Finding Christmas gifts for everyone can be a daunting and stressful task, and it’s easy to resort to gifting sweets and cookies. But being in a time crunch or being unsure about what to give someone doesn’t mean you have to rely on the tasty, but unhealthy, treats. There are plenty of healthy gifts that your recipients will love, and we’ve compiled a list of them below!
- My Fave DIY Christmas Gifts
- Abbey’s Kitchen – Dark Chocolate Ginger and Cranberry Bark
- Simple Bites- Cranberry Pear Conserve with Ginger
- Simple Bites- Homemade Fruit and Nut Crisps
- The Cookie Rookie- DIY Flavoured Popcorn Salts
- Abbey’s Kitchen- Pecan Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
- In Sock Monkey Slippers- Flavoured Sea Salts
- Just Putzing Around the Kitchen- DIY Flavoured Extracts
- Detoxinista- Homemade Apple Butter
- Abbey’s Kitchen – Dairy & Gluten Free Sticky Figgy Gingerbread
- Just Putzing Around the Kitchen- Healthy Chocolate Truffles
- Pepper Design Blog- Rosemary Infused Olive Oil
- Fit Foodie Finds- Chai Spice Mix
- Oh She Glows- Salted Almond Butter Freezer Fudge
- Hello Natural- Infused Booze
- My Fussy Eater- Chocolate Caramel Nut Clusters
- The Healthy Maven- Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Granola
- Healthy Snack Gift Baskets and Boxes
- Gluten-Free Desserts and Snacks
- Sugar-Free Desserts and Snacks
- 10 of the best healthy gift ideas for Christmas
- 10 Homemade Food Gifts from Your Kitchen
- How do you package edible gifts?
- What can you make for Christmas food gifts?
- Homemade Golden Milk Mix →
- All-Purpose Barbecue Spice Rub→
- Soup Mixes in a Jar→
- Whole Wheat Cranberry Muffin Mix→
- Spicy Black Bean Soup in a Jar→
- Peppermint Bark→
- No-Bake Clementine and Clove Macaroons→
- Cranberry Pistachio Bark→
- Homemade Limoncello→
- Homemade Vanilla Extract→
- Chocolate Candy Cane Gooey Butter Cookies→
- Dark Chocolate Almond and Blueberry Clusters→
- Edible Cookie Dough→
- Maple Rosemary Bar Nuts→
- Pumpkin Spice Dark Chocolate Nut Butter Cups→
- DIY Chai Tea Sets→
- Homemade Hot Sauce→
- M&M Cookie Mix in a Jar→
- Homemade Margarita Mix→
- The Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies→
- Almond, Bacon, and Cheddar Scones→
- Strawberry Rhubarb Jam→
- Smokehouse Cheddar Cheese Straws→
- Homestyle Corn Relish→
- Sea Salt Honey Caramels→
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola→
- Chewy Lemon Snowdrop Cookies→
- Mesquite Grill Seasoning→
- Bourbon Vanilla Bean Apple Pie Filling→
- Whole Grain Pancake Mix→
- Still looking for more ideas for Christmas food gifts? Try out some of these from our friends:
These are healthy gift ideas that won’t simply be added to the pile of Christmas cookies and cupcakes collecting in the fridge.
- Nuts: Chocolate covered or spiced, nuts make a great gift. They are high in healthy fats and many other vitamins and nutrients which can lower the risk of heart attack or stroke.
- Ice cream maker: An ice cream maker allows for healthier ice cream treats than the ones you’ll find stocking the shelves at the grocery store. There are plenty of delicious recipes for dairy free or low sugar ice cream in every flavor – plus, it’s fun to make your own ice cream!
- Tea: There’s nothing better than a hot cup of tea on a chilly winter day. Tea makes a great gift that is full of antioxidants, and there are plenty of seasonal Christmas flavors to choose from.
If the person you are trying to find a gift for is health conscious and likes reading or writing, consider a book that best suits them.
- A healthy cookbook: Maybe you have a friend or family member who loves to cook but is also health conscious or has certain dietary restrictions or allergies. There are gluten-free, dairy-free, and diabetic or vegetarian-friendly cookbooks. All you have to do is pick the one that’s best for your friend or family member.
- A health journal: Do you have friends or family that like to stay organized or enjoy writing? Consider giving them a health journal with a planner to keep track of weight and dietary changes, new recipes, and workout routines to try.
- Exercise gear: Is there someone in your life who is passionate about exercise and working out? Consider giving them something that will help them enjoy being active. This could be workout equipment like weights or stretch bands. Or you could take them to a trail they’ve always wanted to hike or pay for a gym membership. There are plenty of gift ideas for the exercise enthusiast in your life.
- Workout clothes: Someone who loves to exercise can never have too many workout clothes. Find out their favorite brands or colors, and they will appreciate the thoughtfulness of your gift.
- Water bottle: A reusable water bottle makes a great gift for anyone. There are so many that are specially designed to keep water cold for extended amounts of time, making it the perfect gift to keep your friends and family hydrated while they work out.
Your friends and family will love receiving gifts that help them live healthy lifestyles. And all of these gifts show a level of thoughtfulness that goes beyond that of the typical Christmas treats. So don’t panic when you find yourself lost for ideas about what to get your loved ones this year; just choose from the many gifts that encourage and sustain happiness and health!
Check out this round up of the Best DIY Christmas Gifts and Edible Gifts for Healthy Foodies including recipes for chocolate bark, jams, cookies and more!
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve shared my love of tasty DIY Christmas gifts with you. They’re thoughtful, unique, and you don’t have to enter the battlegrounds that every mall becomes once the holiday decorations and sale signs go up. My fellow bloggers have shared recipes for food gifts of their own and I’ve collected some of my favourites to share with you.
