Dec 14, 2012

Friday Foodie Finds #24

Since Christmas is rapidly approaching (YAAAY!) this Friday Foodie Finds is, ever so appropriately, a round-up of great food gifts that you can make for friends this holiday season!

It's a budget-friendly gifting strategy that I'm pretty sure no one will complain about ;)


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It seems to be a universal law that putting something sweet in a mason jar and adding ribbons and homemade gift tags makes for an adorable DIY gift!


Peppermint Crunch Truffle

You can make your own fancy chocolates box, just find a cute box to put them in - and add a layer of white tissue paper for extra prettiness!

Even baggies of Christmas cookies for teachers/advisors/coworkers don't have to be boring - it's all about the way you package them!



This next one is just as adorable as it is quick and easy!



You can even make these with kids, whether it's a younger sibling, kids you babysit, or your own kids!

Another great gift is a food subscription (magazine subscriptions are so last Christmas's gift)!

Bestowed Box is a healthy food deliver service (perfect for gifting to yourself in your healthy new year!) that ships an assortment of at least five (often more) health food products to your door once a month! The contents of the box vary month to month, but it's consistently nutritious. 

I tried the November box:


Everything was delicious! I especially liked trying the Hail Merry raw macaroons (two servings of delicious vegan coconut macaroons, even better chilled) and the Sea Sprinkles. I wasn't quite sure what to expect of the sea sprinkles - the packet advertised that they're great on soup & salad or enjoyed as a snack.


I really liked them as a snack, straight out of the bag! They're clumps of seaweed in bite sized bits, coated in a yummy topping of oil (non-hydrogenated), maple syrup, spices, and sesame seeds. It's a salty, slightly greasy (but not in a bad way) potato chips-esque snack, but with more of a nutritional punch!

The Eboost drink packs are still in my backpack, waiting for when I desperately need energy during the bleakest hours of final exams (*shudder*) but the pumpkin puree has already found its way into some pumpkin pie bars that a friend and I enjoyed over the weekend. 

The vinaigrette is very light and oil-free and I kind of like a bit of an oil on my salad, to increase the satiety factor and enable better absorption of the nutrients in the veggies, but it's good if you're eating a salad with lots of nuts and cheese and you just want some sauce to bind it all together. 

There's also a voucher for a free entree at Qdoba and a coupon for a free pack of Chobani Champions - I'm super excited about that one, because I love greek yogurt but have yet to try the Champions!

Overall, there are some really nice picks in the box and I, for one, would be thrilled to get a Bestowed Box subscription for Christmas. I might send one to one of my friends who's pretty into good food - it's a toss-up between the subscription and a really cute handmade journal and pen set I saw in an odds-and-ends boutique shop window.

And I won't tell if you gift one to yourself (shhhh....).

Do you give coworkers gifts? What's your go-to?

Are you attending any holiday parties this year?

When do you start your Christmas gift preparations?

4 comments:

  1. That is a good point about the packaging. If you make things look pretty-chances are people will think you spent more money preparing and buying them than you actually did.

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  2. Sounds like your Bestowed Box had lots of great goodies. Those Sea Sprinkles look very interesting, and very delicious. We would love to hear what you think of our Champions.

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    1. I haven't tried them yet, but I'll definitely post about it when I do (after finals)!

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