Homemade Christmas Food Gift Ideas

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jar with Christmas gift label

Homemade Christmas food gifts are an ideal gift solution for those on your list who have everything they need. A homemade food item is always welcomed and appreciated, especially by those who have busy lives. Offer tasty sweets, desserts, breads, complete casseroles, or snacks, depending on your recipe arsenal and number of gifts on your list.

Food With Keepsake Packaging

Let your tastebuds guide you in your choices of recipes and create two gifts in one by giving it with a keepsake container. Tape a free customizable and printable label to your food gifts like the one above or to the right using Adobe and your gifts are sure to be welcomed with open arms and empty stomachs!

Candy and Cookies

Kids and adults of all ages love Christmas cookies and candy. This kind of food gift is always a big hit.

Ideas

Packaging Options

Line tins and jars with food-safe Christmas tissue paper. Be sure to include recipe cards with the ingredients and instructions for your goodies. Consider these great ways to package your culinary delights:

  • A striped glass candy dish with lid that's mouth-blown and hand-painted will look lovely long after the treats are eaten.

  • A retro-style Snowman cookie jar that's hand-painted will make your cookies all the more special.
  • A ceramic Santa plate is perfect for passing along any of your candies or cookies.

Holiday Cake

holiday cake gift

Create your favorite holiday cake and gift it with a beautiful cake pedestal and dome cover.

Cakes to Make

Your favorite cake might be a German almond or a spin the classic fruit cake. Other cakes perfect to bake and give at the holidays include:

  • Candy cane cake - The minty flavor and red and white coloring make this an instant favorite.
  • Yule log - The Yule log is a traditional rolled cake with a few festive decorations.
  • Red velvet - The red layers are cheerful for the holidays.

Packaging Options

  • A cake pedestal with a cover
  • Dailyware's glass 6-in-1 footed cake dome is not only a domed cake pedestal and cake plate, but also a punch bowl, covered crudité with dip server, hors d'oeuvres plate with dip bowl, and salad bowl with room for vegetables underneath.

Bread

With modern bread machines, it's easier than ever to create delicious artisan breads, or you can bake your favorite recipe.

Breads to Bake

Create a memorable using your favorite recipe such as banana nut, coffee bread, or low calorie whole wheat bread. Consider making a rustic old style bread, too.

Packaging Ideas

christmas wrapped bread

While you can purchase holiday cello bags for wrapping your bread, consider making it a little more special. Double gift your bread with a bread box or bread cutting board:

  • Give an enamel bread bin with your bread that can be used year-round.
  • Give a stainless steel bread box with rollback lid with the homemade bread.
  • Wrap the bread in cellophane on a 12" x 5" wooden bread board with knife slot.

Christmas Food Gifts for a Family

If your list includes busy working couples or parents, consider giving food gifts everyone will enjoy.

Casseroles

Christmas casserole

Try preparing a week's worth of frozen casseroles using some of your favorite casserole recipes to help them spend more time together as a family and less time slaving away in the be kitchen.

Be sure to include casseroles the kids will love, such as hamburger mashed potato casserole and turkey casseroles. Make the gift even more appealing by including paper plates, plastic cups and plastic silverware to eliminate the need for after dinner cleanup!

Snacks

If casseroles aren't your thing, then focus on creating some family snacks that you can place in large metal or plastic tubs. Popcorn is always a hit. You can pre-pop several bags and then create a basket to include individual microwave popcorn. Other snacks great for family movie night include chocolate and peanut butter cereal party mix or Chex party mix. Give the snacks in festive holiday containers.

Homemade Food Treat of the Month

If you're looking for a gift that's a bit out of the ordinary, consider creating your own "treat of the month" club for the gift recipient. This is a wonderful present for anyone, especially elderly relatives who may find it difficult to do their own cooking and baking. Follow these steps to create your monthly treat gift:

  1. Decide what to give. This might include homemade bread, cookies, jam, homemade Christmas jar mixes for cookies or soup, or even frozen casseroles - whatever items you know the recipient would enjoy.
  2. Using free Christmas clip art and your computer's word processing or graphics program, make up a certificate that entitles the recipient to one year of homemade food gifts.
  3. Set a specific delivery day, such as the first day of the month.
  4. Wrap each delivery, starting with Christmas, in pretty cellophane tied with a ribbon bow. Include a copy of the recipe for the recipient.

Giving Your Food Gift

Any homemade gift is a gift from the heart and sure to please the recipient. Be sure that you know if the person has any food allergies, strong dislikes, or other food sensitives. Finding out what is the person's favorite foods will make your gift more endearing.

Homemade Christmas Food Gift Ideas