This is totally not a guilt trip. If you don’t give holiday gifts to your co-workers, that’s totally fine with me. I never did, either, until this year when I got a little breathing room in my schedule.
See, my love language isn’t gifts. And I think Dr. Chapman said that you expend a lot of your own energy naturally focusing on trying to speak your own love language to others because that’s just the way you were made. So since my love language isn’t receiving gifts, gift-giving isn’t necessarily my strong suit, and when cute little packages or envelopes or chocolates show up on my desk on that final working day before the holiday reprieve, I usually think, “Oh, crap. I’m so thoughtless. I can’t believe I didn’t do anything this year, either.”
So just in case you want to pull a little something off for your co-workers, here’s a simple, inexpensive, and practical idea that you can throw together this weekend – just in time to give them out next week.
Give the gift of time! Surprise your co-workers with pre-mixed spice blends to give them an easy night of cooking. I’m even sending one of these off to my son’s teacher.
Christmas Gift Spice Blends
I scaled up the spices to two of my fave easy weeknight recipes, bought small storage containers, packaged them in inexpensive holiday gift bags, and included recipe instructions. Each little container contains enough spices for two meals for a total of four no-fuss dinners for my colleagues. Some are working moms, some aren’t, but everybody appreciates a little cooking shortcut!
Fajita Spice Blend (makes 16 servings/8 gifts)
- 24 tsp. cumin
- 8 tsp. oregano
- 4 tsp. each salt, cayenne pepper, and black pepper
- 2 tsp. each garlic powder and onion powder
Crock Pot Chicken Spice Blend (makes blend for 16 chickens/8 gifts)
- 32 tsp. paprika
- 16 tsp. each salt, onion powder, and thyme
- 8 tsp. garlic powder
- 4 tsp. each cayenne pepper and black pepper
Combine spices for each recipe in a large bowl. Portion them out among 8 small storage containers. Include cooking instructions (click photo for a PDF printable which includes 5 recipe cards on one sheet).