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Holiday Gift Ideas

I like to give some gifts to my family and friends, but I'm a little short on funds. Do you have any ideas for me?

A thoughtful gift doesn’t have to be expensive. You can give a gift of your time. For example, you could give a coupon for a free night of baby-sitting, a week of shoveling someone’s driveway in January or a free car wash in April. These are some examples of food-related gifts:

  • Create a recipe booklet with favorite holiday recipes.
  • Fill a holiday mug with packets of flavored tea, hot cocoa or coffee for those who enjoy warm beverages.
  • Create a food mix in a container (such as a jar or zip-top bag). You can learn how to make gift mixes in a jar by downloading the publication “Mix it Up to Expand Your Gift-giving Dollar With Food Mixes in a Jar” from this website: Or your local Extension Service office can provide a copy.


Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

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