If you’re a visual person, you should check out my latest YouTube video for healthy food gifts and DIY Christmas gifts.
Otherwise, I have plenty more DIY Christmas gifts where that came from. Homemade truffles for the chocolate lover, infused alcohol for the cocktail enthusiast, and granola for the friend who is always on the go. With these holiday gift ideas, you can turn your holiday shopping rush into a peaceful day in the kitchen, and that sounds like a much better deal to me!
My Fave DIY Christmas Gifts
Abbey’s Kitchen – Dark Chocolate Ginger and Cranberry Bark
You may not want to give it away!
Simple Bites- Cranberry Pear Conserve with Ginger
Tangy, sweet and spicy!
Simple Bites- Homemade Fruit and Nut Crisps
Pair with the conserve and this is perfect for any cheese tray.
The Cookie Rookie- DIY Flavoured Popcorn Salts
For more than just popcorn!
Abbey’s Kitchen- Pecan Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies
Healthy cookies? Yes please.
In Sock Monkey Slippers- Flavoured Sea Salts
Use these to bring any simple dish to a whole new level.
Just Putzing Around the Kitchen- DIY Flavoured Extracts
All you need is cute little bottles to complete this gift.
Detoxinista- Homemade Apple Butter
Great for baking or simply spreading on toast in the morning.
Abbey’s Kitchen – Dairy & Gluten Free Sticky Figgy Gingerbread
Your friends who have dietary restrictions deserve yummy treats too
Just Putzing Around the Kitchen- Healthy Chocolate Truffles
Holiday decadence without the added sugar.
Pepper Design Blog- Rosemary Infused Olive Oil
This simple personal touch to olive oil is perfect for any foodie.
Fit Foodie Finds- Chai Spice Mix
Use this mix for homemade chai, chai lattes, or spiced up hot chocolate.
Oh She Glows- Salted Almond Butter Freezer Fudge
Salty, nutty, chocolatey and so simple to make.
Hello Natural- Infused Booze
The cocktail possibilities are endless with these infusions.
My Fussy Eater- Chocolate Caramel Nut Clusters
Homemade Turtles!! A Christmas miracle!
The Healthy Maven- Apple Cinnamon Stovetop Granola
Homemade granola is an edible gift classic, and this one doesn’t even need an oven!
These days, cute jars, bottles, or holiday themed boxes are not hard to find, so get creative when wrapping them up! Food gifts like these allow you to get personal and make changes or additions to make them really perfect for that special person in mind. Your friends and family will love the idea of you busy in the kitchen thinking of them, so just don’t tell them how easy these DIY Christmas gifts are!
Do you have any favourite edible holiday gift ideas and DIY Christmas gifts?
I’m always looking for new ideas, so leave a comment below and let me know!
Contribution by AK Nutrition Student Olivia Cupido
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian, an avid food writer and blogger, a cookbook author and the founder of Abbey’s Kitchen Inc.
Gluten-free (or sugar-free) desserts are only the beginning. With nuts, dried fruits and other foods, a healthy snack gift basket is a welcome surprise.
No question about it, the holidays are mostly about food. (Come to think of it, aren’t all days? Food, after all, is a necessary part of life.) Besides the family feast, a hearty Christmas breakfast and regular meals, the holidays are filled with baked goods and many other snacks…and we’re filled with them, too!
All in all, it can be a challenging time for people who, for various reasons, need to avoid or at least cut back on snacks and sweets. But there are ways to make the holidays less challenging for everyone…and, as an added bonus, they make great gifts. And that makes holiday shopping less challenging.
Healthy Snack Gift Baskets and Boxes
Who doesn’t like getting food baskets? Baskets are the perfect package for many gifts. Even things that don’t necessarily feel like gifts—like healthy snacks, maybe?—achieve instant gift status when they’re nicely packed in a basket. If you’re looking for something more shippable, an assortment of items artfully arranged in a gift box is equally impressive.
If you want to DIY healthy snack gift baskets, your local craft store will have a nice assortment of baskets from which to choose…but you can save money by visiting a dollar store, thrift store, or even a garage sale. If you’re visiting a craft store, you can also pick up some nice stuffing or shred (if necessary), and a bow and/or wrap (such as cellophane), if desired. Of course, these items can be upcycled or even created at home. If you have a paper shredder for your documents, go green by using that shred in your gift baskets. Healthy eaters are often concerned with the health of the planet, too, so your efforts will most likely be appreciated. As for bows, don’t ever throw away the ones you get on gifts! Save them for gifts you give others; no one will know.
And don’t limit yourself to only using baskets! Decorative tins, vases, bowls, flower pots and other useful items can all be used to build healthy snack gift baskets.
Now about those healthy snacks…
Any discussion of healthy snacks should start with nuts. These nutritional powerhouses provide quality calories in the form of protein and good fats, and each variety of nut has its own unique health benefits. A generous tin of mixed nuts will ensure that your gift recipient gets a good combination of the most popular nuts.
Dried fruit is another snack packed with nutrients. You can find nicely pre-packaged tins of individual dried fruits—no assembly required—or artistic arrangements of mixed dried fruits on woven trays that serve as their own ready-to-go gift baskets!
If your healthy snacker is big on protein, consider jerky and meat sticks. Skimpy on fat and loaded with protein, these savory snacks are great for watching all those bowl games during the holidays, or for active folks to pack along on skis or snowshoes.
