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We’re not even into December yet, but already the supermarket shelves are overflowing with edible Christmas gifts and more chocolate than even the most hardcore chocoholic could ever want!

11 wonderfully wholesome edible gifts

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Gluten-free peanut butter & chocolate chip cookies

Dairy-free, too

These lovely, rustic gluten free chocolate chip cookies are perfect for dunking in tea or a cold glass of milk.

Everyone loves a tasty treat at Christmas time, but as these items find their way into every stocking across the country, one small treat can all too easily turn into Xmas over-indulgence on a big scale. So with this is mind, we’ve put together our favourite recipes for festive foodie gifts that won’t put you in a food coma…

HOMEMADE AND HEALTHY

While it’s easy to walk into any high-street store during your Christmas shopping trip and pick up armfuls of indulgent gifts for your friends and family, taking some time to create homemade foodie treats is a great way to show how much you care. And it can also be an ideal opportunity to provide some much-needed goodness (and a bit of a break!) in these times of festive excess. Rest assured that there are plenty of delicious AND nutritious gift options out there: you just need to think a little bit outside the (Christmas) box.

Why not have a go at making these Raw Energy Balls by the Happy Pear. They’re packed full of nutritious, high-fibre seeds and oats, and are sweetened only with dried fruit. Children love getting stuck in to making these, too. Roll them in desiccated coconut and they’ll look just like snowballs! Or how about making a big batch of Jools’ Gorgeous Granola and giving it to your friends in pretty, ribbon-clad jars?

KEEP IT SAVOURY

As sweet treats tend to dominate supermarket shelves and kitchen cupboards at this time of year, it can be hard to avoid overdoing it on the sugar front. But instead of overloading your family and friends with even more sweet stuff, gifts such as homemade pickles and chutneys make a great change, plus there’s an infinite number of flavour combinations you can get creative with. They’ll also help to jazz up the mountain of leftovers we’ll all be working our way through come Boxing Day! Have a look at this video on how to sterilise jars before you get started.

GIFTS FOR SPECIAL DIETS

With food allergies and intolerances on the rise, there are ever more products around for those on dairy- and gluten-free diets, but in terms of edible Christmas gifts, these kind of diets are often overlooked. We hate the thought of people missing out just because of an allergy, but with a little bit of thought you can easily create a lovely homemade gift that is suitable for your dairy- or gluten-free friends and family, and is much more exciting than anything you’ll find in the shops. How about homemade Dairy-free chocolate truffles, Gluten-free biscotti or Gluten-free mince pies? Many of our pickles and chutneys are also suitable for those on special diets if you want to steer clear of sweet treats.

By adding extra nuts, seeds and dried fruit to gluten-free (or non-gluten free, for that matter) cookies, flapjacks or granola bars you can also really up the nutrition content, adding in extra fibre, vitamins and minerals. Simply present them in a pretty box or a cellophane bag tied with some festive ribbon for a beautiful homemade treat.

So why not give the chocolate selection boxes a miss this year and get creative in the kitchen instead? See our gallery below for some more inspiration for not-so-naughty (but still nice!) homemade Christmas gifts…


Christmas Gift

None of these recipes is complicated or takes very long. One of the joys of the edible present approach is that it’s less stressful – you can buy ingredients in the normal course of your grocery shopping and a pretty jar, some cellophane bags, a handwritten label and maybe a rosette or a ribbon are all you need in the way of wrapping. Don’t forget, though, to write any storage instructions on the label, and a note of how long your present will keep for.

One last bossy note jars and bottles should be sterilized before having foodstuff put in them. I regard a dishwasher-clean jar or bottle (providing it comes fresh from the machine, with not so much as a finger touching the inside) as a sterilized one. If you wish to be more meticulous, you can sterilize by washing your jars well in soapy water, then rinsing them and letting them dry in a cool (140C/gas mark 1) oven. If you’re putting warm chutneys or jellies into them, all jars must be used warm.

And remember, whatever you make is going to be a better present than almost any you might buy. And, really, wouldn’t you rather be in your kitchen instead of the shopping mall at Christmas?


HOMEMADE FOOD GIFTS FOR CHRISTMAS

It’s Christmas Time! For me, that means making homemade food gifts for my coworkers, neighbors, parties, friends and family. I love to make candies and cookies to give away as presents. I really think it means more when you take the time to make something. Plus, I know how much people love to eat sweets around Christmas! If you’re like me, then you’ll love this list of homemade food gifts.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix-this always makes the best gift and you can really get creative with the jar you put it in. You can use different ribbons and bows to make it as festive as you like!

Kentucky Bourbon Balls-It’s not Christmas in Kentucky if you haven’t been served a bourbon ball!

Microwave Peanut Brittle-you really can’t beat a candy that you can make in the microwave! This is easy and such a tradition around Christmas, your friends and family will love it.

Southern Candied Pecans-these are so good and make the perfect gift! You can get creative when it comes to putting them in Christmas bags with ribbons or in a tin.

Oreo Cookie Balls-these are so pretty and really make a great gift, plus they are easy to prepare.

Toffee-this makes such a pretty present. It’s a very versatile recipe. You can really personalize it by making it with ingredients that you know the person will love. You may also love this Caramel Pecan Graham Crackers too. Super easy to make!

Christmas Sugar Cookies-A classic for sure. I can’t imagine a Christmas without this traditional cookie. Use your favorite cookie cutters to make them in to Christmas trees, Santa Claus or reindeer. They really are the perfect gift for this holiday season!

Easy Christmas Divinity-a family favorite for sure. This candy has been around for many generations and makes a great gift. This is a wonderful recipe because you make it in the microwave.

