The holiday season is a time for indulging. The extra work days off give you time to indulge in making memories with family and friends. The celebrations give you an excuse to indulge in yummy foods and treats (that you might not always let yourself enjoy). And, gift giving lets you indulge in shopping fun, as well as the warm feeling you get when you know you’ve made someone else happy!
First, let’s talk about presents!
You need time to shop, wrap, and deliver. Obviously, we love to give the gift of pretzels for the holidays. Here are a few ideas on how to customize the gift of pretzels for the loved ones in your life.
For the wine lover
It’s easy to grab a nice bottle of wine as a gift, but we recommend dressing it up for the holiday season to show someone you really care. For this gift of pretzels package, we love to use a wine crate or similar-looking box, then fill it with a couple of bottles of wine, some cocktail napkins (we love the ones with the cute sayings, plus, it’s another way to customize the gift), and of course some snacks to enjoy with the wine. If you’re including reds, choose dark chocolate, Sweet Chili and Chesapeake Spice OMG! Pretzels, as well as mixed spiced nuts. If you opt for white wines, add dried fruit, Lemon Pepper and Garlic OMG! Pretzels, along with white chocolate covered potato chips.
For the at-home chef
It’s fun to treat the person who is always treating everyone else with something to make their “job” a little easier. Try to do a little digging and find out if there’s a kitchen tool they’ve been wanting but have yet to purchase for themselves. If you aren’t sure, you can’t go wrong with pretty serving utensils or a pretty set of mixing bowls. We also recommend adding a few specialty food items to spruce up recipes; for instance, a jar of gourmet fruit preserves or bottle of truffle oil. Don’t forget a few flavors of OMG! Pretzels to complete this gift for the holiday season!
For the snack lover
We all know someone who LOVES snacking! This holiday season gift them with the ultimate snack basket full of salty and sweet, chewy and crunchy eats. For this gift of pretzels and other snacks, we recommend including all eight of our bold, innovative flavors of gourmet pretzels. Then, choose some other specialty snacks like flavored popcorn, fancy candies, and dried fruit and nut mixes. Tie it all up with a festive holiday bow, and ta-da, the perfect gift of pretzels this holiday season!
For the beer lover
Craft beers are very popular right now and most stores allow you to “create your own” six pack. We say have fun mixing and matching and then you can pair OMG! Pretzels with the various styles of beer you choose. Not sure which flavor pretzels goes with which type of beer? We’ve put together an OMG! Pretzels and beer pairing guide! To really make this pretzel gift special, we also recommend adding some personalized beer steins.
For the fitness fanatic
Do you know someone who exercises even on vacation? That doesn’t mean they won’t love a gift of pretzels this holiday season. OMG! Pretzels uses all natural ingredients and are baked for the perfect crunch! We recommend choosing the Sweet & Spicy, Cheddar Jalapeno, and Sweet & Salty varieties because they mix well with other items in DIY trail mixes, which are perfect for your on-the-go loved one. Include some trail mix recipe ideas and nice travel containers to complete this holiday pretzel gift.
For the kids
If you aren’t sure what your niece or nephew are into, don’t fret. Gift them some yummy snacks – they’ll love you forever! We like the idea of including a gingerbread house kit in this gift of pretzels because it’s something you can do with them over the holidays. And you can include decorations for the house and snacks to eat while you build it. Be sure to grab Salty Butterscotch OMG! Pretzels (a kid favorite), as well as some candies and small chocolates to make your gift delicious and interactive.
Need some advice on how to make these pretzel gifts for the holiday look as good as they are going to taste? We shared some tips on making holiday gift baskets, check them out.
One final gift giving idea
OMG! Pretzels make AMAZING stocking stuffers! Gift one flavor of pretzels to each member of your family, so you can try our entire collection this holiday season.
Now, it’s time to tackle the eating category (our favorite).
Whether you are hosting the holiday gathering or just want to make a few special items for your immediate family and friends, we have some fun holiday ideas to share. Be sure you have plenty of OMG! Pretzels on hand!
Side Dish Advice
If you are in charge of bringing a side dish or two, elevate the classics with a fun, crunch pretzel topping! You can try one of our Thanksgiving ideas or try an idea of your own.
Crafty Ideas for the Kids
We know it’s hard to fill up the days when the kids are out of school, so why not use the time to make some fun treats to share with family and friends? And the kids can help! Grab a few bags of our Sweet & Salty Pretzels and some chocolate chips. Then, melt the chocolate on a double-boiler, remove it from the heat and give everybody two spoons. Let the pretzel nuggets go for a bath in the chocolate and then place them on a drying rack to cool. Before the chocolate sets, the kids can add sprinkles or colored sanding sugar for a festive look. Finally, package the yummy treats in holiday-themed bags and share with family and friends!
Stress Less with Make Ahead Appetizers
The holidays are busy enough without trying to do things last minute while expecting guests. That’s why we love easy and ridiculously delicious appetizers that you can make days or hours before you entertain. Stuffed mushrooms are always a hit at our house. Learn how to make them here.
The holidays are a great time to play games with family and friends. We have a fun DIY game that involves snacking on OMG! Pretzels. Here’s how it works: Put each of our eight flavors of OMG! Pretzels in a different bowl. Label the bottom of each bowl with the flavor name (so you don’t forget which is which!). Then, one at a time, have people wear a blindfold and taste a pretzel nugget from each bowl. After they taste each one, they write down which flavor they think it is. After everyone completes the taste test, see who gets the most correct. The winner gets a bag of OMG! Pretzels to take home!
Out of Practice?
Because of the pandemic, lots of people haven’t entertained in quite a while. If that’s you, don’t worry! Your hosting capabilities will come right back once you start planning. OMG! Pretzels mom (Lynn) always suggests making a few lists, so you know everything that needs to be done before you start cooking. You can check out more of her entertaining tips here. Remember – even if something gets burned or isn’t perfect, you are spending holiday time with family and friends. That’s the important part!
Keep Snacks on Hand
During the holidays, people may pop by to bring you a gift or just say hello. Keep a full stash of gourmet snacks like OMG! Pretzels in the pantry so that you can easily offer something delicious to eat while you chat or to quickly turn into a gift. Having easily accessible snacks around is also good for when you need a little pick-me-up from all the holiday excitement.
If you want to host a small get together for your friends or for your kids’ friends, we have a fun, simple and ridiculously delicious idea for you! A hot chocolate DIY display and board. All you need is a pot of hot chocolate, some mugs (they don’t have to match), and a bunch of fun toppings so people can customize their dessert. For the holidays, we recommend crushed peppermint, red and green sprinkles, cinnamon whipped cream, and crushed gingerbread cookies. We always include crushed Sweet & Salty OMG! Pretzels for the kids and crushed Sweet & Spicy OMG! Pretzels for the adults.
Wishing you all a merry and bright holiday season full of fun memories, delicious food, and gourmet gifts! Check out our online selection of pretzels and order by Dec. 15th to guarantee arrival before Christmas. For more holiday entertaining tips, download our FREE guide here.