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45+ Thoughtful and Easy DIY Christmas Food Gift Ideas

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Give the gift of gourmet treats this Christmas with our list of homemade food gifts! We have tons of easy, affordable, and thoughtful DIY edible gift ideas to make for the foodie in your life.

Consumable, edible 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.

Food gifts are wonderful if your Christmas 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 edible 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!

A labeled jar filled with golden milk mix sits in front of a bowl of spices.

Homemade Golden Milk Mix →

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.

Two jars of Barbecue Spice Rub

All-Purpose Barbecue Spice Rub→

This Barbecue Spice Rub is easy to throw together and adds wonderful flavor to everything. It makes a perfect gift for people who love to cook or grill!

Soup Mixes in a Jar

Soup Mixes in a Jar→

These homemade canning jar soup mixes are the perfect frugal Christmas food gifts! We have six different flavors for everyone on your list.

Whole Wheat Cranberry Orange Muffin Mix

Whole Wheat Cranberry Muffin Mix→

This muffin mix is simply packaged in a small brown paper bag for easy and affordable gifting. It’s a fun change of pace from all the dessert gifts folks get around the holidays!

Spicy Black Bean Soup in a Jar

Spicy Black Bean Soup in a Jar→

Gifting a jar of this family-size soup mix is giving the gift of coziness! This spicy, flavorful soup mix costs just pennies to make.

Peppermint Bark→

This classic, festive chocolate bark is a must-make each holiday season in our house! Package it up for festive gifts.

No Bake Clementine and Clove Macaroons

No-Bake Clementine and Clove Macaroons→

These No-Bake Clementine and Clove Macaroons are sweet, decadent, and incredibly festive. They are made with all-natural ingredients that nourish your body and soul!

Cranberry Pistachio Bark

Cranberry Pistachio Bark→

This beautiful and festive Cranberry Pistachio Bark is a perfect handmade gift to give to your loved ones (they don’t have to know how easy it was to make!).

A full and labeled bottle of Homemade Limoncello lies on a white kitchen towel among lemons and other filled bottles.

Homemade Limoncello→

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. Make it for yourself or bottle it up for an impressive gourmet food gift!

A bottle of homemade vanilla extract is labeled and wrapped in baker's twine.

Homemade Vanilla Extract→

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 for yourself or as a thoughtful gift for the foodie in your life.

Gooey Chocolate Candy Cane Butter Cookies

Chocolate Candy Cane Gooey Butter Cookies→

Part cookie, part fudge, Chocolate Candy Cane Gooey Butter Cookies are a rich and decadent way to celebrate the holidays.

Dark Chocolate Almond and Blueberry Clusters→

These Dark Chocolate Almond and Blueberry Clusters are the simplest of all candies to make. These healthier clusters use all-natural ingredients, making them a great gift for the health nut in your life.

A small jar with a red lid and "Edible Cookie Dough" label is filled with chocolate chip cookie dough. A silver holiday-themed spoon is tied to the jar with red and white baker's twine.

Edible Cookie Dough→

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!

White bowl full of Maple Rosemary Bar Nuts, with sprigs of rosemary nearby

Maple Rosemary Bar Nuts→

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.

Stack of Pumpkin Spice Dark Chocolate Nut Butter Cups arranged on a white plate. One of the cups is cut in half to show the filling.

Pumpkin Spice Dark Chocolate Nut Butter Cups→

Pumpkin Spice Dark Chocolate Nut Butter Cups are a breeze to make, and the perfect entry point into candy making. They also work well as a rich and comforting gift!

A glass jar filled with loose leaf is tied to a tea ball with baker's twine. The jar is surrounded by spices.

DIY Chai Tea Sets→

Give the gift of a hot cup of tea with this Homemade Chai Tea! Package it up in tea bags or with a tea ball for an easy (and affordable) gift set for the tea lovers in your life.

Two bottles of labeled hot sauce sit on a counter. One of the bottles is open.

Homemade Hot Sauce→

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.

A mason jar filled with even layers of dry ingredients for cookie mix in a jar, topped with fabric, a baking instructions tag, and baker's twine.

M&M Cookie Mix in a Jar→

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!

Homemade Margarita Mix

Homemade Margarita Mix→

Package up a bottle of our homemade margarita mix with a bottle of tequila for the margarita lover in your life. This margarita mix uses all-natural ingredients and makes for one tasty cocktail!
Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies→

Soft, chewy, sweet, and chocolatey, these cookies use a secret ingredient to help make them the best ever chocolate chip cookies! You can’t go wrong gifting a holiday classic.

