DIY Pancake Gift Basket; Budget-Friendly Gifts
For as long as I can remember I have loved making my own gifts for others, from crocheting to canned jams. As I got older I grew to appreciate and cherish the handmade gifts my grandmothers used to make me and understand the time they put into each gift. A homemade gift tells the receiver, I care about you, I’m not just buying you a gift with money but I am giving you a piece of time from my life, a gift that is priceless.
Although you can never put a price on your time, making gifts can save you money and are often fairly inexpensive to make, so they are perfect for those on a tight budget or who are trying to live frugally.
This year my in-laws wanted food as their gift for the holidays so I tried to become creative with different ways to accommodate that request. I made several different food baskets (I will share all of them with you) so it would seem more meaningful than just bringing a grocery bag full of food.
With this pancake gift basket you can get really creative and cute or you can make it simple and sweet. I went the simple and sweet route.
DIY Pancake Gift Basket
In the gift basket I included:
- Mixing bowl (from the dollar store)
- Whisk (also from the dollar store)
- Kitchen towel
- Homemade Maple Syrup (recipe link below- so easy to make, you won’t believe it!)
- Pancake mix in a bag with instructions stapled on back
- Chocolate Chips
- Pancake Molds
- Assorted Flavored Syrup
- Gather your ingredients, decide how many baskets you want to make and make sure you have enough supplies
- Print or Hand draw labels (I bought my labels from Avery and they are easy to print-link below) for the syrup and mix
- Place pancake mix in plastic bag and seal (you can use a zip lock)
- Staple pancake mix directions on bag
- Assemble all ingredients in the mixing bowl with tissue paper
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon white sugar
- In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Place mix in bag or jar for gifts.
- On a card print or write these instructions:
- ADD: 1 1/4 cups milk
- 1 egg
- 3 tablespoons butter, melted
- Pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
- Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.
Now the Piece De Resistance to really make your DIY Pancake Gift basket stand out, Homemade Maple Syrup- without a maple tree
DIY Pancake Gift Basket Shortcuts
I am a woman who likes to make gifts from scratch, however, I am also frugal and often short on time so I am giving you a shortcut tip.
Buy a box of pancake mix and measure it out per the serving suggestions on the box. On a box I used (shhhhhhh, don’t tell) the instructions called for one cup of mix so I added 2 cups to each package and was able to make 3 bags. You can do the same with syrup, buy a couple of decorative bottles from the dollar tree or use a small mason jar and pour your syrup in the container and print a label for it. Looks just like homemade.