If you’re looking to step up your gift-giving game this holiday season, then this is the guide for you. These 10 Homemade Food Gifts are sure to impress and delight, and there is one for just about any amount of time you have at your disposal. Make them as Christmas gifts, bring along as host and hostess gifts or just make them for yourself. I know I’m making at least #1, #5 and #9!
So, you want to make a food gift to bring to that Holiday party? Well, of course! How much time do you have?
1. 5 minutes: Homemade Chai Masala for Chai Latte
Make this quick & easy Chai Masala, place in a pretty jar with some green cardamom pods (if you can get them, otherwise just skip them) and some cinnamon sticks. Tack on a note with instructions for making Chai Latte and you’re all set!
2. 5 minutes: Festive Tea Blend
3. 15 minutes: Indian Apple Ginger Chutney
4. 20 minutes: Spicy Mexican Chocolate Liqueur
I know none of my friends would say no to getting alcohol as gifts! But gifting your own homemade Spicy Mexican Chocolate Liqueur is so much more fun than just buying a bottle of wine. Recipe from She Keeps a Lovely Home.
5. 60 minutes: Bacon Bourbon Jam
Yeah I don’t think this needs any more explanation than: Bacon. Bourbon. Jam. You know it’s gotta be good. I know I’m making this Bacon Bourbon Jam from Biscuits and Burlap, but I might just keep it all to myself.
6. 2 hours: Candied Ginger
This Candied Ginger basically cooks itself, and is the perfect grown-up sweet & spicy snack. Just as great on its own as it is for topping cupcakes, cookies, truffles and basically anything that needs a punch of ginger.
7. Half a day: DIY Finishing Salts
Now, when gifting something to a real hardcore foodie you might just be better off giving them something to cook with than something you cooked. That’s when these pretty DIY Finishing Salts from Beyond Mere Sustenance come in handy. Oh, and non-foodies will definitely appreciate them as well!
8. A day: Orange Marmelade
9. A few days: Spiced Duck Rillettes
10. A few weeks: Infused Olive Oil
So infusing olive oil is maybe the quickest & easiest of all these food gifts when it comes to execution, but it needs a few weeks for the flavors to, well, infuse. So either make them well ahead of time or stick a note on that says not to use until January. Either way, these Infused Olive Oils from Gourmet Project are sure to be a hit!
So those are my tips for homemade food gifts – which ones are your favorites? What food gifts do you enjoy making? I’d love to know – just drop a comment below. And if you try any of these – please tag me on Instagram @alwaysusebutter and use the hashtag #alwaysusebutter. A special recipe you really love? Go give the creator some love as well!