Gluten-Free Desserts and Snacks
We all know people who have to avoid gluten…and there’s an increasing number of people who simply choose to. Eating gluten-free can be a challenge, especially when it comes to desserts. Thankfully, most nuts and dried fruits mentioned above are gluten-free. Jerky and meat sticks, however, are not because wheat gluten is usually present in the soy sauce and other flavorings used to season them. Cheese is also deliciously gluten-free. Other gluten-free snacks include crackers, chips and even pretzels based on rice, corn, chickpeas, nori (seaweed), sesame and other naturally gluten-free ingredients. There are many options out there for assembling healthy snack gift baskets.
What’s really challenging for gluten-free folks, however, is finding good gluten-free desserts. Because of the ease of gluten contamination from standard baked goods, gluten-free desserts are often made in a separate facility. The good news is that more companies today are offering gluten-free snacks and desserts, so you can put together a variety of components for gluten-free gift baskets.
Sugar-Free Desserts and Snacks
Another consideration when putting together healthy snack gift baskets is sugar content. Traditional food gift baskets are typically loaded with sugar and carbohydrates…but there are many ways to satisfy those who need to go sugar-free.
Nuts, once again, top the list. They’re low in carbs and a good source of nutrients. Dried fruits, not so much. Drying fruits concentrates their natural sugars, making them a risky gift for the sugar-averse. But there are other great sugar-free snacks…
The above-mentioned jerky and meat sticks will have a small amount of sugar in the cure and/or seasoning, but not enough to make them glycemic deal-breakers. Cheese is a low-carb food that provides protein and pairs well with fresh fruit, crackers…and wine. Yes, wine is acceptable (in moderation, or course) for those who are watching their sugar. Just stay away from the sweeter dessert-type wines that have a lot of residual sugar. Dry reds are the best choice, and the perfect partner for meat and cheese gifts.
On the subject of beverages, coffee is an excellent sugar-free choice…but not those coffeehouse mochas and frappés. Home-brewed coffees are the way to go if you want to avoid extra sugar and fat calories. Gourmet coffee samplers make great breakfast gifts, and are available in an interesting variety of flavors to accompany a wide variety of sugar-free desserts and sweets.
Whether you put together your own healthy snack gift baskets or take the easy route and have food gift baskets delivered, there are lots of ways you can help provide a happy, healthy holiday season.
Published on May 11, 2015
Updated on January 26, 2018
~ From end-of-the-year teacher gifts, and gifts for coaches or bus drivers … to hostess gifts that are perfect all year long … and even to homemade holiday gifts (yeah, you’ll wanna tuck these ideas away for December!) … we’ve got a whole week filled with inspiring DIY gifts that are deliciously easy and fun to make! ~
Today’s post is all about yummy, edible gifts and goodies that really show you care!
Some of them – like the homemade granola recipes, marmalade, nut butters, and spiced nuts – keep really well, so they’re ideal for making in large batches to give out all season long. Such easy, so-much-more-personal-than-store-bought teacher gifts and holiday hostess gifts! Package them in darling little jars or pretty bags tied with colorful ribbons for a lovely presentation that’ll make anyone feel special!
Other ideas – like the DIY “edible arrangements” fruit bouquets and veggie bouquets – are fantastic because they can double as big-impact centerpieces for parties. Besides thank-you gifts, they’re also terrific hostess gifts – gorgeous additions to any picnic or holiday buffet! And uniquely special as centerpieces for bridal and baby showers, or ladies’ luncheons!
So get cookin’ … and be sure to stop back all week long to check out all our other gift ideas! (Sneak peek: we’ve got pretty DIY herb gardens, gifts in jars, homemade spice blends and lots, lots more ….)
Salted Dark Chocolate Cashew Butter from Megan at With Salt & Wit
How to Make Fruit Bouquets and Fruit Kabobs from Two Healthy Kitchens
Toasted Coconut, Quinoa and Oats Cereal from Sheri at Sheri Silver
4-Ingredient (No Butter!) Chocolate Fudge with Coconut from Two Healthy Kitchens
Quick Blood Orange Marmalade from Sabrina at The Tomato Tart
Carrot Cake Granola from Amy at Amy’s Healthy Baking
Honey Roasted Almond Butter from Heather at Well Floured
Fruit Filled Teacher Appreciation Gifts from Keri at Shaken Together
Indian Spiced Nuts from Liz at The Lemon Bowl
Easy, Healthy Applesauce Granola from Two Healthy Kitchens
Olives, Kicked-Up a Notch! from Sonia at The Healthy Foodie
Homemade Honey Granola from Deb at Cooking on the Front Burner
Better Than Nutella from Katie at The Muffin Myth
Round Granola Bars from Sheri at Sheri Silver
How to Make Edible Veggie Bouquets from Sue at The View From Great Island
Easy Candied Pecans from Two Healthy Kitchens
Gluten Free Granola with Coconut and Ginger from Sabrina at The Tomato Tart
Cantina Style Strawberry Salsa from Kirsten at Farm Fresh Feasts
Homemade Peanut Butter Granola from Joan at Chocolate, Chocolate and More
So many yummy ideas for homemade gifts. And hey, you just might want to make a little extra, all for YOU! Enjoy!
10 of the best healthy gift ideas for Christmas
Christmas is coming. The supermarkets have been reminding us for weeks now with their displays of candy-striped, foil-wrapped and snow-flaked goodies infiltrating our brains with Christmassy thoughts, even though we know there’s well over a month and a half to go.
If, like me, you tend to put off Christmas gift shopping to the last minute, you’ll know how horrible it is fighting your way through the crowds, and how hard it is to make good decisions under the pressure of the looming date.
