70+ Homemade Christmas Food Gifts (Using Simple, Real Food Ingredients) | The Rising Spoon

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

70+ Homemade Christmas Food Gifts (Using Simple, Real Food Ingredients)

On the hunt for the best homemade food to make for Christmas gifts? Recipes that will impress your friends and family, but are made with simple, real food ingredients (no junk)? You're in the right place!
70+ Homemade Christmas Food Gifts (Using Simple, Real Food Ingredients)

I look forward to the holiday season every year because making homemade food or non-toxic crafts for Christmas gifts is one of my favorite things to do. It's fun, you can switch up the recipes every year to keep it exciting, and the gifts are practical and made with good ingredients so everyone adores you! Not to mention it makes them feel really special that you spent your precious time on them.

I mean, let's get real. If you do anything for holiday gifts, it takes time. So, you can either spend an hour in the kitchen fixing an easy recipe like peanut butter balls OR you can spend that hour driving in traffic with distracted, stressed folks then waiting in line at a stuffy store to buy a gift card.

What sounds more appealing to you? Both require time & effort, but the former comes off as more thoughtful and you can make it the comfort of your home with a cup of hot cocoa and cheerful music playing in the background. Maybe I'm biased, but it's a no-brainer for me!

And before you accuse me of being a Martha Stewart wannabe, I totally get that going the DIY route takes time. And most of us are stressed and starved for time these days. But it doesn't have to be all homemade or nothing at all.

If you're super busy or already have most of your holiday gifts picked out (maybe you ordered online for convenience - yes, having stuff shipped directly to your door from Amazon is amazing), but want to include something homemade...all you have to do is pick out ONE easy recipe from this list (like cookies, chocolate covered almonds or hot cocoa mix) and make a bunch of it. SO do-able!

That means you only need to buy a handful of ingredients (keep it simple) like chocolate chips, raw nuts, butter, or cane sugar (for example), but enough of each ingredient so you can make a double or triple batch of the recipe. Then you'll have plenty to pass out to whoever you want or give larger amounts to the special folks in your life.


Gift Wrapping & Container Ideas


And if you need easy gift wrapping or container ideas for your homemade gifts, here are my favorites (I try to go for practical & reusable containers when possible):


70+ Homemade Christmas Food Gifts (Using Simple, Real Food Ingredients)  

Browse this list of awesomesauce homemade food gifts that I hand-curated (you're welcome). Everything on here uses real food ingredients (at least according to my food philosophy). So that means no corn syrup, golden syrup, canola/soybean oil, cool whip, shortening, artificial sweeteners, margarine, low-fat/fat-free foods (that have been stripped of their fats), etc.

What you will find is food gifts made with regular pantry ingredients like flours, butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, olive oil, granular sugars (like cane, coconut, maple), liquid sweeteners like honey & maple syrup, different types of chocolate, etc. I've included gluten-free, paleo, vegan, and low-carb recipes so you've got options for everyone on your list!


Baked Goods: Cookies, Bars & Biscotti


70+ Homemade Christmas Food Gifts: Baked Goods Recipes Like Cookies, Bars & Biscotti

Orange Pistachio Shortbread Cookies via Pies & Tacos

A simple shortbread cookie recipe jazzed up with pistachios, orange, and semi-sweet chocolate. This makes a pretty & unique addition to holiday cookie trays or gift baskets.

German Almond Crescent Cookies (Vanillekipferl) via Earth, Food, and Fire

Vanillekipferl are a traditional German Christmas cookie popular during the Advent season. Small crescent-shaped shortbread style cookies made with almonds, flour, and vanilla, these are always a hit and won't dry out before you eat them all! One batch makes 50 cookies so its ideal as a recipe meant to be broken into smaller packages of 10.

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies with Dark Chocolate Chips (Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free) via The Rising Spoon

This is one of my most popular dessert recipes and I have received rave reviews from loads of people. It's made with only six simple ingredients you likely have in your pantry right now and is an excellent option if you're looking for holiday cookie recipe that's not too sweet or heavy.

Apple & Oat Mix-In-The-Pan Bars via Cheapskate Cook

These Easy Apple & Oat Bars taste like an apple crisp but are 100% more portable and gift-able. Inexpensive, quick to make (one bowl), made with simple, real food ingredients, and they are gluten-free (made with oats), dairy-free, egg-free, and vegan.

Flourless & Chewy Hazelnut Cocoa Crinkle Cookies via Pastry & Beyond

These soft and chewy flourless hazelnut cocoa cookies are very easy to make with only 4 ingredients. They are perfect for anyone, but especially for gluten-free dieters.