Five Minute Fudge– This fudge is so easy, anyone can make it. Plus, it’s delicious! You may also like our peppermint fudge. It’s very festive this time of year.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Balls-people love these for the holidays and they make a great gift.

Cinnamon Popcorn-this is so easy and very addictive. Your friends and family will love it!

I hope this list helps you when it comes time to make homemade food gifts for Christmas. Don’t forget that homemade bread also makes a fantastic present or hostess gift. If you’re looking for some great holiday bread recipes, we’ve got you covered!

If you still need a gift, don’t forget about our Christmas bundles. These bundles make the perfect present for loved ones. We’ll be glad to email your loved ones our 2019 Front Porch Life magazines or our Ultimate Christmas Bundle.

Also, if you’re planning a Christmas dinner this year, here are some wonderful side dishes that will be sure to make your family happy.

Be sure and Pin our homemade food gifts for Christmas for later:

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45 Homemade Holiday Food Gift Recipes

Not feeling crafty? Whip up something extra special for friends and family with our recipes for sweet or savory scratch-made treats.

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Gift a Healthy Treat Wreath

Make your homemade gift stand out from the sweet pack this year by gifting an edible that doubles as a colorful holiday decoration. Clementines are a favorite seasonal snack that are doubly hard to resist when packaged as a colorful wreath.

Rum-Soaked Mini Bundt Cakes

The holidays are a time for indulging, right? And, what better way to indulge everyone's sweet tooth than with a moist mini cake that combines seasonal flavors &mdash with a boozy twist. One of our faves? These mini rum-soaked bundt cakes with a butter-rum glaze. Yum!

Snowman Chocolate Bark

Delicious, adorable and easy to whip up even for a big group of people, these sweet snowmen will delight everyone on your Christmas gift list.

Surprise Them With a Snowy Cottage

Seriously, how cute is this gingerbread house?! Our step-by-step instructions below and this quick video will show you how to turn a storebought gingerbread house kit into an entirely edible rustic retreat.

Easy Bourbon Balls

A holiday tradition, bourbon balls are a Christmas classic that combine the kick of bourbon with all the savory sweetness of nuts and chocolate. Give our recipe a try, then package them in colorful card stock cones for a pretty way to package up these sweet-meets-savory mini booze bombs.

Coffee Cupcakes To-Go

Bake coffee-flavored cupcakes in paper to-go cups then top with rich homemade frosting and dash of nutmeg, cinnamon or sprinkles for a morning pick-me-up lookalike that is sure to hit the spot any time of the day.

Monogrammed Shortbread Cookies

Part ornament, part personalized treat, this cookie is almost too pretty to eat &mdash which would be a real shame because our shortbread recipe can't be beat!

Cookie Cutter Peppermint Fudge

Cookie cutters aren't just great for baking, they also make cute containers for decadent fudge you can gift to friends, coworkers, neighbors or any sweet-tooth on your holiday gift list.

Christmas Ornament Cookie Pops

Festive and oh-so-tasty, these colorful ornament cookie pops are almost too pretty to eat -- almost! But, with a gooey chocolatey filling, we bet you'll want to give eating them a try.

Mulled Wine Jar

Jarred food kits are just as much fun to assemble as they are to receive. Delight a foodie on your gift list with one of our 3 gourmet gift jars.

Raspberry Mousse-Filled Chocolate Cookie Shots

A decadent treat for kids and adults alike, these mini cookie cups are a tasty mess-free container that can be filled with anything you'd like but we're partial to piping them full of our rich raspberry mousse.

Greeting Card Cookie

Homemade chocolate chip cookies are always a favorite goodie. Embellish CD tins with our free printable templates to turn this tasty treat into a clever holiday card.

A Sweet Snow Globe

Looking for a unique homemade food gift? Well, look no further! This sweet surprise is a Christmas decoration they can display, then devour!

Cranberry Pistachio Sablés

French for sand, sablé cookies are essentially shortbread with a signature toothy texture. This version ups the ante of a classically delicious shortbread with the addition of chewy cranberries and crunchy pistachios and the perfect balance of salty and sweet.

Glitzy, Tipsy Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Friends and family will flip for these decadent, dark-chocolate-dipped strawberries with a surprise: an inserted pipette is filled with champagne which slowly soaks into the strawberry to make them extra juicy (and boozy)!

Chocolate-Covered Peppermint Crispies

A year-round favorite treat gets a delicious update for the holidays. Add the flavors of chocolate and peppermint to crisp rice treats before packaging them as homemade gifts for family and friends.

Rugelach With Raisin-Walnut Filling

These classic Eastern European pastries are known for their crescent-roll shape, and can be filled with nuts, fruit preserves and spices before baking.

Hazelnut Hot Cocoa

Chocolatey hot cocoa knocks the chill off even the coldest of winter days. Share the warmth this holiday season by packaging the rich ingredients in a canning jar so the recipient can whip one up whenever they need a warm and creamy pick-me-up.

Cranberry Orange Linzer Cookies

Sweet and tart, these artful cookies combine two favorite seasonal flavors -- cranberry and orange --and are as pretty as they are yummy.

Ginger Date Chews

Chewy and not too sweet, dates are a foolproof cookie ingredient. These are so delicious that you'll want to bake several batches so you'll have plenty to give away without depriving your own cookie jar.

Peppermint Bark Chocolate Cookies

Honestly, who doesn't love a moist chocolate cookie? These are definitely moist and chocolatey but with the added kick of peppermint, they're a holiday treat that peppermint fans will gobble up.

Holiday Breakfast Kit

The holidays are a harried, stressful time for most of us. Give a friend a (delicious!) reason to relax with a cup of coffee or tea before hitting the malls for another marathon shopping day by boxing up homemade cinnamon biscuits and a flavorful spread.

