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Cheap Christmas Gifts (That Are also Yummy)

Updated on December 18, 2012

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'That' time of the year has finally arrived and there is hardly any time left for you to think about the gifts you are going to give to your loved ones. It is not an easy job, especially if you are just like me and you want your gifts to LOOK GOOD, BE USEFUL and at the same time CHEAP. There are many things in stock that are useful and also look good (all shimmery, glistening, with epic bows on them), but the price is usually where the problems arise. What to give to your mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle or any other relative to surprise them and not make a hole in your bank account because of it?

If you are ready to take some time and 'get your hands dirty' here are some cheap Christmas gifts ideas for your loved ones:

JARS FILLED WITH RECIPE INGREDIENTS

Price: less than $5 each (jar included)

Looks: pretty

Usefulness: yummy

Reasonably priced and yummy Christmas gift can be either a recipe for christmas cookies, wintery smelling hot cocoa or coffe, or a delicious risotto. You can choose from the wide variety of recipes that are perfect for your relatives and friends - just make sure you find out what they like.

Here are some exapmles of what you can put in a jar:

Cheap Christmas Gift No.1

Focaccia

Focaccia is an Italian bread suitable for those with a more sophisticated taste. It is easy to make and is also a yummy dinner.

You will need:

1 package of yeast

1 tablespoon of granulated sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons of crushed red pepper flakes

1 1/2 teaspoons of dried rosemary

1 1/2 cups of bread flour

1/2 teaspoon of salt*

(this is the basic ratio of ingredients)

Combine the ingredients and pour the mixture into an airtight container.

If you are giving it as a gift do not forget to attach the following instructions:

Foccacia:

Contents of the jar

1/2 cup of warm water

4 tablespoons of olive oil

Salt

Pesto

Mix contents of jar with warm water and 2 tablespoons of olive oil with a dough hook or wooden spoon until smooth. If it is too dry add water by the tablespoon and if it sticks, add a bit of flour. Knead until smooth and then place into an oiled bowl. Turn to oil all over, cover and let rise until doubled.

Heat oven to 220°C (425°F).

Transfer dough into a pan and roll into a 13 x 9-inch rectangle. Brush with the remaining oil and sprinkle with salt, then bake 5 minutes. Pop air bubbles with a fork and continue baking until golden (about 8 more minutes). Remove from the pan and cut into 3-inch squares.

Serve warm with pesto.

Cheap Christmas Gift No.2

Hot Cinnamon Cocoa

Hot Cinnamorn Cocoa (or coffee) for the little ones, or for the big ones who still like to pamper the child inside with something sweet.

You will need:

2 cups of granulated sugar

4 (1 ounce) squares of unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped

1 1/4 cups of unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tablespoons of instant coffee powder (optional)

1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Process all ingredients in a food processor until chocolate is finely ground. Pour into a jar with a tight-fitting lid.

Include the instructions:

Hot Cinnamon Cocoa (coffee)

For 2 servings:

Stir 1/4 cup mix and 2 tablespoons of hot water in a medium-size saucepan until blended. Gradually stir in 1 1/2 cups of milk. Heat over low heat, stirring occasionally, until hot.

Cheap Christmas Gift No.3

Cookies for Santa

Cookies for Santa or any other kind of cookies that can fit into a jar are a perfect gift for those with sweet tooth.

You will need:

1 1/3 cup of all purpose flour

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1 cup of cooking oats

3/4 cup of m&ms

3/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup of brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup of white sugar

1/3 - 1/2 cup of chopped pecans

Layer all ingredients in a jar and attach the instructions as follows:

Cookies for Santa (26 - 28 pieces):

Contents of the jar

1 slightly beaten egg

1/2 cup of butter (softened in the microwave)

1 teaspoon of vanilla

Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Use the back of a large spoon to work it all together- you may need to use your hands to get a fine mixture.

Roll the cookie dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, place them on a parchment covered baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes in a preheated 180°C (350°F) oven.

Cheap Christmas Gift No.4

Mushroom Risotto

Just so you know that anything can be put into mason jars, I present to you Mushroom Risotto for those who like to enjoy tasty, yet healthy meals.

You will need:

3 ounces of dried mushrooms

1 bundle of thyme

2 cups of rice

1 teaspoon of crushed white peppercorns

1/2 tablespoon of cardamom

2 tablespoons of chili threads (or dried chili)

Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl (slice mushrooms and remove thyme from stems) and put them in a jar. Add instructions as follows:

Mushroom Risotto (4 persons):

Boil water or prepare soup base (3 times the amout of rice - 6 cups) pour dry ingredients into a pot and gradually add boiling water until the rice is cooked.

Cheap Christmas Gift No.5

Honey with Dried Fruits

Jars of honey mixed with dried fruits for those who like sweet and healthy. This dessert originally comes from India, but we will ajdust it slightly.

You will need:

1 quart of honey

Different types of dryed fruits (walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, cashew nuts, dryed cranberries, raisins, dried tropical fruits etc.)

Equally divide dried fruits into jars, top with honey and seal the jar.

FOR ALL JARS OF INGREDIENTS

OF YUMMY CHEAP CHRISTMAS GIFTS

Type or print neatly the cooking directions on a small card, punch a hole in the corner, and attach with a ribbon to the jar. You can also make printable stickers and paste them onto jars or decorate jars with patches of cloth and ribbons. Above all - use your imagination.

And of course... do not forget to make one for yourself! ;)

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    • Hannah David Cini profile image

      Hannah David Cini 

      3 years ago from Nottingham

      I love the bread mix idea, really original and sounds very yummy :)

    • Lilie profile imageAUTHOR

      Lilie 

      5 years ago

      @ohcaroline: Maybe you should also try one of those other suggestions ;) Thanks for stopping by.

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      ohcaroline 

      5 years ago

      I received one of these this Christmas that had fruit and nut bread. It was so good. I really enjoyed it.

    • Lilie profile imageAUTHOR

      Lilie 

      5 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: So do I. They are cute and very easy to mae :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      5 years ago from United States

      I have made and received this gifts in a jar several times. I love them!

    • Lilie profile imageAUTHOR

      Lilie 

      5 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you, it's nice to hear that :)

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      WriterJanis2 

      5 years ago

      I love the idea that you're giving as homemade gift.

    • Lilie profile imageAUTHOR

      Lilie 

      5 years ago

      @Golfman7: Thanks, I'm glad you found something you like ;)

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      Golfman7 

      5 years ago

      Some great ideas here for Christmas. Mushroom risotto is a favourite dish in our house.

    • Lilie profile imageAUTHOR

      Lilie 

      5 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you, I'm glad you like it :)

    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Great food gift ideas! The Cinnamon Cocoa really caught my eye!

    • Lilie profile imageAUTHOR

      Lilie 

      5 years ago

      @uros-males: If I could I would take orders, but I am sure your gf will bo more than happy to make you one if only you show her the recipe ;)

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      uros-males 

      5 years ago

      Looks very good! I want to get one. Do you take orders for Hot Cinnamon Cocoa?

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