It's the time of year when things get jolly and bright and gift giving commences! It's definitely one of my favorite times of year, but occasionally I feel a little overwhelmed when it comes to finding reasonably priced, meaningful, or useful gifts for family and friends. Anyone relate? Despite the feeling, I enjoy the challenge of finding the right gifts to give. I've found that homemade holiday gifts are a sustainable and creative gift giving solution, and this year I'll be giving out a Holiday Masala Chai Kit. This blog post is part 1 of 2 holiday homemade gift ideas. Stay tuned for part 2 and 3, and don't forget to subscribe for more homemaking and momming inspiration.
- strong black tea (I prefer loose leaf Ceylon, but any strong black tea will do. Can’t find loose leaf tea? Feel free to place individual tea bags in the jar instead.)
- star anise
- cinnamon sticks
- glass jars
- Holiday Chai Recipe Instructions
Step 1: Blend spices together. Here’s the ratio and combination of spices I use: cardamom, star anise, peppercorns, cloves, and cinnamon sticks. Make adjustments to the spice blend to accommodate your tastes. Feel free to add nutmeg and/ or allspice to the mix. Note: This picture features enough spices to flavor about 2-3 pots of tea (thats about 12-18 cups of tea) Depending on your tastes a little can go a long way.
Step 2: Pour tea in one jar and spice blend into another jar. Secure jars with lid.
Steps 3: Decorate jars with ribbon, twine, and greenery. Use greenery from your yard to save time and money.
Step 4: Print Holiday Chai Recipe Instructions and attach to jar’s ribbon.