Are you ready for the easiest holiday gift ever? This one will only cost you a few bucks and takes just a couple minutes to make. Isn't there something extra special about receiving a homemade gift? It's one of my favorite things because it feels extra thoughtful and unique. I decided to make some homemade holiday gifts for friends this year, and I wanted to do something festive, practical, and if possible, healthy. We're surrounded by enough indulgences during the holiday season, so as tempting as it was to whip up some peppermint bark, I decided to go another route - infused olive oils! That's something that every cook and hostess definitely needs, and when you get some cute bottles and festive ribbon and gift tags, it's pretty darn cute too.
So let me just give you the cost breakdown on this DIY gift because let's be honest, we could all use to save some money during the holidays, right? I bought everything from Home Goods (except the herbs). The little bottles were $2.99 each. I bought a one-liter bottle of extra virgin olive oil for $12.99 (Home Goods had great options!), and that filled about 5 bottles. Fresh rosemary and thyme came to about $6. Ribbon was $2.99 and the festive tags were $3.99. So by the time I filled each bottle, tied on a bow, and added a little tag, they came out to about $8 bucks each! Not bad! And don't they look like fancy gifts?!
Ingredients / Supplies
Extra virgin olive oil
Fresh sprigs of rosemary and thyme
1. Thoroughly wash and dry your herbs.
2. Warm the rosemary with the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until
the olive oil is just starting to bubble but before it starts smoking.
3. Remove from heat and let it cool completely.
4. Repeat with the thyme.
5. Remove the herbs and pour the cooled olive oil into your glass bottles. To make them extra pretty,
add a few sprigs of the fresh herbs into the bottles as well.
6. Store infused oil in the refrigerator. Let it sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes prior to use.
Don't forget to make a little note on your gift tag with storage instructions. When refrigerated, the
infused oil will last about a month!
I went with thyme and rosemary because those are some of my favorite herbs and seemed really easy to work with, but there's tons of different options when it comes to infusing olive oil! Check this Epicurious article for more ideas and tips when using other herbs, spices, garlic, etc!
Happy holidays, friends! Wishing you so much love, health, and happiness this holiday season and always!
And get excited because I have a healthy hot chocolate recipe coming at ya next, just in time for Christmas & Hanukkah!
Photography by Kristen Schellenberg
July 28th, 2016
December 6, 2016
Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist who lives for a great meal, a beautiful farmers market, daily matcha lattes, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Weeknight Bite is Lindsay's happy place where her nutrition practice, simple recipes, and wellness tips come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.