Cranberry Dacquoise

Fluffy white chocolate mousse layered between light-as-air homemade meringues give this gorgeous dessert a dreamy texture. Hand-deliver this impressive treat to wow the foodies on your gift list.

Coffee and Caramel Pep-Corn

Give crunchy, sweet caramel corn a flavorful kick with the addition of espresso. Package the "pep-corn" in tubes covered with our free printable template for a one-of-a-kind homemade gift.

Maple Nut Toffee

Take the traditional taste of toffee up a notch with the addition of real maple syrup. Topped with a layer of semisweet chocolate, this toffee is so irresistible that you'll want to box it up as gifts quickly before you're tempted to keep it all for yourself.

Tangy Citrus Marmalade

Marmalade is surprisingly simple to make and, canned in pretty jars, it's a holiday gift they'll enjoy for many months to come. Pair your homemade marmalade with a basket of freshly baked croissants or scones for a treat they'll never forget.

Walnut-Rosemary Olive Bread Recipe

Everyone will love this simple yeast bread that's studded with olives, walnuts and fresh rosemary. Once the loaves have cooled, slide them into a paper bag embellished with a stamped tag.

Lemon-Filled Honey Shortbread

These honey cookies are no ordinary shortbread. They have all the makings of a classic shortbread, but include a textural bite from the corn meal and subtle sweetness of honey. The tart tang of the lemon curd adds a refreshing finish.

Gooey Chocolate Crinkle Cookies

Delight chocoholics on your gift list with these soft-centered cookies that are a snap to bake.

Salted Caramel Bars

With a crumbly crust topped by rich, gooey caramel, these sweet-meets-salty treats are destined to become a comfort-food favorite.

Homemade Baked Churros

Treat health-conscious friends to this baked version of the typically fattening (but oh-so-yummy!) Spanish pastry.

Cranberry Orange Oatmeal Cookies

For many people, classic oatmeal cookies are a nostalgic treat. For holiday gift-giving, try our recipe for a thick, hearty cookie that pairs the clean taste of citrus with chewy dried cranberries.

Simple Homemade Fudge

With just 5 ingredients and 5 steps, this decadent fudge is a snap to make -- and so irresistible that friends and family will ask for more.

Lemon Lavender Pound Cake

Lemon and lavender taste divine together and the sweet, tart icing adds a wonderful finishing touch. This cake is moist and totally fork-worthy. Make it anytime or save its tangy sweetness for special occasions.

Chocolate-Dipped Kettle Chips

Coat super-crunchy, salty kettle-fried potato chips with semisweet chocolate and a thin layer of caramel and chopped nuts to create a sweet-meets-salty snack that satisfies all your cravings at once.

Coconut Hot Chocolate Spoons

Gift friends with a colorful coffee mug and silver teaspoon they just swirl in hot milk to create a delicious homemade hot chocolate. Our free printable tag adds the perfect finishing touch.

Herb-Infused Olive Oil

Make your own flavor-infused oils and package in vintage bottles for a personalized gift aspiring chefs will appreciate.

White Chocolate Truffles

Surprise friends and family with a box-full of these decadent little mouthfuls they'll think you spent hours slaving away but they're actually easy to make.

Ale Pretzel Caramels

Brown or pale ale lends these caramels a complex flavor while salty pretzels add just the right amount of crunch.

Mincemeat Thumbprint Cookies

Mincemeat -- which, don't worry, doesn't actually contain meat -- is a centuries-old holiday favorite. Made with a variety of diced fruits, the flavor is complex and spicy. Surrounded by a rich, crumbly cookie, these little goodies are a perfectly balanced, not-too-sweet treat.

Pear and Fig Tart in a Jar

These fruit-and-cream tarts are simple enough for novice chefs to make, thanks to a pie crust shortcut. Individually portioned in clear glass jars, they're just the right size for holiday gift-giving.

Tuxedo Cookies

Friends and family will flip for these crunchy, chocolatey cookies filled with rich mascarpone cream and then rolled in mini chocolate chips. The mascarpone cheese makes these cookies unsuitable for shipping they're best for treating guests in your home or for local delivery.


40 Easy Homemade Christmas Gifts

Homemade Christmas gifts are fun to make, and a great way to help stretch your Christmas budget. I love to receive homemade gifts because I know that the giver really put time and effort into them. Plus it’s fun to see everyone’s clever ideas!

To help you stay frugal this holiday season, we’ve put together a list of some of the most creative DIY christmas gifts we could find. We’ve got ideas for kids, colleagues, adults, you name it. We’ve also included a fair share of food ideas, jar gifts, crafts, and more.

1. Homemade Granola in a Jar

This yummy Homemade Granola Recipe is fast and easy to make, and looks great with the custom gift tag. It’s perfect for a last-minute gift!

  • 3 cups oats
  • 1/2 cup nuts
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • mini chocolate chips, dried fruit, sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/6 cup water (which is 2 TBS plus 2 tsps.)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

For the full tutorial, head over to Walking On Sunshine Recipes.

2. DIY Coffee Cup Candles

I love how these Homemade Coffee Cup Candles can be personalized by using a cup with a design that fits your friend’s style. There are tons of different ways you could go with this gift idea!

  • Candle Wax
  • Candle Wicks
  • Coffee Cups
  • Fragrance Oils
  • Scale
  • Thermometer
  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Rubber spatula
  • Craft sticks
  • Hot glue gun
  • Heating Pot

For the full tutorial, head over to Sweet Cayenne.

3. Homemade Frame Gift

Grandparents love showing off pictures of their grandkids! This is an awesome way to not only give them the picture, but also a fun way to display it!

Get the full tutorial at Mom Dot.

