If you really want to give a gift from the heart, handmade beats store-bought every time. And one of the most popular types of handmade gifts are the ones you make in your own kitchen.
Homemade food gifts don't have to be pricey or fancy; in fact, they can be downright inexpensive. That cost savings is especially useful if you have a long list of recipients. You can buy the ingredients and the packaging supplies in bulk, set up a kitchen production line, and bang out dozens of food gifts at once. And when your family and friends receive a homemade gift from your kitchen, they'll definitely feel that extra wrapping of care and consideration that a store-bought gift just can't match.
Here are some of our most popular handmade food gifts, suitable for just about everyone on your list.
For the Cozy Crowd: Hot Drink Mixes
Attractive jars of cocoa mix, hot tea, and coffee drinks, tied with colorful ribbon, are easy to make in bulk; be sure to include instruction for how much liquid to add to how much drink mix. If you want to take it to the next level, include a mug, marshmallows, candy canes for stirrers, or whatever else would go with the drink mix.
More drink mixes to give:
- Spiced Hot Cocoa Mix
- Orange Spice Tea Mix
- Chai Tea Mix
- Cappuccino in a Jar
- Mocha au Lait Mix
- Friendship Tea
- Instant Russian Tea
For Bakers: Cookie and Brownie Mixes in a Jar
For the most attractive presentation, layer the dry ingredients in a one-quart wide-mouth canning jar so each layer has a distinct color and texture. Unless your recipe has a different suggestion, the bottom layer should be the ingredient with the finest texture—usually the flour—and the top layer can be the largest ingredients, such as chips, raisins, and nuts. Include the recipe and baking directions on the label or gift tag.
More cookie mixes and brownie mixes to give:
- Cookie Mix in a Jar I
- Cranberry Hootycreeks
- Chocolate Cookie Mix in a Jar
- Butterscotch Brownies in a Jar
- Brownie Mix in a Jar II
- More Recipes for Cookie Mixes in a Jar
- More Recipes for Brownie Mix in a Jar
For Sweet Tooths: Homemade Candy
Easy homemade candies to give:
- Pretzel Turtles
- Microwave Oven Peanut Brittle
- Easy Decadent Truffles
- Peppermint Bark
- More Christmas Candy Recipes
For Comfort Food Fans: Soup Mix in a Jar
Soup mix in a jar will have them thinking warm thoughts about you when they cook up a satisfying pot of soup on cold winter nights.
More soup mixes to give:
- Love Soup Mix in a Jar
- Friendship Soup Mix in a Jar
- Country Soup in a Jar
- Potato Soup Mix
- Turkey Noodle Soup Mix
- More Soup Mix Recipes
For Sandwich and Salad Masters: Condiments and Infused Vinegars
Homemade condiments such as mustard and ketchup can keep for 2 to 3 weeks in the fridge, or 6 months in the freezer. Flavored vinegars will keep for six months or more so you can get started on them when herbs are fresh and plentiful, and they'll still be great come gift-giving season.
More condiments and infused vinegars to give:
For Flavor Fanatics: Salts, Rubs, Spice Mixes, and Seasonings
When you're short on time, simple seasoning mixes come together very quickly and are a snap to package.
More rubs, salts, spice mixes, and seasonings to give:
- Copycat Lawry's Seasoned Salt
- Dry Rub for Ribs
- Jamaican Jerk Dry Rub
- Cajun Spice Seasoning Mix in a Jar
- Berbere Spice Blend
- Mild Curry Powder
- Easy Garam Masala
- Pumpkin Pie Spice I
- Fajita Seasoning
- Jerk Seasoning
- Taco Seasoning
- Homemade Vanilla Extract
- Vanilla Sugar
- More Seasoning Mix Recipes
- More Dry Rub Recipes
For Mixologists: Homemade Liqueurs
You're not exactly running a still here, but you are infusing alcohol with flavor for big-batch give-aways.
More homemade liqueurs to give:
- Original Irish Cream
- Berry Cordial
- Homemade Irish Cream
- Portuguese Licoro
- Peppermint Schnapps Liqueur
- Coffee Liqueur I
- See More Homemade Liqueur Recipes
For DIY Homesteaders: Jams, Jellies, Pickles, and Preserves
If you're new to home canning, read this guide to home canning before you get started. You can also opt for freezer jams and quick refrigerator pickles that don't require hot water canning. Just be sure to include a tag that tells your recipient to keep the gift refrigerated and to use it up within 2 months.
More jams, jellys, and preserves to give:
- Pomegranate Jelly
- Kumquat Marmalade
- Quince Jelly
- Wine Jelly
- Spicy Cranberry Chutney
- Homemade Refrigerator Pickles
- More Quick Pickles with Winter Produce
- Canning and Preserving Recipes
For Pet Lovers: Homemade Dog and Cat Treats
Collect cookie cutters in dog-friendly shapes—bones, fire hydrants, dog houses, squirrels, shoes—to 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!
More homemade pet treats to give:
- Dog Treats I
- Dog Biscuits I
- Gourmet Dog Biscuits
- Kitty Kisses
- Pet Cookies
- More Recipes for Homemade Pet Food
Browse our entire collection of food gift recipes.
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