Orange Cranberry Madeleines via Pies & Tacos

A beautiful, light & cakey cookie flavored with orange and cranberries. These are best served fresh, so bake a batch in the morning and bring it along to a holiday gathering for a special treat.

Peppermint Chewy Sugar Cookies (Gluten-Free & Sugar-Free) via Food Faith Fitness

This healthy peppermint gluten-free chewy sugar cookies recipe is SOFT and sweet you’ll never believe they’re sugar-free and naturally colored!

Pistachio, Lemon & Rosemary Biscotti via The Cook's Pyjamas

Biscotti makes the ideal last minute present. Crisp slices of nutty bread, with the surprising kick of rosemary. Keep a loaf of cooked dough in the freezer for emergencies, and never be caught without a gift again.

Festive Holiday Spritz Cookies via My Frosted Life

Perfect for the holidays these festive spritz cookies are easy to make and are a great gift! With a hint of almond and lemon, these classic butter cookies are full of flavor!

Cannoli Cookies via Snappy Gourmet

An easy recipe for cannoli cookies with ricotta, chocolate chips, and pistachios! Fun Italian Christmas cookies, inspired by Italian cannolis, that will make a great addition to your Christmas cookie baskets and gifts this year!


Baked Goods: Bread, Crackers & Granola

70+ Homemade Christmas Food Gifts: Baked Goods Recipes Like Bread, Crackers & Granola

Nana's Potica (Slovenian Nut Roll) via Trial and Eater

"My grandma would make these nut rolls for Christmas gifts because everyone loves them and one batch makes several rolls! Very festive for the holiday season."

Festive Crunchy Granola via Homemade & Yummy

Made with wholesome ingredients, and can be tailored to suit your flavor profile. Perfect for gluten-free and vegans too. Just put in some jars and it makes great stocking stuffers or hostess/host gifts.

Pear Gingerbread via The Lean Green Bean

This Pear Gingerbread is the perfect holiday gift! It's easy to make, festive and flavorful! Plus it's easy to double the recipe and make several mini loaves for friends and neighbors!

Rosemary Sea Salt Crackers via Fox and Briar

These easy homemade Rosemary Sea Salt Crackers are the perfect addition to your cheese plate, or just to have on hand for snacking. They are so simple to make, and take less than thirty minutes.

Healthy Banana Bread via The Rising Spoon

A healthy real food banana bread recipe made with a natural sweetener and higher protein flour so you can enjoy a slice or two of moist & fragrant banana bread any time of the day without going overboard on sugar. This would make an excellent gift for neighbors, teachers, and co-workers!


Candies: Toffees, Nougats, Marshmallows, Barks & Brittles

70+ Homemade Christmas Food Gifts: Candies Recipes Like Toffees, Nougats, Marshmallows, Barks & Brittles

Homemade Caramel Toffee with Almonds, Dark Chocolate & Raw Honey via The Rising Spoon

Learn how to make an easy batch of homemade toffee that doesn't require corn syrup or sweetened condensed milk. Break it into chunks and gift it in bundles for a thoughtful holiday gift.

Pumpkin Spice Pecan Toffee via What A Girl Eats

Love Pumpkin Spice? This Pumpkin Spice Pecan Toffee is a sweet treat for the holidays! Make a batch or two to add to your holiday gift basket.

Healthy Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallows via Recipes To Nourish

Healthy Chocolate Peppermint Marshmallows are so festive and special for the holidays! These real food, naturally sweetened marshmallows are easy to make, a fun treat to snack on, delicious in hot chocolate, and perfect as a homemade holiday gift!

Peppermint Bark Cups via What A Girl Eats

These copycat Peppermint Bark Cups are easy to make and are the perfect holiday or hostess gift. Why spend a lot of money, when you can make this tasty treat for just a fraction of the cost?

Candied Bacon Nut Brittle via Running To The Kitchen
This candied bacon nut brittle is spicy, sweet and outrageously delicious. It also makes the perfect DIY food gift for the holiday season!

Dulce de Leche Chocolate Bark via Mommy's Home Cooking

Who can resist this Dulce de Leche Chocolate Bark? Velvety chocolate with nuts, pretzels, and topped with popcorn and dulce de leche chocolate. An award-worthy snack!!

