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Have you been to Big Lots lately? If not, get in your car now! There are more foodie-friendly finds there than ever before, and it’s prime time for creating some spectacular holiday gift baskets…and gift jars, and gift platters, and a smorgasbord of other great gifting ideas! On top of saving money, you’ll save lots of time because you can get every single thing you need to create the best foodie gifts to please all palates with one simple trip to Big Lots.
But you may have noticed that the title of this post mentions two easy steps… Let me explain.
In my family, we tend to be pretty practical during the holidays, but we do like to splurge, too. That’s why food gifts are always a favorite. (Well, that and we’re Italian, so you can never go wrong with food, holiday or not.) But for me, the best food gifts contain a little bit of homemade magic, too. So…
Step 1: Head to Big Lots First
Step 2: Add a Homemade Touch
Nothing personalizes a gift of great quality foodie finds like a heartfelt creation from your own kitchen. This year, I tossed around the idea of homemade biscotti, meringues, or scones. But after my trip to Big Lots where I found lots of olive oil and cute bottles to put it in, I knew exactly what to do with the herbs I had dried from our summer garden.
Herb-infused oils are so easy, and when you can buy the ingredients at Big Lots, they’re really inexpensive, too. Choose a blend of herbs and/or spices you like, and just add them to the oil! This one is a Tuscan blend, with lots of garlic, basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme.Homemade Tuscan Herb Olive Oil Blend (made with ingredients from #BigLots!) #BIGSeason @BigLots Click To Tweet
Sundried tomatoes are another great addition, but you’ll want to score or slice both those and the garlic to help release the flavor a little more quickly.
Once everything is in the bottle, just pour the oil over top. Let it infuse for a few days, then enjoy!
- i bottle olive oil
- 6 cloves garlic
- 4 sun-dried tomatoes
- 1 large sprig rosemary
- 1 large sprig basil
- 1 large sprig oregano
- 1 large sprig thyme
- Slice garlic and score tomatoes to release flavor. Add all ingredients to oil; allow flavors to infuse for a few days before using. Flavors will intensify over time.
I found everything I needed to create this yummy herb oil at Big Lots (except for the herbs. I used my own, but you can definitely grab them while you’re there if you need them.) And this is the part where I admit that my gift idea went about a million different directions before I finally settled on one. There was just SO much to choose from.
With all the jars and bowls, mugs and dishes, baking pans and cutting boards, my head was spinning! Some themes I considered for a gift were: Morning Muffins, Wine and Cheese, Crock of Chili, Tailgating Favorites, Movie Night Snacks…and the list goes on. When I saw the mug display, all I could think of was Home Cafe!
But then I saw this cute decorative drawer, and I knew it was the perfect way to hold everything from breakfast to dinner, and it would be reusable and pretty practical, too. No wasteful gift bag to throw out!
Big Lots carries tons of name brands, and my local store had lots of imported specialty items, plenty of organics, and an entire wall of Bob’s Red Mill grains and mixes! I had to narrow it down, so I chose a 10-Grain pancake and waffle mix, black bean soup mix, Italian sea salt breadsticks and Tuscan seasoning, and finished it off with a set of bamboo utensils. No dessert on this one, but oh, I could have! The specialty cookie aisle at Big Lots is my own personal heaven.
At Big Lots, you really never have to sacrifice quality for price, and I was able to buy enough to really round out a gift I was proud of for my sister-in-law.
Styles and assortment vary by store.
When you stop at Big Lots, be sure to check out the seasonal section – that’s where I found all my bows, ribbons and tape!
The Best Foodie Gifts the Pizza Lover, too!
But that’s not all I got! I got more than one bottle, and I’ll be using the same Tuscan Herb Olive Oil in a pizza-themed gift, too! Big Lots had great quality pizza ingredients (including a Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free Crust Mix and some organic seasonings) and a great pizza baking stone to hold it all. And who doesn’t love pizzelles?! Score for my brother! (Note, these bottles don’t have oil yet because I don’t want to risk spilling it this far before Christmas.)
I hope you’re feeling as inspired as I was after my trip to Big Lots. I’m heading back with my husband next week to finish shopping for our bosses, the mail carriers, the kids’ teachers and my mother-in-law! We’re going to the same line, too, because our cashier was super friendly and I think we’re besties now. 🙂