4. DIY Holiday Mugs

You don’t have to be an artist or master crafter to make these Hand Painted Mugs. They are super easy and inexpensive. Order your mugs from Dollar Tree to make it even more affordable.

  • Mug
  • Stencils
  • Paint markers or multi-surface acrylic paint
  • Sponge brush
  • Paper plates

Get the full instructions over at Tidy Mom.

5. Melted Snowman Chocolate Bark

This Melted Snowman Chocolate Bark is a cute Holiday treat that is sure to be a hit!

  • White Melting Chocolate
  • Mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  • Wilton Candy Eyes
  • Orange Jimmies (you could get mixed rainbow jimmies & just pick out the orange ones)
  • Red Hot Candy
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Silicone baking mat or wax paper

Get the full instructions at Princess Pinky Girl.

6. DIY Puzzle & Gift Box

You could use any stencils you like to make these DIY Puzzles. Use the same stencil to make a matching box to store it in.

  • Stencils
  • Stamping ink
  • Wood squares
  • tape
  • Clear acrylic sealer
  • Mini Square Paper Mache Box
  • White card stock
  • Paper Trimmer or scissors
  • 2″ scallop punch
  • scrapbook paper
  • Adhesive dots

Get the full tutorial at Inspired Mama.

7. Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

This DIY Gingerbread Sugar Scrub not only leaves your skin feeling soft, it also smells amazing!

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground clove
  • Small Jars
  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • 1 teaspoon water or coconut oil, optional

Head over to Sugar Spice & Glitter for the full tutorial.

8. Peppermint Sugar Scrub

This peppermint sugar scrub will leave your skin soft and moisturized and also smelling like candy canes. The layered effect looks really nice too for a homemade gift!

  • 2 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • about ¼ cup almond oil or fractionated coconut oil, divided
  • about 5 drops doTERRA Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 2 drops red food coloring (or raspberry juice)

9. Reindeer Treat Bags

These cute little Reindeer Treat Bags are fun and easy for kids to make. They would be perfect for class parties or teacher gifts!

Supplies (makes 4):

  • large sharing bag of Malteasers
  • large sharing bag of Minstrels
  • 2 bags Giant Chocolate Buttons
  • 8 x strawberry softies or other red sweets
  • 4 clear disposable piping bags or cone shaped cellophane bags
  • 4 long brown pipe cleaners
  • 8 googly eyes
  • glue stick

Get the full tutorial at Eats Amazing.

10. S’mores Mason Jar Gift

This S’mores Mason Jar Gift is probably the easiest homemade gift idea on our list! Mix up some S’mores snack mix, print out your gift tags from the link below, put it all together, and voilà, you have a fun and yummy gift!

  • Golden Grahams Cereal
  • Holiday M&Ms
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Mason jars
  • Twine
  • Card stock

Get the full tutorial at A Night Owl Blog.

11. Popcorn Snowman Gift

This unique DIY Popcorn Snowman Gift is a clever way to give a homemade gift, without taking up too much of your limited Holiday time.

  • Bags or microwave popcorn
  • White, black, & orange paper
  • Black permanent marker
  • Round sponge or stamp
  • Pink stamping ink
  • Twine
  • Tape
  • White button

Get the full tutorial at I Heart Naptime.

12. Christmas Spirit Lip Balm

DIY Lip Balm is super popular! This Christmas Spirit Lip Balm has the perfect Holiday twist that everyone is sure to love!

  • 1 tablespoon Beeswax Pastilles
  • 1 tablespoon Organic Coconut Oil
  • 1 tablespoon Shea Butter
  • 7 drops of Essential Oil in your favorite Christmas scents
  • Lip Balm containers

Get the full recipe at Sparkles of Sunshine.

13. DIY Gingerbread Body Butter

Nothing says Christmas like the smell of gingerbread! This DIY Gingerbread Body Butter is great for your skin, and smells delicious! You could even pair it with the gingerbread scrub above for a nice gift bundle!

  • ½ C. Shea butter
  • ½ C. coconut oil
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Airtight container such as a jar with lid

Get the full tutorial at Frugal Mom Eh.

14. Personalized Scrabble Ornament

Do you have an old Scrabble game in the back of a closet? Repurpose it and make these cute Personalized Scrabble Ornaments for you friends and family. If you don’t happen to have a Scrabble game, you can order the tiles from Amazon here.

For more ideas like this, check out these 25 DIY Christmas Ornaments!

For the full tutorial, head over to Happiness is Homemade.

15. Cookies in a Jar

We all get so many treats over the Holidays that it can be a bit overwhelming. This Cookies in a Jar gift is perfect because it can be put away for later after all of the other Holiday treats are gone.

For 3 different recipes, head over to The Farm Girl Gabs.

16. Root Beer Christmas Gift

If you’ve never tried Homemade Root Beer, you’re missing out! Try out this recipe, and don’t forget to make extra. This is one homemade Christmas gift that you will want to keep for yourself!

  • 4 quarts cold water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Zatarain’s Root Beer Concentrate
  • 1-2 pounds of dry ice (purchase within a few hours of when you are ready to make)
  • Funnel
  • Half-gallon glass jars

17. Post-It Note Holder & Pen

This Post-It Note Holder & Pen is a great DIY Christmas gift for teachers! It’s a fun and easy craft that your kids can help with too!

  • Clear Acrylic 4×6 frames
  • Post-It Notes
  • Ink Pens
  • Washi Tape
  • Decorative Scrapbook paper
  • Ribbon
  • Paper trimmer

Get the full tutorial at Fabulessly Frugal.

18. Snowman Bath Bombs

There’s nothing better than a warm bath on a cold winter day! Treat your friends and family (or even yourself) to these cute DIY Snowman Bath Bombs.

For more ideas like this, check out these 20 DIY Bath Bomb Recipes!

