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Festive Food Gifts for Everyone On Your List

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.


Hot Chocolate Mix in Reindeer Jar

Hot Chocolate Mix in Reindeer Jar | Photo by Meredith

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.


Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Jar

Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Jar | Photo by Meredith

Soup Mix in a Jar

Don't care for sweets? Soup mix in a jar is a thoughtful gift for cold winter nights.


Soup Mix in a Jar

Soup Mix in a Jar | Photo by Meredith

Infused Vinegars and Condiments

Flavored vinegars will keep for six months or more.


Hal's Wine Mustard

Hal's Wine Mustard | Photo by lutzflcat


Salt Mixes and Seasonings

When you're short on time, let simple seasoning mixes comes to the rescue.


Seasoning Salts in Gift Box

Seasoning Salts in Gift Box | Photo by Meredith

Homemade Liqueurs

For more recipes, see our Homemade Liqueurs article.


Homemade Limoncello

Homemade Limoncello | Photo by Meredith

Home Canning

Marmalades, chutneys, and preserves can be a welcome change from rich sweets.


Jam Food Gift

Jam Food Gift | Photo by Meredith

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.


Rosemary in Pot

Rosemary in Pot | Photo by Meredith

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!


Liver Lickers Dog Treats

Liver Lickers Dog Treats | Photo by mauigirl

More Ideas & Helpful Links

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.


Food gifts are always the right size! In this video, you'll see how to make elegant infused Raspberry Vinegar, or homemade Amaretto. For teachers, consider Chocolate Cookie Mix in a Jar or Cocoa Mix in a Jar. And you can never go wrong with your favorite Christmas cookies in pretty tins or boxesOther Food Gift Ideas

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