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10 DIY Food Gifts for the Holidays

It’s December and that means that most everyone is feeling a little crafty, thanks to Pinterest and the plethora of blogs and recipe sites.

Don't opt for taking the easy way out and buying a scarf or a gift certificate for your friends and family. Instead, show your love and appreciation and make a few holiday gifts. Whether you’re making hot fudge sauce for your co-workers, or bacon jam for your best friend, there’s surely something that everyone will enjoy. Nothing is more personal or savored than something from the kitchen.

Here are some of the easiest – and yummiest – DIY food gifts for the season. Share the love with these festive ideas:

Candy Cane Snack Mix

Candy Cane Snack Mix

This delicious snack mix is festive and pretty. Sweet, salty and minty. What's not to love? Pack it in glass jars or clear cellophane bags to properly show off the candy cane sprinkles.

Spicy Three-Bean Soup Mix

Spicy Three Bean Soup Mix

Go against the grain and gift something that's not sweet or chocolately. This healthy three-bean soup is a spicy mix that will make it easy on the reciepient to figure out what's for dinner at least once during this busy holiday month. Try packaging in a rustic glass jar and tying with a raffia ribbon.

Hot Fudge Sauce

Hot Fudge Sauce

Appeal to everyone's inner child and gift them with jars of homemade hot fudge sauce. Your co-workers will love you. Remember, a little goes a long way, so opt for decorative 8-ounce jars.

Carmelized Ginger Pears

Caramelized Ginger Pears

Try this sauce over brie for an instant appetizer, or pour it over ice cream for an easy dessert. The golden glow makes for a particularly festive appearance.

Toasted Coconut Marshmallows

Toasted Coconut Marshmallows

Drop these toasted coconut marshmallows into a mug of hot cocoa, or use them to top a pan of hot brownies and you'll hear instant oooh's and aaah's. There's nothing better than homemade marshmallows.

Boozy Bacon Jam

Boozy Bacon Jam

Did someone say bacon jam? Why yes, yes they did. This bourbon-infused jam is perfect for crostini appetizers, or smeared onto quesadillas, or used as a sandwich spread. It's the essence of decadent bacon goodness.

Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Hot Chocolate on a Stick

What's better than hot chocolate? Hot chocolate on a stick. This food gift is cute and quirky and is perfect to stash in stockings or tie onto packages as an extra something special.

Homemade Harissa

Homemade Harissa

Ideal for the vegetarians and vegans on your gift list. And anyone who adores ethnic food. This spicy North African staple is awesome in pasta, soups, stews and vegetable casseroles.

Hot Chocolate Truffles

Hot Chocolate Truffles

Making hot chocolate is easy with these truffles. Heat up a cup of milk, drop in a truffle and, wa-la, instant cocoa that's anything but basic.

Infused Vodkas

Infused Vodkas

Go for something unique and infuse vodka and package it in vintage bottles for a memorable cocktail. Consider cucumber-lime infused vodka, hibiscus-infused vodka, or horseradish-infused vodka.

 

Whatever homemade food gift you choose to give, it will leave a lasting impression because it came from your kitchen. Browse websites and Pinterest to come up with even more great ideas this season.

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