Are you stressed out about the Christmas food gifts you need to make for family, friends, teachers, co-workers or neighborhoods? In the past I always stressed about them; for some reason, making food gifts was one of my biggest stresses of the Christmas season.
Most years, I started thinking, worrying and strategizing about them early in November, and didn’t stop until the last one was delivered. But not anymore. Because a few years ago I came up with a Christmas food gift (which is also a healthy food gift!) that has ratcheted my stress level way down – homemade granola. (This post includes Amazon affiliate links.)
Your Christmas food gift problem – solved!
Yes, granola. It’s easy to make, and people love it. I mean, they really love it – probably because it’s delicious AND it’s often the only healthy food gift they recieve – a welcome respite from cookies and candy. Once you start making it, they will look forward to it every year!
It’s also easy to package. You can use standard canning jars (of different sizes, depending on the size gift you want to give) or slightly fancier jars. You can also use cute brown craft paper bags like these (or these) or Christmas cellophane bags. Check out the options on Amazon or in Target, Walmart or Michael’s.
I’m not crafty or artistic in the least, but even I can make a cute little granola package. Last year I used tall Mason jars for some of my granola, and I liked them so much that I’m planning to use them again this year. And if I don’t have enough jars I’ll just use simple cellophane bags with ribbon.
This Christmas food gift saves time and reduces stress!
But even though I love all of those things about granola, there’s one thing I love even more – you can make it way ahead of time and freeze it. So you can start making food gifts right now that you won’t need until right before Christmas. Just make the granola, cool it, and freeze it in freezer bags or containers. When you need it, pull it out, open the container so it can breathe, let it come to room temperature, and package it. It is a life saver.
So, if you’re worried about running out of time, money and energy, and you still need to make some gifts, use my As-You-Like-It Granola recipe to make some Cherry Pecan or Cranberry Almond Granola – or any other combination you like. Your friends and your stress level will thank you.
(Want more ideas for reducing stress and enjoying the season? Be sure to download my free ebook, 75 Healthy Ideas for Your Life and Marriage this Christmas.)