This year I did quite a bit of canning, and this is what my pile of gifts looks like:
For seven people I made:
- pickled/marinated peppers and onions
- red pepper hummus
- Dukkah (Egyptian nut and spice paste - kind of like a savory peanut butter)
- ginger garlic paste
- ginger lemon/limeade
This was much more satisfying to me than spending hours and excessive money at the mall. And maybe the people I give these gifts to don't even like the things I made for them, but so what? You run the risk of that when you buy something random at the mall too. I at least had fun making my gifts, and I did so with less stress and mood swings than if I had gone out and bought all those gifts. If they don't like the things I made, I hope they'll at least pass them along to someone who will.