Sriracha Almond, Bacon, and Sharp Cheddar Scones

Almond, Bacon, and Cheddar Scones→

Stray from the onslaught of holiday desserts and instead give the gift of a savory breakfast with these salty and cheesy scones.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam

Strawberry Rhubarb Jam→

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!

Smokehouse Cheddar Cheese Straws

Smokehouse Cheddar Cheese Straws→

These savory Cheddar Cheese Straws are made even tastier with a crunchy smokehouse almond coating. Package them up as a savory gift!

Side angle shot of Homestyle Corn Relish in glass mason jars, ready for canning

Homestyle Corn Relish→

Preserve the taste of summer with this delicious and versatile corn relish! It’s a perfect canning recipe for beginners.

Sea Salt Honey Caramels→

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.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola→

Yes, you can give the gift of granola! This Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Granola comes together in a flash and makes a big, chunky granola that is perfect for snacking.

Chewy Lemon Snowdrop Cookies

Chewy Lemon Snowdrop Cookies→

Chewy Lemon Snowdrop Cookies are perfect little pillows of chewy lemonness. They look unassuming, but might be the best cookies ever made. Give these cookies to the lemon-lover in your life.

Copycat Mesquite Grill Seasoning

Mesquite Grill Seasoning→

This Mesquite Seasoning copycat recipe is a great gift for your favorite griller. Package this up with some grilling tools for a great themed gift.

Bourbon-Vanilla Bean Apple Pie Filling

Bourbon Vanilla Bean Apple Pie Filling→

Give the gift of pie with this canned bourbon-vanilla bean apple pie filling! Each quart makes one pie, or you can use it as a topping for waffles or ice cream.

Whole Grain Pancake Mix - Packaged

Whole Grain Pancake Mix→

Having this Whole Grain Pancake Mix on hand makes whipping up delicious, healthy pancakes a snap! You may want to double the recipe so you have plenty for gifting and some to keep for yourself.

Still looking for more ideas for Christmas food gifts? Try out some of these from our friends:

  • Orange-Cranberry Quick Bread from Bless This Mess: A loaf of fresh-baked quick bread is always appreciated around the holidays! Wrap it up in a clear cellophane bag with a beautiful ribbon for a perfect, thoughtful food gift.
  • Maple Roasted Pecans from Fit Foodie Finds: These sweet pecans make a delicious topper for salads or a great sweet and salty snack! Package them in a canning jar for a wonderful hostess gift.
  • Sweet and Spicy Nut Mix from Ambitious Kitchen: This nut mix combines maple syrup and cayenne pepper to give an addictive sweet and spicy flavor profile.
  • Moroccan Lentil Soup in a Jar from The Healthy Maven: Just add water and stock to this soup in a jar and you have a spiced, flavorful vegetarian soup!
  • DIY Creamsicle Marshmallows with Spicy Hot Cocoa Mix from Savvy Eats: Homemade marshmallows are a fun gift to make at home! Combine them with this gourmet cocoa mix for a truly special food gift.
  • Herb Salt or Vinegar from Cotter Crunch: Don’t put away the fresh herbs yet! Infuse them into salt or vinegar for the perfect DIY gift for the cook on your list.
  • Chai-Infused Sugar from Savvy Eats: This classic chai sugar is a great ingredient for tea-lovers and bakers! It’s a breeze to make and looks beautiful, too.
  • Herb-Infused Honey from a Spicy Perspective: Infuse your favorite herbs into honey for a truly special way to sweeten tea!
  • Chocolate-Covered Espresso Beans from Unsophisticook: Give the gift of an energy boost with these chocolate espresso beans!
  • Chestnut Butter from Cooking on the Weekends: This super unique homemade food gift only requires three ingredients to make!
  • Bacon Nut Brittle from Running to the Kitchen: Part savory snack, part delicious dessert, this Bacon Nut Brittle is the perfect gift for the bacon lover in your life.
  • Infused Vodka from My Baking Addiction: Infused vodka is beautiful, easy-to-make, and a great canvas for your imagination!
  • Bacon Jam from Spoon Fork Bacon: If you’ve never heard of bacon jam, you’re in for a real treat. This savory jam is great with cheese and crackers!
  • Maple Candy from Cotter Crunch: This five-ingredient candy is a breeze to make. It also happens to be paleo and gluten-free!

 

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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