Homemade gifts always make the best impression, and creative gifts from your kitchen are especially welcome around the holidays. Here are some of our favorites.
Hot Drink Mixes
Attractive jars of cocoa mix, hot tea, and coffee drinks, tied with colorful ribbon, are lovely as hostess gifts or tucked into a gift basket.
Cookie Mixes in a Jar
Layer the dry ingredients in a one-quart wide-mouth canning jar so each layer has a distinct color and texture. Include the recipe and baking directions on the label or gift tag.
- Cranberry Hootycreeks
- Chocolate Cookie Mix in a Jar
- Cowboy Cookie Mix in a Jar
- Butterscotch Brownies in a Jar
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Soup Mix in a Jar
Don't care for sweets? Soup mix in a jar is a thoughtful gift for cold winter nights.
- Love Soup Mix in a Jar
- Country Soup in a Jar
- Potato Soup Mix
- Turkey Noodle Soup Mix
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Infused Vinegars and Condiments
Flavored vinegars will keep for six months or more.
Salt Mixes and Seasonings
When you're short on time, let simple seasoning mixes comes to the rescue.
- Homemade Seasoned Salt
- Cajun Spice Seasoning Mix in a Jar
- Jerk Seasoning
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For more recipes, see our Homemade Liqueurs article.
- Berry Cordial
- Homemade Irish Cream
- Portuguese Licoro
- Peppermint Schnapps Liqueur
- Coffee Liqueur I
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Marmalades, chutneys, and preserves can be a welcome change from rich sweets.
- Pomegranate Jelly
- Kumquat Marmalade
- Quince Jelly
- Wine Jelly
- Spicy Cranberry Chutney
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Homemade Fortune Cookies
You can't beat the gift of good fortune. Make homemade fortune cookies with personalized fortunes.
To make the cookies, cut out strips of colorful paper and write the fortunes before you begin baking. Once the cookies come out of the oven, work fast and fold them while they're still warm. If you want to get extra-fancy, dip the ends of the fortune cookies in chocolate after they have cooled.
Buy Chinese take-out containers at craft or party supply stores and decorate them with markers or paint. They will make perfect gift boxes for your sweet treasures!
Indoor Herb Garden
An indoor herb garden is a thoughtful gift for anyone who likes to cook. Choose a narrow wooden crate, galvanized steel window box, or rectangular terra cotta pot that will fit on a windowsill. Fill it with several small pots of herbs: a good starter kit might include rosemary, basil, oregano, thyme, Italian parsley, and cilantro. To add a personal touch, include recipe cards with your favorite recipes featuring the herbs in the garden.
Don't Forget the Dog-Lovers
Collect cookie cutters in dog-friendly shapes -- bones, fire hydrants, dog houses, squirrels, shoes -- and prepare these treats. Present the biscuits in a fancy jar, a decorative tin with animals on it, or in a cute pet food dish. Wrap with colored cellophane and tie with a ribbon. Tail-wagging and purring guaranteed!
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Pack cookies, quick breads, fruit cakes, peanut brittle, and other treats in cake tins, brightly colored cellophane, or decorative gift bags. Many craft stores carry holiday patterned food-safe wraps and gift basket supplies.
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