It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas.  I’ll be posting some ideas for practical, preparedness-themed gifts from now through December and this is the first.  Many people think that homemade bread and jam is difficult to make.  Let them think you like them best with this simple gift idea. 

Package a jar or two of homemade jam or jelly and a loaf of fresh bread in a basket and add a pretty bow.  Include your recipes, and maybe even an invitation to teach the recipient how to make their own.  If you don’t already know how to make these things, now is a great time to learn these home skills.  I will post my bread recipe soon for anyone who is interested.  It’s so much simpler than you might think and even easier with a friend.  Last week my mom and I made 57 jars of blueberry and raspberry jams in 3 hours.  Now we have plenty for holiday gift-giving and for our pantries.

If you don’t have time to make your own jams, the ones pictured above from Alison’s Pantry are the closest thing to homemade.  They come in four berry varieties, including a blend, and Cinnamon Peach (which I ordered last month and can’t wait to try!), and are packaged in generous 20 oz. jars.  They are absolutely delicious.

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3 Comments to “Christmas Gift Idea #1”

  1. Brittney says:

    You are awesome. I can’t wait to see your bread recipe. I really want to try making homemade wheat bread for the first time ever. Yeah, sad I know… I think it’s awesome you’re the emergency preparedness coordinator. It’s a great job for you.

  2. Brandy says:

    Congrats on your new calling!! Thanks as always for everything!

  3. Jodi says:

    I LOVE THIS IDEA! Homemade jam and homemade wheat bread are both so delicious and inexpensive. Fabulous idea in these hard economic times. Saves us money on buying gifts and encourages the recipient to work on their own preparedness program.

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