Hi Ladies! Christmas times ‘a-coming, Christmas times ‘a-coming, Christmas times ‘a-coming, and I know I dont want to go broke…. Ok maybe that is a slight change to the original lyrics, but I am sure its a sentiment we can all agree on.
To that end, here is a great way to spend Eight dollars or less and get 4 lovely Christmas gifts (and if you’re a real genius at math, that comes out to 2 dollars a gift!). I present to you:
The Old Fashioned Housewife’s Honey Spiced Pears
Lovely local pears plus some honey, cinnamon and cloves
plus a little time in the Kitchen and you get
Four jars of Honey Spiced Pears
add a decorative bow and a personalized name tag
or add the jar to a larger gift basket of home-made goodies
And Voila!! you have 4 gifts for under 8 dollars.
The cost breakdown:
Pears: $3.50 (2nds from the local farmers market)
Honey and spices: 50 cents (or less)
Jars: $3.00 (or less)
Ribbons, tags, etc: $1.00 (or less)
Each year I despise more and more how Christmas can be such a stressful time because of the money we feel like we have to spend to give gifts to the people we love (and sometimes, those we don’t but feel obligated to anyway!). On top of this, I am moving more and more away from a consumer mentality and am trying to do more home-made, hand-made, local, and using the good old 3 Rs: reduce, reuse, and recycle.
As such, the vast bulk of my Christmas gifts this year are going to he be homemade. As I am not much of a crafter is is going to be mean, by and large, food items. I understand that some scoff at the idea of the ubiquitous tin of Christmas cookies or Aunt Nellies old hard-as-a-brick fruit cake, but I think that if you make a quality handmade item that is useful and personalized, your gift should be a hit. Most of our loved ones know that they are likely you get gifts exclusively in this category this year. I hope to be able to share some of these with you here on the blog.
For those of you who do can and are curious, remember to always use safe canning procedures and the amounts of pears and the packing syrup are as follows:
Fruit: About 12-14 cups of quartered, cored, peeled pears
Syrup: About 8 cups of water, 3/4 cup honey, 1 tblspoon ground cinnamon and 10 cloves
Hope this post inspired you that you can both save money AND give personalized gifts this Christmas. Do any of you make homemade or handmade gifts for the holidays? Id love to hear your stories!
Blessings and Happy Gift-making!
I am happy to be linking up with The Seasonal Family’s Homemade Holiday Gift Carnival, check it out!
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