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It may not seem like it’s time to think about Christmas giving just yet. But I beg to differ. It’s the height of canning season, which is the perfect time to be thinking about home canned Christmas gifts! With more people turning away from consumerism and buying local, home canned gifts are always appreciated and will bring compliments for months to come! So, here’s my “15 Home Canned Christmas Gift Ideas”!
I rarely purchase gifts for those outside the immediate family anymore.
Store bought gifts often times seem impersonal and last minute. Homemade gifts, especially home canned food, sends a lasting message of comfort and thoughtfulness to the recipient.
However, without some planning during the months that you’re up to your ears in fresh produce, you will likely forget to take advantage of some fun recipes for gift giving! You might also neglect to make gift-sized portions for your friends and family.
I’m in the heat of jam season, so far I’ve made strawberry, pineapple, peach along with grape jelly. Jams and jellies made wonderful gifts for family, but also neighbors, teachers and friends. I make pint-sized jars for my family, but I make sure to batch up some jelly-jars (1/2 pint) for gift giving. Making sure to set them aside where they won’t be eaten, I’ll be able to reach for a jar whenever I’m in need of a quick gift.
Over the years, I’ve gifted many loaves of my Amish White Bread, as well as my Marinara Sauce. This year, I made some wonderful Infused Honey to give as gifts also. But this year, I’m expanding with some fabulous recipes and ideas that I’m seeing out there on-line and I want to share them with you! Take advantage of what’s in season NOW to make some great gifts for later!
(Some include canning instructions, others will require that you refer to a canning book for times, etc.)
I saw this recipe too late last Christmas, but it won’t happen again this year! I’m totally making this, it sounds wonderful! Easy to do with strawberries in season, using frozen cranberries.
This sounds like a fun recipe to make and share! Kiddos are sure to love!
Oh my goodness, this looks absolutely amazing! Forget Christmas, I’m making this now.
I am a HUGE basil fan, and this sounds incredible. So after you get tired of making pesto, use the rest of your basil for this.
VERY interested recipe, indeed, and it looks like something I’m going to need to try!
Lord have mercy. For all the men in your life who are difficult to buy for, this is your answer!
This sounds like a wonderful recipe for all the pears I have growing on our property! Warm and comforting, definitely making this one too!
Unique and savory, this would please the “Foodie” on your list this year, for sure!
I just LOVE the taste of fresh peaches and cilantro together! Pair this with a nice bag of tortilla chips and you have a wonderful gift! What a great way to bring back the taste of summer during the holidays!
Who wouldn’t want homemade marinara sauce with a loaf of bread for Christmas??!! Yum!
Doesn’t this sound fabulous? Sweet and savory combined, what a treat!
Who wouldn’t love this homemade pizza sauce, along with a homemade pizza crust for Christmas?? I know I would! Practical and useful for when you’re exhausted from the holidays!
We all them…those family members who like their food HOT! What a wonderful gift idea!
Once again, a fabulous meal starter for any busy family. Include some pasta and you have a wonderful gift!
What better way to bring back the taste of summer than with a jar of this glorious barbeque sauce? Can’t wait to try it!
Do you have some awesome recipes to share with us? Please post them in the comments! Don’t forget to check out my “Homemade Christmas” board on Pinterest!