I try to make my gift-giving heartfelt. This means that my gifts are often also edible and homemade, and I try to stay away from the obvious chocolates, flowers and a card. I want my gift to really tell my mom or my mother-in-law or the new mom down the street that I took a minute and thought about what they would really appreciate for their Mother’s Day.
Here are a few nontraditional food gifts that you can give easily and freely.
Source: Sleepin’ In Omelette | The Pioneer Woman
Source: Chicken Empanadas | Food for My Family
Do you have a favorite cookie you’d like to share? Try gifting cookie dough instead. It’s a great way to let mom decide when to indulge, and you’ve done all the hard part for them. All they need to do is sit back and enjoy the smell of freshly baked cookies in their house.
Source: How to Freeze Cookie Dough | Good Life Eats
An easy breakfast standby makes a perfect gift. A jar of granola can be used to snack on or to grab on the go when mom otherwise would have skipped breakfast because life is just moving too fast.
Source: Coconut Almond Granola | Two Tarts
Pair your granola with a specially-made batch of homemade yogurt for mom. It’s not as hard as you may think, and you’ll be impressed with the results you get right out of the box.
Source: Homemade Yogurt | Zoe Bakes
A little snacking goodness is always welcome, and what better way to snack than crisp, cheddar cheese straws? They store well and give you all the pleasure of a good savory snack: crunchy, cheesy, no-mess finger food fun. Great treat for food gifts.
Source: Cheese Straws | Epicurious
Source: Strawberry Rhubarb Butter | Food in Jars
Source: Pickled & Peppered Asparagus | A Farmgirl’s Dabbles
I remember every Christmas my parents would receive a jar of nuts. They were one of my favorite things, and I was always so excited to see them. Nuts are full of omega-3s and protein to keep mom moving. Plus, they’re pretty delicious, too.
Source: Rosemary Roasted Nuts | La Fuji Mama
|Shaina Olmanson is the freelance writer, photographer, and home cook behind Food for My Family. Cooking daily with and for her four kids and husband, Ole, drives her desire to inspire other families to do the same. Shaina is also the author of Desserts in Jars and regularly contributes to various online sites and traditional print magazines.|