Small budget this holiday? Give the gift of food!


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The list of people we buy holiday gifts for grows every year. Family, friends and coworkers all add up quickly — making your list a potentially expensive endeavor. Our tip for holiday shoppers on a budget: food!

An easy and wallet-friendly fix for your list is creating some food fun. These ideas are not only delicious but also heartfelt gifts that won’t take a chunk out of your wallet!


Chocolate dipped goodies

(Recipe courtesy of Country Living)
Dip store-bought pretzels or peppermint sticks into melted chocolate, let them dry and then wrap them up in a cute holiday box! Choose dark chocolate for added antioxidants.

  • 12 (5-inch) peppermint sticks or pretzels
  • 7 ounces of dark chocolate, melted


Dip peppermint sticks or pretzels, one at a time, into melted chocolate. Transfer to a baking pan lined with parchment paper. Allow chocolate to set slightly, about 5 minutes. Roll chocolate end of peppermint sticks in nonpareils. Return to lined pan and let stand at room temperature until chocolate hardens.


Holiday granola mix

(Recipe courtesy of Country Living)
A delicious and nutritious holiday gift! Invest in a few cute containers and ribbons for a gorgeous gift for all of your office pals.

  • 18 ounces of old-fashioned oats
  • 8 ounces of sliced almonds
  • 1 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1 cup of chopped dried apricots
  • 1 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks of unsalted of butter
  • 1/2 cup of honey


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, toss together all ingredients except butter and honey. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt unsalted butter. Stir in honey. Pour over oat mixture and toss to distribute. Spread granola onto a parchment lined baking pan and bake, stirring occasionally, until oats are toasted and sugar begins to caramelize, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely on pan. Transfer to an airtight container.