Merry Christmas from The Organic Kitchen!

It’s that time of year to show thanks for all those people in your life that you appreciate… teachers, neighbors, co-workers, friends, gardeners, mailmen, crossing guards, the list goes on and on. Showing appreciation sure can get expensive! So I have some DIY solutions for you that start in the pennies! And if you don’t have time for DIY, I have some inexpensive “let someone else do it” ideas as well!

Your best friends in this DIY adventure wiill be these little baggies and mason jars in various sizes: 4 oz like these , 8 oz like these, or 12 oz like these…just keep in mind the bigger the baggie or mason jar the more the project will cost.

Let’s start with the least expensive gifts first…Sea Salt and Herbs!


















I use Maldon’s Flaked Sea Salt and combine it with lemon zest,  pepper, or fresh rosemary…or combinations of all three. Include a recipe card using this recipe and you have a really special gift for under $1! Just fill whatever size bag you choose half way with salt and then add seasonings listed above, fold the bag and label it! You could also fill a small mason jar instead of a plastic bag.

The Let Someone Else Do It Option:

Order this salt and give it to your friends in the box it comes in. On a more creative note…these seasonings don’t have to come in a bag or jar, take a peek at these beautiful tree ornaments filled with salt and herbs from Healthy Roots, Happy Soul!

Chocolate, Chocolate and More Chocolate:

My recipe for Smoked Almond and Sea Salt Chocolate Bark and this recipe for Almond Joy Chocolate Bark from Happy Health Nut make a delectable gift for the chocolate lover. Just wrap bark in cellophane, tie with a ribbon and voila! A tasty treat for about $2.00.

For the peppermint lover, try these Peppermint Bark Stir Sticks from Jar’O Honey or these Peppermint Christmas Chocolates from Real Food Outlaws. For you toffee lovers, this recipe for chocolate butterscotch toffee from Eco Karen is to die for!

The Let Someone Else Do It Option:

Buy this  Dark Chocolate and Pumpkin Seed Bark, separate it into single portions and give to your hearts content! $2-$4 a gift!

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Infused oils make a lovely gift!

They look beautiful on the counter but they are also functional! This recipe for chive infused oil comes from The Daily Pea. The cost will depend on the quality of the olive oil and the size of bottle you use. If you are an olive oil lover, or know someone that is, you should definitely check out this book as a gift option!

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Salted Caramel and Caramelized Nuts:

Both are fantastic options for our mason jar or gift bag gifts. My Salted Caramel Sauce and Caramelized Nut Recipes are easy to make, taste delicious and last for weeks, but the best part? There’s a video tutorial for each! Click to see how to make salted caramel and how to make caramelized nuts! And try not to laugh…I need a little work in front of the camera.  

The Let Someone Else Do It Option:

Buy these goat cheese caramels from The Simple Farm, already made, already wrapped!

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Nut Butters, Apple Butters and Homemade Nutella!

All of these ideas are fabulous in any size mason jar! Depending on the jar size, cost is between $3-$6.
Slow Cooked Apple Butter from Honey, Ghee and Me!
Cardamom Fig Jam from The Savory Lotus
Nut Butters in three flavors from Eat, Play Love More
Homemade Nutella from So Let’s Hang Out

The Let Someone Else Do It Option:

Buy Nutella, or your favorite store bought gourmet jam, divide into mason jars, slap a personalized label on it and who will be the wiser?

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Make Your Own Cinnamon and Vanilla Extract:

This recipe comes from Life Made Full and makes a beautiful gift. Just try not to booze it up while making it…remember don’t drink and cook.

The Let Someone Else Do It Option:

Buy Neilsen Massey Vanilla Paste and give it as is:) It’s my favorite vanilla product! For ’14 other edible gifts in a jar’ take a look at this from Shalom Mama.

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Scrubs. Salts and Soaks:

Ten DIY Scrubs from Naturally Mindful… there is something for everybody on this list!
Have trouble sleeping? Let these Sleepy Time Bath Salts from Live Simply take you to lala land! And this Peppermint Foot Soak  from Rethink Simple looks good enough to eat!

The Let Someone Else Do It Option:

I bought all my stocking stuffers from Scratch Mommy’s Etsy Shop! I ran out of time…I am planning a wedding people!

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Cookies, Cakes and Other Treats:

If you prefer to give food…well here ya go!

Raspberry Chocolate Clusters from yours truly:)
Naked Chocolate Cake from Moi (that’s ‘me’ in french)
Traditional Spanish Christmas Cookies from Oh The Things We’ll Make”
“Russian Tea Cookies” from Yearning and Learning!
Chocolate Chip Pecan Oatmeal Cookies with Orange Glaze…yep, from me again:)

Can’t leave out our friends with dietary restrictions!
Paleo Apple Cinnamon Cake from Paleo Gone Sassy
Vegan ‘Snickers Bites’ from Amy’s Piece Of Cake (instructions in English and swedish)

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You know what else makes a fabulous gift? My Cookbooks! The eBook is only $14.99 and you can send it to anyone, anywhere!

From the bottom of my heart I wish you and yours a blessed Christmas!

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”

~ Calvin Coolidge