Managing stress is integral to living a healthier life, so this year we’ve put together a list of Christmas gifts ideas to make the whole thing easier for you. With a bit of planning, you can carve yourself out some time to actually enjoy the silly season, and make some healthy choices for your friends and family while you’re at it.
Here are our 10 best healthy Christmas gift ideas:
- Spiced festive nuts Making something to share is a lovely way to spread cheer. These gorgeous spiced nuts are a delicious and healthy stocking stuffer. View here
- Christmas tea Give the gift of antioxidants! A beautiful, spicy tea is perfect for those who love a good brew. View here
- Gluten-free spiced Christmas biscuits Do you have a friend or family member with a gluten intolerance? There’s no reason they have to miss out on the delicious treats Christmas brings. View here
- Healthy Food Guide A subscription to Healthy Food Guide is the gift that keeps on giving, with practical, trustworthy advice and delicious, nutritious recipes. Subscribe here.
- SodaStream SPIRIT This gorgeous SodaStream soda maker is great for anyone who wants to make water their main drink but needs a bit of encouragement. It adds a bit of fizz to ordinary tap water and comes with reusable bottles, which is a win for the environment. The SodaStream SPIRIT is available in red, white or black. See www.sodastream.co.nz for stockists, RRP $149.
- Chocolate Christmas Pudding truffles These are a really cute way to use up any leftover Christmas cake and are totally Instagrammable. View here
- Oxfam Unwrapped. It’s better to give than to receive, and helping people is a great boost too mental well-being. Aid and development charity Oxfam has a great scheme where you can pay for a unique gift, such as a pig or a goat, to be donated to someone in need on behalf of the ‘gift getter’. This is ideal for people who have everything or for anyone needing a bit of a feel-good gesture. Gifts range in price from $12 for an onion crop to $150 for a donkey. Find out more here: www.oxfamunwrapped.org.nz
- Vegetarian Favourites Our best vegetarian and vegan recipes have been gathered in one gorgeous cookbook. This is the perfect gift for anyone trying to add more meat-free meals to their repertoire, or for vegetarians and vegans needing inspired and nutritionally-balanced recipes. Head here and click on the ‘Other’ tab to grab one for just $14.95.
- Fig tree Fresh figs often feature in delicious, Mediterranean-inspired recipes, but the season is so short, unless you have your own tree, it’s very hard to source the fruit affordably. If you know a keen gardener with a bit of space, a hardy fig tree is a terrific present that will bring years of tasty joy. Choose the Brunswick variety for two crops per year. View here
- It’s a Beautiful Day diary A diary that has been specially created by Healthy Food Guide nutritionist Claire Turnbull to help you take on healthy habits and make lasting, positive changes to your health and well-being. The diary includes weekly planners, daily motivation, healthy recipes, adult colouring-in pages and more. Order one for only $36 by heading here and clicking ‘Other’.
10 Homemade Food Gifts from Your Kitchen
Pictured Recipe: Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles
If cooking was a love language, it would be mine. When I want to tell someone “thank you,” “I’m here for you,” “congratulations” or just “I think you’re great,” I invite them over for a meal, drop one off at their house or bring them a homemade baked good.
I think it’s fair to say that an easy way to anyone’s heart is with food. That’s why at the holidays when I’m not sure what to buy for someone (especially for those people who already have everything), I go for an always-favorite: a homemade food gift. Read on for my favorite, easy and affordable ideas.
Pictured Recipe: Maple-Nut Granola
Gifting a giant jar of delicious crunchy granola is the gift that keeps on giving. The lucky recipient can share it with family at the holidays or use a little bit each morning for a healthy breakfast until it’s gone. I love the combination of almonds and pecans with dried cranberries and raisins, but feel free to use any combination you prefer to make the gift extra personal.
Try these: Healthy Granola Recipes
2. Homemade Herbal Teas
Sure, you could buy fancy tea to give to your friends and family-but it means so much more when you make it yourself. Plus, if you have any leftover herbs from your garden, drying them for tea is a great way to use them up. Have fun with the flavor combinations to make mixes you couldn’t just buy.
Try this: Make Your Own Herbal Tea Blends
3. Brownie Mug Mix
Pictured Recipe: Mug Brownie
Mix together a large batch of the dry ingredients for our Mug Brownie recipe in a jar so your loved ones will have an easy emergency dessert on hand for chocolate cravings.
Simply combine 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup cocoa powder, 2 teaspoons salt and 2/3 cup mini chocolate chips (optional). Attach a label with instructions for how to make 1 mug brownie with the mix as follows:
Place 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a small microwave-safe coffee mug and microwave on High until melted, 15 to 20 seconds. Cool for 1 minute. Whisk in 2 tablespoons coconut milk (or milk) and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Add 1/4 cup of the brownie mix and continue whisking until completely incorporated. Microwave on High until firm to the touch and no longer glossy, 30 to 40 seconds. Let stand for 8 to 10 minutes.
Related: Bite-Size Dessert Recipes
4. Hot Cocoa Mix
Pictured Recipe: Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix
Loved by adults and kids alike, a warm cup of cocoa is always a favorite wintertime treat. Combine the dry ingredients in a beautiful glass jar or vintage-inspired milk bottle. These cute cocoa mixes can be enjoyed from the holidays on. Don’t forget to attach directions to each jar:
To serve, shake the container to mix contents. For each serving, place 3 tablespoons of the mix in a 10-ounce mug and add 1 cup boiling water; stir until the mix is well incorporated (crushed candies will dissolve in about 2 minutes as the mixture stands).
