It’s hard to go wrong with homemade food gifts for holiday giving! Whether you’re looking for a little something to say thank you to a service provider (hey, hey, letter carrier!) or a special something for your kids’ favorite teacher, the ideas below range from savory to sweet — even a little something to tipple.
If you’re someone who loves feeding people, making homemade food gifts is just a natural extension of that need to nourish. Of course, this list includes both the healthy and the not-so-healthy, but it is the indulgent time of year!
Homemade food gifts are perfect for the holidays, but they’re a great way to say “thank you” all year round. They’re also a very nice hostess gift to take when you’ve been invited to someone’s home for a dinner or party.
Sweets for your sweets
From a simple loaf of sweet bread to a cookie “kit” these easy and budget friendly gifts will be warmly received. If you love to bake and share sweets with your favorite people, these easy-to-give cookies and treats may be just the thing.
Give a gift of delicious white chocolate cranberry cookies! This pretty jar is great for gifts and can be transformed into warm cookies fresh out of the oven in no time!
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Prefer things a bit more fiery? How about giving a jar of homemade hot sauce to kick up the heat? Or a hearty ready-to-make soup mix? These savory gifts will be much appreciated — especially by folks who aren’t much into making their own.
This crunchy bread made with rosemary and garlic will wow your gift recipients.
Whether your gift recipient is a teetotaler or one who enjoys a little nip now and again, these delicious elixirs add flavor to cocktails or non-alcoholic sodas and spritzes. Package these homemade gifts in small (food safe) bottles that you’ve upcycled. (Here’s one way to make them pretty!)
Kris Bordessa founded Attainable Sustainable as a resource for revitalizing vintage skills. Her book, Attainable Sustainable: The Lost Art of Self-Reliant Living (National Geographic) offers a collection of projects and recipes to help readers who are working their way to a more fulfilling DIY lifestyle. She's a certified Master Food Preserver and longtime gardener who loves to turn the harvest into pantry staples.
Aloha! I’m Kris Bordessa, author and certified Master Food Preserver, hobby farmer, gardener, chicken wrangler, and eternal experimenter. Here at Attainable Sustainable, I aim to encourage readers — that’s you! — to embrace a more self-reliant lifestyle, one small step at a time. Read more