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One of our favorite Holiday Gift ideas that we've shared on the site is Homemade Meal baskets. These are themed baskets that contain homemade mixes and small gifts to make a decent meal for a family. Check out our Gift Basket Meals for Ideas: Budget101.com - - Gift Basket Meals | Homemade Gift

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    One of our favorite Holiday Gift ideas that we've shared on the site is Homemade Meal baskets. These are themed baskets that contain homemade mixes and small gifts to make a decent meal for a family.

    Check out our Gift Basket Meals for Ideas:
    Budget101.com - - Gift Basket Meals | Homemade Gift Ideas for Families

    Here's the challenge, Create a Themed Meal Gift Basket using at least 3 homemade Mix recipes from our extensive Mixes Collection and other small items to include to make a family gift under $15.

    One random lucky recipient will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card! If we get 100+ responses before Thanksgiving, we'll also give away a Digital Pressure Cooker AND a Kitchenaid Mixer too! Good Luck and thanks for playing . . .

    B101 Challenge Update Notification  Although this thread is open for discussion, this Challenge has ended and the lucky recipient was announced in the thread at the close. 

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    Mammy Needs a Kitchenaid mixer so I'm all in! My gift basket meal idea is a Tuscany Italian Basket. I'd take a gift basket or large pasta bowl and line it with a red cloth napkin.

    1. Good Season Italian Dressing Mix
    2. Italian Spaghetti Seasoning Mix
    3. Italian Bean Soup Mix


    I'd add a package of wooden or bamboo spoons and a pretty set of homemade recipe cards and include the recipe for Tuscan Chicken.

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    Ooh, after seeing all those recipes on Grocerybudget101.com last week for the pressure cooker, I want to play!

    Basket Name: Game Night Gift Basket

    Things I'd Include:


    1. Homemade Pizza Crust Mix
    2. Jar of Pizza Sauce
    3. Pizza Pan
    4. S'mores in a Jar
    5. Package of popcorn kernals
    6. Dill Popcorn Seasoning Mix
    7. 2 different Decks of Playing Cards, Uno, Phase 10, etc
    8. Brain Teaser Puzzle
    9. Homemade Scorecards personalized with the family members names

    Really you could add a couple different cookie mixes or a couple different popcorn seasoning mixes, or even a package of pepperoni. I've found card games at the dollar store, they don't have all the great packaging as the ones in the big box stores, but they're just as fun!
    Just paying in forward in kindness!

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    Hearty Winter Meal Basket
    1. Chili Seasoning Gift (just add meat, if desired, and tomato sauce)
    2. MYO Bisquick Gift (just add vegetable oil)
    3. Apple Mulling Spice Gift (just add sugar and wine or apple cider)

    4. Shortbread Cookie Mix Gift (just add butter)
    Warming and filling...

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    Holiday Meal Basket...I would put inside the nicely decorated basket:

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    My middle son has recently been sent to a remote location which has nasty winters. He'll be a motel for months, with just a microwave and a mini fridge, and I already have a gift basket ready to mail for his birthday, which is on Thanksgiving Day this year. I have "set him up" for microwave meals on those blustery days when he won't want to go out to a restaurant. His birthday gift basket includes:

    A 28 oz. microwaveable bowl
    A bowl-shaped microwaveable pot holder that I made (Yes, it goes into the MW oven with the bowl!)
    A microwaveable measuring cup
    Set of measuring spoons
    A fork
    Dishwashing Liquid
    Packets of spices and my own dehydrated veggies for several meals
    Several Ramen noodle packets
    Recipe for making more spice mix

    For Christmas, he'll get even more. I'm on a roll! His next basket will get:

    A large thermal cup so his soup/ramen mixes can be made "to go"
    A microwaveable mug for several mug mixes, such as cake in a mug, and oatmeal with fruit, brownie in a mug
    A can of chili and beef ramen
    Spaghetti and dehydrated spaghetti sauce leather that I've made
    Mac and Cheese in a Mug mixes
    A can of chicken to add to soup mixes, including:
    Tortilla soup mix in his big bowl.
    One jar each of my own dehydrated onions and bell peppers, red and green, of course!
    Popcorn and a brown paper bag in which to nuke it
    A P51 military can opener on a key chain (I bought 15 of them at Amazon for gifting those of us who live in disaster-prone areas)
    Salt and Pepper shakers
    A bottle of Chipotle Tabasco
    Jar of sugar
    Soup Spoon and teaspoon
    Heavy gloves
    Warm knit cap
    A good book, because he loves to read
    His Mama's love

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    I would do a New Year's Day Breakfast basket. I would include pancake/waffle mix, syrup, maybe some homemade canned fruit (like apples with cinnamon), coffee, packaged pre-cooked bacon that doesn't need refrigeration. Or instead of pancakes, biscuit mix, sausage gravy mix, and grits.