Try this: Red-Wine Hot Chocolate
5. Flavorful Simple Syrup
Pictured Recipe: Rosemary-Ginger Honey Simple Syrup
You can buy herb-infused simple syrups at many specialty-food stores, or you can customize a mix to make your famous cocktails and gift it to everyone who loves when you play mixologist at get-togethers. This Rosemary-Ginger Honey Simple Syrup is ideal for winter with its piney, sweet rosemary flavor and invigorating ginger bite. Gift this in a jar or tall glass bottle with a cork stopper. Tie a cocktail recipe to it so guests know exactly how to use it.
Related: How to Build a Festive Cocktail Station for Your Next Party
6. Infused Vinegar
Pictured Recipe: Raspberry-Thyme Vinegar
Like homemade simple syrups, infused vinegars are a simple way to add incredible flavor to things the recipient already makes regularly-in this case, homemade vinaigrettes. This Raspberry-Thyme Vinegar is a great option any time of the year, but feel free to mix and match different fruits or herbs to create a vinegar that’s suited to your friend’s taste or what’s growing in your garden. Don’t forget: Add a gift tag with an easy vinaigrette recipe using our homemade vinaigrette formula.
Try these: Infused Vinegar Recipes
Picture Recipe: Coconut-Dark Chocolate Truffles
Making homemade chocolate candies is easier than you think, and there are endless options for flavors, textures, shapes and more. Try making simple creamy truffles, crunchy chocolate bark, easy three-ingredient peanut butter balls, chocolate-dipped fruit or chocolate-covered nut clusters. Better yet? Make a combination and pack them up in tins in lieu of cookies.
Related: Cooking with Kids: How to Make Chocolate Truffles
8. Soup Mix
Recipe: Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup Mix
Your friend will never appreciate your gift more than that chilly night when they remember they can have warm, comforting homemade soup without much effort. Package the dry ingredients for the soup mix in a jar or tin. Then, make your own gift tag with instructions for making the soup as follows:
To turn the soup mix into a pot of soup: Heat 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add 1 diced large onion, 1 diced celery stalk and 1 diced carrot; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add 9 cups water, 4 cups broth and the soup mix. Bring to a lively simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender, 1¾ to 2½ hours (adding more water, ½ cup at a time, if necessary or desired). Season with ¾ teaspoon salt, or to taste.
Related: Incredible Recipes You Can Make in a Mason Jar
9. Hot Sauce
Pictured Recipe: Homemade Hot Sauce
When you show up at your next party, surprise the hostess by offering her a bottle of red-hot sauce instead of red wine. This homemade food gift will stand out among a sea of candles and vino, and it will last long after the wine and chocolates have disappeared. If you’re feeling extra creative, print your own special labels with suggestions for ways to use hot sauce.
Related: The Best Way to Preserve Hot Peppers
10. Pancake Mix
Pictured Recipe: Blueberry-Pecan Pancake Mix
Take the work out of a weekend brunch by gifting your friends and family a homemade pancake mix they need only stir, pour and cook to fluffy perfection. Package the dry ingredients in a wide-mouth jar, or seal them in a plastic zip-top bag inside an airtight tin. Attach a gift tag with instructions for making your pancakes as follows:
To make pancakes: Whisk 2 large eggs, 2 large egg whites, 1½ cups nonfat buttermilk and 2 tablespoons canola oil in a medium bowl. Put Blueberry-Pecan Pancake Mix in a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the mix; add wet ingredients and stir until just combined. Use about ¼ cup batter for each pancake.
Related: Healthy Pancake Recipes
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Give the gift of gourmet treats this Christmas with our list of homemade food gifts! We have tons of easy, affordable, and thoughtful DIY edible gift ideas to make for the foodie in your life.
Consumable, edible gifts are my absolute favorite gifts to give and receive during Christmas. They are thoughtful, they are delicious, and maybe my favorite part of all—they don’t add any clutter to my house! I’ve never met someone who doesn’t appreciate a handmade tasty treat.
Food gifts are wonderful if your Christmas budget is tight (many of the items on this list can be made for a dollar or less per gift!), if you’re looking to avoid the pressure-filled rush of Christmas shopping, or if you’re just looking to add a little more simplicity to your holiday gifting. Many of these gifts are simple enough for even small children to help make. I’m sure you’ll find the perfect treat for your mail carrier, teacher, friend, or loved one on this list.
How do you package edible gifts?
The best way to package food gifts depends entirely on what gift you are giving. Personally, I prefer to gift in reusable containers—think canning jars, swing-top bottles, or food storage jars. Not only is it a beautiful, safe, and sturdy way to store your handmade goodies, but it also gives your giftee something they can reuse later. You can also upcycle jars and containers from the recycling—pasta sauce jars are great!
Cookie tins are also a great option for packaging if you’re worried about mailing or transporting glass. Most supermarkets and big box stores carry cookie tins either with their holiday baking supplies or holiday wrapping supplies.
What can you make for Christmas food gifts?
We have so many great ideas for you to check out—I’m sure you’ll find just the right DIY gift here for your budget, your skills, and your loved ones! Full recipes and details are available if you click on each item. Happy holidays!
Homemade Golden Milk Mix →
This Homemade Golden Milk Mix could also be called “Sweet and Spicy Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Latte,” but that doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. Make the mix ahead of time to make easy lattes at the drop of a hat.
All-Purpose Barbecue Spice Rub→
This Barbecue Spice Rub is easy to throw together and adds wonderful flavor to everything. It makes a perfect gift for people who love to cook or grill!
Soup Mixes in a Jar→
These homemade canning jar soup mixes are the perfect frugal Christmas food gifts! We have six different flavors for everyone on your list.
