Christmas Gift Ideas Using Traditional Foods and Crafts

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©2009  Shanna Lea (formerly Shanna Ohmes)


Old traditional gifts are making the trends this year and becoming all new again!  With your new knowledge of traditional diets, it can be easy to make up a few gifts that are healthy for your family and friends.  And you can share what you have learned!

Among these gift ideas are other things you can make by hand or if you don’t have time or the skill, buy from a local artisan.  Keeping your dollars local helps your neighbors and your community. 

  • Beans in a jar.  Add a small packet of spices and a recipe for how to cook them the traditional way and why.
  • A jar of your own handmade lacto-fermented sauerkraut, now that you know how.  Check out this great fermenting pot.
  • A jar of your lacto-fermented pickles you made this year.
  • A jar of herbal honey.
  • A jar of herbal vinegar.
  • Buy a pound of nettle, red clover, oatstraw or comfrey leaf herb and a wide-mouth canning jar and show them how to make nourishing herbal infusions.
  • Your own yogurt cheese, or goat cheese made with herbs or spices and given in a basket with crackers and wine.  Make your own cheese logs too.
  • Basket of organic fruit and a variety of nuts.  Include a unique nutcracker.
  • Make your own traditional fruitcake.
  • Make a cocoa mix in a jar using raw cacao and natural dehydrated cane sugar.
  • Give fair trade coffee.
  • A basket of organic foods.
  • Learn more about healing herbal beers and give a kit or book on how to make their own.
  • Buy fresh herbs and plant in pots for a kitchen cabinet.  These can be used fresh in everyday cooking.  You can paint or decorate the pots!
  • Make your own jams and jellies to give out.
  • Did you make your own Kefir this year?  Pass on a jar with a list of health benefits to someone you know will appreciate it!
  • Make an herbal butter.
  • Find a local homesteader and buy a share in a goat or cow to give to a family.  Get them started on grassfed meats, raw dairy and eggs!

Other Ideas:

  • Instead of hurrying through the mall and stressing out, wander through antique stores or other shops to buy unique gifts suited to each person on your list.
  • Use quilted drawstring bags for gifts instead of wrapping paper.
  • Memory quilt.
  • Scrapbooks.
  • Journals.
  • Handmade candles.
  • Handmade cards.
  • Wood carvings.
  • Paintings you draw or from a local artist.
  • Handspun wool products like hats, scarves, throws, ponchos…if you don’t know how, find someone who does and show them your support buying an item or 2 for gifts.
  • Handmade soap made from goats milk and herbs.
  • Felted soap.  Never heard of it?  It is wool felted around a bar of soap.  They will love it!
  • Embroidered napkins.
  • Knitted washcloths or dishcloths with a soap set.
  • A decorated plant pot and tuck heirloom seed packets inside.

 Your gift giving can have a traditional flair bringing the old back to being new again for those who have never experienced traditional foods and crafts.

Check out this page for all your starter culture kits, fermentation crocks and supplies for making traditionally cultured and fermented foods in your own kitchen.





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