From homemade nut butter to jars of from-scratch mixes, make someone’s holiday season yummier with one of these easy homemade food gifts.
It may be better to give than to receive–but it can also be a lot more stressful. Especially at the holidays, when your list of recipients includes everyone from your mom to your mail carrier.
Food gifts come to the rescue when you’re stumped for ideas. Because everyone likes food.
And food gifts that come from your own kitchen are even more meaningful and appreciated.
The list below includes sweet and savory, unique and traditional, perishable and everlasting–so I hope there’s something for everyone on your list.
15 Homemade Food Gifts
4. Everlasting Vanilla Extract
I make a few jars every holiday for unique gifts. Here’s how: Make a slit lengthwise in 2-4 vanilla beans. Place them in a jar, fill with 6-8 ounces vodka, brandy, or light rum, seal, and allow to sit for at least six weeks (preferably more). As the bottle runs low, just top it off with the alcohol of your choice. I purchased the bottles through Specialty Bottle and the vanilla beans here.
Homemade marshmallows are a fun project for kids and simpler to whip up than you might think. And my recipe doesn’t require a candy thermometer! Use cookie cutters to make festive shapes and package in cellophane bags tied with a ribbon. Get the complete how-to for Homemade Marshmallows.
Unlike tubs of store-bought protein powder, this homemade version contains just a few pantry ingredients and makes a fun gift for the smoothie-maker in your life. Include a note about how much to use and a sample recipe. You’ll find those details here along with the recipe for Homemade Protein Powder from Teaspoon of Spice.
Do you have peanuts, a food processor, and about two minutes? That’s all you need to make your own peanut butter. Add a generous squeeze of honey or a few squares of chocolate to make a sweeter version. Fill decorative jelly jars and tie with a bow. Get the recipe for Homemade Peanut Butter.
13. Nut-Free Snack Bites
Everyone appreciates a little something that’s quick and healthy during the busy holiday season. Dip these Nut-Free Snack Bites into either melted semi-sweet or white chocolate chips and then add festive sprinkles.
Muesli is a cereal made with uncooked oats, nuts, seeds, and freeze-dried fruit. You can eat it hot or cold, and it’s loaded with good nutrition like fiber and protein. It’s also just-slightly sweet, so it doesn’t taste more like dessert than breakfast. Package in a large glass jar and give with a pretty bowl. Get the recipe for Dark Chocolate Raspberry Muesli.