Yay! ’Tis the season to gorge on goodies; sun bake till beetroot red; and give awkward work presents!
Secret santas and work parties seem like a great way to build team morale and get into the spirit of the holiday season. Generally speaking, they work really well, but there is always the awkward occasion of gift giving. Secret santas have become common among work groups, and even large families, which is great to relieve the pressure of having to buy gifts for everyone…. but not so great when it comes to finding something nice under the $5, $10, or even $20 price limit.
Everyone has enough novelty hats; mugs; cards and other doodackies; and please for the love of all that is red and jolly, do not buy a pair of socks. Please. Just don’t.
I know it seems impossible to come up with gifts that will actually be appreciated, and those of us who are more environmentally minded cringe at the thought of piles and piles of flashing plastic toys that will end up in the dump come New Year’s Eve.
So I’ll be sharing some gift ideas that should tick all the (important) boxes this holiday season:
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Candy Cane Bliss Balls
Everyone loves Bliss Balls, let’s face it. So they are one thing that are sure to be appreciated, but can be a little more thoughtful and healthful than giving a box of chocolates. Of course, you can also dress them up really pretty and for my fellow eco-warriors, of course the reusable jar is a complete win so if worst comes to worst and your Bliss Balls aren’t a hit (this is pretty much impossible by the way) then at least your “Secret Santee” can appreciate their new (or appropriately vintage) jar!
Obviously crushed candy canes aren’t exactly nutritious, but mixing them up with Bliss Balls makes them a little better (I’m sure this is how nutrition works right? hehe). However, you can also coat them in Coloured Coconut Sugar or just make them plain! Candy cane works with pretty much anything, so you can use your favourite Bliss Ball recipe (or make up your own), or follow mine as a guideline below. Bear in mind that they are pretty much impossible to stuff up, so feel free to make substitutions- pretty much any mix of dates or dried fruit, nuts, seeds and other additions will work!
Cacao Goji Seed Bliss Balls:
for approx 20 balls
40g Goji berries
3 tablespoons Linseeds
4 tablespoons Cocoa or Cacao powder
2 tablespoons Cacao Nibs
2 teaspoons Maca root powder
Optional: 10 candy canes
1. Soak goji berries in a cup with water
2. Blend nuts and linseeds on high speed until mixed and in small chunks
3. Drain the goji berries and add along with all other ingredients. Pulse on a lower speed until thoroughly mixed
4. Test the dough by rolling it into a ball. If it holds without crumbling it is the perfect consistency. If it is too sticky, add more nuts or dry ingredients. If it is too dry then add a few more dates, or add a little water, honey or agave.
5. Once at the right consistency, roll into small balls
Optional: Break candy canes into food processor and blitz for a few seconds until in crumbs. Be careful not to over mix or it will clump together. Roll bliss balls around in the crumbs and then roll in your hands to stick the candy cane into the ball.
Option 2: Take Coconut sugar or Stevia and dye with a small amount of red or green (or any colour!) food colouring. Then roll your Bliss Balls in this for a healthier, and still festive coating.
Wrap it up and make it presentable… the great thing about this kind of gift is it doesn’t need throw away wrapping- it looks pretty as is!
Enjoy your Christmas and keep an eye out for other DIY Secret Santa prezzies this Christmas!