Homemade Holiday: DIY Gifts from the Kitchen

From chocolate hazelnut spread to molasses gingerbread cookies, you can make tasty holiday gifts for family and friends in your own kitchen. Need something for Fido? We've got a recipe for furry friends too!

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

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I love holiday shopping. The decorations, the buzz in the air, the required pit stops for cocoa — it all serves to put me in the mood for sharing presents with my loved ones! And once the crowds get to be a bit too much for me, I head home to my kitchen and really get to work on the gift-giving season.

You see, one of my favorite things is to give DIY Chirstmas gifts opens in a new tab, especially the homemade and edible variety. I like to personalize them to my friends’ taste preferences (last year I gave one cookie-dough fanatic a tub of egg-free dough) and try new things to keep it interesting for everyone involved.

Making gifts from the kitchen is extra-special because you took the time to craft something just for them! It doesn’t matter how easy it is; from cookie mixes to soft caramels, your recipients will be thinking of your tasty treats long after the wrapping paper has been hauled to the curb.

First on my list this year? This delectable Chocolate Hazelnut Spread opens in a new tab, a better-for-you version of that popular spread. Learn how with this short video. 

Edible Homemade Happiness

  • Tie up bundles of baked goods with holiday ribbon, or add a cheerful scrap of fabric screwed onto to canning jar lids.

  • Use our printable gift tags opens in a new tab!

  • Keep a stash of gifts handy for unexpected guests or last-minute party invitations. Items that last longer, like jams or flavored salts, are ideal, just in case you don’t give them out!

  • Have a gift-making party where you and your friends create multiple kinds of homemade gifts. Split projects between attendees, and let everyone take home a few of each kind for maximum gift-giving potential!

  • Be sure to list ingredients and note if the gift is appropriate for those who are vegan, gluten free or nut 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!

Here are just a few of my favorite homemade gifts from the kitchen.

Pumpkin, Brown Sugar and Cashew Biscotti
Molasses Gingerbread Cookies
Toasted Coconut Caramels
Walnut-Rosemary Oat Bread Mix
Homemade Fennel Mustard
Holiday Oatmeal Cookie Mix
Sweet Potato Apple Dog Treats

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Get more recipes for gifts from the kitchen opens in a new tab and find inspiration in our online holiday guide opens in a new tab.

What holiday gifts do you create in your kitchen? Share them in the comments below!

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