Budget-Friendly Holiday Gift Ideas
American consumers are expected to spend an average of $850 on holiday gifts this year. Selecting the perfect gifts and sticking to your budget can make holiday gift-giving stressful.
However, creating a personalized gift made by hand is a great way to show someone you care. Mason jars make a great base for holiday gift crafts – and a 12-pack of 8-oz. jars can be found for under $10 at most supermarkets. Decorate using gift wrap, ribbons, and a personalized card.
Fill the jars with the yummy recipes (found below) – they’re sure to please any foodie on your list!
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- 8 oz Feta cheese
- 1 cup Greek yogurt (this recipe used 2% fat, but 1% or fat-free can also be used)
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil (1 Tbsp. separated for topping)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 10 chives, finely chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
Whipped Feta and Yogurt Spread
This recipe is for the foodie in your life. Brought along with pita crackers, it makes the perfect hostess gift. Whipping in Greek yogurt gives this recipe a protein boost while also adding calcium and probiotics. Though this recipe has the classic garlic and chive flavors, rosemary or honey can be substituted for more holiday flavors.
1. Combine Feta, Greek yogurt, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper in a food processor (or bowl if using immersion blender).
2. Stir in chives.
3. Place Feta mixture in jar and top with 1 Tbsp. olive oil.
Serving size: ¼ cup
Calories 113 | Fat 9 g| Carbohydrates 2 g (Fiber 0 g) (Sugar 2 g) | Protein 6 g
- 2 cups old–fashioned rolled oats
- ½ cup almonds, slivered
- ¼ cup pecans, chopped
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup canola oil
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ½ tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- ½ tsp. ground ginger
- Ground cloves, a pinch
- Optional: stir in ¼ cup chocolate chips to make it a treat
This lower-sugar granola tastes like a healthier version of a gingersnap cookie. Use it as a topper on Greek yogurt or on a salad with sliced apples or pears.
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Combine all dry ingredients and set aside.
3. Combine all wet ingredients and slowly incorporate with dry ingredients.
4. Place mixture on lined baking sheet and bake for 25-30 minutes.
Optional: stir in ¼ cup chocolate chips
Calories 105 | Fat 8 g| Carbohydrates 7 g (Fiber 1 g) (Sugar 5 g) | Protein 1 g