Creating Your Own Gift Basket For the Holidays

Posted on December 09, 2012 by LISA KUNIZAKI | 0 Comments

This year I've decided to put together a few gift baskets for some special people in my life. I admit that this year's gifts took a little more time to make, but it was completely worth it.

I started on my Fire Cider the first week of November and that's nearly complete. I spent last weekend making Boiled Apple Cider Syrup thanks to my trusty enamel pot and I made a few pots of lip balm before that.  

Packaging is equally important. It's really all in the details! I made these gift tags (kraft tags $2.99 for 25) for all the mason jars (Ball Mason Jars on amazon 12 for $13) which will be tied with tea stained twine. I bought the stamp in a craft shop for $2.99.  

 I found these chocolate bars at Le Pain Quotidien for $1.95 each. They are all USDA Organic, Fair Trade Belgian Dark Chocolate.

Espresso, Masala Chai & Thé Earl Grey

I ordered several jars of Pim Techamuanvivit's jams. Here are the flavors I bought: Elephant Heart Plum Jam, Blueberry & Golden Raspberry Jam, Baby Crawford Peach, FFS! (stands for fraises {strawberries}, framboises {raspberries}, and Solera {aged sherry vinegar}, and Joe's Strawberries In Hibiscus & Rose Syrup. (Photo credit: Tasting Table) I love to use compote for scones, yogurt, ice cream, pancakes, waffles, buttered toast and even cocktails.

I also brought back a few pouches of Lavender Scone Mix from Hawai'i made by Ali'i Kula Lavender. They are sustainable and make all of their products on Maui. You can make arrangements to visit their farm and tour their gardens. I love finding unique food items when traveling.

Picked up the Lavender Strawberry Syrup too.

Off the topic of food, I really like to gift these Fujifilm Instax Mini Cameras. They are a lot of fun to use at parties and gatherings. I know everyone uses their phone to take pictures nowadays, but it's always fun to have a "hard copy" in hand. I still prefer handwritten notes so it's understandable that I still like polaroids.   

The Polaroid CZA 10011 PoGo Instant Mobile Printer is my other favorite go-to item to gift. Mobile and easy-to-use, the Polaroid PoGo Instant Mobile Printer provides a great way to share digital photos directly from your camera cell phone or digital camera.

For my tea loving friends, I would gift my Angel Wing Cup Huggers because the holidays are THE most important time to believe in angels, according to my mother, and... 

the Alada Gold Winged Teacup Set to complete the look.

I can't wait for my bottles to arrive this week so I can decant my Fire Cider into them. I'd like to bake a few cookies and maybe some savory crackers to add to the basket. I'm going to have to look around for some recipes. Till next time...

Happy Sunday!












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