They’re not all food, but still… all can make use of existing resources, or supplies readily available at groceries stores (except, perhaps, the roving).

1. Spiced/candied nuts. Delicious. Place in tin or jar, and gift freely.

2. Muffin mix (or cornbread, or pancake). Put in a jar, add a ribbon and an instruction card.

3. Homemade pasta (not so quick). But unique. I’ve mostly used Lynne Rosetto Casper’s recipes.

4. Truffles, or chocolate covered nuts. Need I say more?

5. Fruit basket. Or tote, or flowerpot. Line with napkin or dish towel and add seasonal fruit (maybe some nuts or a jar of jam). Top with a ribbon.

6. Lavender sachets. Ultra simple. Scrap fabric, sew a square with an opening, add lavender, and sew shut by hand. Cedar may also be nice.

7. Totebags. Patch together old jeans, towels, etc. Add new straps, maybe a buckle over top if desired.

8. Pineapple chutney. Jane Brody’s Good Food Gourmet. Seriously. Great recipe, and feel free to increase the chili.

9. Felted soap (this is a great one to get the kids involved). Wrap soap thoroughly in roving. Add a few pieces of wool yarn for interest, if desired. Insert into a nylon or trouser sock. Agitate them by hand in soapy hot water until felted. Dip into cold water occasionally while felting. Rinse, and allow to dry. (There are lots of You Tube videos if you want more guidance.)

10. Collage cards. Take magazine photos, cardstock, and glue the photos in a nice arrangement on the card stock. Fold, and tie together with a ribbon. Truly organized people give matching envelopes.

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