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How to Pull Off Homemade Christmas Food Gifts Everyone Will Love

It’s never easy to find the perfect gift for the holiday season. Christmas food gifts are great, but how do you make them even more personal? Find our best holiday food gift ideas for friends, family members, coworkers, and even the hard-to-please foodie friend.
How to Pull Off Homemade Christmas Food Gifts Everyone Will Love
How to Pull Off Homemade Christmas Food Gifts Everyone Will Love
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Bitten by curiosity bug. Obsessed with words. Fuelled by coffee. Powered by Google. Love cheese, chocolate, and cherries. Don’t judge your taco by its price.
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When it comes to choosing the perfect gift for your friends and family members close to Christmas, it can get a little overwhelming. This year should be all about edible gifts! And we are not talking about fancy Christmas food gift baskets or expensive boxes of gourmet cheese (not that there's anything wrong with that). This year calls for some special heartfelt and personal gift giving - homemade holiday food gifts.

Why should you choose to give your loved ones a delicious homemade gift this year? There are many reasons to DIY some tasty sweet treats for your friends and family this festive season.


  1. Homemade edible gifts are warm and personal. You can customize a lovely box of Christmas cookies or sweets, make a spice mix, or a homemade sauce that your foodie best friend will appreciate.

  2. It will save you a lot of time. You can choose one recipe and make a big batch to separate in pretty Christmas boxes later. Or pick a few different recipes to make it personal. But even then, it's a one-stop shopping experience. You simply need your recipe ingredients and pretty packaging. And with our recipe to grocery feature, you can order your ingredients instantly!

  3. Homemade food gifts are budget-friendly. You can easily budget your holiday gifts and make them inexpensive if you need to. A homemade Christmas loaf of DIYed chocolate toffee in festive packaging will undoubtedly please your family members and friends more than an impersonal gift certificate. Everybody is a food lover to some extent.

  4. It's practical. Do you know what gifts are the best kind? The ones you actually end up using and enjoying. When you make a homemade Christmas food gift, you're not just giving your loved ones something to eat; you are gifting them an experience.

  5. It showcases your cooking skills and creativity. It feels great to make our friends or family smile and have this excited look on their faces when they open the gift box. It also feels great to be complimented on your cooking skills.


So what are the best Christmas food gifts to make in the kitchen for this festive season? Take a look at our fine recipe selection below!

Homemade Christmas Cookie Gift Box

You simply can't go wrong with cookies; they are one of the best holiday food gifts in existence! And there are so many choices and ways to customize. Plus, if you decide to go with a Christmas cookie gift box, you can mail them to your friends and family members you can't visit this year. What is better than a Christmas care package full of sweet treats? Here are some recipes that make for a lovely gift.

These are an absolute holiday classic. Thumbprint cookies are made with simple sugar cookie dough and any type of jam you prefer. They make perfect gifts, and you can choose different jams to make them even more special and to your best friend's taste.

Spanish Polvorones - Traditional Christmas Shortbread Cookies

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Polvorones

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A soft and crumbly shortbread cookie traditionally baked around Christmas time in Spain, Latin America, and the Philippines. They are amazingly delicate and simply melt in your mouth. This cookie dough is excellent for different shapes; it molds easily and holds the shape when baked.

Christmas is not complete without some ginger spice baked goods. These cookies are soft, chewy, and ultimately Christmassy. Super easy to decorate them with some white chocolate and red and green sprinkles for that extra festive look.

These are for chocolate lovers. Incredibly rich and flavorful, they are super easy to make too. If you want to give these cookies an extra Christmassy look, get red, white, and green sprinkles instead and turn the rainbow kiss into a Christmas one.

Stroopwafels - Classic Dutch Cookie With Caramel

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Stroopwafels

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If you are a proud owner of a pizzelle maker and are willing to treat your friends and family to some fantastic flavorful experience, make Stroopwafels this Christmas. These classic Dutch treats are beyond delicious; they are magical!

Christmas Food Gifts in a Mason Jar

Mason jars are another great festive gift packaging perfect for delivering your homemade edible Christmas gift. It is easy to decorate a mason jar with festive stickers, twine, colorful ribbons, and personalized cards. Here are some recipes for Christmas candy, homemade sauces, and other delicious treats that fit perfectly in a mason jar.

Chocolate toffee looks gorgeous inside of a mason jar. Add a heartfelt personal message and make your gift even sweeter!

Another great recipe you can make quickly and customize any way you'd like. You can add extra crunchy ingredients you want - almonds, crushed candy canes, or even some cookie crumble and pretzels!

This recipe is so quick and easy you wouldn't believe it! But it makes a great gift your friends are guaranteed to love!

Everything about this recipe just screams Christmas - it's all the festive flavors, beautiful presentation, and warm and comforting cocoa. You can personalize this hot cocoa mix any way you like - add marshmallows, extra flavoring, change the size. It's a thoughtful and delicious Christmas gift.

Homemade sweet and salty pecans look great packaged in a festive mason jar. An excellent gift for your lovely snack-loving friends.

Using just three ingredients and 10 minutes of your time, you can have your Christmas gift candy ready to be packaged and gift wrapped.

This eggnog recipe has been rocking Christmas and boosting holiday spirits for several generations. You are bound to be impressed!

A healthier alternative to the classic salted caramel sauce to sweeten up your vegan friends’ lives.

Savory Homemade Christmas Food Gift Recipes

There are plenty of options for your friends and family who don’t have a sweet tooth. Savory sauces, marinades, and spice mixes are all great Christmas gifts to consider. Here's our selection.

Surprise someone who likes to barbeque with this delicious homemade BBQ sauce. They can use it straight away or freeze and wait for the next BBQ cookout when the weather gets warmer.

If someone you know loves spicy food, they will love this thoughtful edible gift.

Any homemade spice mixes are great to give to someone who loves to cook. This jalapeno salt mix is very original and makes a great foodie Christmas gift!

These are our best food gifts for you to surprise your loved ones with and make your Christmas celebrations a little more flavorful and exciting.

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