My mom and I had had this idea for several years before we actually executed it, mainly because we found that finding gifts for everyone on our list was hard, and because we're all in positions to purchase what we want for ourselves and because we're not always sure what people really would like. Today, our friends and family look forward to our gift baskets just to see what we will come up with each year and because they enjoy what they are getting.
I think that first year, we made Bloody Mary mix, a cheese ball, and bread sticks that we then packaged up with drinking glasses, mixing sticks, a small bottle of vodka, a small cutting board and cheese knife. We included the recipes for the homemade items as well. We created a Hot Chocolate-themed basket for our non-drinking family and friends that same year, with a fleece throw blanket, mugs, hot chocolate packets and candles that I added wintry-themed stamps to.
Another year, I made lemon bars in glass pans that I had stenciled the family's last name on.
We actually start thinking up our theme almost as soon as Christmas is over as sometimes what we want to do takes time and planning.
For 2015, our basket theme was "Fresh from the Farm".
|A Finished Jar of my Oven Dried Tomatoes. Cameron and I love these.|
|A Finished Jar of my Fig Preserves. These have been a huge hit - to the point that people don't want to share any with visiting family or friends.|
|An Unfinished Jar of the Pickled Sweet Banana Peppers. Definitely on the list for growing and canning next year.|
|An unfinished jar of my Pickled Lemon Cucumbers. They were a hit too - people actually have asked for more.|
|This is my mom's painting in digital form.|