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Nov 19, 2007 01:18 PM

Christmas Gift Ideas

Hello. For the past few years, we usually gave "snacks" as Christmas gifts to our friends, neighbors, colleagues, etc We have given Parisian bread, dessert wines, nice chocolate chip cookies, etc I looking for some fresh new ideas in the $10-$15 range. TIA !

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  1. How about homemade jelly, or spiced nuts, or something along those lines?

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    1. re: ctflowers

      What about making your own gourmet hot chocolate mix. You can make it as fancy as you want, with different mixtures/spices - I'm sure there's some old threads you can surf here to give you some ideas. Pour it in a jar, fix with a nice pretty bow, with directions on how to make it. You could even make some homemade marshmallows to go with it, if you're so inclined.

    2. a nice tin of peppermint bark, or some imported dried figs stuffed with almonds.

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      1. re: vvvindaloo

        Second the bark, I bought boxes of this at TJ's (sorry, not homemade!) as grandma/aunt gifts last year.

        If you have a Penzeys near you, you can do a little gift box of their small jars of spices within your price range.

      2. How about an expensive bottle of pure vanilla extract tied with a red ribbon?

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        1. re: Oh Robin

          All great ideas ! Please keep them coming !
          To be more specific, I would prefer something that will require no manual labor =),
          with 4 young kids and a busy holiday schedule, looking to conserve my energy for cooking, wining and dining. Also, maybe something both foodie and non-foodie alikes will enjoy. I always enjoying finding little niche online vendors that focus on their very own prouduct. Thanks again.

        2. I know you said something that a non-foodie would enjoy, but how about an inexpensive cast iron/ceramic pot (I think Target/WalMart has some for about 15-20) with the recipe (one a nice notecard, tied to the pot lid) for the no knead bread.

          I'm planning on doing that (Marshalls has some mid priced "Le Creuset" type pans for $40) for everyone (really just my mother, his parents, his sister) along with an Earthbox and seeds. If you can bake bread and grow veggies, you won't starve.

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          1. re: ChandraNH

            I want to be on your list, as I would love to receive an Earthbox! The place where they were born is very close to me in FL., and I am going to take a little ride there to see it all. What a wonderful way to grow about almost everything.

            1. re: ChandraNH

              Ooh, can you share your no-knead bread recipe? I just got a dutch oven and am dying to explore with it. Also, am intrigued by this Earthbox thing. You should have happy gift recipients. I would be.

            2. How about a Reynolds Handi-Vac! A wonderful little tool, and it's on my list to give to many. Only $10 too!!!