Homemade Christmas Gifts!

The holidays are almost here and I bet there are some people on your list that you do not know what to get them!

There are always a handful of people where I am just stumped on the gift ideas. They have everything. They need nothing. They are the impossibles.

This year, though, I know what to get those folks. And it is glorious. It is the bestest, most easiest, most beautifulest gift in the whole wide world.

It’s homemade. It’s not too expensive. And it looks like it took you a long time.

Ready for it? It’s mixed nuts!

No wait! Come back. I’m serious! These are the best mixed nuts in all the world. My husband’s co-worker has been bringing us a jar of these mixed nuts every year for the last 10 years and a few years ago (after greedily consuming the entire jar all by myself) I finally got up the courage to ask her how she does it. They are *smooches fingers* fantastico!

And they are super easy.

Poured into a mason jar with a big ribbon around them, they make the most beautiful gift. And because they’re a consumable, you don’t have to worry about it being a redundant gift or something that the person doesn’t really need.

It’s really, the perfect gift.

And, I’m going to share the recipe with you, dear readers! So, it’s like I’m giving you a gift as well.

Krista’s Nuts

  • 18 oz mized nuts
  • 2 tbs unsalted butter
  • 4 tbs brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp (or more) cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbs fresh rosemary leaves

THAT’S IT! Roast the nuts on a baking sheet for 10 minutes at 350. Melt the butter, brown sugar and cayenne pepper together in the microwave. Mix the hot nuts with the butter mixture and stir really well to combine. Add in the rosemary leaves. Mix again.

Let cool and then portion into individual gift jars. Add a pretty ribbon or bow and viola! Christmas gifts are done.

Now, nuts are not the most inexpensive thing to buy. So a couple ways to keep the cost down coming at you. Buy the GIANT tins of nuts at Costco – this is 2.5 pounds of nuts, or 40 oz. The recipe calls for 18 oz of nuts – but I divide that into two jars. So you’re getting about 4 or 5 gifts here for. That’s about $5 a person plus the cost of a mason jar. You can get a 12 pack of 8 oz mason jars for $15 on Amazon. I like these wide-mouth ones.

You can also check out the bulk bins at your local grocery store to see if they might have a better deal on the nuts. But you can make a whole lot of jars of nuts for not too much cashola.

These are also the perfect gift for when someone drops by unexpectedly with presents and you are completely unprepared. Plus, there are always one or two “OMG I forgot about your mother’s cousin’s dog-walker!” moments.

These keep for about two weeks or so, so don’t make them too early. The good news is that they don’t take much effort. It’s an easy weeknight project. Set your partner to tieing the bows and that’s half the work covered. Done and done.

Got a great home-made gift idea? Drop me a note in the comments!

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