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Guest Post by: Andrea from Greenbacks Gal

DIY CHRISTMAS GIFT: Make and package flavored butters

Right now is a great time to start making gifts for the holidays! These flavored butters can remain in the freezer for up to 3 months, and they make great use out of the herbs or fruits you have in your garden! Package them in re-purposed materials you can decorate with things you have around the house, and you have an inexpensive gift that is sure to be a hit!

Start by making the flavored butter. Flavored butters can be either sweet for topping bagels, pancakes, waffles, or muffins. Or, flavored butters can be made savory to top potatoes, rolls, crackers, or steamed vegetables.Use herbs or fruits from your garden, or look for good sales on strawberries or raspberries. Also, since this is easy to freeze, you can watch for a good sale on butter.

Basil Butter

1 C butter

1/4 C chopped basil

1 clove garlic

1/2 t salt

Soften the butter by letting it stand at room temperature for an hour. Added chopped basil, pressed garlic clove, and salt. Stir until well mixed.

Strawberry Butter

1 C butter

1/2 C strawberries, mashed

1/4 C powdered sugar

*optional ~ grated orange rind

Soften butter by letting it stand at room temperature for an hour. Mix all ingredients together.

Now that you’ve made your butter, you’ll need to find something to freeze it in. I used a baby food jar, but you could use any small jar, or even a small piece of tupperware.

Once you have the butter in the jar, be sure to add a little embellishment on the top. Use sundried tomato bits or parsley for the savory. Use a strawberry for the sweet.

Next, re-purpose items you already have for the packaging. I used a container that held a ready-made salad.

Start with ribbon, and make sure you have enough to tie a pretty bow. Next find colorful paper to decorate the top. You can use construction paper, scrapbook paper, gift wrap – really whatever scraps you have on hand! Next, I added lettering. If you don’t have, or want to spend money on, lettering, consider adding a mailing label and writing a hand note. Your box is now ready to fill!

Finally, you’ll want to assemble your box. In this case, I used muffin liners to present an assortment of crackers – something you can get on the cheap with coupons and sales. Plus, crackers can go with either sweet or savory flavored butters, so you can’t go wrong! However, if you are a baker, consider making homemade rolls, tea bread, or muffins to add even more of a personal touch.

By planning ahead and using what you already have, you’re sure to have a less-stress, frugal holiday season!