Do you have a growing list of people to shop for this holiday season? There are a lot of people to show our love and appreciation to this time of the year including friends and family, teachers, neighbors, party hosts, and even the many hard working service industry professionals like those who deliver our mail and pick up our trash.
Whether you plan to give gifts to just a handful of people or you have 12 lords-a-leaping and 8 maids-a-milking on your list, spreading Christmas cheer and merriment doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, homemade holiday gifts are usually treasured more than anything store-bought. Satisfying the sweet tooth of someone on your gift list with a pretty package of cookies or brownies or box of candy is a sure-fire way to brighten their day and warm their hearts.
Homemade Holiday Gifts – Food Ideas
Take a peek at some of our gift-giving treats. We’ve pulled a couple of our favorites to highlight, but you can find more gift ideas on our website. We also have many gift mixes that are perfect to give to those who love to bake like our Apple Spice Muffin Mix.
Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows Cookies – Rich, soft and brownie-like cookies topped with toasty marshmallows. These unique cookies will please any chocolate-lover and are quick to prepare and bake.
Butter Pecan Turtle Bars – Everyone will go crazy over these Butter Pecan Turtle Bars. A buttery cookie topped with ooey gooey caramel and toasted crunchy pecans, then finished with a decadent layer of rich chocolate ganache.
Cinnamon Candied Almonds – Healthy almonds with a sweet and crunchy cinnamon spiced coating. These are easy to make and are a great sweet treat snack your loved ones can enjoy throughout the day.
Gingersnap Bark – A twist on the traditional chocolate bark: spicy gingersnaps and brown sugar-toasted rice crisp cereal make this bark a special treat for the holidays.
Vanilla Spiced Bourbon – A simple and fun DIY-spiced bourbon that is great for mixing into cocktails. This makes a great homemade holiday gift to give to party hosts.
Gift Package Ideas
Once you complete your delicious treats, don’t just put them in plain lunch or ziplock bag. Making joyful and bright gift packaging can be fun, easy and makes your gift stand out. We’ve included a couple of our gift packaging ideas here. Find directions to make these along with more packaging ideas on our web site.
Window Gift Bags – Give your friends and family a sneak peek at the goodies inside their gift bag with a cellophane holiday shaped window. Start with plain gift bags. Punch out the center of your bag with a large holiday-themed punch or trace a stencil or cookie cutter and then cut it out. Be sure to include one of our free, downloadable holiday food gift tags.
Chalkboard Gift Box – Cover a craft box with chalkboard paint and decorate with chalk or chalk markers with holiday messages and drawings.
What are your favorite homemade holiday gifts to give to family and friends?