2014 Gift Guide: ‘Tis the season to be jolly – five fun gifts under $15

Make a homemade batch, or give the Triple Ginger Cookie Kit for a fun and simple present.

Quick! Off the top of your head, name all the people you’ve been meaning to buy a little gift for:

  • The piano teacher.
  • The scout troop leader.
  • The receptionist.
  • The mail carrier and the Fed Ex guy.
  • The Secret Santa gift exchange at work.
  • Your sister’s new-ish boyfriend.
  • Your workout buddy.
  • The folks in the book group where you do more eating and laughing than book-discussing.
  • The old friend whom you promised, “No, let’s not do gifts this year,” but you just love them so much you have to get them a little something.

A little something.” As we celebrate the winter holidays, and as the year draws to a close, many of us reflect on all the people who make our everyday existence a little more merry and bright.

You could get them each a gift card to the coffee place, or some lottery tickets, easy. But (ahem) we have a better idea. Pop into AllSpice and surprise those kindly people with a yummy little something.

Double_Chocolate_treat_bagHere are five gift ideas under fifteen bucks:

Double Chocolate Gift Bag (pictured) – $12. A jar of Cafe Blend Hot Chocolate, a decadent meltaway chocolate bar, and some artisanal chocolate-caramel marshmallows, in a neat cellophane tied up with a raffia bow.

Triple Ginger Cookie Kit – $12.50. All the spices you need to make the ultimate spice cookie.

Spiced Rosemary Chocolate Chip Cookie Kit – $12.50. Winner of the AllSpice blue ribbon in this year’s Iowa State Fair, this grown-up spin on the chocolate chip cookie literally takes the prize for favorite cookie.

Spiced Nuts Kit – $12.50. For the friend who’s trying to resist holiday treat temptation, this kit has the key to “eating healthy” — cinnamon and cayenne, chili powder and cumin, to spice up your favorite nuts.

Cacao nibs – $9.50. They’re organic, they’re fair trade, perfectly roasted cocoa beans, separated from their husks and broken into small bits or nibs.