|This was my first homemade gift. Bruschetta, evoo, melba toasts, sparkly star shaped lollipops.|
As I was driving and in my own head the other day, I was thinking about the pickled cherry tomatoes that I'd just canned and would like to give away to a few select people in my life. I mean, the cost of the jars, the ingredients (champagne vinegar is not cheap!), the fact that I sweated it out all summer watering those tomatoes... I lovingly started the seeds in March - spritzing the seedlings daily, regularly adjusting their habitat under the best grow lights. And the garlic clove? I planted that garlic last fall, having carefully stored the bulbs from the previous spring! I could keep going back...
Sometimes I calculate these gifts in monetary terms - a la The $64 Tomato. Just to see. So I also add to the cost of supplies, my hourly cost of labor. I take my hourly wage - which is relatively decent, then I give myself a little raise because having to work full time means my spare time is even more valuable. All that totals... a hefty sum for the jar of triple berry jam one may receive.
|This was a berry jam. Tea, chocolate, and scone mix.|