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    OOH!!! I would love to win either item! I love my current pressure cooker and have an Oster Stand Mixer...but to get an upgrade to either item would be the best Christmas/50th birthday present ever!!
    Here's my basket:

    Soup for the Soul!

    1.9 bean soup mix
    2. Cornbread Mix

    I would include 4- 5 bowls, spoons, napkins, and a new muffin tin. I would place all in a nice stew pot. (all purchased from either the Dollar Tree or Walmart to save on cost)

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    I could sure use a digital pressure cooker.

    My baskets this year are "A taste of Natchitoches". It's a creole/Cajun theme.


    Included in the basket and all nestled in mardi gras beads:



    Included are my favorite recipes for gumbo and étouffée

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    Christmas Morning Breakfast Basket



    I would place a few Christmas themed mugs, paper plates and napkins in with the basket as well which you can normally find in the Dollar store.

    This would be great for those couples (or families) that are sitting by the tree opening gifts and spending time together. It's easy to make & serve and the last thing one needs to do on Christmas morning is cleaning up alot of dishes etc from breakfast when ya have a big Christmas Dinner to cook

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    Basket Gift Name: Family Fun Baking Treats

    Use a Basket or Big Mixing Bowl that has been lined with cloth napkins or just tissue paper
    • Add 2-4 Cake Mixes, Cookie or Brownie/Bar Mixes
    • Add a fun shaped baking pan (with christmas trees or gingerbread men, etc)
    • Add A new set of potholders
    • Add Festive Colored Sprinkles (from the dollar store!)
    • Add Cookie Cutters
    • Add a "Frosting Mix"
    • Add a Set of Pretty Wooden Spoons
    • Homemade Recipe cards (empty to add their own recipes)
    Total cost of the gift is about $12 for a family

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    I would make a winter soup basket using several soup in a jar mixes. Chili, Beef Barley, Wild rice and Mushroom.

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    My family enjoys my Brat Stew, especially on a cold night. The basket would include
    Beer Bread Mix
    African Peppercorn Mix

    (This recipe can be adapted for a crockpot)
    Brown 1 Package of Brats (I use Johnsonville Beer Brats)
    Add 2 cubed potatoes
    1 large thick sliced onion (Vidalia if available)
    1 large green pepper thick sliced
    1 -3 plum tomatoes cubed
    Pinch of Salt and Pepper to taste
    1 can of beer (your choice, I use Pabst)
    Lightly Brown the potatoes till firm, then add onions & peppers, when nearly cooked, about 10 min. add tomatoes & beer.
    Make Bread & cake as directed. Great Meal!

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    It's very cold in Alaska right now. (-25 this morning)I would start with veggie beef barley soup mix, and add the Parmesan herb biscuit mix and fudge brownie mix for dessert. I'd put it in a basket with 4 soup mugs and a soup ladle. This would warm the tummies of any of my friends or family on our cold winter nights

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    I think a fun and girly hostess gift would be a cherry themed basket! Along with the following mixes, I'd include items that are either red or have a cherry design on them. Items such a mugs, tea towels, silicone whisks, and spatulas would make this basket a real treat! I love this idea so much, I think I'll go ahead and make a few to have on hand for impromptu gifts and parties.

    Cherry Hot Chocolate
    Budget101.com - - Cherry Hot Chocolate | Hot Chocolate Drink Mix Recipes

    The Cherry Berry Bread Mix
    Budget101.com - - Make your own Cherry Berry Bread Mix

    Fun Fruit Instant Oatmeal (with dried cherries)
    Budget101.com - - MYO: Instant Oatmeal - Various Flavors | Make Your Own Breakfast Mixes

    Cherry Almond White Chocolate Cheesecake Bar Mix
    Budget101.com - - Cherry-Almond White Chocolate Cheesecake Bar Mix

 

 
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