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DIY Gifts From Your Kitchen

By Megan Myers, December 3, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Megan Myers

Mini Yogurt Tea Breads

Mini Yogurt Tea Breads

I know it’s a cliché, but I really do like giving gifts better than receiving them. I thrill in finding the perfect item and watching a friend’s face light up when I hand them an unexpected package.

Most of my friends are into food and cooking like I am, so I tend to give homemade gifts from my kitchen, whether it’s ingredients or an already-baked treat.

Even if those on your “Nice” list aren’t foodies, gifts from your kitchen are the perfect way to share the spirit of the holiday season.

Gift-Giving Greatness

  • Tie up bundles of baked goods with holiday ribbon, or add a bow to canning jars.
  • Use our printable gift tags that are available for download on many of our gift recipes!
  • Keep a stash of gifts handy for unexpected guests or last-minute party invitations.
  • Be sure to list ingredients and note if the gift is appropriate for those who are vegan or gluten free. Keeping the special diet gifts separate will help!
  • Let your recipient know if there is a “best by” date. Homemade vanilla sugar lasts forever, but chocolate-covered fruits don’t!

Perfect Presents

Here’s some of my favorite recipes for gift giving.

For the Baker

Homemade Yellow Cake Mix

Vanilla Bean Sugar

Walnut-Rosemary Oat Bread Mix

Holiday Oatmeal Cookie Mix

Holiday Oatmeal Cookie Mix

Holiday Oatmeal Cookie Mix

For the Grilling Expert

Hot and Sweet Spice Rub

Cranberry Barbeque Sauce

Spiced Pickled Cherries

Citrus Salt

Citrus Salt

Citrus Salt

For the International Gourmet

Preserved Lemons

Rosemary Olive Oil

Goat Cheese Sandies with Cranberry and Orange

Spicy Wine Mustard

Spicy Wine Mustard

Spicy Wine Mustard

For the Sweet Tooth

Chocolate Chai Truffles

Triple Chocolate Sour Cherry Fudge

Lemon-Ginger Streusel Bread

Pumpkin, Brown Sugar and Cashew Biscotti

Pumpkin, Brown Sugar and Cashew Biscotti

Pumpkin, Brown Sugar and Cashew Biscotti

Be sure to check out all of our gifts from the kitchen recipes!

Do you DIY holiday gifts? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!

From carving with confidence to pouring with pride, our online Holiday Cheat Sheet means more of your best for less stress. Order holiday meals online too; we'll do the work, you'll take the credit.

 

 

4 Comments

Comments

Yeau-mei Sun says ...
I love the store and the workers there are very friendly. The foods and products are very fresh!
12/04/2013 7:57:19 PM CST
Jill says ...
I admit, I like giving homemade gifts more than just buying something for someone. Thanks for these recipes - I will definitely be a making at least a few :)
12/05/2013 9:08:36 AM CST
Olivia Lane says ...
i totally DIY for holidays. i made some sugar scrubs. so easy!
12/10/2013 6:22:56 PM CST
Rebecca says ...
Every year I make cookie trays for neighbors and the elderly in my area, as well as my family. This year I have added a meringue cookie for those like my daughter who have gluten and dairy allergies.
12/19/2013 12:28:29 PM CST