  • Baking Soda
  • Citric Acid
  • Epsom Salt
  • Cornstarch
  • Coconut Oil
  • Fine Mist Spray Bottle of Water or Witch Hazel (in any fragrance of your choice).
  • Bath Bomb Molds or Plastic Ornaments
  • For Decoration: Activated Charcoal Powder, Orange Mica, and 99% Isopropyl Alcohol (optional)

Get the full tutorial at Happiness Is Homemade.

19. Peppermint Soap

This easy peppermint bar soap only takes about 10 minutes to make! Whip up a batch to share with your friends and family during the Holidays. Thanks Happiness Is Homemade!

  • Shea Butter Soap Base
  • Red Soap Colorant
  • Soap Mold
  • Microwave Safe Measuring Cup w/ Spout
  • Toothpick

Get the full tutorial at Happiness is Homemade.

20. Peppermint Foot Soak

Here’s another peppermint-scented gift idea you can make for your friends and family! This will make your feet feel tingly and super soft.

  • 1/2 cup powdered milk
  • 1/2 epsom salt
  • 2 TBSP loose peppermint tea
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil (optional)

Head over to Suburban Simplicity for the full tutorial.

20. Hot Chocolate in a Jar

There is nothing better than coming inside from playing in the snow to have a nice, warm cup of hot chocolate. This jar hot chocolate has all the goodies and the tutorial even shows you how to make a homemade gift tag for it!

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup mini semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup mini marshmallows
  • 1-quart Mason jar
  • Cupcake liner (optional)
  • Ribbon
  • Gift tag with directions

Head over to Half Scratched for the full tutorial.

21. Spicy Mexican Hot Cocoa in a Jar

This is another hot chocolate jar gift but with a different, spicy Mexican hot chocolate mix! A fun twist on regular hot chocolate! This could even be a yummy addition to your Christmas Eve Box.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry milk (sometimes called powdered milk)
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • pinch of Cayenne pepper
  • 1 bag Hershey’s Cinnamon Chips
  • 1 bag chocolate mini morsels
  • mini marshmallows.

22. Melted Snowman Hot Chocolate

These cute little melted snowmen in a jar are so adorable! They would make a great gift for a teacher or coworker! Another great twist on hot cocoa in a jar.

  • White Hot Chocolate
  • Edible Food Markers – I used orange and brown but black works, too
  • Large Marshmallows (the normal size)
  • 1/2 pint canning jars with a clear front
  • Black Sharpie Marker

Get the full instructions at Growing Up Gabel.

23. DIY Hot Cocoa Stirring Spoons

Anyone would love to receive these adorable Hot Cocoa Stirring Spoons! Stick them in a mug from the Dollar Tree or pair them with one of the hot chocolate gift ideas above, and you’ll have a hit gift!

  • plastic spoons
  • a variety of candy toppings (I used sprinkles and candy canes but you can use ANYTHING!)
  • chocolate for melting (a little goes a long way)
  • Washi Tape
  • Treat Bags
  • Ribbon

24. Christmas Stovetop Potpourri

I love walking into a room and smelling the scents of Christmas! Make this DIY Christmas Stovetop Potpourri for your friends and neighbors this Holiday Season! The tutorial below even includes printable gift tags.

  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1-3 sprigs of rosemary
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • printable tags

Get the full tutorial at See Vanessa Craft.

25. Peppermint Bath Bombs

These peppermint bath bombs have a really nice pink tint to them which would make them go great in a homemade gift basket. Maybe you could pair them with some of the other peppermint ideas above, or even the snowman bath bombs!

  • 1 cup of baking soda
  • 1/2 cup of Citric Acid
  • 1/2 cup of cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons Epsom salt
  • 2 teaspoons Sweet Almond Oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon water
  • 15-20 drops Peppermint Oil

For the full tutorial, head over to A Pumpkin & A Princess.

26. Snow Globe Mason Jar Toppers

I absolutely adore this idea! You can make these amazing snowglobe jar toppers to go with any of your favorite mason jar gifts! They would go perfectly with the hot cocoa mixes we listed above.

  • 12 Mason jar
  • 6 Fillable Christmas ornaments 70mm
  • 12 Mini holiday ornaments
  • Krazy glue craft glue
  • Fake snow or confetti

Get the full tutorial at A Few Shortcuts.

27. Reese’s Christmas Trees

These Reese’s Christmas trees are so easy to make and so cute! They would make for great stocking stuffers or small gifts for friends.

  • 2 Green wrapped reeses
  • 1 Rolo chocolate
  • 1 Green wrapped Hersheys chocolate kiss
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun

Get the full tutorial at Crafty Morning.

28. Terra Cotta Christmas Pots

We made a simple tutorial on how to decorate Terracotta pots with fabric and paint, but these are a lot better for Christmas gifts! You could fill them with small gifts and candy like the Reese’s trees above.

Get the full tutorial at Pjs and Paint.

29. DIY Christmas Coasters

Most people do a great job of decorating their homes for the holidays, but I’ve rarely seen anyone with Christmas themed coasters! This is a gift that can be reused every year by the receiver.

Best of all, these Christmas coasters are easy to make and inexpensive too. They’re actually made from old/cheap Christmas cards!

Get the full tutorial at Life Family Fun.For more ideas like this, check out these other DIY coasters.

30. Chocolate Bar Snowmen

This is a great homemade gift idea for kids. Not only do they get a big chocolate bar, but also a handy pair of mittens!

  • White printer paper
  • Low Temp Hot glue gun or tape
  • Chocolate bar (thick ones)
  • Ribbon/Twine
  • Buttons
  • Black & Orange sharpie
  • Kids Finger gloves

Get the full tutorial at Crafty Morning.

