When we work beside people day in and day out, we might only think we know them. At Christmas, it becomes all too clear that we don’t really know them at all.
One thing is for sure: Everyone loves to eat! This year, give cheap Christmas presents to your co-workers that they’ll love.
I’ve always heard the old saying: ‘The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” The same goes true for friends, family, and, yes, even co-workers. With a few ingredients and some Christmas wrapping, you’ll whip up some food presents for office gifts even the boss will love. Of course, you can use this homemade Christmas present for church family, teachers, or anyone else on your Christmas list.
To begin making your homemade food presents, gather all the ingredients. Keep in mind, these ingredients are just a guideline and can be added to or changed, if needed. The recipe below will make around 12 to 14 cups depending on how closely you stick to the directions. I find myself throwing in more of one item or changing the ingredients to fit my mood. Just a tip: make some extra for yourself.
- 6 cups granola cereal
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1 cup candy-coated chocolate pieces (red & green) like M&Ms
- 3/4 cup shredded sweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup dried banana chips
- 1/2 cup other dried fruit (your choice)
- 1/2 cup peanut butter chips (optional)
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
Around the holidays, you can find many different sizes of plastic food bags or festive plastic containers with lids. These are great to put your food presents in to showcase your homemade Christmas gifts. If you will be using one of these containers, simply pour all of the ingredients into an extra large bowl and mix. Then, add to the containers. For more holiday flavor, you can spice the mixture up a bit by adding 3 teaspoons of cinnamon before mixing ingredients together.
You can also fill a 12 oz. mason jar with a lid by layering the ingredients instead of mixing them all together in a bowl. Begin with the granola cereal. Then, layer ingredients into the jar until it looks pleasing to the eye. There is no right or wrong way to layer. Continue filling jars until all of the ingredients are gone.
Homemade Christmas Presents
To give the food present a more homemade feel, wrap it with wrapping paper, festive fabric, or even tie a holiday bow on it. Add a name card, and you’re finished. In a very short time, you’ll have made quite a few office gifts for your co-workers.
Children love to help cook. This recipe is easy to make, and with no knives or heat involved, it makes it a perfect recipe for kids to help make.