Enjoy making someone the apple of your eye by presenting them with a little token of appreciation in honor of Apple Gifting Day!
History of Apple Gifting Day
While a lot of people in modern times are familiar with the idea of giving an apple to the teacher on the first day of school, this tradition on the first day of the year dates back much further. Apple Gifting Day can be traced back thousands of years where it was an important part of bringing in the New Year.
Apples symbolize various positive qualities of life such as love, good health, knowledge, beauty, bounty and rebirth. And in ancient times when fresh fruit was a bit more difficult to come by, presenting someone with a piece of fruit on Apple Gifting Day must have been an especially delightful treat!
One of the most commonly known fruits on the planet, apples are convenient because they are long-lasting (when kept cool) and are so versatile that they can be used to bake up all sorts of fun and delicious treasures in the kitchen.
How to Celebrate Apple Gifting Day
Enjoy the fun and celebration of Apple Gifting Day in tandem with the New Year! Have fun on the day with some of these ideas:
Gift Apples to Friends and Family
This is just the day to present a family member, friend, coworker or neighbor with an apple. With more than 7000 different varieties of apples to choose from, it can be a fun adventure to decide which one to offer to someone as a gift.
Some of the most common types of apples that are regularly available at the grocery store or at orchards include Pink Lady, Golden Delicious, Gala Granny Smith, Red Delicious and so many others. Whether just showing up with a juicy apple for one special friend or picking up a bag and sharing them with everyone around, Apple Gifting Day has the potential to be loads of fun!
Get Creative with Apple Gifting Day
If just giving someone a simple apple seems a bit standard, take it to the next level with some of these ideas for making people feel special on Apple Gifting Day:
- Make an apple cake. Apple Gifting Day can be twice as delicious when those apples are made into something tasty like an apple cinnamon cake or apple cupcakes.
- Cook some homemade applesauce. If the apples on hand are getting a bit aged (since apple picking season was a few months ago), making applesauce is a great way to use up those apples that might be a bit soft. Plus, even though it’s pretty easy to make, homemade applesauce with lots of cinnamon makes an amazing gift!
- Bake up some apple turnovers. Not feeling the urge to bake with fresh apples? That’s okay! Apple turnovers can be pretty easy when using pre-made, refrigerated puff pastry then cutting it into squares and filling it with canned apple pie filling.