Food gifts are my absolute favorite gifts to give and receive during Christmas. They are thoughtful, they are delicious, and maybe my favorite part of all—they don’t add any clutter to my house! I’ve never met someone who doesn’t appreciate a handmade tasty treat.
Christmas food gifts are wonderful if your budget is tight (many of the items on this list can be made for a dollar or less per gift), if you’re looking to avoid the pressure-filled rush of Christmas shopping, or if you’re just looking to add a little more simplicity to your holiday gifting. Many of these gifts are simple enough for even small children to help make. I’m sure you’ll find the perfect treat for your mail carrier, teacher, friend, or loved one on this list.
How do you package Christmas food gifts?
The best way to package food gifts depends entirely on what gift you are giving. Personally, I prefer to gift in reusable containers—think canning jars, swing-top bottles, or food storage jars. Not only is it a beautiful, safe, and sturdy way to store your handmade goodies, but it also gives your giftee something they can reuse later. You can also upcycle jars and containers from the recycling—pasta sauce jars are great!
Cookie tins are also a great option for packaging if you’re worried about mailing or transporting glass. Most supermarkets and big box stores carry cookie tins either with their holiday baking supplies or holiday wrapping supplies.
What can you make for Christmas food gifts?
We have so many great ideas for you to check out—I’m sure you’ll find just the right DIY gift here for your budget, your skills, and your loved ones! Full recipes and details are available if you click on each item. Happy holidays!
45+ Thoughtful and Easy DIY Christmas Food Gifts
Give the gift of gourmet treats this Christmas with our list of homemade food gifts! DIY these incredible, edible gifts for the foodie in your life.
This Homemade Golden Milk Mix could also be called “Sweet and Spicy Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Latte,” but that doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. Make the mix ahead of time to make easy lattes at the drop of a hat.
Sweet, citrusy, and a little bit boozy, Homemade Limoncello is a real treat for any cocktail lover. You’ll be amazed at how simple it is to make at home. Bottle it up for an impressive gourmet food gift!
Our homemade vanilla extract recipe will give you a bold, rich vanilla flavor in all of your baked goods! You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to whip up a batch as a thoughtful gift for the foodie in your life.
Easy Saltine Cracker Toffee is SO much easier to make than you'd ever believe, and it's the most delicious sweet-salty treat! This quick & easy how-to guide shows you how to make your own with basic ingredients.
Treat your loved ones (or yourself!) to something sweet this holiday season with a batch of our homemade Healthy Edible Cookie Dough! It’s eggless, gluten-free, vegan, and paleo, and just a spoonful will satisfy your sweet tooth. Wrap it up in an adorable gift set for an easy homemade holiday gift!
Maple Rosemary Bar Nuts pull double duty as both the perfect holiday snack and an easy food gift. They are a little salty, a little sweet, a little savory, and totally easy to make. Package them up in a beautiful upcycled bowl or jar for an easy hostess gift.
You can’t beat the spicy, layered flavor of homemade hot sauce. It’s a fun kitchen experiment that you can completely customize—make it mild or make it hot as can be! Then bottle it up using our free labels to give away as thoughtful, handmade Christmas food gifts.
Give the gift of holiday baking! This M&M Cookie Mix in a Jar is an easy edible Christmas gift—each mix is ready in minutes and costs just a few dollars to make. The resulting cookies are chewy, tender, and perfectly festive!
The classic flavor combo is pulled together beautifully in this recipe for Strawberry Rhubarb Jam. This water bath canned recipe is a great place to start if you’re new to canning. And you can use fresh or frozen fruit!
These sea salt honey caramels are smooth, buttery, chewy, and just a teeny bit salty, with a simplicity that is hard to beat. Wrap them up in wax paper and package them in a canning jar for an adorable food gift.
Cassie is a holistic nutritionist, cookbook author, and all-around food lover. She grew up cooking dinner with her parents every evening, and her passion for home cooking has been strong ever since. Cassie is the author of two published cookbooks (Cooking with Greek Yogurt and Chia, Quinoa, Kale, Oh My!) and dozens of recipes published in major magazines and newspapers. Cassie has been sharing her award-winning recipes on Wholefully since 2010. She loves dark chocolate, homegrown tomatoes, motorsports, and anything that sparkles. She lives in Indiana with her family on a small homestead.
What lovely gift giving ideas, especially for those people that get out to shop. I am in a wheelchair, so this is perfect for me. Thank you, Merry Christmas, Suzy
Thank you, Suzy, for taking the time to let us know this was helpful for you! We really appreciate it. We hope you find lots of gift ideas that you (and the lucky folks receiving them) will love!