Whole Wheat Cranberry Muffin Mix→
This muffin mix is simply packaged in a small brown paper bag for easy and affordable gifting. It’s a fun change of pace from all the dessert gifts folks get around the holidays!
Spicy Black Bean Soup in a Jar→
Gifting a jar of this family-size soup mix is giving the gift of coziness! This spicy, flavorful soup mix costs just pennies to make.
This classic, festive chocolate bark is a must-make each holiday season in our house! Package it up for festive gifts.
No-Bake Clementine and Clove Macaroons→
These No-Bake Clementine and Clove Macaroons are sweet, decadent, and incredibly festive. They are made with all-natural ingredients that nourish your body and soul!
Cranberry Pistachio Bark→
This beautiful and festive Cranberry Pistachio Bark is a perfect handmade gift to give to your loved ones (they don’t have to know how easy it was to make!).
Sweet, citrusy, and a little bit boozy, Homemade Limoncello is a real treat for any cocktail lover. You’ll be amazed at how simple it is to make at home. Make it for yourself or bottle it up for an impressive gourmet food gift!
Homemade Vanilla Extract→
Our homemade vanilla extract recipe will give you a bold, rich vanilla flavor in all of your baked goods! You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to whip up a batch for yourself or as a thoughtful gift for the foodie in your life.
Chocolate Candy Cane Gooey Butter Cookies→
Part cookie, part fudge, Chocolate Candy Cane Gooey Butter Cookies are a rich and decadent way to celebrate the holidays.
Dark Chocolate Almond and Blueberry Clusters→
These Dark Chocolate Almond and Blueberry Clusters are the simplest of all candies to make. These healthier clusters use all-natural ingredients, making them a great gift for the health nut in your life.
Edible Cookie Dough→
Treat your loved ones (or yourself!) to something sweet this holiday season with a batch of our homemade Healthy Edible Cookie Dough! It’s eggless, gluten-free, vegan, and paleo, and just a spoonful will satisfy your sweet tooth. Wrap it up in an adorable gift set for an easy homemade holiday gift!
Maple Rosemary Bar Nuts→
Maple Rosemary Bar Nuts pull double duty as both the perfect holiday snack and an easy food gift. They are a little salty, a little sweet, a little savory, and totally easy to make. Package them up in a beautiful upcycled bowl or jar for an easy hostess gift.
Pumpkin Spice Dark Chocolate Nut Butter Cups→
Pumpkin Spice Dark Chocolate Nut Butter Cups are a breeze to make, and the perfect entry point into candy making. They also work well as a rich and comforting gift!
DIY Chai Tea Sets→
Give the gift of a hot cup of tea with this Homemade Chai Tea! Package it up in tea bags or with a tea ball for an easy (and affordable) gift set for the tea lovers in your life.
Homemade Hot Sauce→
You can’t beat the spicy, layered flavor of homemade hot sauce. It’s a fun kitchen experiment that you can completely customize—make it mild or make it hot as can be! Then bottle it up using our free labels to give away as thoughtful, handmade Christmas food gifts.
M&M Cookie Mix in a Jar→
Give the gift of holiday baking! This M&M Cookie Mix in a Jar is an easy edible Christmas gift—each mix is ready in minutes and costs just a few dollars to make. The resulting cookies are chewy, tender, and perfectly festive!
Homemade Margarita Mix→
Package up a bottle of our homemade margarita mix with a bottle of tequila for the margarita lover in your life. This margarita mix uses all-natural ingredients and makes for one tasty cocktail!
The Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies→
Soft, chewy, sweet, and chocolatey, these cookies use a secret ingredient to help make them the best ever chocolate chip cookies! You can’t go wrong gifting a holiday classic.
Almond, Bacon, and Cheddar Scones→
Stray from the onslaught of holiday desserts and instead give the gift of a savory breakfast with these salty and cheesy scones.
Strawberry Rhubarb Jam→
The classic flavor combo is pulled together beautifully in this recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Jam. This water bath canned recipe is a great place to start if you’re new to canning. And you can use fresh or frozen fruit!
Smokehouse Cheddar Cheese Straws→
These savory Cheddar Cheese Straws are made even tastier with a crunchy smokehouse almond coating. Package them up as a savory gift!
Homestyle Corn Relish→
Preserve the taste of summer with this delicious and versatile corn relish! It’s a perfect canning recipe for beginners.
Sea Salt Honey Caramels→
These sea salt honey caramels are smooth, buttery, chewy, and just a teeny bit salty, with a simplicity that is hard to beat. Wrap them up in wax paper and package them in a canning jar for an adorable food gift.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola→
Yes, you can give the gift of granola! This Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola comes together in a flash and makes a big, chunky granola that is perfect for snacking.
Chewy Lemon Snowdrop Cookies→
Chewy Lemon Snowdrop Cookies are perfect little pillows of chewy lemonness. They look unassuming, but might be the best cookies ever made. Give these cookies to the lemon-lover in your life.
Mesquite Grill Seasoning→
This Mesquite Seasoning copycat recipe is a great gift for your favorite griller. Package this up with some grilling tools for a great themed gift.
Bourbon Vanilla Bean Apple Pie Filling→
Give the gift of pie with this canned bourbon-vanilla bean apple pie filling! Each quart makes one pie, or you can use it as a topping for waffles or ice cream.
Whole Grain Pancake Mix→
Having this Whole Grain Pancake Mix on hand makes whipping up delicious, healthy pancakes a snap! You may want to double the recipe so you have plenty for gifting and some to keep for yourself.
