..I'm about to help you out.
Because I know you have at least 1 person for whom you can't think of a gift....
....And I know what you're doing right now.
As you read this you're supposed to be perusing the internet, shopping and such. You've got to think of something to give this person. They're awesome. They mean a lot. But they just have everything. And some people are just hard to shop for. And you gave them socks last year. And a wallet the year before. No one wants a book anymore now that there are e-readers around. That restaurant gift card? You got them one for their birthday.
Regardless. I know what you're doing here. You're procrastinating.
But you're procrastinating in the right place.
Because I know something about your loved one. They love pancakes. Everyone... loves pancakes. Is that a haughty assumption? Maybe. But go ahead. Prove me wrong.
Nothing says "I love you" like pancakes. Especially the homemade kind, made extra special by cinnamon and pecans. Fluffy, amazing pancakes. Your loved one will just add an egg, some milk, some butter... stir. Cook, flip. Cover in syrup and enjoy. They can do that. You've done the homework for them.
The best part is you can decorate these little gems any way you like. I really wish mine were wearing tiny little ties. Next year. Ties.
Just make sure you slap a label on them:
machinedrum by machinedrum
Cinnamon Pecan Pancake Mix-in-a-Jar
Makes 1 quart jar
Adapted from Allrecipes.com (Best pancakes. Ever.)
3 c. ap flour
7 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
3/4 c chopped pecans
In a large bowl, whisk all ingredients together. Spoon into a quart sized mason jar, slowly so that you don't spill any. Seal jar and decorate.
Make sure to label with something like this:
Cinnamon Pecan Pancakes
For each 2 c. of mix: In a large bowl, make a well in the dry ingredients. Add 1 egg, 1 1/4 c milk, and 3 tbsp melted butter (1 tsp vanilla optional). Stir until just combined and lumpy. Make pancakes, spooning 1/4 c of batter onto greased griddle over medium heat and browning on both sides.