White Chocolate Peppermint Bark Christmas Pretzel Rods via The Kitchen Girl

Three ingredients...pretzels, vanilla milk chocolate, and peppermint candy. Great holiday food gift because it's easy to make, easy to package, and doesn't require refrigeration.

Almond and Pistachio Nougat via Patty Saveurs

Almond and Pistachio Nougat is such a nice treat to offer, especially in Wintertime, very versatile too and sooo much cheaper homemade.

Rocky Road via Joy In Every Season

Rocky Road is a Christmas tradition in our family! With only three ingredients it's surprisingly simple to make and is the perfect gift for teachers, friends, co-workers, and neighbors!


Chocolate: Truffles, Balls & Fudge

70+ Homemade Christmas Food Gifts: Chocolate Recipes Like Truffles, Balls & Fudge

Easy Peanut Butter Balls with Dark Chocolate & Sea Salt via The Rising Spoon

An easy no-bake recipe for peanut butter balls using healthy ingredients like dark chocolate, an unrefined sweetener, and coconut oil to create a satisfying treat with WAY less sugar than the traditional holiday recipe! It's also gluten-free and vegan with an easy grain-free option.

Three Chocolate Truffles Recipes via Happy Kitchen Rocks

Three decadent, rich and creamy Chocolate Truffles Recipes: Dark chocolate with cardamom or lavender and white chocolate with lemon and pistachios. Awesome gifts for chocolate lovers!

Freezer Fudge with Macadamia Nuts via Yummy Mummy Kitchen

This irresistible fudge is made with natural, real food ingredients. This recipe is vegan, paleo, gluten-free, and super yummy.

Coconut Protein Bounty Balls via One Clever Chef

These chocolate covered protein bounty balls are a healthy, homemade version of the classic candy bar. Made of only 6 simple ingredients, these would be a great holiday gift or addition to a cookie tray. This no-bake recipe is also paleo, vegan, gluten-free, flourless, and dairy-free.

Enjoy these homemade chocolate covered almonds throughout the year or they would make an excellent homemade gift for the holiday season.

Dark Chocolate Peppermint Truffles via Fit Happy Free

These naturally sweetened, no-bake Dark Chocolate Peppermint Truffles would make a great, tasty, whole-food gift for the holidays.

Edible Chocolate Boxes via Living Sweet Moments

These Chocolate boxes make beautiful Holiday DIY gifts for friends and family. Fill them up with chocolate or candy.

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cups via Rhubarbarians

These no-bake double chocolate peppermint cups can be made with only 4 ingredients (no palm oil) and in only an hour! They keep well and don't have to be refrigerated.

Dark Chocolate Covered Dates Stuffed with Orange Coconut Cream via Vegetarian Gastronomy

This creamy healthy rich dessert is the perfect one-bite indulgence! It makes for a great home-made gift because it's festive, colorful, requires no baking, and has all sorts of fun delicious flavors!

Nuts: Savory & Sweet

70+ Homemade Christmas Food Gifts: Nut Recipes - Savory & Sweet

Dark Chocolate Almonds with Sea Salt & Turbinado Sugar via Fox and Briar

Dark Chocolate Almonds with Sea Salt and Turbinado Sugar just like Trader Joe’s, but you can make them at home! Only four ingredients and a few minutes is all it takes to make these healthy and delicious treats.

Candied Pecans via The Life Jolie

These Candied Pecans are an excellent last minute gift! They come together in under an hour with minimal work for you and are downright addictive!

Black Truffle Salted Dark Chocolate Drizzled Nuts via The Kitchen Girl

Lightly-toasted nuts, drizzled with dark chocolate and dusted with Black Truffle Salt. Box them up and gift them as decadent sweet and salty treats. No refrigeration needed!

Salted Caramel Walnuts with Rosemary via Happy Kitchen Rocks

Salted Caramel Walnuts with Rosemary: a flavorful and healthy snack made in just 10 minutes with 5 ingredients. Easy and fancy Christmas gift!

Easy Candied Pecans via Two Healthy Kitchens

These easy candied pecans are so lightning-fast because of the simple stovetop method! You’ll be making them all the time…they're terrific for last-minute hostess gifts, and also for appetizer buffets, for snacks, or even on salads.

Rosemary Spiced Mixed Nuts via Cooking On The Front Burner

Mixed nuts are a delicious snack and a great source of protein! This homemade rosemary spiced mixed nuts recipe makes an easy homemade food gift for the holidays.

Honey Roasted Peanut Clusters via Girl Heart Food

5 ingredients and all natural - perfect for holiday entertaining or gifting.

