Homemade Food Gifts for Christmas

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With this collection of homemade food gifts for Christmas you can find the perfect gift to make for everyone on your list. Christmas is the season of giving and sharing with family and friends.

Handmade gifts don’t have to be complicated or expensive to make. So get creative and have some fun in the kitchen this year! It is a great way to get kids involved and show them the importance of giving.

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Create inexpensive homemade gifts, like peanut brittle or popcorn, or expensive ones, like bottles of infused vodka. I’ve also include a recipe for Buckeye candy at the bottom of the post, because it was my grandma’s favorite candy! 

Handmade Gifts

Food is the perfect festive gift for almost anyone, whether it is a hostess gift or for a teacher or coworker. One of the great things about food gifts is you can make them in bulk, so it is a nice way to make something for a lot of people at once.

But homemade food gifts don’t have to be just sweets and candy. You can make savory gifts such as spice mixes or relish for those on your list who don’t have a sweet tooth.

If you need a last minute gift you can easily head into the kitchen and whip up some homemade treats! Package them up in cute containers or plastic gift bags and you have a holiday classic homemade food gift ready to go.

Here is my list of 50+ homemade food gifts for holiday gift giving, along with a bonus recipe for Buckeyes at the end of the post! This list is broken down into

  • Candy
  • Popcorn and Snack Mixes
  • Sauces and Mason Jar Gifts
  • Spice Mixes
  • Nuts
  • Fudge
  • Relish and Preserves
  • Pretzels
  • Beverages and Infused Drinks

One thing that isn’t included is cookies. Christmas cookies are wonderful for gift giving, so check out my list of classic Christmas cookies if you are looking for all things cookie baking!


Candy is an easy to make and delicious edible gift.

no bake peanut butter balls stacked
Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls
These chocolate peanut butter balls are a delicious and addictive no bake treat! A creamy peanut butter filling inside a hard chocolate coating makes an irresistible Christmas treat.
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Grinch Hot Chocolate Bombs
These Grinch hot chocolate bombs are adorable. Hollow balls of chocolate are filled with cocoa and marshmallows. Put
the balls in hot milk and watch them break open and release the yummy surprises inside.
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A piece of chocolate covered in sprinkles is sitting on a cutting board.
Chocolate Honeycomb Candy
This old fashioned candy is a light and crispy treat, coated in chocolate and decorated with sprinkles.
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Divinity Candy
This traditional Christmas candy is an old fashioned classic. The sugary candies are topped off with a pecan and melt in your mouth.
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peanut brittle on a red plate
Peanut Brittle
This old fashioned recipe is a simple way to make peanut brittle at home. Your family and friends will love to receive
this classic candy!
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A stack of white chocolate peanut butter candy with sprinkles on top.
Polar Bear Claws
Caramel clusters are coated in white chocolate for a delicious old fashioned treat.
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church window cookies
Cathedral Windows
These are also called Church Window Cookies, but they are more candy than cookie! This easy 5 ingredients recipe is a no bake treat combining chocolate, marshmallows and coconut.
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A white plate with green, orange, and red mints.
Christmas Cream Cheese Mints
Nothing says Christmas like a plate of vintage cream cheese mints! This easy recipe has only 5 ingredients.
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Almond Roca
Rich caramel is covered with smooth chocolate and smashed almonds in this tasty almond roca recipe.
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Coffee Toffee
An English Toffee Recipe gets a grownup spin with a touch of coffee and hazelnuts. It’s great for holiday gifting or simply have for entertaining when you need something sweet.
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peppermint patties in coffee mugs for gifting
Easy Homemade Peppermint Patties Recipe
These homemade peppermint patties are delicious and easy to make. Soft and creamy peppermint is coated in dark chocolate for an old fashioned York Peppermint Patty copycat recipe.
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Hot Chocolate on a Stick
Who wouldn't love a cozy cup of chocolatey goodness topped with sweet pillowy marshmallows? This Hot Chocolate on a Stick is the perfect gift for just about anyone on your list.
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Goji Berry-Cranberry truffles
Not everyone wants a sugary treat, so these truffles are sugar free and vegan. These are proof that you can have delicious treats even with dietary restrictions!
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Homemade 100 Grand Bars
These Milk Chocolate Caramel Crunch Bars are like Homemade 100 Grand Bars, but even better! Chewy, homemade, salted caramel is covered crispy milk chocolate.
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Chocolate Reindeer Bark
Who can resist these cute reindeer! This easy no bake chocolate bark is a Christmas tradition your kids will love to make and give.
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Popcorn & Snack Mixes

Popcorn and snack mixes are quick to make and always appreciated.

