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.

Homemade Food Gifts From My Kitchen

Any gift is sure to make your loved one smile, but ones that are homemade show you went the extra mile! (maybe I should start writing holiday poems?) Take a look at some of my favorites that are tasty and easy to make.

Cookies and Cream Fudge

This creamy and delicious cookies and cream fudge recipe only requires a couple of ingredients. You don’t need a candy thermometer or a lot of cooking experience to make this either.

It takes all of 5 minutes… and it’s always a welcome gift on anyone’s doorstep!

fudge headers
Find the Oreo Fudge HERE.

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!

Peanut Butter Fudge

I recently created this new fudge rendition but it’s been such a hit! As you all know, I’m a sucker for anything with chocolate and peanut butter and this recipe is no different!

peanut butter fudge
Find the PB Fudge recipe HERE.

If I told you it only requires 4 ingredients would you believe me? It’s just that simple! And although people typically think that making fudge is super time-consuming, I promise you’ll be able to whip this up in no time.

I like to add chopped peanut butter cups to my fudge, but you can also get creative and add M&M candies, sprinkles, pretzels, and more!

Savory Ranch Crackers

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!

Click HERE for the savory ranch cracker recipe

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!

Find the crackers HERE.

My favorite way to gift the crackers 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.

Snowball Cookies

These easy-to-make cookies came straight from my Grandma’s recipe box. They go by a lot of names… tea cookies, butter cookies, wedding cookies… but no matter what they’re called, they always taste great!

Snowball Cookies
Find the snowball cookies HERE.

The thing that really puts these cookies over the top is a secret addition to the recipe. My Grandma always added powdered sugar to the dough, and boy does it make a difference!

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

My DIY Hot Chocolate

I’m sure you’ve seen the hot cocoa in a jar idea before, but you definitely can’t go wrong with it! I started making this as one of my go-to homemade food gifts years ago, but this is my FIRST time sharing the recipe!

DIY Hot Chocolate

DIY Hot Chocolate

You can always buy hot chocolate from the store, but this recipe may have you switching from store-bought to homemade for good!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered hot chocolate (about 14 individual packets)
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 packaged biscotti
  • 2 mason jar mugs
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

Instructions

  1. Divide the powdered hot chocolate mix evenly between the two mason jars. Next, pour the mini marshmallows over the hot chocolate. Replace the covers on the mason jar mugs.
  2. Tie the biscotti to the mug with your ribbon and make a bow. Add a label of your choice and you're done!

If you have more than two people on your hot cocoa gift list, you can always double or triple the recipe. And if the measurements aren’t perfect, these will still turn out just right.

Feeling extra festive? Add some chopped candy canes, red and green sprinkles, or chocolate chips to the jars!

Other Homemade Food Gifts For The Holidays

I like to think of myself as the queen of homemade food gifts… but I can’t come up with them all! Here are some other cute ideas I found for the holidays.

Infused Sugar Jars

The Pioneer Woman always has some great recipes and I thought her infused sugar idea was perfect for the Christmas season.

Photo credit: The Pioneer Woman

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

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.

Photo credit: The Pioneer Woman

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 Irish Cream Gifts

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.

Photo credit: The Sweetest Occasion

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 ways to share some holiday cheer!

Over the next few days, you can find me busy in the kitchen cooking and baking a lot… and you know what? There’s nowhere else I’d rather be!

From my Christmas kitchen to yours,

Jill

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