This year, I made all my Christmas gifts. It was something that sounded romantic at first, but man oh man was I busting my ass the last couple weeks, bagging tea, baking, tasting beers, and packing everything up.
We are trying to get away from wrapping paper, so this year I upcycled most of my packaging material. I took a big stack of boxes from a Dollar General, and cut them down to make little open top boxes. I wrapped these using Trader Joe’s holiday brown grocery bags, and accented using homemade name tags and gathered pine cones. The rest of the packaging material was bought cheap at the dollar store.
As you can see, our little gift baskets included: homebrewed beer, homemade candy (buckeyes!), pizzelle (Italian cookies I made using my late grandpa’s pizzelle press), tea tins with homegrown tea and tea cookies, and finally a jam or jelly. We made habanero pepper jelly using our own habaneros; apple butter using north Georgia mountain apples; and blackberry lavender jam using all the wild blackberries we foraged plus homegrown lavender.
The tea was the biggest hit, which surprised me! Above you can see a list of the five teas I made this year, with most of the ingredients grown and dried at our home.
Personally, I love tea, but I didn’t really think others would get that excited about it … turns out I was wrong! Everyone seemed really impressed and excited.
I thought the bags were too cute. I got the idea here. It was very simple – you spooned tea onto a square of cheesecloth, rolled it up, then tied it off with embroidery fabric.
The tea was so popular, I ended up packaging individual bags to giveaway to friends and coworkers.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday filled with homemade memories!