51 DIY Food Gifts Way Sweeter Than Store-Bought
Roasted Red Pepper Soup in a Jar
Little is cozier come fall and winter than a steaming bowl of soup. Share one of the most soul-warming homemade edible gift ideas: heat-and-eat soup mix! This red pepper soup recipe is gluten-free, fat-free, and low in calories (yet still full of flavor), so it's ideal for gifting. Package with a spoon for easy enjoyment.
Leave the packaged crackers on the shelf. These easy cheddar crackers can be ready to wrap in less than an hour—and are possible to prep up to a week in advance. From a snack for the kids to a classy cheese board addition, these crackers are among the post crowd-pleasing food gifts available.
Toasted Seasoning Salt
Did you know that toasting salt in a skillet imparts a smoky flavor? Whip up a big batch of these savory seasoning blends and give them to the meat-lovers in your life to season their steaks. Vegetarians can toss this no-cook food gift with popcorn, nuts, or roasted chickpeas.
Spiced Bourbon Cherries
Our spicy-sweet candied ginger is a great food gift. Also known as crystallized ginger, this easy homemade Christmas treat makes a tasty addition to cookies, cakes, chocolate barks, and more. Suggest stirring it into tea, too!
This unique food gift is actually three presents in one! Create a pack of jars or bottles so your friends and family can season sour cream or plain Greek yogurt three tasty ways: Bloody Mary (tomato, celery, salt), Mediterranean (oregano, cumin, lemon), and Pesto (pine nuts, basil, garlic).
Individual Brownie Cheesecakes in Jars
Combine the best of both worlds with adorable snowman desserts that feature both brownies and cheesecake! Screw lids onto baked and cooled cheesecake jars. Cut off the toe end from one baby sock and wrap the cut end with a length of twine. Glue tiny pom-poms to the twine ends. Slide sock hat over top of the jar lid, then dress up with pom-poms and ribbon. Too cool!
A tasty pancake kit can make a surprisingly thoughtful and creative Christmas gift. Package together purchased or homemade pancake mix (see the link below for out buttermilk blend), a container of milk, pure maple syrup, and fresh fruit. Make identifying tags from twine and cardstock; an unused guest check transforms into an adorable recipe instructions sheet.
Christmas Macaroon Mix
Candied cherries and orange peel spice up our coconut macaroons; pretty embellishments decorate their packaging. Place the disk lid on top of the filled jar, then place a scrapbooking paper circle on top and secure with the rim lid. Lastly, twist a white pipe cleaner on each end of a red pipe cleaner to complete this cookie food gift.
Pecan Pie Slabs
Reindeer Hot Chocolate Mix
Cute for kids and grown ups alike, this hot chocolate mix makes the perfect last-minute homemade edible gift. It calls for only five ingredients and can be made in 15 minutes flat. Instruct recipients to mix with water and voila: A hug in a mug!
Cookie Decorating Kit
A cookie decorating kit is the perfect food gift for a family to use together on Christmas Eve. What a sweet way to welcome Santa! Make a batch of our classic cutout cookies, and package them with sprinkles and frosting. Print our cheery labels for a sweet holiday food gift!
Dark Chocolate Candy Bark
A candy-lover will chow down on this rich chocolate bark. Customize the recipe for your loved one by using their favorite candy bar in the filling. Finish off this sweet food gift with our adorable pup silhouette and lid liner.
Spiced Apple Tea Mix
Pizza Night Kit
Triple-Pepper Hot Sauce
Spice up your (er, their) life! Three kinds of chile peppers make this hot sauce a perfect food gift for the daredevil diners in your circle. Print our custom labels and tie mild dried chiles to the bottles to hint at the heat inside.
Savory Herb Salt Rub
A master griller will love our herb-infused custom salt rub, and it's a cinch to make. Package the seasoning mixture in glass bottles, then glue twine in a spiral for a cool top. Wrap burlap and our label around each bottle for a custom finish.
Delight all the chocoholics with a batch of decadent truffles. Plastic boxes, candy cups, and festive fabric are all you need to package these luscious treats. It's really all about the decadent milk chocolate-covered truffles inside, anyway.
