Easy on the holiday budget, creative and very personal, food gifts are always a winner. From neighbors to co-workers, and even hard-to-shop-for family members, food gifts are always appreciated.
And speaking of creative… here are some inspirations that are easy to implement!
Coffee Cupcakes To-Go
Bake coffee-flavored cupcakes in paper to-go cups then top with rich homemade frosting and dash of nutmeg, cinnamon or sprinkles for a morning pick-me-up lookalike that is sure to hit the spot any time of the day.
Coffee Mug Mixers
Make a cup of joe (or cocoa) full-on festive! Pour melted chocolate into vintage spoons and top with extras for adorable treats. Wrap in cellophane, and you’re good to gift.
Greeting Card Cookie
“Homemade chocolate chip cookies are always a favorite goodie. Embellish CD tins with our free printable templates to turn this tasty treat into a clever holiday card.”
A Sweet and Savory Breakfast
“Long after this from-scratch cornbread gets gobbled up, the cast-iron skillet will continue to please. Upgrade store-bought extras by transferring orange marmalade to a cute jar and flavoring butter with honey — then pack it all up in a basket.” [Basket from Michaels and preserve jar from Container Store].
This preserved marmalade can be spooned over buttered toast, spread on a brioche roll or croissant, or dolloped on a toasted English muffin spread with fresh goat cheese. Sealed and preserved, it can keep up to one year. Include it in a wire gift basket.
Golden Honey Granola
“Brown sugar complements tangy cranberries and apricots in this super-addictive cereal mix.”
Gift in a Jar: Chocolate Nut Cookies
Layers of flour, brown sugar, coconut, chocolate pieces and peanuts appeal to the baker who receives this gift in a jar. Include a cookie scoop for an added touch.
Holiday Breakfast Kit
“The holidays are a harried, stressful time for most of us. Give a friend a (delicious!) reason to relax with a cup of coffee or tea before hitting the malls for another marathon shopping day by boxing up homemade cinnamon biscuits and a flavorful spread.”
Puff Pastry Cheese Straws
“Planners, take note: You can prep and freeze these unbaked straws up to one month ahead and bake them fresh just before gifting.”
Curried Lentil Soup
“Dried lentils and seasonings are layered into a beribboned Mason jar to create this inexpensive, one-of-a-kind holiday gift.”
Bread and Butter
The savory combination of smooth, homemade butter on fluffy homemade bread is a great treat — and easy to ship as well.
Spicy 3-Bean Soup
“Here’s dinner in a jar, the perfect gift for busy people. Give along with a bag of corn chips or tortilla chips.”
One tasty recipe yields 4 different kinds of Christmas cookies. Roly Polys, Jam Thumbprints, Red and Whites, and Raspberry Bars.
Coconut Curry Popcorn Kit
“With sweet but savory Coconut-Curry popcorn seasoning included, this makes a great gift for a movie buff.”
Snow Day Survival Kit
“Who couldn’t use a snow day survival kit, packed with hot cocoa mix and everything you need to make sugar cookies?”