Four Real Food DIY Gifts You Could Make This Weekend!

I’m sure advanced bloggers were popping out posts like this back in October, being all prepared and stuff. Whateves. For the rest of us mere mortals, we are just now (or pretty soon will be) thinking about holiday gifts for all those beautiful people in our lives we’d like to give something special. Here are four Real Food Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Gifts you could truly whip up this weekend and make lives better by Monday. I know, because I’ve tested them all and they could truly be done by a six-year-old (though there is vodka involved). Anywho… maybe there is something here you could crank out with love…

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1. {Vanilla Extract} What you need: 1 cup mason jars, vanilla beans (two beans per jar), cheap tasteless vodka (we used Svedka), a cute note that tells the owner not to begin using it until 8 weeks from the production date, cute ribbon. Here’s a link to the directions I followed: Honey and Birch’s DIY Gift – Vanilla Extract


2. {Limoncello} What you need: 1 quart mason jars, lemons from a nearby tree (friend, neighbor, farmers market, seems like they are everywhere right now – you need 10 lemons per quart), vodka (we used the rest of the Svedka), organic cane sugar, cute ribbon. Here’s the link to the directions we followed: The Kitchn’s How to Make Limoncello **Note that the infusion takes a minimum of four days, so you can do all the work for this one, but will need to finish it off early next week before you can wrap it up with the cute ribbon.

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3. {Seasonings} What you need: 1/2 cup mason jars, various spices that you can buy in bulk from restaurant supply stores like Smart and Final or if you are the planning ahead type, from the internet, little tags with ingredient list and directions, cute ribbon. Here’s a link to my taco seasoning recipe: Lean.Green.Kitchen’s Taco Seasoning Recipe (scroll down, it’s at the bottom of the page). Here’s a link to a ranch dressing: The Crafty Blog Stalker’s Ranch Dressing Recipe. Here’s a link for an Italian seasoning:’s Italian Seasoning Recipe. You are going to need to do a little math to figure out how much you need for the number of jars that you are preparing. I’m stacking two jars and wrapping in tissue paper for each giftee (with the cute ribbon).

Squash Soup

4. {Simple Squash Soup} What you need: A squash (butternut, pumpkin, acorn), celery, carrot, onion, veggie or chicken stock, thyme, salt and pepper. (Plus a quart jar and cute ribbon!) If you really want to surprise and delight someone this holiday season, show up with the gift of homemade soup during the holidays. Add in a bottle of wine and a beautiful sourdough baguette and obtain the highest elf certification ever. Here’s a link to Lean.Green.Kitchen’s Simple Squash Soup Recipe.

Go forth and create beautiful, thoughtful, useful gifts that will bring joy this holiday season to those you love! If you are creating other DIY projects this weekend, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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3 thoughts on “Four Real Food DIY Gifts You Could Make This Weekend!

      • The lemon curd will be paired with scone mix as a gift for teachers (I just realized you and I better consult on this so we’re not gifting the same brilliant gift. I call lemon curd!!!) and the limoncello will be a gift for me :)

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