31. Christmas Air Fresheners

Everyone likes a good smelling home and I find Christmas scents especially wonderful, which is why these homemade air fresheners are such a great gift idea!

Get 10 different air freshener recipes at Loving Essential Oils.

32. Christmas Tea Tree

This is easily one of the most creative DIY Christmas gifts on this list! Perfect for tea lovers and I love how you can use different colored tea bag packages to create different looking trees.

  • styrofoam cones
  • individually wrapped tea bags, the number depends on how big the cone is
  • glue gun with glue sticks
  • small paper mache boxes or some kind of short, round cylinder to use as the “stump”
  • wooden stars or other star trinkets for embellishment
  • rice, for weighing down boxes (optional)

Get the full tutorial at Thirsty For Tea.

33. Peppermint Candy Bowl

With this creative idea, you can give someone a bowl of candy in a bowl made out of candy! Seriously though, this is super unique and perfect for small gift baskets.

Get the full tutorial at Princess Pinky Girl.

34. Best Shot at a Merry Christmas

These mini shot glass gifts are so perfect for co-workers or friends. The printable “Your Best SHOT at a Merry Christmas” gift tags are hilarious too.

  • Assorted small liquor bottles
  • Pack of mini red cups
  • Twine or ribbon
  • Tape
  • Printable gift tags (found in post)

35. DIY Shoulder and Neck Heating Pad

The Christmas cold makes these homemade heating pads a super welcome gift. And they’re not hard to make either!

  • 8 Strips of fabric 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
  • 1 Backing trip 6 1/2″ x 24 1/2″
  • 3-4 cups of rice (or other grain for filling)

Get the full tutorial at Sew Can She.

36. Pinecone Fire Starters

The creator originally made these as wedding favors but I think they’re perfect as homemade Christmas gifts as well!

  • Soy wax flakes
  • Pinecones
  • Candle fragrance oil
  • Candle dye blocks
  • Wired candle wicking
  • Wooden spoon
  • Large heatproof container
  • Frying pan
  • Wax paper
  • Scissors
  • Cute tags and twine

Get the full tutorial at Something Turquoise.

37. Basketweave Cup Cozy

For the coffee lover in your life, there really isn’t a more thoughtful homemade gift than this! This is something they’ll cherish every single day.

Get the full tutorial at One Dog Woof.

38. DIY Mousepad

If you’re looking to make some homemade Christmas gifts for fellow co-workers, a mousepad is an easy office gift! You can put any design you’d like on it as well.

  • Round cork circle at least 7.5″
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge gloss
  • Ribbon
  • Acrylic paint
  • Foam brush
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

Get the full tutorial at Mod Podge Rocks Blog.

39. Homemade Christmas Pillows

Pillows are another subtle Christmas decoration that many people don’t have. You can fix that by gifting them a set of these very nice homemade Christmas pillows!

  • Cricut gold glitter iron transfer paper
  • Exacto knife
  • Tape
  • White throw pillow cover
  • White throw pillow insert
  • Iron Dishtowel
  • Merry & bright template (found in tutorial)
  • Let it snow template (found in tutorial)
  • White paint marker

Get the full tutorial at Style Me Pretty and find more Christmas pillow ideas at Most Craft.

40. Camera Strap

If you know someone who is really fond of photography I’m sure they would LOVE to add a homemade camera strap to their collection. You could do a Christmas themed one, or pretty much any design you want! I really like this “cheat sheet” idea from A Beautiful Mess.

Head over to Design Love Fest to learn how to make the camera strap pictured above.


People Are Sharing Christmas Gifts That Surprised Them And Here’s 50 Of The Most Wholesome Pics

Jonas Grinevičius and
Denis Tymulis

Christmas is a snowball&rsquos throw away and we&rsquore knee-deep in watching comfy reruns of the Harry Potter movies. Because it&rsquos been a tough year, we want to get you Pandas into the holiday mood. The team here at Bored Panda thinks that the best way to do this is to show off some of the most heartwarming Christmas gifts that surprised people in the best possible way.

Prepare your faces for smiling too wide, get your Christmas stockings ready for all the cheer you&rsquore about to find, and remember to upvote your fave pics. Let us know which pics inspired you the most and we&rsquod love to hear about the best Winter holiday surprise you&rsquove ever gotten or given, too!

Whatever your gift, it&rsquos the intent and the emotions behind it that count. You might get a lonely sock for Christmas, but it can mean the entire world to you if you&rsquore like Dobby the house-elf. Similarly, you might open your stocking to find the brand new tech gadget you&rsquove been eyeing, but it&rsquoll barely mean anything if your Secret Santa only did it because they felt pressured and ran out of options (&lsquoSpirit of Giving&rsquo batteries not included).

Bored Panda was curious to learn about how surprises work on a psychological level and what to do if you feel like nothing can surprise you anymore. So we reached out to Natasha Page, an accredited BACP Integrative Counselor and Psychotherapist, as well as the founder of 'My Little Therapy Box,' a therapeutic resource that helps support people's emotional health. Read on to see what Natasha told us.


Edible Christmas Gift Recipes

Mom's Recipe Scrapbooks (c. 1920s)

Aberdeen Shortbread Rounds

One pound flour, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/2 pound butter, 1/4 pound fruit sugar, 2 teaspoons finely shredded candied orange peel. Mix and beat well together the butter and sugar, add flour gradually, and salt, then orange peel.

Knead well with the hands. Mold into rounds, 1 inch in thickness, and bake in a moderate oven until a golden brown, and well cooked. Decorate with mistletoe and holly by means of white of egg.

Candied Dried Apricots

These apricots are delicious, and their preparation is extremely simple using this edible Christmas gift recipe.