White Chocolate Popcorn with M&Ms
This easy white chocolate popcorn recipe is simple yet delicious! Popcorn, pretzels, pecans and M&Ms drizzled with white chocolate – yum!
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Caramel Honeycomb Snack Mix
A tasty snack made with Honeycomb cereal for the with the perfect combination of sweet and salty.
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Caramel Corn
In this classic recipe popcorn and pretzels are coated with caramel for a cruncy and salt snack.
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Spicy Sriracha Lime Popcorn
This popcorn recipe goes for spicy instead of sweet! Popcorn is coated in hot Sriracha sauce for a gift for those who don't want a sweet treat.
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Holiday Chex Mix
Chex Mix is made festive for the holidays! This savory Holiday Chex Mix features red tortilla chips, green pistachio and dill sprinkles added to the mix.
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Sauces and Mason Jar Gifts

Make some homemade sauces and package them in a mason jar for an easy gift idea.

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Strawberry Sauce
This easy strawberry sauce makes any dessert more delicious. Use it as a strawberry topping for cheesecake or ice cream.
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Caramel Sauce
Making a caramel sauce is easy, and homemade sauce tastes so much better than the sauce you buy at the store. Using homemade caramel sauce is a great way to make desserts more exciting and delicious.
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Blueberry Sauce
This delicious homemade blueberry sauce is easy to make in less than 10 minutes! Perfect for serving over pancakes, cheesecake or ice cream this is a versatile blueberry topping.
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Cookie Spread
Cookie spread is finely ground cookies blended up with some other ingredients until it’s smooth and totally delicious. Perfect for holiday dipping!
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Hot Fudge Sauce
This decadent homemade hot fudge sauce is thick, gooey and chocolatey.
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Mint Marshmallows
Homemade marshmallows are in another league from store bought. Fresh mint leaves give these marshmallows a lovely natural flavor and color.
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Two mason jars filled with cookies in a jar.
Cranberry Hootycreeks
These pretty Cranberry Hootycreeks make a welcome holiday cookies in a jar gift for family and friends. They combine white chocolate chips, dried cranberries and chopped pecans to give a seasonal twist to traditional oatmeal cookies.
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Spice Mixes

A homemade spice mix is the perfect gift for someone who loves to cook.

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Pumpkin Pie Spice
Make your own pumpkin pie spice! Perfect for fall baking or for gift giving.
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Chicken Taco Seasoning
This homemade chicken taco seasoning is so easy and delicious – it will quickly become your favorite Mexican spice blend! This is the perfect gift for people that prefer savory to sweet.
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Gourmet Sea Salt
Making your own Gourmet Sea Salt is very easy and it makes a great gift for Christmas.
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Gingerbread Spice Mix
Gingerbread Spice Mix is one of the easiest and most seasonal Holiday gifts to make. Ready in minutes, this flavorful mix is perfect for pancakes, muffins, granola or sweet breads.
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Garam Masala
Homemade Garam Masala recipe made by blending twelve warm spices, to give a fresh, unique, strong and authentic flavor that will hook you forever.
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Festive tea blend
This delicious festive tea blend, with its spicy, minty, sweet rich flavor, is a great homemade gift. Serve with milk or a slice of clementine for a special treat.
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Nuts keep well and are a great gift to give when you are mailing them to distant friends and relatives.

Candied Pecans
Keto Candied Pecans are the sweet and salty snack you need this holiday season! Glazed with a hint of cinnamon makes this homemade low carb snack over-the-top addicting! Perfect for an on-the-go snack, salad topper or make-ahead gifts!
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Rosemary Thyme Spiced Nuts
This Rosemary Thyme Spiced Nuts recipe is incredibly easy to make. The nuts are lightly spiced and beautifully fragrant with herbs, perfect for nibbling and gifting!
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Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts
Spicy Instant Pot Boiled Peanuts are the perfect 30-minute homemade snack for peanut lovers.
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Candied Almonds
This Candied Almonds Recipe is easy to make with just 6 ingredients. These cinnamon roasted almonds are even more delicious than the nuts you can get at the mall or fair.
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Fudge is sort of a candy, but I felt it deserved a catagory all of its own!

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Chocolate Almond Fudge – Easy 4 ingredient recipe
With this easy fudge recipe you can make delicious chocolate almond fudge in no time at all!
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Candy Cane Fudge
A rich chocolate layer is topped with candy cane studded white chocolate making Candy Cane Fudge an easy to make dessert and the perfect Christmas fudge gift to give!
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Sugar Cookie Christmas Fudge Recipe – Only 4 Ingredients!
Easy-to-make, 4-Ingredient, Sugar cookie Christmas fudge is a combo of two of two classic holiday treats: Christmas sugar cookies and fudge.
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Chilli Chocolate Fudge
This creamy fudge combines the richness of dark chocolate with the mouthfeel of cream followed by a warm afterglow from the spicy chilli.
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Pecan Pie Fudge
This sweet, pecan filled fudge recipe tastes just like your favorite pecan pie. Great for homemade gifts, your holiday dessert tray, or a special treat for your family, this is one outstanding fudge recipe.
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Relishes and Preserves

Preserve some of your summer harvest for an easy gift in the middle of winter!

