Two DIY projects that make perfect handmade gifts

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By: Maria Haisley, RDN
Health and Wellness Advisor for Martin's Super Market's in partnership with Beacon Health System

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I don’t know about all of you, but this is the time when I am just getting started with Christmas gifts. Every year I try to plan ahead so this doesn’t happen, but it never fails — here I am with a whole list of people to get gifts for.

I have found that doing homemade “foodie” gifts is more my calling. It is something I enjoy doing and the little extra personal touch of something homemade makes giving that much more special. (Not to mention you can avoid the crazy malls and lines!)

Homemade foodie gifts are a great way to share Christmas love with others without breaking the bank, as well! You can use up things in you have accumulated in your pantry and it is fun to get creative by using extra containers and decorations you have lying around the house.

Here are a few of my favorite DIY Christmas gifts that will help get you started with some ideas!

Coffee Sugar Scrub

For my coffee-lovers, this is a must. It smells amazing and can be used either as a hand scrub or a body scrub for the shower. Your java-obsessed friends will think it is the best thing ever!

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp. finely-ground coffee (you can also use up recycled grounds, don’t throw them away!)
  • 2 tbsp. oil melted coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. sugar (I used turbinado sugar — you want a coarse texture)
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Stir all ingredients together until combined. Store in a sealed jar for up to 2 months.
  2. Get creative and use a glass jar or an old coffee can, wrap a ribbon around it and add a personal tag or note.

Antioxidant Christmas Bark

This one is a treat for my dark chocolate fans. It takes dark chocolate and packs in a superfood boost!

Ingredients

  • 15 oz. dark chocolate
  • ¾ cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 2 tbsp. chia seeds
  • ½ cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • Sea salt

Directions

  1. Place coconut flakes in a large skillet over medium heat. Toast until the flakes are mostly brown.
  2. Melt chocolate in microwave or a double boiler. Pour melted chocolate into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add half of the toasted coconut, cherries and pepitas. Add all of the chia. Stir until all elements are evenly distributed.
  4. Pour bark mixture on a pan lined with parchment paper. Spread to ¼-inch thickness.
  5. Top with remaining coconut, cherries and pepitas. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  6. Put in freezer for at least 30 minutes. Once chocolate has firmed up, break or cut the bark into pieces. Place in a cute box or jar with a ribbon for gifting!

Be Well,
Maria

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