They can be presented in crinkled paper cups of red, yellow, blue, white, brown, and pink design. All placed in a copper bowl that gleams in the light of a flickering Christmas candle.

Wash 2 cups dried apricots and boil in sufficient water to cover until tender, yet firm (about 15 minutes). Put into a colander or wire strainer to drain.

Combine 2 cups sugar, 1 cup water, and 1 teaspoon cream of tartar and bring to a boil. Add the apricots and cook to 218ºF as registered on a candy thermometer, when the syrup sheets off the spoon like jelly. Skim out the fruit and place it upon a rack to drain and dry.

If a rack is not available, stick a toothpick into each piece of fruit and place other end of toothpick into hole of inverted wire strainer. Sprinkle with sugar after drying, or roll in sugar when partly dried.

Gingerbread Animals for the Children

Have Fun Making Homemade Christmas Gingerbread Animals
(Source: ©lMeinyk/Depositphotos)

This easy gingerbread cookie recipe makes a perfect edible Christmas gift recipe, and although its title says "For the Children," adults love getting them too!

Beat 2 cups molasses and 1 cup softened butter in a bowl until well blended. Add 1 cup sour milk. Next stir in 1/4 cup hot water in which 1 level dessertspoon soda has been dissolved.

Add the grated rind of a lemon, a level dessertspoon of ground cloves, ginger to taste, and enough flour to make a stiff dough.

Roll out and cut into shapes of animals. Sometimes tin cutters for this can be bought. Bake and frost with red, pink or white frosting.

Christmas Fondant Candy

Two cups granulated sugar, 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar, 1/2 cup water. Put sugar and cream of tartar into a perfectly smooth saucepan. Stir well and add water. Stir until well mixed and let stand a few minutes until the sugar melts.

Put over a low fire and bring slowly to the boiling point. Watch carefully that sugar does not burn on the bottom of the pan.

Have a pan of cold water close to the pan of syrup. As crystals form on the sides of the pan wipe them off with a piece of cloth dipped in the pan of cold water. Dip frequently into the pan of cold water and swab a few crystals at a time. Continue this until the sides are clear.

Cover and let boil rapidly for two minutes, then remove cover and swab off crystals.

Boil uncovered, until a few drops tried in a saucer of cold water form a soft ball when picked up with fingers. Remove instantly from the fire and put the pan into a larger pan of cold water.

Let stand until cool and beat with a wooden spoon until creamy. When too stiff to stir, turn onto a large platter and knead until soft.

Put into an oiled bowl, cover tightly and let stand twenty-four hours. Then, flavor and use as wanted.

Neapolitan Mints

Flavor and color fondant as liked (see Christmas fondant recipe above), and drop into mint shapes, on parchment paper placed on a board.

When firm, arrange in pairs, one row bottom side up and the other row top side up.

On the lower mint press with bag and tube a small circle of bitter chocolate melted over hot water and made a little heavier by the addition of a small amount of confectioners' sugar.

Quickly place the top mint in position over the bottom one, pressing it slightly to show rim of chocolate between the two mints.

The popular fondant flavors are: Wintergreen, colored pink peppermint, uncolored lime, colored green orange, colored yellow or orange and cassia or cinnamon, deep red.

Your favorite icing may be substituted for chocolate, if preferred.

Chocolate mints are put together with marshmallow paste, which if too soft to go through the bag and tube, is made firm enough by adding confectioners' sugar, and if too stiff, may be thinned with simple syrup.

Edible Christmas Gift Recipe

The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book (1916)

English Gingerbread Cookies

Gingerbread Cookies Make Wonderful Edible Gifts
(Source: ©DmitryPoch/Depositphotos.com)

Here's a delicious Christmas gingerbread recipe by Fannie Merritt Farmer, Principal of the Boston Cooking School.

This edible Christmas gift recipe is easy to make, and gingerbread cookies are always popular during the Holiday Season.

1 pound flour, 1/2 pound butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon ginger, 1 teaspoon salt, molasses.

Mix flour, sugar, ginger, and salt. Work in butter, using tips of fingers, and add just enough molasses to hold ingredients together. Let stand overnight to get thoroughly chilled.

Roll dough very thin, shape, and bake in a moderate (350°F) oven.

The Tradition of Edible Food Gifts

In The Book of Household Management by British cookery author Isabella Beeton, published in 1861, Mrs. Beeton writes:

"It appears to have been the custom formerly, in England, to make New Year's presents with oranges stuck full with cloves. We read in one of Ben Jonson's pieces, The Christmas Masque: 'He has an orange and rosemary, but not a clove to stick in it.'"

It is the season for giving, so why not continue in the old Christmas tradition by making edible gifts for your loved ones? When it's homemade, it's always special.

About Edible Christmas Gift Recipes

Edible Christmas Gift Ideas
(Source: ©Don Bell)

This year, do something completely different and make edible presents for gift giving. Imagine the delight when it's discovered that you made the tasty goodies yourself.

Above are several ideas for popular Christmas gifts you could make for that special person on your list.

Edible gifts are perfect for friends and family who lack either the skill or time to make such things for themselves — boxes of delicious Christmas cookies and candies, a homemade fruitcake baked in a cookie tin, candied apricots wrapped in colorful cellophane, and old time gingerbread men for the young at heart.

Give a special gift this Christmas. Use Grandma's edible Christmas gift recipes to make tempting, old fashioned treats for your loved ones. It's the affordable gift that's ALWAYS appreciated.

An Old Christmas Rhyme

Christmas Is Coming

Christmas is coming,
the geese are getting fat,
Please to put a penny
in an old man's hat

If you haven't got a penny
a ha'penny will do,
If you haven't got a ha'penny,
God bless you.