Cinnamon Roll Twists
Great for a post-holiday breakfast, this wholesome cinnamon roll recipe features moist potato dough, a spiced cherry-and-pecan filling, and a luxurious cream cheese icing. Bake the twist in a disposable foil pan, then add the lid and color to your gift with a wide, festive ribbon.
Delight a foodie friend with these delicate lavender cookies. We made cookie sandwiches for easy packing, but you also can spoon the sweet sugar frosting on top. To wrap the cookies, stack them in a paper-lined roll of corrugated cardboard. Place a round of cork at each end and tightly tie the tube with ribbon.
Apple-Berry Pie in a Jar
We're starry-eyed about these sweet mini pies taste as good as they look! Bake the pie in a1-cup, wide-mouth canning jar ($10, Ace Hardware), then place the cooled pie in a pint-size wooden berry basket. Wrap the basket with red yarn and add a personalized label to complete the all-American food gift.
Spicy Lime Pistachio Nuts
Pistachios lend seasonal green color to this nut mix, but you could easily sub in almonds or cashews. To package, layer two muffin liners to make a sturdy container and add your favorite nut mix. Punch circles from cardstock. Fold down the flaps of the liners to cover the mix, then use a dab of hot glue to seal with a cardstock circle.
Take their taste buds on an International tour with this flaky pastry treat. Baklava makes the perfect food gift because it offers a unique twist on the concept of Christmas cookies. Package the baklava triangles in a holiday tin topped with a magnetic clip and a note from you.
Peanut Butter-Toffee Bars
Individually wrapped in pretty paper and tied with a bit of string, these decadent bars make small but perfect last-minute gifts. Your loved ones will go nuts about the crunchy, salty topping. (Oh yes, and the layer of peanut butter-infused chocolate, too.)
Double-dipped chocolate and vanilla pretzels are a salty-and-sweet food gift that anyone will love. For the packaging, glue scrapbook paper around a potato chip can. Adhere a homemade label to the can using glue, then wrap the can with twine.
Oatmeal Jam Bars
Surprise your loved ones with a box of luscious berry jam bars. The buttery cream cheese crumble on top will have them clamoring for the recipe. To package the bars, line a gift box with waxed paper and glue ribbon to the top of the box. Write with chalk on a cardstock tag to finish the gift.
Cinnamon and Fruit Cookies
Gift this classic childhood favorite with a grown-up twist for the holidays. A bold dose of cinnamon and dried fruit adds some sophisticated flavor to oatmeal cookies. To package, line a small burlap gift bag with brown parchment paper. Tie the filled bag with ribbon and add a tag.
Petite Peppermint Petits Fours
Caramel-Apple Bread Pudding
Individual-size bread puddings are a great hostess gift. Each cup is filled with a fluffy mixture of cinnamon bread and apples; homemade caramel sauce in a mini jam jar adds a decadent drizzle. Package the servings in a disposable foil muffin pan with a lid, and decorate the top of the muffin pan with paper circles and scrapbook stickers.
Herbed Nuts in Honey
Balance the sweetness of honey with salty mixed nuts, black pepper, and fresh marjoram. We love this sauce on ice cream. It'll last up to one month in the fridge.
Hazelnut Rocky Road Brownie Mix
Our homemade brownie mix in a jar recipe features rich cocoa powder, gooey marshmallows, and a layer of crunchy hazelnuts. Pour the ingredients into the jar one by one, and then decorate it for the season. (We used velvet stickers to jazz up the sides.) For the flower topper, layer a paper tag, a vintage foil flower, and a large button; adhere them together with a few dabs of hot glue.
Sweet Cherry Truffles
A light dusting of powdered sugar, cocoa powder, and nuts completes these decadent truffles. Made with rich chocolate and whipping cream, the outside is just as good as the juicy cherry center. Package these treats using small paper candy cups and a gift box tied with festive ribbon.
Heading to a friend's home for dinner? You'll nearly guarantee a return invite if you leave breakfast behind as a thank you. Fill a food gift basket with homemade pancake mix, granola, coffee, and jam. Finish it off with fresh fruit and a bouquet of flowers.
Vanilla Bean Liqueur
For a make-ahead Christmas food gift your friends will love, combine vodka, sugar, and vanilla beans, then store for a month in a cool, dark place. Copy your favorite drink recipe onto a cute card and attach it to this luscious liqueur for a personal touch.
