Here's a little tutorial I actually put together last year--but I really did not even get these made and sent out until after the holidays (yes, I admit I am sort of notorious for belated gift-giving--I like to tell myself it is a positive thing because it is a nice surprise to get a little something unexpected after the initial glut of gift-giving) so I ended up saving this project for you for this year. As you may have noticed by the number of breakfast-y recipes I share around here, I love breakfast. Especially weekend breakfasts when I have time to make a little something especially warm and tasty. I think weekend breakfasts are like a celebration of the start of the day and all the possibilities that lay before you. I also think it is one of the most comforting meals and is as close to being love in your tummy as anything else you can eat. So, I put this together as a way to share the love with family and friends.
Last year was actually the second time I made this as a gift--the first was several years ago for our friends, and then last year we gave this to some of our family members. It is a box of nourishing, home-prepared and cooked ingredients that help to fill you up for the day ahead--like a hearty vanilla almond granola, an oatmeal pancake mix, and another mix for a whole-grain Irish Brown Bread (first discovered and fell in love with while I was living in Galway, Ireland many years ago). This is food that feels good to eat after all the sweets and excess of the holidays.
A friend we gave this to a few years ago told me that she really appreciated the fact that we included the recipes--she described it as us not only giving them fish, but teaching them how to fish. That made me smile. And she and her family still make the granola for themselves to this day.
I also love that this is very customizable as a gift. The first year we hand-delivered this to friends in the city, so we also included a frozen log of ground homemade breakfast sausage, as well as a bottle of real maple syrup produced locally. I think we also actually baked the Irish Brown Bread and gave loaves as a opposed to a mix. Last year though, we included a jar or two of our homemade jam canned earlier in the summer. But you could include a bag of your favorite coffee or tea blend, tuck in a jar of marmalade (which is delicious with the Irish brown bread, by the way), a block of some European style butter...put your thinking caps on and make it representative of the kinds of breakfasts you and your family love.
As for this tutorial, included are all the instructions on how to prepare the foods and package them, printable templates for the labels and other packaging, copies of the recipes, and links to some sources for the jars, lined food bags, etc. This is a great holiday gift project for "assembly-line" giving--meaning, you make multiples of the same thing to give. I often take this approach to gift-giving with our friends and family. To me, it is an easier way to give a little something handmade from your home without the chaos of making too many different things.
Here is the link to the downloadable tutorial and templates:
Happy holiday gift-giving.