10 {Healthy} Homemade Holiday Gifts

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Time is flying!

Tonight marks the third night of Hanukkah so if you celebrate – Happy Hanukkah! Plus, Christmas is just two weeks away. If you are still shaking your head thinking about a Hanukkah or Christmas gift for someone special, keep reading!

I put together a list of 10 awesome Healthy Homemade Holiday Gifts that are easy to make, relatively inexpensive and much more personal than any gift you can purchase!

Making homemade sugar scrub is super easy and every time I do it, I ask myself why on earth I used to pay $30 and $40 for glass tubs of this stuff? My favorite recipe is this Rosemary Sugar Scrub from Savory Simple. It is the perfect scent for the holidays and can be packaged up in mason jars or apothecary jars. I like to make a little gift basket and include a set of luxurious washcloths and a candle.

While we are on the subject of bath products, these Homemade Bath Salts from Healthy Green Kitchen are a great gift. I have used this base recipe a bunch of times now and really love it {NOTE – I never use the food coloring}. If you are feeling really creative, you could up the ante and make a super spa gift basket as I described above plus include some bath salts. Personally, I would LOVE that gift. Not that I am hinting or anything 😉

Now, for another type of homemade salt gift but this time for the kitchen. Homemade Citrus Sea Salt from The Cheap Recipe Blog is so versatile. Haley uses citrus zest and Maldon Sea Salt, which is the most amazing finishing sea salt. I have also done versions with dried herbs and even ground spices. A great gift would be a homemade variety pack with a theme. I am thinking for citrus — one each of lemon salt, lime salt, orange salt and maybe even something exotic like blood orange salt. Pair this with a fabulous cookbook and you have another fantastic gift!

My personal favorite is holiday bark. Everyone loves candy right? This Salted Dark Chocolate Holiday Bark with Pistachios and Cranberries is always a winner, easy to make, travels well and keeps for a while!

I spotted this Dark Chocolate Superfood Holiday Bark on SpaBettie the other day and thought it would also make a fabulous holiday gift for anyone on your list is who is health-conscious or into natural foods.

Homemade candy is an awesome gift, especially when it is healthy homemade candy! My Dark Chocolate Covered Date Cups recipe makes 2 dozen of these delicious and healthy 2 Points Plus candies. Pick up a couple candy boxes and some festive ribbon and you have a perfect hostess gift, gift for your kids teacher or anyone you can hand deliver it to. I don’t suggest mailing these because they could melt a bit or get damaged along the way.

Another homemade confection that would make an awesome gift are my Chocolate Cherry Crunch Bites. A single batch makes 48 squares so you are talking multiple gifts here which is a major bonus. These are a perfect gift for the culinary adventurer in your life. Package them in a gift basket or tin along with a pouch of  Mahlab and a couple printed out recipes that use this wonderful middle eastern spice. Here are some recipes I found featuring Mahlab sound fantastic! Armenian Brioche filled with Dates, Honey and Walnuts and Date-Walnut Loaf Cake.

A classic homemade holiday gift is a recipe in a jar. One of the things I love about that is that you give the recipient a lot of options. They can use any type of milk, egg replacer or yogurt in place of half the butter to customize the baked goods, keep them vegan or just experiment a bit. This Almond Cranberry Bread in a Jar from Baker Street is a perfect choice!

Another popular healthy homemade gift is Granola. I like this Maple Nut Granola from The Messy Baker because it is full of expensive raw nuts. That really kicks it up a notch and makes the homemade gift extra special in my opinion. Who wouldn’t want to be on the receiving end of this? If you want to lighten it up just a bit, I suggest cutting down the brown sugar to 1/4 cup and omitting the honey but keeping the 3/4 cup maple syrup.

Finally, you can’t go wrong with my Cinnamon Walnut Biscotti! They are a cinch to make, only 2 Points Plus each and unbelievably tasty. Plus, they travel well so you can pack them up and ship them wherever you want (after completely cooled, of course).

I hope this healthy homemade holiday guide helps to solve at least some of your holiday gift dilemmas! And just in case you need another delicious and healthy holiday cookie, stay tuned because I am posting my Whole Wheat Gingerbread Biscotti on Wednesday!

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  1. says

    I sure wish I had seen this earlier because they are great ideas. I think I will make the scrub and bath salts for my mother-in-laws 70th birthday next week. She always appreciates homemade gifts (as does any person in their right mind) and she LOVES lolling in the bath (ditto). Thanks for putting this post together, and for all of your fabulous posts this year. All best for 2013 x
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    • EverydayMaven says

      You are welcome! I hope she enjoys them – sounds like a great bday present to me! Happy Holidays and New Year Kellie! :)

    • EverydayMaven says

      We started a new tradition this year and all the adults have to make homemade gifts for each other. Should be interesting to say the least 😉

    • EverydayMaven says

      So am I Joanne and since most of the gifts I make have to be shipped, I have to be careful about the packaging as well.

  2. says

    Thanks for sharing this terrific list! Homemade gifts are just the best. I’ll be making a few of these to give. Your upcoming gingerbread biscotti sound very tempting! I need to make gifts that ship well, so they’ll be perfect. Granola,chocolate bark and cocoa mix are always on my list, too. Happy gift making!
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    • EverydayMaven says

      You are welcome – so glad you are finding it helpful! I love shipping biscotti, bath salts, body scrub and kitchen salts. Cocoa Mix is also a great idea!

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