We are going into the last weekend before Christmas and I bet you there will be masses heading to the mall. Are you also still looking for some last-minute gifts? Instead of joining all the other stressed out shoppers at the stores, let me encourage you to head to the kitchen instead.
The brownie bites and brownie mix in a jar from earlier this week, made me think of all the other recipes on my blog that make wonderful homemade gifts. I mean, you can literally give any food as a gift, but there are some that are just more presentable as a holiday gift to place under the Christmas tree (casseroles are NOT in that category 😉 )
There are more benefits than avoiding the mall with homemade food gifts. I am not saying you can’t give a fancy gadget from your heart, but there is just something very heartfelt about homemade gifts. And often they allow you to save some money, too.
Now, looking through this list, let’s see if there isn’t a thing or two that those last people on your gift list would love.
Fudge is a perfect treat for the holidays. Cut into little squares and wrapped in a clear cellophane bag they will be received with open arms and mouths. There are many different flavor options. Pick one that you know the recipient will love.
- Triple Layered Fudge
- Salted Dark Chocolate Fudge
- Pumpkin Spice Fudge
- Peanut Butter Oreo Fudge
- White Chocolate Strawberry Oreo Fridge Cake
2. Chocolates and Truffles
Homemade chocolate are equally intriguing. Pack them in a small gift box for elegant presentation.
- Homemade Healthy Dark Chocolate
- Banana Chocolate Truffles
- Gingerbread Oreo Cookie Balls
- White Chocolate Oreo Truffles
3. Fruit and Nut Butters
Since I figured out how to make nut butters at home, I rarely buy them at the store anymore. Why not treat a friend to the same pleasure of homemade nut or fruit butter?
4. Brownie/Cookie Cups
Brownies and Cookies are great as they are and certain crowd pleasers. Baking them in mini muffin pans gives them extra appeal, and makes them easy to pack and snack.
5. Popcorn Munch Mix
Popcorn and chocolate are a combo I cannot resist. If you have a popcorn popper, these popcorn munch mixes are not only easy to make, but will make their recipients and their tummies very happy:
- Toffee Butterscotch Popcorn Munch
- Mocha Popcorn Munch
- S’mores Popcorn Munch Mix
- Sparkling Funfetti Popcorn Munch (make with red+green sprinkles for the holidays)
Granola is one of my most favorite breakfast and snack foods. But I have to admit, for the last little while I haven’t taken the time to make it myself. And I am completely ruined for the store-bought stuff, after having tasted delicious homemade granola. There you have a gift idea for me 😉 Mason jars are fantastic containers and gift packing for granola. Add a chalkboard label and some fancy ribbon.
- PB + J Granola
- Healthy Pumpkin Granola
- Almond Mocha Granola
- Roasted Banana Coconut Granola
- Coconut Almond Butter Granola
- Tropical Coconut Oil Granola
7. Chocolate Bark
Sweet, crunchy, melt-in-your-mouth goodness!
8. Mini Loaf Cakes
Bake your favorite cakes or quick breads in mini paper loaf liners for easy gifting. Just be sure to adjust baking times accordingly.
9. Healthy Snacks
And even people on your list that never, ever, not-even-for-Christmas eat anything unhealthy can get some homemade food gifts.
10. Brownie/Muffin/Cake/Cookie/Pancake Mix in a Jar
Finally, if you’d rather give something to last a little longer than a few weeks after Christmas, homemade baking mixes are the solution. Choose your favorite recipes and place the dry ingredients in a mason jar. If you have dark and light ingredients, layer them for a special effect. Place sugars towards the bottom to keep it from clumping. Attach a label with the recipe and instructions. Done!
- Fudgy Chocolate Brownies
- Grain-free Pumpkin Muffins
- Coconut Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Whole Wheat Greek Yogurt Pancakes
And for even more ideas, have a look through my Christmas and Holidays Pinterest board.
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