Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas

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I’m not crafty or particularly skilled in the kitchen, and I haven’t mastered any domestic arts (though I’m really good at watching TV on the couch, which is not so much an art as a talent). But during the holidays, I get the condition known as Martha Envy, where I decide to make gifts for friends, family and teachers. Here are 5 easy (emphasis on easy!) gift ideas you can whip up in your own kitchen.

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Chai Tea Mix: This might be my go-to gift this year: homemade chai tea! Dana from The Kitchn mixes loose black tea with peppercorns, cardamom, candied ginger, fennel seeds, coriander, cloves and cinnamon to make this chai mix. I love how she adds red peppercorns for a little holiday pep. Pack the results in a little jar and attach fillable tea pouches (For fancy gifts, I like the ones from In Pursuit of Tea) and brewing instructions.

Sources: I’m partial to Bormioli and Leifheit jar brands — they’re decorative and come in fancy shapes but aren’t too pricey. You can tie small bamboo scoops to the jars for granola or chai. For pretty kraft paper adhesive labels, washi tape and baker’s twine, try Etsy stores like Crafty Theresa D and Paper Souffle.

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