How are you coming along with your holiday shopping this year? Are you finished, or are you starting to feel a little overwhelmed? If the latter is true, don’t worry – we’re here to help! Here are some of our favorite ideas for quick, easy and tasty homemade holiday gifts sure to satisfy and delight everyone on your list – borrowed from blogs we love, and recommended girlfriend to girlfriend:

Homemade Tea BagsBonzai Aphrodite
Little is lovelier on a cold winter’s day than a cup of hot tea. Give this comforting ritual to someone you care about by making your own tea blend – and even your own tea bags! Step-by-step instructions for creating the bags are available over at Bonzai Aphrodite. The blog also gives a recommendation for a tea blend. Additional recipes for herbal blends (like Spiced Anise, Rose and Mint) can be found over at Straight from the Farm.

Sweet & Savory Roasted Cashews, The Kitchn
Spiced nuts make an excellent party snack – and an equally welcome hostess gift! Whether you prefer sweet or savory, you’re sure to enjoy one of these two recipes (the first involves mixing the cashews with brown butter and sage, while the second involves tossing them with cocoa powder.) Serve them up at your next get-together alongside a selection of cheeses, dried fruits and condiments – or package in a simple mason jar tied with a bow for a thoughtful, handcrafted Christmas present.

Homemade Cocktail Mixers, The Kitchn
Attractive and festive, these jewel-toned cocktail mixers are the perfect addition to any at-home bar – just add the spirit of your choice for a delicious holiday cocktail! Here are two recipes – one for Roasted Cranberry-Clove Mixer, and one for Clementine-Brown Sugar Mixer. They can both be used in a variety of ways, but The Kitchn helps get you started by providing a recipe for each as well as ideas for packaging, storing and gifting.

Peppermint Stick Cocoa, My Recipes
What’s the holiday season without a mug or two of hot chocolate? Or, furthermore, the distinctly Christmas-y combination of chocolate and mint? Combine it all with this charming and pretty holiday gift. Layers of cocoa powder, sugar, chocolate chips and crushed peppermint candy are everything you need to create the perfect heart-warming cup at home. Make the gift even more special by including a candy cane dipped in chocolate as a matching stir stick.

Homemade VinaigretteThe Kitchn
So many homemade edible Christmas gifts are unhealthy – but they don’t have to be! Give the veggie-lover on your list a jar of custom-made vinaigrette, and they are sure to be grateful and impressed. What they won’t know is just how easy it is to make this gift. Take the basic ingredients (olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper) and add whatever piques your interest: fresh lemon or lime juice, soy sauce, garlic, honey, fresh herbs… You get the idea. To get you started, here’s a great recipe for a simple, French-style vinaigrette as well as tips for packaging.

Homemade Jam, Simple Bites
If you’ve never made your own jam before, you might be under the impression that the process is quite a chore – and you might be right. But there is actually a quicker, easier way to make jam – one that doesn’t require any special equipment or long hours of prep time. This recipe by Simple Bites promises homemade jam is just 30 minutes, and it’s a great way for the novice jam-maker to try her hand at it. Turn your favorite fruit into a delicious, preserved gift and create a handmade label (check Martha Stewart‘s downloadable samples and instructions!) to sweeten the pot – pun intended 😉

We will continue to share our favorite tips, traditions and recipes throughout the holiday season. And, of course, we love to hear back from our readers – so please share your own DIY ideas and recommendations in the “comments” section below. Remember that by doing so, you will be automatically entered to win a free stocking stuffer from MyChelle!*

*To be eligible to receive our free gifts, you must be located within the United States.

By Liana Orenstein