Butterscotch Brownies and Deep Chocolate Brownies
Light-as-air homemade marshmallows are a treat to give—recipients can add them to hot cocoa on a chilly night or to ooey-gooey s'mores. Wrap the marshmallows in a cellophane bag topped with a small chalkboard gift tag (available at crafts or hobby stores).
Egg-and-Bacon Breakfast Casserole
Here's one food gift that's a meal and a kitchen gift in one! A savory bacon-and-egg casserole goes mobile in a baking dish the recipients will love to add to their stash. Wrap the dish with a festive holiday towel and ribbon, and tie on wooden utensils.
Chocolate Candy Bark
Customize tempered chocolate with your favorite candies (we love the salty-and-sweet combo of pretzels and peppermint). To package, cut a circle just smaller than the jar lid from about 25 layers of holiday-color tissue paper. Use a double-threaded needle to make one stitch in the center of the stack; knot. Snip around the circle at regular intervals. Pull the tissue-paper petal shapes up and toward the center and use a glue dot to adhere the flower to the jar lid.
Simply Sweet Pomegranate Syrup
Drizzle this tangy syrup over pound cake or ice cream, or add a dash to cocktails. To package, wrap washi tape around the top or bottom of an apothecary bottle for a quick embellishment. Tie a gift tag to the neck of the bottle with twine.
Chocolate-Cherry Banana Bread
Standard banana bread gets dressed up for the holidays with cocoa and amaretto-soaked cherries. To package, bake the bread in a wooden basket. When cool, slip it inside a clear bread bag. Wrap the bread with red velvet ribbon and secure with hot glue. Use a thin-tip permanent marker to write on a wooden tag, and tie the tag to the package with hemp twine.
Peppered Orange Gingerbread Cutouts
Orange peel and a bit of pepper join the spice mix in classic gingerbread for amped-up flavor. To package, cut scrapbook paper to fit the interior of a petal envelope and adhere using double-stick tape. Use glue dots to attach buttons to the flap, a half inch from the opposite fold. Wrap twine in a figure eight around the buttons to close.
Cook chocolate pieces and chocolate-hazelnut spread with evaporated milk and sugar for 8 minutes, stirring frequently, and this rich dessert sauce is done! Pour it in a glass jar and refrigerate until serving or until you're ready to give it as a food gift to your friend with the biggest sweet tooth.
Cranberry-and-Pepper Shortbread Bites
Peppercorns give these buttery sweet treats an unexpected bite. To package, cut scrapbook paper to fit the box lid and secure with double-stick tape. Layer two ribbons of different widths in a band around the closed box and hot-glue them in place. Dip the stems of punched leaf shapes in hot glue and press onto the ends of hemp twine; knot around the box on top of the ribbon.
Everything Cracker Crisps
This snack is for the bagel-lovers out there. We've borrowed the savory flavors of everything bagels and transformed them into a crisp cracker. Share in a reusable glass jar to show off how nicely spiced the savory crackers are.
Chicken Noodle-and-Vegetable Soup
Chunky Cranberry Relish
Cinnamon and orange zest add pizzazz to this delicious relish, which can be made up to a week in advance. Decorative jars, topped with a cute wooden spoon and personalized note, make ideal packaging. Gift it around Thanksgiving—or any time of year!
Roasted Spiced Almonds
Simple metal tins look cheerful when dressed up with leftover wrapping paper or bold grosgrain ribbon. A handwritten tag under the ribbon lets recipients know what delightful treat is nestled inside: pumpkin pie-spiced nuts. What a thoughtful gift for all the pumpkin spice latte fans!
Marinated Feta and Olives
We're going Greek with this DIY food gift idea! It's a ready-to-devour appetizer of feta cubes, Kalamata olives, green olives, roasted peppers, and onion wedges marinated in an herb vinaigrette. A piece of scrap fabric dresses up screw-top jars, which are personalized with a homemade label.
Sweet Maple Mustard
Want to give a gourmet food gift but short on time? This easy maple mustard is a snap to make, thanks to a microwave cooking technique. Suggest the recipient tries it with soft pretzels or on sandwiches.
Give the gift of homemade ketchup. It's great on pretty much anything, including hot dogs, burgers, and chicken strips! This version is spiced with clove and cinnamon.