Friday, October 4, 2013

Homemade Edible Gifts

This weekend is my brother-in-law's birthday. We will get together with the fam for a BBQ or dinner. We get together for all birthdays and this BIL doesn't give gifts to anybody. Due to his own choices, he kind of scrapes by financially. We always get him a gift, maybe a gift card or something similar.

Would it be cheap of me to just make him a couple loaves of pumpkin bread? I know he would like them. Lil Punk can help me make them so it would be something special for her uncle.

Is this crafty or just cheap?

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  1. When it comes to home made gifts, I think presentation is everything. For the last 5 Christmases or so I've given friends (and some family) home made cookies as a gift. I put them in a nice Christmas tin with a card and some add some hot chocolate. If you can find something that goes with the pumpkin bread that is still within budget, then include it as well. I once made a friend flavoured infused olive oil and included a loaf of french bread to go with it for dipping! Time to be creative, good luck!

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    1. Thanks! I lack creativity but I'm good at web surfing and copying ideas.

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    2. Pinterest is AWESOME for ideas to steal, um, I mean copy :) Or of course, Google is always a friend.

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  2. If you give him a homemade edible gift, is it because he does not give gifts or because you are going to start doing this for all others? I would not worry about being crafty or cheap. I would worry about my motivation. He probably could give a crafty gift if he wanted to. He could give a gift certificate for yard raking or something. But, I would not single him out for a non-money gift even though I think a gift of food would be fine for all gifts to family.

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    1. My husband only has one other brother and we would do the same for him. We would continue to do something more for my husband's parents. I either just call or send a card for my siblings.

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  3. It certainly is not cheap. With the costs(ingredients and electricity to bake it)and your time is valuable so how could homemade be cheap? It's just not heavy on the money but heavy on the time/thoughtfulness side of things.
    I say anything where the kids can be involved is always a good life lesson too for them.

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    1. Lil Punk loves helping me make stuff for people.

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  4. I don't think it's cheap at all. It's a wonderful gift. But if you're used to giving him giftcards and the like, how about giving one of half the value as usual, along with the pumpkin bread?

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    1. We only did a $10 or $15 gift card before so I would feel super cheap giving a $5 gift card.

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  5. A gift should be given simply because you cherish the person, not because of obligation. If you want to give him pumpkin bread, do so. If you feel no desire to present him with anything, that's fine too. Gifts should never be expected by either the recipient or giver
    Just my thoughts, though.

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    1. I agree. There is not any obligation to give him anything but I want to give him something because its his birthday.

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  6. I have found that adults love edible gifts. They have most everything and you do not know their taste in decor or clothing, so something that delights the tongue is always preferred!

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  7. I give edible gifts to a lot of people around the holidays - a lot of our older friends have too much "stuff" anyhow, and something consumable is nice. This year I'll hand out some homemade sea grape jelly for christmas gifts to a lot of my family (we don't really do presents there anymore).
    The only thing about edible gifts is that I always try and make them look nice. Like wrap them nicely in a box with wrapping paper, make a few mini loaves and put them in a couple of coffee cups (that can be found for $1 or less). Just because it's edible doesn't mean that opening it shouldn't be kindof an event. =)

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  8. I often give edible gifts-most people seem to appreciate them. I certainly do, especially if the alternative is something I won't use or I'll have to dust! (Not a knick-knack person at all!) I find that making something shows people that you put in some effort and thought, and including the kiddo is even better! It shows that she wanted to make something for her uncle, and teaches her to put time and thought into gifts (not just money!)

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  9. We get edible gifts from all sorts of people. As long as the giver isn't an indoor smoker, we eat it! For whatever reason, I really enjoy receiving a card. The year after DH's step-mom and dad split up, she sent me a "daughter-in-law" birthday card. This is the first acknowledgement I've ever received of my birthday from her. I also received a valentine from my brother and sis-in-law last year. The sentiment was very nice. I receive lots of cards from certain family on special occasions, but these two occasions really made an impression on me.

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  10. I LOVE edible, use up gifts!! I think it's a perfect gift!

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