Can you say Christmas cookies? In the past two weeks I’ve been asked about cookies more times than I can count! I’ve gotten questions on everything from how to make regular cookies healthier and which cookies contain the least calories to whether or not the food coloring in the cookie icing causes hyperactivity. Believe me, I get why cookies are so popular at the holidays! Not only are they fun to bake, they also allow us to get creative, they’re an inexpensive gift to take to parties and they taste good. But there is more to the holidays than cookies. This year rather than adding to the cookie pile in the office break room, opt for a different holiday delight. Try one of these ideas instead!
- Bread loaf or mini loaves
If you love to bake consider a bread loaf that can be cut and shared with the employees. If you are thinking gifts for individual employees, consider baking mini zucchini, pumpkin or banana breads. You can get creative on the packaging and make the end product look beautiful with crafty ribbon & bows.
- A box of Clementine’s
Talk about a quick, healthy and festive holiday gift that can be dropped at the office or taken to the family Christmas party.
There are endless options with popcorn. The easy option is to purchase a large tin and drop it off at the office! Even more fun is to make individualized popcorn balls. This is a great activity with kids and really allows you to get creative with flavors and colors. To make it one step easier, pop regular popcorn and color it red or green (there are recipes available using sugar-free gelatin or you can use food coloring and sugar). Add the popcorn into holiday decorated plastic baggies as a take home treat.
- Specialty teas, coffees or cocoa
One of these hot beverages will come in handy to wash down all of the cookies and candy that everyone else is bringing in! If you’re looking for individual gifts for family, friends or teachers, purchase a mug, a few specialty cocoas or teas and even a bit of peppermint or cocoa bits. The mugs can be decorated and wrapped with a pretty bow for a perfect, inexpensive gift. (Check your local dollar store for mugs)
Remember that you don’t have to share food items for Christmas. Making the item, decorating it and sharing it is half the fun. You friends, family and co-workers will likely enjoy gifts that they can use just as much (if not more than) food. Here are a few homemade items that are just as fun to make as they are to receive.
- Hand crafted holiday’s ornaments– These are fun to make with kids and very inexpensive.
- Decorate wine glasses, beer mugs or hot beverage mugs
- Homemade candles in decorated votives
- Personalized crafts such as wall hangings, mini photo frames or plaques
Most importantly remember, the holidays are about giving and sharing good times with our friends and family! Have a happy, healthy, fit and fun time this season!