Still looking for more ideas for Christmas food gifts? Try out some of these from our friends:
- Orange-Cranberry Quick Bread from Bless This Mess: A loaf of fresh-baked quick bread is always appreciated around the holidays! Wrap it up in a clear cellophane bag with a beautiful ribbon for a perfect, thoughtful food gift.
- Maple Roasted Pecans from Fit Foodie Finds: These sweet pecans make a delicious topper for salads or a great sweet and salty snack! Package them in a canning jar for a wonderful hostess gift.
- Sweet and Spicy Nut Mix from Ambitious Kitchen: This nut mix combines maple syrup and cayenne pepper to give an addictive sweet and spicy flavor profile.
- Moroccan Lentil Soup in a Jar from The Healthy Maven: Just add water and stock to this soup in a jar and you have a spiced, flavorful vegetarian soup!
- DIY Creamsicle Marshmallows with Spicy Hot Cocoa Mix from Savvy Eats: Homemade marshmallows are a fun gift to make at home! Combine them with this gourmet cocoa mix for a truly special food gift.
- Herb Salt or Vinegar from Cotter Crunch: Don’t put away the fresh herbs yet! Infuse them into salt or vinegar for the perfect DIY gift for the cook on your list.
- Chai-Infused Sugar from Savvy Eats: This classic chai sugar is a great ingredient for tea-lovers and bakers! It’s a breeze to make and looks beautiful, too.
- Herb-Infused Honey from a Spicy Perspective: Infuse your favorite herbs into honey for a truly special way to sweeten tea!
- Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans from Unsophisticook: Give the gift of an energy boost with these chocolate espresso beans!
- Chestnut Butter from Cooking on the Weekends: This super unique homemade food gift only requires three ingredients to make!
- Bacon Nut Brittle from Running to the Kitchen: Part savory snack, part delicious dessert, this Bacon Nut Brittle is the perfect gift for the bacon lover in your life.
- Infused Vodka from My Baking Addiction: Infused vodka is beautiful, easy-to-make, and a great canvas for your imagination!
- Bacon Jam from Spoon Fork Bacon: If you’ve never heard of bacon jam, you’re in for a real treat. This savory jam is great with cheese and crackers!
- Maple Candy from Cotter Crunch: This five-ingredient candy is a breeze to make. It also happens to be paleo and gluten-free!
A roundup of the tastiest and healthiest DIY food gifts that your family & friends will love to receive this holiday season! From sweet treats to savory eats, you’ll wow your loved ones with homemade, unique food gifts from the heart.
The holidays mean so much more than just gift giving and receiving. I will admit however, that giving gifts to my family and friends is one of my favorite things about this time of year. There is something so special about picking out a present for someone you love and imagining (and then being able to witness!) their reaction upon opening it. Nothing delights me more than seeing a face light up with surprise and excitement as a result of a gift I’ve given.
These moments are even more memorable when the gift comes from the effort of your own two hands. With the world of Pinterest and google nowadays, the tutorials for DIYs are endless! My favorite types of homemade gifts to give? Food! Treats, spices, snacks, and breads! Putting love into every bit of a holiday treat is the best and people are so appreciative of something that you made from scratch. Not only that, but who doesn’t love FOOD? Talk about instant gratification with a gift!
Forget gift cards that will go unused or tacky sweaters that never fit. What your friends and family truly want this year is a homemade food gift from your very own kitchen! I’ve rounded up The Best Homemade Food Gifts for the Holidays that you can make…you’re sure to find something that your loved ones will enjoy!
Hot n’ Spicy Pepper Relish via Eat Healthy Eat Happy
DIY Coconut Extract via Chocolate Mama Loves Vanilla
Honey Roasted Cajun Cashews via Love Foodies
Blueberry Lavender Syrup via Natural Fit Foodie
Double Chocolate Coconut Fudge Bars
No Sugar Added Canned Applesauce via Simple Seasonal
Gingerbread Glazed Roasted Nuts via Diary of an Ex Sloth
Homemade Everything Seasoning via Sprinkles & Sprouts
Caramel Peanut Pretzel Candy
Homemade Taco Seasoning via Culinary Hill
Raw Cacao Chia Bites via Adore Foods
Cranberry Pistachio Bread via Food Done Light
Chocolate Coconut Protein Granola
Dairy Free Peppermint Chocolate Covered Pretzels via Diary of an Ex Sloth
Gourmet Basil Finishing Salt via The Rising Spoon
Honey Vanilla Almond Bread with Dates & Goat Cheese
Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix via Homemade Food Junkie
Vegan Vanilla Mint Vodka via Healthy Slow Cooking
Superfood Peanut Butter Bites
Dark Chocolate Detox Bites via The View from Great Island
Sun-dried Tomato, Roasted Garlic, Cheese, & Basil Bread via Food Done Light
Vegan Chocolate Caramel Popcorn via A Virtual Vegan
No Sugar Added Apple Cinnamon Granola
Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies via Family Food on the Table
Lemon Vanilla Coconut Butter Bites via The Rising Spoon
Coconut Ginger Amaretto Bites
For more foodie gift ideas, check out my latest MODE Story…
Check out Homemade Food Gifts for Family and Friends
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Do you prefer homemade or store-bought gifts during the holidays?
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Thank you for joining us this week at The Wednesday Showcase Party! I love the idea of giving homemade gifts to family and friends, and what better than food gifts! 🙂
Of course!! Thanks for hosting!
Such great ideas! First on my list to try is that Cranberry Pistachio Bread!
Right!? Looks amazing!
OOOH ID LOVE THE RAW CACAO NIBS AND CHIA ones.
(((holds out place and shouts CONGRATULATIONS on the Huff Po piece too!!!)))
