Trail mix is healthy, packed with energy and an ideal gift for active folks who are always going on adventures. Trail mix can be taken on hikes, bike rides, fishing trips or mountain climbing and eaten whenever the need arises. Don't just hand someone a bag of trail mix and tell him to enjoy--instead, turn the trail mix into a creative gift.
Fill a jar or tin with homemade trail mix that features the goodies the gift recipient most enjoys. A basic trail mix recipe calls for 2 cups of grains mixed with 1/3 cup each of dried fruit, nuts or seeds, and optional sweets like chocolate chips. Pick the person's favorite nuts, fruits and granola. Another option is an elaborate trail mix recipe that involves some browning, mixing and preparation and tastes better freshly made. Layer each ingredient in the jar, and attach the recipe to the jar's neck. The recipient can prepare the trail mix before her next adventure.
Trail mix gift sets make an ideal gift for the trail mix enthusiast. Get a decorative basket, tray or tin, and fill it with smaller bags of trail mix. Get creative and put the bags of trail mix in something other than a traditional container. Place small bags of trail mix in a bike helmet, hiking pack or other piece of gear you know the recipient will use. Some companies offer sampler and gift sets of trail mix already outfitted in decorative containers.
Several humorous gift ideas would suit the trail mix lover. If your gift recipient is particularly enthralled with trail mix, give him a T-shirt, sticker or mouse pad that reads "I love trail mix." A number of different companies offer custom printing on different items. Trail mix art is another humorous option. Have a close-up photo of trail mix enlarged into a poster or personalized stationery. Novelty bubble gum machines are also a fun way to gift trail mix. Find one with a fairly large opening that doesn't require coins, and fill it with the person's favorite trail mix blend.
Article Written By Ryn Gargulinski
Ryn Gargulinski is a writer, artist and performer whose journalism career began in 1991. Credits include two illustrated books, "Bony Yoga" and "Rats Incredible"; fitness, animal, crime, general news and features for various publications; and several awards. She holds a Master of Arts in English literature and folklore and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing with a French minor from Brooklyn College.