Homemade breads and muffins are such a treat when the weather is cold. In about an hour you can make a big batch of carrot raisin, zucchini, or blueberry-lemon muffins. With a little tissue paper and a fun baking dish, or box, you can turn these delicious treats into covetable Christmas gifts!
You can use a high-quality baking mix, or make the bread from scratch. Just make sure to follow the instructions and spray your pan with oil or non-stick spray before baking. If you need new bakeware, you’ll find a great selection at Goodwill. Pick up a muffin tin, bread pan, or casserole dish (and maybe get a teapot and some neat cups to treat your friend to an afternoon of tea and yummy treats). If you decide to make muffins, you could also pick up a basket and checkered dishtowel. After baking and cooking, you can wrap up the bread (pan and all) with festive papers and ribbon. Or, cut the bread into pretty slices, place in a cellophane bag with ribbon, and place it back in the baking dish with a fun cooking spoon or other utensil to make a festive gift set. Go with what inspires you while you’re at Goodwill! You may even be able to pick up an odd cookbook, or a fun apron, too!
If you don’t find the right thing, consider giving a Goodwill gift card. That way your friends can find their own favorites! Every purchase helps support new jobs for those in your community, with disabilities and other barriers to employment. Happy baking, and happy holidays!