Thank you so much Carla! That means a lot coming from you! I really look up to you as a writer.
So many fantastic ideas. I hope to get baking for gifts done next week. Now I have more ideas to use. Thanks for including my recipes.
Of course!! They look amazing.
I love homemade gifts! So thoughtful! 🙂
YES!! I always appreciate them so much more!
Homemade gifts are such a wonderful idea. I love making gifts for the ones I love. It’s so much more personal! 🙂
I agree! The recipient knows it really came from the heart!
So many good options! I’ve made chocolate covered pretzels in the past and they’re always a hit!
One of my all time favorite food gifts!! Gotta love the sweet n salty combos!!
I couldn’t agree with you more on giving homemade gifts to family and friends. It’s so special, and I know that I really appreciate homemade gifts so I try do the same for others! Thanks for sharing all of these links. I have my eyes on that hot cocoa mix and the gingerbread nuts. Yum!
Don’t those nuts sound amazing? Also, I can only imagine how much your family enjoys homemade gifts from Jimmy and you…you both are so talented and creative!
This is all sorts of festive! I don’t know why we all just give and receive cookies when there are so many other options out there haha. Those Superfood PB Bites 😮 Those look insanely good!
They’re amazing!! Definitely something you’d enjoy!
Thanks so much for including my cookie recipe! I love doing homemade food gifts – it’s my go-to for preschool teachers and neighbors. Definitely more personal 🙂 Cheers to a happy holiday season! (And congratulations on the Huff Post article – that’s awesome!)
Thank you so much! Your cookies look amazing so I definitely had to include them! 🙂
the vodka, lavender syrup and pretzels all look yummy! would love to receive any of those 🙂
Three of my faves on the whole list!!
Yumm!!! This list looks amazing. I want to eat all of it. Thank you for sharing!
Of course! Glad you liked it!
Oh I love this! I always appreciate homemade food gifts. Every year the ladies in my family and I all bake a ton of different kinds of cookies, then we make plates of cookies with Christmas candies and homemade glazed nuts for all of the people in our life as a little token of appreciation – everyone from neighbors to postal workers! People always seem to appreciate it, and it makes my heart happy.
That is SO SWEET!!! I am sure your friends and family really appreciate that!
These all look like great homemade gift ideas. I see quite a few I would like to try my self. Thanks for sharing. Pinning!
Thanks so much Linda!! Glad you enjoyed the post!
YOu’ve got some good ideas.
The Best Homemade Food Gifts for the Holidays by healthyhelperblog I am all about making gifts – these are great!
What a wonderful array of food gifts you have provided that are delicious and some are extremely healthful. Choosing my favoritie is hard but I think it would be the Double Chocolate Fudge Bars. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted.
Thank you so much Marla!
Thank you so much for adding our homemade chocolate mix to this excellent collection of homemade gifts for the holidays! I’m off to share this helpful post! So many personal gifts here that people need to see!
No problem! Thank you so much for sharing! <3
Great ideas! Homemade gifts are some of the best 🙂 We always do lots of canning / preserving in the summer with local and organic foods, and then give those as gifts come the holiday season. Nice to have a bunch of it already done months in advance!
YES!!! I can’t tell you how much I LOVE getting homemade preserves, veggies, and other canned sauces! So so good.
I LOVE giving out homemade goodies for Christmas gifts to friends and neighbors. I really enjoy making the gifts and I think it’s a fun little way to let someone know you thought of them!
Exactly! Such a nice personal touch!
Great DIY gift round up =)
I would much prefer a homemade gift myself, so I tend to do that for others (hopefully they feel the same way ;p)
Thank you so much Kimmy! I feel the same way about homemade gifts!
ooh hot and spicy pepper relish is calling my name! yum thanks for linking up for Meatless Monday
Those cashews look yummy! I would love such present!
Same here! I am a total nut lover!
I always prefer a handmade gift too! Peppermint chocolate covered pretzels sound perfect right about now!
I need to make some chocolate covered pretzels ASAP!
Recipe Post is part of The Best Homemade Food Gifts Collection by
Love all the vegan stuff on here!
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So many good options to make for friends and fam!
A great collection of gifts, wish I was on the list. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day.
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There are so many good ideas here! It’s such a fun list. Thanks so much for sharing on the Healthy Living Link Party 🙂
No problem! Thanks for stopping by!
slowing down at this point!Everyone is busy this time of year. Whether it’s shopping for or making presents, attending holiday parties, visiting family, or taking part in festive activities, your schedule is
Just a note to let you know that I have chosen your post as one of my features on this weeks Real Food Fridays blog hop that goes live every Thursday [email protected] EST. Thank you being part of Real Food Fridays mission to help make this a healthier world. Have a healthy happy blessed Christmas and holidays season.
I am honored! Thank you so much Marla!
Wow, what a varied selection. I mistakenly thought one was going to be ice-cream from the photo at the top. How wrong was I. We’ll be making some treats for the kids to give as gifts next week #TastyTuesdays
Haha! No ice cream in this one, but lots of other sweet, healthy treats! 🙂
What great ideas!! These are perfect for the holidays, and especially those that I don’t know what to give!
Thanks Jamie! Lots of great ideas here!
Homemade gifts are so fun to make and to receive! 🙂 Thanks for sharing this with us at Savoring Saturdays linky party.
I would love to get the basil salt, I’d even pay to be gifted that salt for Christmas! Thanks for collecting all this gorgeous info. #Brilliantblogposts
Doesn’t it look amazing!! I would do some major cooking with that seasoning!
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Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday. I sure appreciate you!
Thank you so much! Have a Merry Christmas Helen!