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Gift Giving Christmas Ideas

15 Dec

If you’re still in need of some easy homemade gifts to make for Christmas, here’s some suggestions.

Homemade Christmas Scent Potpourri

twofrugalgals christmas scent in a jar

I love this idea of filling a jar with fresh citrus slices and spices! The recipient simply adds the contents into a pan and simmers it on the stove. Mmm, bet it smells marvelous! It’s on my to do list. Here’s the link: http://twofrugalgals.com/2013/12/11/diy-christmas-scent-potpourri/

Bird Seed Wreath

winter bird seed wreath

I made this for my mom last year. It was easy and fun to make. Here’s the link: http://www.themotherhuddle.com/tutorial-bird-seed-wreath

Homemade Pop Tarts

Family Says homemade pop tarts

How cute are these! What child wouldn’t want to pop these in the toaster. It’s on my list of things I want to try for the grandkids. Here’s the link: http://familysays.wordpress.com/2013/01/28/homemade-pop-tarts/

Homemade Kahlua

homemadegiftguru homemade kahlua

I made and gifted this recipe last year. It’s really easy to make and tastes great! Here’s the link: http://www.homemadegiftguru.com/homemade-kahlua.html

Homemade Coffee and Almond Caramel Corn

A perfect companion to the Homemade Kahlua. Here’s the link: http://www.homemadegiftguru.com/caramel-popcorn-recipe.html

Last year I made the Coffee and Almond Caramel Corn for my kids using my puffed caramel corn recipe and it turned out great! I just added a little coffee extract to the recipe and added chocolate covered coffee beans and almonds after it cooled…yummy!  https://pegsgottado.wordpress.com/2012/08/06/carmel-corn/

Sweet and Spicy Nut and Pretzel Mix

sweet and spicy nut and pretzel mix

For those who likes things on the spicy side, this snack mix does the trick! Here’s the link: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/sweet-spicy-nut-pretzel-mix-50400000125444/

Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Bites

Chocolate covered rice krispie bites

Here’s another treat the kids will love. They’re quick and easy to make from pre-packaged Rice Krispie Bars. Here’s the link:


Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Caden eating granola bar

Here’s a healthier alternative for the kids. Here’s the link:


Homemade Soups, Breads, Casseroles and more

Homemade food items make great Christmas gifts.  My husband and I make large batches of our “specialty” recipes like hamburgers, chili, buffalo chicken chili, pizza soup, barley soup, baked ziti, lasagna, bagels, etc.  We label and freeze them in plastic and foil containers to give to employees and family as gifts.  What’s also nice about this is that our freezer get stocked up too! 

Melted Crayon Shapes

Heart Crayons

My daughter made these heart shaped crayons for Valentines with her kids. They would make a nice Christmas gift too using old muffin tins or cookie cutters wrapped with foil. Here’s the link: https://pegsgottado.wordpress.com/2013/02/09/valentines-day-heart-shaped-crayons/

Felt Snowman

Felt Snowman Friends display

Any child would love to have one of these cute snowmen that they can put out every Christmas. They’re quick and easy to make. Here’s the link:


Kids Seatbelt Pillows

Angry Bird Seatbelt Pillow

These kids seatbelt pillows are really popular now. They’re great to have for those long trips and can be made from their favorite cartoon character fabric. They’re easy and inexpensive to make. Here’s the link:


Hope these ideas help!

Homemade Kahlua and Irish Creme and Coffee Almond Caramel Corn

7 Jan

homemade kahlua and irish cream

I really like Kahlua and Irish Creme, so when I found these homemade recipes before Christmas, I couldn’t wait to try them.   If they turn out I was going to serve it at our Christmas Eve party and give some as gifts.   I found the Kahlua recipe at http://www.homemadegiftguru.com/homemade-kahlua.html.   There are several different gift-giving ideas on this site too, so check it out.

Homemade Kahlua Recipe

I wanted to test it first so I made half the recipe.    I only simmered my mixture for about an hour rather than the stated 1 1/2 – 2 hours.    My mixture did reduce down into a syrup like consistency.    You need to keep an eye on the temperature.    As it reduced I kept lowering the temperature to keep it at a simmer.   Otherwise it starts to boil and foam up, especially towards the end…so make sure you use a large pot and watch the temperature.

kahlua ready to bottle

I got 2 1/2 cups of Kahlua from half the recipe.   For my bottles, I used the small Kahlua Mudslide bottles. Yes, I had to drink them first…yum!   The bottles hold about 8 ounces, so I was able to fill 2 1/2 of them. I kept them in a cabinet and after a week I just had to give them a taste.   Hmm, it turned out really good!    I served it to my son’s girlfriend and my daughter and they both liked it.   Success!

For Christmas, I made the full recipe.   I didn’t have the full 1/4 cup of instant coffee so I used one cup of brewed coffee and 3 cups water.   After the mixture simmered and cooled I tasted it and decided to add 1/2 teaspoon of coffee extract. I did use “pure” vanilla extract because it does make a difference.

The site also has several Kahlua recipes that I copied and made into a brochure to add to the bottles.   I also made and taped labels onto the bottles…love my 2” tape dispenser.  Here’s a pdf file of the Kahlua Recipes Brochure if you want to make some.

I gave my sister a bottle of Kahlua along with a gift certificate for Christmas. She’s our beautician and doesn’t charge us, so my husband and I always give her something for Christmas.   I think she liked getting the Kahlua because she went around the shop showing everyone.

Coffee Almond Caramel Corn

The site also has this great Coffee Almond Caramel Corn recipe. (http://www.homemadegiftguru.com/caramel-popcorn-recipe.html).   When I read that it contains chocolate covered espresso beans I knew I wanted to make it and gift it with the Kahlua and Irish Creme.   I used my puff corn caramel corn recipe (because it’s the best), and added some coffee extract (instead of the instant coffee), almonds and of course, the chocolate covered coffee beans.  Oh, it turned out really good! My girls (and their spouses) liked it so much they ate it all in one day and has requested more.   Hmm, you think maybe I didn’t give them enough? :)

Homemade Irish Creme

Unfortunately, I can’t recall where I found this recipe.  It turned out really good and was extremely easy to make. The recipe filled 4 small Kahlua bottles, which is about 4 cups. The Jameson Irish whiskey was a little pricey compared to the Vodka…$13.55 for 375ml bottle (about 12 ounces).  Unlike the Kahlua, it does need to be refrigerated.

1 cup heavy cream

14 oz. Sweetened condensed milk

1 1/3 cups Irish Whiskey (like Jameson)

2 Tablespoons chocolate syrup

1 teaspoon instant coffee

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon almond extract

Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend for 1 minute.   Store in airtight container(s) in the refrigerator for up to a month.

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