Paleo Maple Cinnamon Candied Pecans via The Clean Eating Couple

Paleo Maple Cinnamon Candied Pecans are simple to make and full of flavor. They're great for snacking on or for using in baked goods!


Spices & Dry Mixes

70+ Homemade Christmas Food Gifts: Recipes For Spices & Dry Mixes

Homemade Basil Salt (Easy Gourmet Finishing Salt) via The Rising Spoon

Learn how to make an easy batch of homemade basil sea salt with only two simple ingredients. Works perfectly as a gourmet finishing salt on pasta, steak, chicken, fish and more! Package it in a mason jar or salt box for a simple DIY Christmas gift that foodies will love.

Homemade All-Purpose Greek Seasoning via Cheapskate Cook

This Simple Greek Seasoning costs pennies to make and is the frugal cure-all for boring food. Sprinkle it on any vegetable or meat, and it’s instantly more awesome – chicken, beef, roasted vegetables, steamed vegetables, potatoes, pizza dough, garlic bread, vegetable dip, salad dressing, and more.

Mexican Hot Cocoa Mix via Raia's Recipes

This homemade Mexican Hot Cocoa Mix is the perfect way to spice up your hot cocoa life. With no gluten or dairy, it's a great allergy-friendly gift, as well!

Swiss Mocha Coffee Mix via The Nourished Life

This mix would make a great jarred gift for the coffee lovers in your life. Make a quick batch using simple pantry ingredients and switch it up to make it decaf or use different sugars.

DIY Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix via A Mind "Full" Mom

Treat your neighbors, teachers, and friends with delicious Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix. Includes printable gift tags with instructions for an EASY DIY Homemade Gift.

Vanilla Infused Sugar via The Rising Spoon

This is the perfect gift for bakers and foodies in your life. It only requires two simple ingredients and you can use any type of granular sweetener, which gives you lots of options. Give this as a stand-alone gift or include it in a gift basket with other ingredients for baking!

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix via Homemade Food Junkie

This Homemade Hot cocoa mix is Low-Sodium and Gluten-Free. It Stores in an airtight container for a long shelf life of up to a year. This mix is well-loved by kids and grown-ups alike and looks adorable in a pretty jar. A perfect for the Holidays.

Homemade Spice Rub via The Cook's Pyjamas

A Homemade Spice Rub is perfect for quickly adding a little zip to a piece of meat or some roasted vegetables. Keep some on hand for a speedy meal, or make up jars of this spice rub for the perfect hostess gift.

Three Ingredient Dark Hot Chocolate Mix via Nourish Nutrition Co.

This 3-ingredient dark chocolate hot cocoa mix is rich, creamy, and such an easy gift to give. For all of you who love hot cocoa that's not overly sweet, this is perfect.

Homemade Jalapeno Salt via A Fork's Tale

Jalapeño Salt is incredible on everything from salads, vegetables, baked potatoes, meat, pasta, and popcorn!! This Homemade Jalapeño Salt Recipe is easy to make and perfect for the jalapeño lover.

DIY Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix in a Mason Jar via Melanie Cooks

Looking for gift ideas that don’t break the bank? This homemade cookie mix in a jar takes less than 5 minutes to put together and makes a perfect present with a personal touch!

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix (Paleo & Vegan) via Natural Fit Foodie

Try this Easy Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix and you’ll never buy instant cocoa mixes again! Made from three simple real food ingredients and contains no milk powder.

Homemade Coconut Oil Baking Mix (Bisquick Alternative) via Homemade Food Junkie

Cooking healthy recipes from scratch just got easier. A quick mix of Coconut oil, aluminum-free baking powder, sea salt, and organic all-purpose flour (Low-Sugar, Vegan, Vegetarian, and Dairy-Free). Now it's easy to whip up a quick batch of healthier baked goods. This baking mix is shelf stable at room temperature for at least 6 months and up to a year. A unique and welcome foodie gift your friends and family will appreciate.

Homemade Italian Seasoning via Veggie Converter

Easy homemade Italian seasoning mix with an extra garlicky punch. Use it in lasagna, Italian sandwiches, homemade ranch dressing, or a simple olive oil dip with crusty bread & fresh cracked pepper. Give these out in small mason jars for a quick & inexpensive DIY holiday gift.

Homemade Powdered Toffee Coffee via Everything Pretty

A simple DIY recipe for coffee lovers using homemade powdered coffee creamer, instant coffee, coconut oil, and your favorite sugar.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice via The Rising Spoon

This makes a thoughtful gift for the folks in your life who love fall spices and pumpkin recipes. Whip together a batch in minutes. And if you need recipe recommendation, try my pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin apple harvest muffins.

