten-free and lower glycemic, is due out in Fall of 2013. She lives near Toronto with her husband and two dogs. Find Ricki on Facebook, twitter, and Pinterest, too!

14 Responses to Meaningful Gifts for the Holidays

  • Hallie says:

    Thanks for including my granola recipe and cookbook in your suggestions, Ricki! I’d love to give or receive any one of these heartfelt gifts. :)

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    Ricki Heller Reply:

    @Hallie, Thanks, Hallie! I do think handmade/home-baked gifts are always the best. :)

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  • Kathryn says:

    Love these ideas. After being totally absorbed for weeks by my son’s wedding that was just two days ago I’ve all the sudden realized that Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here in the blink of an eye. Thanks for getting me thinking and giving such great recipes and gifts.

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    Ricki Heller Reply:

    @Kathryn, Congrats on your son’s wedding! The best reason I can think of to be preoccupied. ;) I hope you find something you like in this list, too! :)

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  • Maggie says:

    Thanks for sharing my flour mix Ricki : ) This is such a great round-up, pinning for future use!

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    Ricki Heller Reply:

    @Maggie, Thanks, Maggie! The pie crust I made with it was spectacular, as I recall! :)

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  • Alisa says:

    Ooh, I love these ideas and the recipes … oh the recipes! They all sound delish!

    I’m boring, I love to give cookies or homemade chocolates. I need more fun ideas!

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    Ricki Heller Reply:

    @Alisa, Yay! Thanks, Alisa. And how could cookies EVER be boring?? ;-)

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  • Holly Ellerton says:

    I love to make homemade PB cups, and other chocolates and goodies. Sharing homemade food is the best way I can show how much I care…

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    Ricki Heller Reply:

    @Holly Ellerton, I couldn’t agree more–and it’s SO great to receive homemade gifts, isn’t it? :)

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  • Carol says:

    I love to make and to receive homemade gifts especially but also I am a suck for a new cookbook! Thank you for including my jam recipe. Does this mean it is time to start thinking of the holidays?

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    Ricki Heller Reply:

    @Carol, I know, Carol, they snuck up too fast! But yep–the holidays are definitely on the way! ;)

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  • Alta Mantsch says:

    Ricki, I’d be more than happy if I received any of these gifts! :) I love to give candy. Peanut brittle, chocolate bark, caramels – probably because i love to eat those things too. Cookies are also wonderful. :)

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  • Tess Masters says:

    Great suggestions Ricki. I LOVE Wild About Greens. What a fantastic book!

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