I can see all the possibilities! Bath and body gift basket. Chocolate lovers gift basket. Grill masters gift basket with grilling tools. Jelly baskets. Dip lovers baskets with serving bowls. The ideas are endless!
I made a gift basket using this soup mix. The idea and recipe are adapted from Diane Phillips's book, The Perfect Mix. I put the jar of black beans, jar of spice mixture, and a jar of California Corn Bread Mix, #72132 into a brightly colored basket along with a reggae music CD. Decorated with colorful ribbon. Looked cool and it made a great gift.
This is a great idea for gifts. I would mix it up for teachers, Girl Scout helpers, etc. Decorate the jar with a recipe card, checked fabric rounds and a cute little ribbon. The idea comes from one of those inserts that comes in Ball canning jars.
Place these homemade rocks in a bowl or dish to scent your room. This is a nice alternative to potpourri! Recipe from www.make-stuff.com I dusted my scented rocks with some cocoa powder and they look so tempting now, you would believe that they are some edible coloured cookies. This will be nice fun to have around on April Fools Day!
Looking for something different to give as a "Gift in a Jar"? Why not Funnel Cake Mix? This is from "Gifts in a Jar For Kids" cookbook. Don't forget to attach a gift tag with the mixing and frying directions. (I would never allow a child to deep fry, but mixing the mix and sprinkling powdered sugar is fun!)
It is the best I have had and make it often. I also give it as gifts (see Note). It is actually my daughter's base for chili and my spices. The two combined make a delicious pot. NOTE: For gift giving just package up the first 4 ingredients in one baggie. In another baggie place the last 8 ingredients. Give with the recipe on how to prepare it printed on a pretty tag. Also, if you are feeling really lazy, you could substitute about 3-4 cans of kidney beans/pinto beans or a mixture of both in place of the dry beans.
Another dip mix from "Gifts in a Bag" recipe book. Don't forget the gift tag. You can make this one as hot as you like by adding crushed red pepper. Gift tag should read: Combine the Mexican Fiesta Dip Mix with the mayonnaise and sour cream. Stir until well blended. Cover and refrigerate. Dip is better if made 8 hours before serving. Serve with chips, crackers, or fresh vegetables. Cook time is chill time.
Another great dip mix from my "Gifts in a Bag" recipe book. This can be given in a small zip lock bag or small jelly jar. Don't forget the gift tag with the directions on how to prepare the dip. Cook time is chill time.
This makes a nice hostess gift, housewarming gift or even a bridal gift. I put the cake mix in a glass jar with ribbon tied around it. Then put that in a basket along with 9-inch baking dish, jar of molasses, 4 mugs and a bag of fru-fru coffee. Recipe and basket idea are adapted from The Perfect Mix, by Diane Phillips.
Another recipe from my "Gifts in a Bag" recipe book. I have made all the dips from this book and all of them are great! When having a large party I prepare all of the dips, so every one can have their favorite tastes. Cook time is chill time.
This is posted in response to a request and I have not yet made it. The recipe comes from the "Gifts for the Cookie Jar" cookbook. Times are guesstimates to assemble the jar mix. Substitute a different dried fruit for a different taste.
This is posted per request. The recipe is from the "Gifts for the Cookie Jar" cookbook. I have not yet made these. Times are guesstimates for assembling the jar mix. Note: dried orange peel is generally available in the spice section of a grocery store.
This is posted in response to a request and I have not yet made these cookies. The recipe comes from the "Gifts For The Cookie Jar" cookbook and describes these as light and delicate with cinnamon flavor. Times are guesstimates for assembling the jar mix ingredients.