By Annie of Annies Eats
During the hectic holiday season, it can be so very easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of it all, spending far too much time and money buying gifts for friends, family, coworkers, etc. However, for the vast majority of the recipients on my holiday gifting list, I opt for (usually homemade) food gifts for numerous reasons. For starters, I will gladly stay in the warmth and comfort of my own home and avoid holiday shopping crowds and traffic. Second, the kitchen is my favorite place to be so the more reason I have to be there, the better. Finally, homemade gifts bear that extra special touch that lets the recipient know you put some thought and effort into it.
In addition to all of the above, the beauty of edible gifts is that there is something for almost everyone, even those who might be exceptionally difficult to shop for. After all, who doesn’t love a delicious treat that was packaged with care? Below are five edible gifts for the holidays. There is sure to be something to please everyone on your list!
The Breakfast Club
It’s always a good idea to start your day out with a nice breakfast. Why not help your friends and family do just that with some homemade breakfast treats? For your local recipients, scones are one of the very best options. You can make practically any scone and freeze them without baking. The scones can be baked straight from the freezer at the usual temperature by simply adding a few minutes on to the normal baking time. (Be sure to include baking instructions!) I am always thankful to have them on hand when we have company on short notice. Cranberry, blueberry, and cinnamon roll scones are a few of my favorite flavors. Granola is another great goody to include in any breakfast-themed gift. It also keeps incredibly well, making it ideal for shipping to those long distance loved ones. Cherry chocolate and pumpkin spice are a couple of our favorites.
Winter Evening By the Fire
In the wintertime, there aren’t many things I love more than a cozy evening at home by the fire. Of course, hot cocoa with marshmallows is an absolute requirement. Homemade hot chocolate mix is so easy to make and the resulting cocoa is way better than anything that comes from a store bought package. Take it to the next level by including some beautiful fluffy homemade marshmallows. (They may sound intimidating but they are super easy to make. I promise!) Consider including a couple of mugs perfect for cocoa sipping and a handful of candy canes – they make excellent cocoa stir sticks.
Love holiday cookies and candies but looking for something just a bit more impressive? Candy cane French macarons, vanilla bean caramels with sea salt, and blackberry chocolate truffles are just a few options that definitely pack the “wow” factor. Be sure to use pretty packaging to do your confections justice. (Tip: Think Garnish and Paper Source are two of my favorite sources for cute packaging products.)
Baby, It’s Cold Inside
For true fans, ice cream is a treat to be enjoyed year round, no matter what the temperature outside. As a major ice cream lover myself, I think this would be a stellar themed gift. Cute little jars of homemade vanilla bean caramel sauce, hot fudge sauce and chocolate syrup are guaranteed to be a hit with ice cream lovers in your life. I would also throw in a set of cute ice cream bowls and/or an ice cream scoop. Of course, these sauces would go well with many desserts other than ice cream, so this is a good choice for any sweet tooth in your life.
Cheese and Vino
If you’re running too short on time to create a homemade edible gift, never fear! One of the very best edible gift options (in my opinion) is an assortment of good cheeses and a bottle or two of wine. Include some crackers, nuts, and/or good quality jams to compliment the cheeses, or include a cheese serving board and knives. If you would prefer a pre-curated option, Grafton Village Cheese Co. has many delectable options to choose from.
I hope these food gift ideas help simplify your holiday preparations. Enjoy the season!
Meet the Author
Hi! Im Annie, the author-baker-cook-photographer behind Annies Eats. I’m a self-taught home cook who adores cooking, baking and entertaining for my family and friends. By day I am a resident physician living and working in Indianapolis, Indiana. I live with my wonderful husband-taste tester-dishwasher Ben, and our two precious children Andrew and Caroline. I love sharing recipes and other kitchen tips on my blog. My goal is to help readers discover the joy of being in the kitchen and become more confident in their culinary skills.