Pickled Carrots | Holiday gift ideas from Recipe RenovatorWith the holidays right around the corner, how about some easy gift ideas that you can whip up quickly? People always love getting something homemade, like these refrigerator pickles. All these ideas are vegan, gluten-free, and refined-sugar-free so they should be perfect for everyone on your list. Finally, these are almost all savory, to balance out the holiday sugar overload.

For all these ideas, sterilize the jars, fill them, and add a little ribbon or a tag. All these recipes describe how to make the items without heat canning. You could can them by following the instructions in the tomato-onion jam recipe. Otherwise make sure they stay refrigerated.SauerkrautWhile you might not think of Christmas and sauerkraut together, giving a jar of a fantastic artisanal sauerkraut is the perfect hostess gift. Think unusual combinations, like celery/fennel/green cabbage or carrot/beet/ginger.BBQ tofu sandwichThis is THE most incredible BBQ sauce, and it is super-easy to make. You could make up a gift basket with homemade sauce and BBQ items for the griller in your life. Wicked home-made hot sauceWickedly good, wickedly hot, hot sauce

Tomato Onion Jam sugarfree

Sugar-free tomato onion jam
Cranberry-Walnut ConserveCranberry-walnut conserve

Cranberry Jalapeno Persimmon ChutneyCranberry Jalapeno Persimmon Chutney

Cranberry Chutney Indian SpicesCranberry chutney with indian spices

Extract ready to go in the cupboard for a monthFor the baker or mixologist in your life, homemade extracts

Have fun! What kinds of home-made gifts have you given in the past? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.

Today’s post is part of our mission to help you rebuild your health through food and lifestyle choices. Look for posts on Mondays featuring gluten-free, sugar-free recipes made with healthy plant-based ingredients, Wednesday essays, and Friday giveaways (when available).

These little jars are super-cute, very affordable, and come with little oval labels. Perfect!