Make the holiday season even sweeter by whipping up our homemade Christmas food gifts. Whether sweet Christmas cookie gifts or savory Christmas food gift baskets, these edible and perfectly packaged presents are almost too cute to eat. Because you know what they say: The way to someone's heart is through his or her stomach.
Here's a cute-as-can-be food gift that will wow your neighbors in the country.
These lovely loaves take gingerbread cookies to the next level. Dress up the pans with a strip of parchment paper, tinsel, and vintage ornaments.
You don’t need to don a red suit to surprise a friend or family member with this sweet-yet-simple sheet cake (which starts with a mix!).
Everyone's favorite breakfast treat just got even merrier. Tuck them into a large square kraft box and tie with mini ticking stripe ribbon.
If the gingerbread flavor combined with creamy texture doesn't win over your loved ones, the crunchy pecan-graham crust will! Pack and transport in bakery boxes.
Who'd have thought ice cream would make such a great gift? Just be sure to keep cold! Pack up scoops in pints adorned with red-and-white ribbon.
This fun food gift starts with refrigerated ready-made sugar cookie dough, so it's even easier to whip up.
A cinch to make using a sectioned mold and chocolate melts, these candy bars only look professional—especially when wrapped in gorgeous papers and . (Formatted to fit an 8½''W x 11''L sheet of sticker paper.)
The most basic of seasonings turns truly gift-worthy when you incorporate wild mushrooms, ancho chilies, or garam masala—then arrange it all in adorable jars sporting . A sleek metal tin completes the set. (Labels formatted to fit an 8½''W x 11''L sheet of sticker paper.) Shred old newspapers or book pages for inexpensive, earth-friendly packing materials.
This trio of slice-and-bake crisps gets its cheesy richness from Parmesan, Gouda, and Cheddar. A divided wooden box delivers ready-to-serve ease.
Displayed in a clear-topped checkerboard box, bite-size shortbread cookies—dipped in fruity glazes, chopped nuts, and citrus zest—pass for tiny works of art. Bonus: The sturdy container can later hold other petite treasures like jewelry or sewing notions.
Decidedly mature flavors, including coffee and lavender, lend these melt-in-your-mouth delicacies a sophisticated profile. Show them to their best advantage in a simple glassine bag, tied with a length of dapper ribbon.
Brown sugar complements tangy cranberries and apricots in this super-addictive cereal mix.
These popcorn treats look impressive but are oh-so-easy to make.
Who wouldn't light up after receiving a box of these brilliant "bulbs"?
Skip the same-old tin and give cookies in a festive (airtight!) jar instead.
Step 1: Use a fine-tipped brush to paint small white dots on the outside of a glass jar.
Step 2: Fill bottom of jar with snowball cookies (click here for recipe). Place small plastic trinkets inside for a snow globe-inspired vignette.
Step 3: Tie gift tag to jar with ribbon.
Gingerbread houses are some of the first signs that Christmas is approaching, and DIY building kits makes a tasty and creative gift for any child (or child at heart).
If you really want to boost someone's holiday spirits, steep vodka with tangy hibiscus, refreshing cucumber and lime, or zesty horseradish. Decant your handiwork in beautiful bottles that cost about a buck apiece.
Transform store-bought honey with an aromatic sprig and (formatted to fit an ).
Whip up a batch of homemade cupcakes, and decorate them with festive Christmas candy.
One tasty recipe yields four very different kinds of Christmas cookies: Roly Polys, Jam Thumbprints, Red-and-Whites, and Raspberry Bars. Each batch in this package is a little different to satisfy all the right sweet spots.
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These buttery delights are cute as, well, you know. Gather a stack together by threading ribbon through the buttonholes, and present the cookies in a perfectly sized papier-mâché box with a snowflake stenciled on the lid.