Slow Cooker Apple Butter
This thick and velvety spiced apple butter is a delicious recipe for cooking apple butter in the crockpot and canning it to enjoy all winter long. It makes for a perfect foodie gift to surprise your family and friends!
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Orange Marmalade Recipe
An absolutely scrumptious orange marmalade recipe made with sweet naval and tangy blood oranges. So simple to make you will never need to buy store-bought marmalade again!
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Sweet and Spicy Pepper Relish
Even taste-testers who say they don’t like spicy foods love this recipe, and we’ve got plenty of ideas for customizing the recipe and toning down the heat. And, since it's freezable, it's a great make-ahead holiday gift idea!
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Apple Ginger Chutney Recipe
Apple Ginger Chutney is sweet, sour, savory and tangy condiment. Perfect for adding excitement and flavor to a meal.
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Decorated or flavored pretzels are a simple gift to make and are usually very inexpensive too.

Peppermint Pretzels
Pretzels are coated with chocolate and coated in peppermint for a fun combination of flavors.
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Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels
Cinnamon sugar pretzels are salty, sweet,chocolate crunchy snack that not just looks pretty but are super easy to make. These snacks are perfect for gifting and need only 5 ingredients to make and very little prep work.
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Chocolate Dipped Pretzels
These chocolate dipped pretzels are made festive with color sprinkles.
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Beverages and Infused Drinks

Easy to make beverages or infused alcohol make an excellent holiday gift.

Two bottles of cranberry vodka with tags on them.
Cranberry Infused Vodka
Cranberry infused vodka is perfect for making all kinds of amazing holiday cocktails!
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Caramelized White Chocolate Liqueur
Caramelized White Chocolate Liqueur is an elegant, creamy white chocolate & vodka liqueur with undertones of caramel. It makes a wonderful addition to festive gatherings or a thoughtful gift.
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Hazelnut Liqueur
This simple hazelnut liqueur recipe only takes minutes to prepare but results in a deliciously rich and smooth nut flavored liqueur that is perfect for gifting.
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Whiskey Infused Maple Syrup Gift in a Jar +Free Printable Labels
This delicoius maple syrup infusion tastes amazing on pancakes or waffles.
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Black Forest Liqueur with Chocolate & Cherry flavours
Homemade Black Forest Chocolate Liqueur is the ultimate winter tipple. It is very easy to make and tastes decadent, rich, creamy & chocolatey, with a hint of cherries to boot.
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Homemade Lavender Simple Syrup
Homemade Lavender Syrup lends lovely floral flavor to coffees, teas, lemonades, and cocktails. It’s easy to make and perfect for holiday gifting!
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Cranberry and Clementine Gin
Flavored gin is easy to amek and always appreciated. Cranberries and Clementines make the gin festive and seasonal.
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buckeyes in a cookie tin for gifting
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Homemade Food Gifts

Published By Anne
Everyone loves a homemade gift for Christmas! These no bake buckeyes are a delicious combination of peanut butter and chocolate.
Prep Time15 minutes
Chilling Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 45
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  • 1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter
  • ½ cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 ½ cups powdered sugar


  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening or coconut oil


  • Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats.
  • In a large bowl, beat the peanut butter, butter and vanilla extract until creamy and smooth.
    1 ½ cups creamy peanut butter, ½ cup unsalted butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Gradually add the powdered sugar and mix until well combined.
    3 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • Shape the peanut butter mixture into 1 inch balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Freeze the balls for 1 hour.
  • Put the chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave safe bowl. Heat for 1 minute, then stir and continue heating for 10-15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating and stop just before all chocolate is melted.
    12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • Stir the chocolate until it is completely melted.
  • Take the balls out of the freezer 3 or 4 at a time. Use a toothpick to dip the balls into the melted chocolate, covering about ¾ of the ball and leaving an open circle on top. Shake off excess chocolate and place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Use your finger to smooth over the hole from the toothpick.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Or freeze for up to 3 months


  • Package these in mini baking cups and put them in a cookie tin for gift giving.

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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1g | Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 67IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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2 thoughts on “Homemade Food Gifts for Christmas”

  1. Hello!! One of the great things about food gifts is you can make them in bulk, so it is a nice way to make something for a lot of people. An edible gift is a delicious way to show your family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors how much you care during this season. This simple hazelnut liqueur recipe only takes minutes to prepare but results in a deliciously rich.

  2. I get ideas to make a DIY gift for everyone on your Christmas list. An edible gift is a delicious way to show your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors how much you care during this season. It is very easy to make and tastes decadent, rich, creamy & chocolatey, with a hint of cherries to boot.


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