25+ Homemade Christmas Gifts

Christmas is sneaking upon us once again. It seems to do that every year. Over the years I’ve learned that the best way to have a stress-free Christmas is to plan ahead. Anything I can get done before the busyness starts the better. It’s something I believe in so much I wrote a book about it, A Stress-Free Christmas: A Complete How-To Guide.

One thing I love to do is give homemade gifts. Homemade Christmas gifts are a great way to give a unique gift, often save money, and the gift will be much more meaningful. It’s so much fun to watch someone open a gift that you made them. I know I love receiving homemade gifts as well.

The only issue with DIY Christmas gifts is the time they take to make. I have spent too many Christmases rushing to finish homemade gifts at the last minute, it’s terribly stressful.

Most gifts can be made ahead of time, even a lot of food gifts can be made ahead and frozen. I always plan to make gifts throughout the year but I have to say that didn’t happen this year. Starting now will still help reduce the stress though.

When planning on making homemade gifts also be realistic with your time. You most likely can’t sew quilts for everyone on your list if you start in September. Be sure to consider how much time you really have and how long something will take. Also, remember that homemade gifts can start to get pricey, you don’t want to blow your budget making them. When looking for supplies check out Michaels and Amazon for good deals.

Making time for making gifts is also important. My eBook A Stress-Free Christmas: A Complete How-To Guide can really help with that. It gives you a lot of great information on preparing for Christmas so you can reduce your stress and have a memorable Christmas.

I’ve spent some time looking through Pinterest and some of my favorite blogs for gifts you can start making now. There are some great options on this list and even more on my Pinterest board Everything Christmas.


113 Home Canned Christmas Gift Ideas

I saw this recipe too late last Christmas, but it won’t happen again this year! I’m totally making this, it sounds wonderful! Easy to do with strawberries in season, using frozen cranberries.

This sounds like a fun recipe to make and share! Kiddos are sure to love!

Oh my goodness, this looks absolutely amazing! Forget Christmas, I’m making this now.

I am a HUGE basil fan, and this sounds incredible. So after you get tired of making pesto, use the rest of your basil for this.

Totally awesome stuff, if I do say so myself! Can it and package with some dry pasta!

VERY interested recipe, indeed, and it looks like something I’m going to need to try!

Lord have mercy. For all the men in your life who are difficult to buy for, this is your answer!

This sounds like a wonderful recipe for all the pears I have growing on our property! Warm and comforting, definitely making this one too!

Unique and savory, this would please the “Foodie” on your list this year, for sure!

I just LOVE the taste of fresh peaches and cilantro together! Pair this with a nice bag of tortilla chips and you have a wonderful gift! What a great way to bring back the taste of summer during the holidays!

Who wouldn’t want homemade marinara sauce with a loaf of bread for Christmas. Yum!

Doesn’t this sound fabulous? Sweet and savory combined, what a treat!

Who wouldn’t love this homemade pizza sauce, along with a homemade pizza crust for Christmas?? I know I would! Practical and useful for when you’re exhausted from the holidays!

We all them…those family members who like their food HOT! What a wonderful gift idea!

Once again, a fabulous meal starter for any busy family. Include some pasta and you have a wonderful gift!

What better way to bring back the taste of summer than with a jar of this glorious barbeque sauce? Can’t wait to try it!

Do you have some edible Christmas gift to ideas to share with us? Please post them in the comments!


14 Inexpensive Homemade Gifts That Feel Extra Special

Truly gifted gift-givers know what kind of present is right for each person or situation sometimes, gift card ideas truly are the best option, and sometimes the best hostess gifts actually have nothing to do with hosting. For other gift-giving occasions, there are times when a homemade or DIY gift is best, and Christmas (and the holiday season) tends to be one of those times.

DIY Christmas gifts are great for people with insanely long lists of people to find presents for, or people working with a strict shopping budget for the holidays. Homemade gifts are easy to make in bulk, they offer that personal touch, and they are great activities for the whole family to get involved in. (They make great end-of-semester teacher gifts, too.)

If you want to take the homemade route this holiday season, these ideas for DIY Christmas gifts have all the inspiration you need. They have step-by-step instructions for crafting your custom gift, and some even offer packaging or wrapping suggestions. If you&rsquore a DIY veteran, you&rsquoll likely already have many of the necessary ingredients if this is your first time attempting homemade gifts, you&rsquoll want to be extra careful: Read the full list of ingredients carefully before heading to the store, and look over the instructions to make sure you understand all the steps your project entails before you get started.

If you&rsquore tired of gifting ornaments or the same treat every Christmas, try one of these homemade ideas for something new, creative, and interesting. (These presents can even be great white elephant gift ideas.) By the time you gift these homemade presents, you&rsquoll have a new DIY skill to brag about, and your gift recipients will be begging to know the recipe for themselves. (Sharing your secret is your decision.) Read on, and craft away.


29 Easy Recipes for Delicious Homemade Food Gifts

There are few gifts you can give that are more thoughtful than something you made from scratch&mdashand if it&rsquos edible, even better. The great thing about homemade food gifts is that they&rsquove got mass appeal: A sweet treat is perfect for parents, friends, teachers, and colleagues alike.

Food gifts also check lots off your list at once. You can bake a big batch of biscotti or blondies, drop them in baggies, and seal them with bows in less time than it would take you to find a parking spot at the mall during the holidays. With homemade edible gifts, everyone gets taken care of with minimal money (and elbow grease) spent. Plus, food gifts make great "just because" presents. (You don&rsquot need an excuse to drop some brownies on a neighbor&rsquos porch.)

Whether your loved one likes homemade granola and hot cocoa mix or springs for skillet cookie cake or spice rub, there's a delicious recipe here we know they&rsquoll devour.


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