Years ago when we first married, Steven and I decided that at Christmas, we'd pretty much just spend money on family. Friends would get homemade gifts. It just gets too expensive to buy gifts for everyone we love.
So my annual Christmas gift to our friends is homemade bread. I shy away from cookies and the like because people are inundated with sweets at this time of year. I discovered a few years ago that I really enjoy baking bread (and I'm pretty good at it, too, if I do say so myself), so I give out bread for Christmas. It's always very well received.
Friday was a marathon baking session with 3 different types of bread to be made.
I made 18 mini loaves of pumpkin bread and 2 large loaves (not pictured):
Twelve loaves of raspberry-glazed mini lemon-cornmeal loaves:
Four loaves of wheat bread:
I packaged them all up and used kitchen labels from Martha Stewart's craft line at Michael's:
The really nice thing is that if our friends aren't ready to eat it now, it all freezes well.