I'm not a big gift person. It's not that I don't like gifts; it's just that, if I get to choose, I'd rather be given something the giver thinks is so "me" that I just had to have it or a gift of quality time. Maybe time spent eating a yummy meal, browsing books, getting toenails painted, drinking coffee (maybe it will be decaffeinated these days), laying on the grass looking at clouds, playing apple baseball, picking berries. The list could go on indefinitely. I'm good at lists.
I give the kinds of gifts I like to receive. I'll buy a gift if it seems "perfect" for someone, but other than that, I don't always show up to a party with something tangible in my hands.Sometimes I will promise a meal or a trip, and other times those outtings will happen without a "this is why" label attached. My system actually works out pretty well, because Tim and I like to have people over for homemade meals, usually using recipes I haven't tried before. We like to meet people for meals, too, or almost anything, really. That's where most of our "fun" money gets spent. We like that. I know I really don't want to change that right now.
While I'm not a fan of buying "things" for the sake of having something in my hands when I walk into a gathering, I've become concerned that my lack of tangible gifts might easily be translated into a message that says I don't treasure the guest of honor. The truth is, if I'm present, I do care. And if I'm not present, it's still likely that I care, but just couldn't make it.
I think I've come up with a solution: Oreo Truffles. Have you tried them? I sometimes make them around the holidays and just pass them out to anyone I see. I always get requests for copies of the recipe and more truffles. This year, I ordered cute little candy bags and personalized labels; I still have some left over. Decadent homemade chocolate treats in personalized candy bags? Seems like a great gift solution to me.
Photo from TwicebakedTwins.com
Makes approximately 4 dozen truffles (or maybe a little less, depending on how much of the filling you choose to sample)