• 07 December 2011
The Christmas season presents us with a great excuse to reach out to our neighbors and perhaps say "hello" to a person/s we haven't taken the time to get to know just yet. For others, the month of December is just one giant excuse to bake for those we already hold dear. I personally think it's fun to do both! It doesn't matter if you live in an apartment or a home...go knock on their door and present them with a little something you've made...'tis the season!
Here are five neighbor gift ideas I've been mulling over myself. Please chime in if you have a suggestion as well. Merci!
1. homemade candy wrapped up in pretty paper - use a food safe paper like white or kraft brown parchment paper. Last year I used the checked paper pictured above, and while very cute, it stuck to the candy.
2. homemade granola (here is my granola recipe and here is Bon Appetit's recipe just to get you started) - bag it in a clear, cellophane bag and then slip into a kraft brown box. Add a label and you're good to go!
3. homemade jam you made last summer and then froze - make a fresh batch of homemade rolls to accompany the jam for extra points.
4. a sweet, little plant placed inside a burlap sac - choose rosemary, any type of succulent, amaryllis or paper whites. Add a pretty ribbon to cinch the bag for a polished look.
5. a little jar of lemon curd - lemons are in season right now and you can even find Meyer Lemons at Costco, so it would be a shame to pass up a chance to make this versatile citrus-y spread. It wouldn't hurt to type out a tiny list of ways to use lemon curd for your recipients...not everyone is familiar with the stuff, but I can almost guarantee that every one of 'em will love it. Here are two ways to make lemon curd.
both images by Stephanie Brubaker for stephmodo