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Be Merry and Crafty With These 5 DIY Gift Ideas

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Peppermint Pinwheels (Wendy Goodfriend)

One could say that Christmas has been commercialized with all the ads we see for toys and appliances to make your friends and family happier...but what makes someone happier than knowing you put time and effort into handmaking their gift? It's even better if your friend or family member is hard to shop for but can truly appreciate a good DIY. And, if s/he is a self-proclaimed foodie, these following DIY giftables will really fit the bill of the perfect present for them!

Keep in mind that some of these are adult-only presents. For anything cannabis-infused, you can easily make it non-infused by just switching out the cannabis butter for regular, unsalted butter. Also, make sure to label your gifts properly so they go to the right person!

Bourbon Bacon Jam

Bourbon Bacon Jam on toasted bread.
Bourbon Bacon Jam on toasted bread. (Monica Lo)

Love both sweet and savory foods and don't want to commit to either one? This Bourbon Bacon Jam recipe is great with cheese, on a burger, or just by the spoonful (we're not judging). Your gift also has a little secret: it's sugar-free!

Cannabis-Infused Praline Popcorn

Holiday Giftables: Cannabis-infused praline popcorn.
Holiday Giftables: Cannabis-infused praline popcorn. (Monica Lo)

A good praline is made from caramelized sugar and studded with toasted nuts: it's super satisfying to crunch into! There's also something about the holidays that make rich, buttery pralines extra special when you're eating it by the fireplace or with a hot cup of coffee in hand. This pecan praline popcorn gets an added kick from sous vide cannabis butter, but you can make it friendly for everyone by using regular unsalted butter instead.

DIY Wine Gummies

Homemade wine gummies in prosecco, pinor noir, and rose.
Homemade wine gummies in prosecco, pinor noir, and rose. (Monica Lo)

Do you have a friend that is a self-proclaimed wino? Turn all of his or her favorite wines into a picture-perfect treat as their Christmas present! Wine-infused gummies are easy to make at home and hopefully, your friend will share this gift after opening it.

Cannabis-Infused Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark

Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark Infused with Cannabis.
Salted Caramel Pretzel Bark Infused with Cannabis. (Monica Lo)

Infused or not, this decadent chocolatey, salted caramel covered treat makes for a delicious gift. The sweet and salty combo, like the bourbon bacon jam, is great for anyone that can't decide between sweet and savory foods. Save this recipe for party treats or birthday gifts too!

Peppermint Pinwheels

Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. (Wendy Goodfriend)

A swirl of color, the sparkle of sugar, and a hint of peppermint make these festive cookies perfect for the holidays. What's great about them is that they are also the perfect base. You can change up the recipe by switching the peppermint for another flavor of extract or by using different colors of nonpareils or different food coloring in your decorating to create a unique batch for each person!


Plan on making any of these treats for a loved one? Tag #bayareabites on your social media accounts for us to see, and we'll share our favorites!

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