As we approach the holiday season, escaping promotions, advertising and all that fuss around giving gifts seems unavoidable. Not that I wouldn't take part in the turmoil, I love to shop for organically certified teas, sustainable fashion or books. But I always add something handmade, it just makes the holiday season merrier, plus it makes me feel good! Below you'll find some ideas for homemade gifts that taste good, look good and smell good.
Provence is well known for truffles (Tuber melanosporum), an edible fungi called the 'diamond of the kitchen' (and as expensive as one), found in close association with tree roots (mainly oak trees in our region). You either love them or hate them as their taste is very particular. Chocolate truffles, however, are a crowd pleaser and make a perfect last minute gift for a foodie in your family or among your friends.
Another of my favorites. Get creative with molds, filling and wrapping. I hardly know anyone who doesn't like chocolate.
Chestnut cream is the ultimate Christmas comfort food in France and can be spread on (almost) anything. Stirred into yogurt, spread on waffles, banana or used to make the traditional Christmas dessert 'buche de Noel'.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a natural compound found in the flower of cannabis that contains therapeutic properties. CBD is a safe, non-addictive substance and is one of the more than a hundred ‘phytocannabinoids’ found in a cannabis plant. Hemp and Marijuana are both the same plant, but they’ve been bred to be either high in CBD and low in THC (hemp), or high in THC and low in CBD (marijuana). Most CBD oil is extracted from hemp, not marijuana. What goes better with a cup of hot cocoa or a coffee latte? CBD Chocolate Spoons! They melt in your fingers, so really, they are zero waste.
Considering the amount of sugar in many breakfast cereals, they are often far from healthy. And when you go gluten free as I do, you can even forget to walk through the aisle of breakfast cereals. The good thing is that you can make your own granola at home plus save money.
Handmade Tea Blend
Combine herbs, here a combination of milky oats, lemon balm, chamomile, rose petals and lavender, add local honey and add a personal touch (here salt dough ornament).
A tradition in my home country, these Gingerbread cookies are a must-be on our holiday table.
This chocolate bark is made with cocoa butter and honey and is refined sugar free and lactose free (for those of us who have trouble digesting dairy products). You can add different kind of dried fruit such as cranberries or goji berries and different kinds of nuts as well.