Edible DIY Gifts for Friends
“It is the act of bringing sustenance or sweetness that communicates caring—and something larger. It cements our bonds, the chemistry of flour and eggs, butter and sugar making not just a cake, but a community.”
Thanks to the cooking and baking prowess of my vivacious mother, I learned this lesson early on. Among other things, she was well known for the edible homemade holiday gifts that would churn out of her kitchen like the Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory each year. Needless to say, my brothers and I were very popular among teachers, bus drivers and coaches during the holiday season.
When I was old enough to reach the counter with a step stool, I was gladly on holiday gift duty beginning as early as late November. Those memories of handcrafting unique edible treats are the reason I still believe there’s nothing better to give or receive.
Here are a few ideas emphasizing local ingredients intended to inspire you to create something festive for your friends. After all, while a shiny new iPad is nice, nothing truly speaks of your love and appreciation more than something delicious you’ve created with your own two hands.