I came across a blog post by Missives from the Birdcage about stretching dollars in this exceedingly tight economic climate. As the holiday season is upon us, it reminded me of the one Christmas when I did not shop in the usual Refugee method – recklessly.
The Christmas after I got married my wife and I decided that gift giving had lost touch with reality and we were going to be much more practical/frugal that year than last. I had been making my own infused olive oils for cooking for sometime and we decided that if nicely packaged this would make a warm and very personal holiday gift for just about every one the list.
Garlic flavored olive oil was the easiest and fastest to make, but I had also been making: Basil, Jalapeño, Rosemary, and Truffle Oils*. We determined that there would be two tiers to the gift list – top tier recipients netted three bottles while those on the junior tier would get two. I found some very nice glass bottles on line, made labels which read “Refugee & His Crazy Ex-Wife’s Infused Oils – Merry Christmas” Even with 55 people on the list that year, we averaged about $7 per person.
Infusing Instructions – this article does a better job than I would of explaining the process, and I am happy to provide any additional technical support via email.
What have you, the dozen loyal readers, done to cut costs in years past or are you planning to do this year?
*Only a few people were on the Truffle Oil distribution list or the cost would have been prohibitive.