Giving the Gift of Homemade

Homemade gifts are the best kind of gifts to give and receive.  This Cranberry Balsamic Chutney would make a lovely holiday hostess gift!

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In all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, gift giving can feel overwhelming and not very personal.  Sometimes during the rush of it all I find myself buying a gift for someone just so I can check it off my list, but more and more I don’t like to do this.  I’m learning that gift giving really doesn’t need to be so difficult, because most people love and appreciate a gift that comes from the heart.  And what better kind of gift from the heart than one that you make yourself?

When I receive a gift that someone has taken the time to make, I am thrilled.  I picture them at their kitchen counter, or at their craft table creating with their heart and their hands, and that is an amazing thing.  It becomes more than just a gift, it’s a little piece of them.

Homemade gifts need not be complicated either!  You can make a batch of jam or nuts & bolts and package them up in little mason jars for all of your friends.  They can be simple things like handmade tree ornaments, a jar of coconut sugar scrub, a jar of very merry homemade cupcake mix…if you made it, it’s the loveliest gift of all.

Giving the Gift of Homemade: Brie with Cranberry Balsamic Chutney

This year for something a little different, I made a batch of Cranberry Balsamic Chutney to share as hostess gifts.  I’m packaging this chutney in decorated mason jars and giving it with a little wheel of Brie cheese.  This is a gift that the hostess can share right at their gathering, or save for another time.  Really, food is a wonderful gift to give and receive.

Giving the Gift of Homemade: Brie with Cranberry Balsamic Chutney

For these gifts I used small mason jars, and cut out circles of sequin covered fabric.  So simple, festive and pretty!  Add a wheel of Brie cheese and maybe even a fresh baguette, and you have the nicest little gift.  Wouldn’t you love to receive this?

Brie with Cranberry Balsamic Chutney

I’m sharing the delicious recipe for this Brie with Cranberry Balsamic Chutney over on the Kendall-Jackson blog!  Stop by to save this appetizer for your next holiday get together!

Have a delicious day!

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Disclosure:  I am working with Kendall-Jackson wines to bring you some delicious recipes!  But as always the recipe, my voice, all content, and opinions are mine alone.  Enjoy!

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6 Comments

  • Reply Ivory November 16, 2016 at 10:18 AM Lovely idea, and a yummy one.
  • Reply Kathy Walker December 4, 2016 at 10:56 AM This sounds amazing! Love the idea of the little gifts... Thank you!
  • Reply Deb December 7, 2016 at 11:15 AM Live this idea Jo-Anna...How long will this chutney keep or can you seal it like you would jams in a water bath?
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife December 7, 2016 at 3:49 PM Thank you Deb! You can absolutely seal it like a jam! Or you can keep it in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. Enjoy!

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