Jams, Butters, Spreads & Sauces

70+ Homemade Christmas Food Gifts: Recipes For Jams, Butters, Spreads & Sauces

Dark Chocolate & Coconut Roasted Almond Butter via Girl Heart Food

Just five ingredients and perfect for hostess gifts for the holidays.

Balsamic Fig Jam via Deliciously Plated

A sweet and tangy homemade balsamic fig jam recipe you can fix in about an hour.

Maple Cinnamon Sunflower Seed Butter via The Lean Green Bean

This Maple Cinnamon Sunflower Seed Butter makes a great holiday gift! It's nut-free so it makes a great option for families with school-aged children.

Wild Fermented Salsa via Yang's Nourishing Kitchen

Who doesn’t love some salsa for dips during the holidays! This fermented salsa (vegan, paleo) is nutrient-dense and probiotic, making it a unique healthy gift you can pack in a pretty jar!


Infusions, Extracts & Syrups

70+ Homemade Christmas Food Gifts: Recipes For Infusions, Extracts & Syrups

Homemade Cold Brew Coffee (Super Easy & Inexpensive) via The Rising Spoon

Make the best cold brew coffee at home using two simple ingredients and a few household items likely sitting in your kitchen right now. This cold infusion method produces gloriously smooth, strong coffee that's less acidic, not bitter, and tastes just like the expensive coffeehouse stuff. Pour it into a classy glass swing-top bottle for thoughtful, impressive gift that any coffee lover will appreciate (and yes, you can make it decaf).

The Best Bloody Mary Vodka Infusion via A Fork's Tale

Give the Bloody Mary lover the ultimate gift. This Bloody Mary Vodka Infusion is made with a variety of flavorful fresh vegetables and herbs. Mix it in with your favorite Bloody Mary Mix and you have THE BEST BLOODY MARY EVER!!!

Easy Blueberry Infused Vodka via The Rising Spoon

Learn how to make a gorgeous & yummy blueberry infused vodka in as little as two weeks. Perfect for cocktail lovers who like to make drinks with fresh herbs & fruit!

Gingersnap Syrup (For Gingersnap White Russians) via Meg Is Well

Gingersnap Syrup, infused with all the spices of the cookie, gives this Gingersnap White Russian an amazing holiday twist. It's a great item to include in a cocktail themed gift basket.

Homemade Vanilla Extract via The Rising Spoon
With the price of vanilla beans soaring, it's worth it to make your own extract to save money. Grab some vanilla beans for the best price you can find (usually online) then follow this simple tutorial to make the best homemade extract that is loads better than store-bought. Gift this in a nice glass jar with a tight-fitting lid to any foodie in your life.

Low-Carb & Diabetic-Friendly

70+ Homemade Christmas Food Gifts: Low-Carb & Diabetic Friendly Recipes

Homemade Beef Jerky (Made In The Oven) via The Rising Spoon -- I've made this every Christmas for the past several years and gave it away as gifts, along with other goodies. And you know what? It's the thing that disappears first that everyone loves. Homemade jerky is much easier to make than you think and tastes waaaaay better than 99% of the stuff in the store + you get to control the ingredients in it (no soy, no corn syrup, more or less salt, spicy, sweet...your choice).

Sugar-Free Candied Pecans via Wholesome Yum

Candied pecans make a delicious gift that's perfect to wrap up in a pretty box or tin. No one will guess these are sugar-free until you tell them!

Baked Zucchini Chips via Wholesome Yum

For a health-conscious gift that's still yummy, try these crispy zucchini chips. They will be much appreciated as people try to eat healthier as the new year starts!

Lemon Vanilla Coconut Butter Bites via The Rising Spoon

These bite-sized coconut butter treats are buttery, fragrant, and filled with healthy fats and fiber to keep you satiated when a sugar or carbohydrate craving strikes. Make a batch in minutes, pop them in the freezer for thirty minutes, then enjoy. (Note: Have someone in your life who's doing the Whole30 program or avoiding sugar during the holidays? You can make this without the maple syrup and vanilla extract and it will still taste great.)

Cranberry Almond Biscotti Cookies via Low Carb Yum

Low carb almond cranberry biscotti are elegant yet easy to make. They make a tasty gluten-free snack or holiday cookie. Perfect with coffee or tea!


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