Healthy Holiday Gifting December 13, 2014 by healthyjulie Leave a Comment Okay it’s no surprise I love the season of giving. Although it’s something to practice throughout the year, there’s an undeniable spirit of gratitude and humbleness that our communities engage in and the love is just palpable! I have a few recipes that your friends will want to devour immediately and fun ways to package them! 1. Gingerbread Cookies are no doubt a holiday favorite and my Gingerbread Cookie Ornaments are not only perfect for the tree but also as a nice embellishment for your gifts! Tie these to the ribbon on any present or attach to a stocking. 2. Mason jars are one of my favorite ways to package a gift. They’re easy to find, super cute, extremely affordable, AND re-usable. I added my favorite Lavender Rose Salt Scrub to mini 4oz mason jars and made the full batch from my recipe to fill up 8 of these containers. To add a special twist, I cut in a circle one of my favorite photos of the person receiving the gift and glued it to the top of the lid. You can add any kind of photo to bring back a fond memory such as a landscape shot of a vacation you went on, a group of friends you share, your favorite pet etc. I chose a photo of my beautiful mother with her sisters and mother goofing around at my cousin’s wedding. The photo turns a gift into a fond memory to reminisce together. 3. I had so much fun at a small stationary store called Paper Source (locations throughout the country). They had so many little odds and ends to create a simple yet special look to my gifts. I picked up: mini red clothespins ($2.50 for 25), white blank business cards ($2.50 for 25), red shimmer twine ($3.50), cream pillow boxes ($5.50 for 5), and natural twine ($4.95 for 225ft). I stopped by Whole Foods Market and picked up parchment paper sandwich bags ($2.99 for 48) and some mistletoe ($5.99). Using these few pieces was so easy to create a variety of looks. I added my Rosemary-Curry Spiced Nuts to the bag and pillow box. You can also add a tag that gives the receiver ideas on how to use the gift (ie. pour nuts on salad, pulse in a food processor to add on top of a chicken pot pie, breading for portobello mushrooms, or on popcorn). Get creative and have some fun!