I wanted to leave you with a quick, inexpensive and easy recipe that will in turn yield you about 10-14 gifts (depending on the size jars you need). It's a recipe for Christmas Jam. It's absolutely wonderful, super easy, very quick and like I said, easy on the pocketbook. This past Thanksgiving, my mom helped me whip up a batch for some family here in Canada. (I'd never made jam before but could easily do this now on my own.)
2 packages (20 ounces each) frozen whole strawberries or 2-1/2 quarts fresh strawberries
1 pound fresh or frozen cranberries
5 pounds sugar
2 pouches (3 ounces each) liquid fruit pectin
Grind strawberries and cranberries in a food processor or grinder; place in a large kettle. Add sugar. Bring to a full rolling boil; boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat; stir in pectin and return to a full rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat.
Cool for 5 minutes; skim off foam. Pour hot into hot jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Adjust caps. Process for 15 minutes in a boiling-water bath. Yield: about 14 half-pints.
I am wrapping my jars in clear cellophane, tying with some rafia and ribbon and some homemade tags with the recipe.