The festive season is a time of indulgence, with all sorts of celebrations, holiday trips and presents, it can also be an expensive time of year.
While gift giving is often a big part of the festive season, it doesn’t have to be an expensive part. We’ve put together some DIY olive gifts that you can make on budget that will delight friends and family. The best part is that most of the ingredients to make these items don’t require you to step foot in a mall, which we all know is the most hellish part of this season.
Shortbread is synonymous with the holidays. The sweet smell of it baking away in the oven is what Christmas carols are made of. This recipe for Lemon, Rosemary and Olive Oil Shortbread puts an inventive twist on this festive favourite treat that makes for a perfect Christmas gift.
Soaps don’t make for the most exciting gifts but when they are homemade, using hand picked oils and scents, it can be a very personalized gift that shows how much thought you’ve put in to creating a gift.
Castile soap refers to olive oil based soap made in a style similar to that originating in the Castile region of Spain. It’s an all-vegetable soap made primarily with olive oil, although sometimes it can also contain small amounts of other plant oils such as those from palm, hemp and jojoba, in this case, the recipe makes use of a mixture of olive and coconut oil but you can substitute or add other natural oils and scents.
It’s no secret that olive oil and lemon are a perfect pairing. We’ve also come to discover that olive oil can really enhance sweet dishes and desserts. This really simple recipe from GreenThumbWhiteApron.com for Olive Oil Lemon Curd combines the three flavour profiles – sweet, zesty and spicy to make a delicious dessert spread.
Packaging the curd in a nice jar will make a great gift for your foodie friends that love to bake as it makes a perfect topping for scones and cakes.
As with olive oil soap, homemade body products make for excellent gifts. This luxurious Whipped Olive Oil Body Butter is a treat for the skin and all you need is some nice glass jars, ribbon and homemade labels to make a stunning gift.
This recipe for Olive Brittle makes a fun foodie gift that is quite out of the ordinary and rather addictive. The sweetness of the sugar paired with the saltiness of the olives is really something quite extraordinary, any olive oil enthusiast would be thrilled to receive this as a gift.
Olives are not usually expensive items, and yes it might seem a bit boring to give a jar of olives as a gift but these DIY infused olives are far from boring. All you need is some mixed olives and, once again, a nice jar to package them in after you have marinated them in the spices, and there you have a super simple DIY olive gift.