You can never go wrong with homemade food gifts.

Think about it-for the person who loves to cook, they’ll appreciate something new to taste and try. For the busy working person, they’ll appreciate a food gift that makes meal preparation a little easier. For the non-cook, they’ll marvel at your creativity and ease in the kitchen!

I’ve always believed that food is love. When I take the time to prepare a meal, bake up some cookies or bring an appetizer to a party, it’s because I love making something for others and I enjoy sharing the end result. Nothing makes me happier than when someone takes a bite out of something I’ve made and I get a “JILL! This is SOOOOOO good!”

That’s why homemade food gifts have always been a go to for me. When I was younger and just starting out, making a gift of food was an affordable yet still personal way to give gifts to friends.

When I became a mom, gifts like the ones below became easy ways to express appreciation and thanks.

I pulled together a collection of easy food ideas in case you need any last minute gift ideas. These are great little additions to give with a gift card, a pretty kitchen towel or a new mug.

Cookies and Cream Fudge

Find the recipe for Cookies and Cream Fudge HERE

This creamy and delicious cookies and cream fudge recipe only uses a couple of ingredients. You don’t need a candy thermometer or a lot of cooking experience to make this either. It takes about 5 minutes to make and it’s always a welcomed homemade food gift to receive.

Fun story about this fudge. When my kids were little and really into Disney movies I used to call this 101 Dalmations Fudge! I’ll never forget when I told Trevor about this special treat I had made to eat while we watched the movie and he looked up at me with his big, brown eyes and asked, “There’s dalmations in this fudge?” Ha! Out of the mouths of babes.

Savory Ranch Crackers

Click HERE for the savory ranch cracker recipe

I have an absolute weakness for crunchy, flavorful things. They’re my favorite mid afternoon snack. Let’s just say, I’ve never met a cracker or pretzel I didn’t like!

I started making these savory, zesty ranch crackers over 30 years ago and I still love them as much now as I did then. Friends would request that I bring these to after work happy hours or outdoor gatherings. It’s that salty, crunchy, “ranchy” flavor that gets people every time!

You can find the recipe for the savory crackers HERE

My favorite way to gift these is in a cute jar, like a mason jar. While these are a great “pub style” snack, I also love to use these in lieu of croutons in a salad or as a garnish on tomato soup.

Homemade Pumpkin Butter

If the idea of making a food gift is a little overwhelming, then you’re going to love this pumpkin butter recipe.

Just add the ingredients to your slow cooker and let this cook away (and let your home fill with the amazing aroma of pumpkin and spices!)

I like to gift this in a mason jar with a tag that offers ideas on how to use this. This flavorful spread is delicious on biscuits and toast, but also a wonderful addition to oatmeal, yogurt or a bowl of ice cream.

Infused Sugar Jars

Find the recipe HERE.

The Pioneer Woman always has some great recipes and I thought her infused sugar idea was perfect for the holidays. What’s great about this option is that you can create multiple flavor profiles and include them all in one gift.

Some of her ideas include espresso-infused sugar, ginger-infused sugar and lavender-infused sugar, among others. And all it takes is combining the sugar with the spice in a 4:1 ratio. To see how to do it at home, click on the link HERE.

Salted Caramels

Find the recipe HERE.

I’m a sucker for sweets so this is one of those homemade food gifts that immediately caught my attention. It’s a recipe for salted caramels — and they’re sure to fill any friend or neighbor with joy.

To make this creamy treat, you’ll need eight ingredients and a little patience. It’s one of those recipes that you have to watch and time correctly, however, if you can nail it I promise these will be a hit.

Find the entire recipe HERE.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix

Find the recipe HERE.

You’ve probably seen the hot cocoa in a jar idea before, but you definitely can’t go wrong with it! This recipe is from Love Grows Wild and the pictures make it look delicious.

All you need are four ingredients and making it is as simple as adding one at a time to the jar to create a layering effect. You can also add marshmallows, peppermint chunks or chocolate chips for a little garnish. Plus, this is one of those homemade food gifts that looks just as good at it tastes! See it HERE.

Homemade Irish Cream Gifts

Find the recipe HERE.

Half of what makes this recipe so great is the packaging. I mean, how cute are these bottles! But beyond the bottles is what looks like a sweet and smooth recipe for homemade Irish cream.

The Sweetest Occasion created this simple three-step recipe for anyone looking for a simple holiday gift. All you need is half and half, sweetened condensed milk, whiskey, chocolate syrup and vanilla extract.

Want to make it yourself? You can find the recipe HERE. She recommends enjoying it on the rocks, with coffee, over ice cream or by mixing it with other dessert recipes!

From The Kitchen, With Love

I hope these homemade food gifts gave you some inspiration and ideas on some new ways to share with others this year.

I know in the next few days, I’m going to be busy in the kitchen cooking and baking a lot. And you know what? There’s no where I’d rather be!

From my Christmas kitchen to yours,

Jill

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