Christmas is the best time of the year because we get to feast and exchange gifts. But after years of buying presents, sometimes we run out of ideas what to get for friends and family. However, there are ways to make your own Christmas food gifts at home. Some of these ideas might require a little effort on your part, but you'll be able to pat yourself on the back and say that you really put in a personal touch into your gifts. Everyone would surely appreciate things that are unique because it means you really did put a lot of thought into it.
9 delicious Christmas food gifts you can make at home
Pomegranates, plums, cranberries, all these can be cooked down into a jam. How about lemon curds? Those are delicious too! Just tie a fancy Christmas ribbon around the jar and put in some suggestion on how your friends can enjoy it. If you need some Christmas wrapping ideas, check here.
2. Infused/Flavoured alcohol
You don't always have to give away a regular bottle of booze or wine. Make your own flavoured alcohol by infusing light coloured liquor like sake, gin, vodka and tequila. Infusing wines can be done as well, just a lot trickier when it comes to finding taste profiles that fit. Fruits, herbs and spices are all great choices but you can always use your imagination to come up with unique creations.
3. Holiday Hot Chocolate Stir Sticks
If you know your friends and family will be enjoying their hot chocolate this Christmas, then why not try giving them this! With ingredients that can be easily purchased in stores, this cute gift is super easy to make! All you need are some wood skewers, jumbo plain marshmallows, melted chocolate and some sprinkles. Just dip the marshmallows in melted chocolate and coat the bottom with some festive sprinkles. Then pack them up gently in fancy plastic baggies and ribbons when the chocolate is set.
4. Dry soup mix
If you're quite the good cook then consider giving friends this as one of your Christmas food gifts! The best part of all is that you can buy the ingredients in bulk and repackage them into mason jars. Dry soup mix is a great idea because we're sure it will come in handy during a busy weekday. Just be sure to tag your gift with simple instructions. Your guest will thank you for it later.
5. Herbed butter
Because why should we be contented with plain old butter. This is a great opportunity to experiment and add extra flavour as well as colours! Just look at how beautiful the flecks of green and red go together. Great for chucking into cooking, as spreads and to be enjoyed during breakfast and tea breaks, you can't go wrong with herbed butter.
6. Cookie mix
Does your friend love the cookies you bake but is just too lazy to make it at home? Then give her this cookie mix in a jar to encourage her to bake it herself. It is Christmas after all and a good excuse to be feasting on goodies.
These truffles may look really classy but they are actually really simple to make! All you need is heavy cream, dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Why didn't we add it to our 3 ingredient recipe list?
Melt the chocolate with the heavy cream and wait for it set a bit before shaping them into balls. Coat it with some cocoa powder and voila! Decadent chocolate bites that everyone would love!
8. Sugar cookies
Sugar cookies are another favourite when it comes to making Christmas food gifts at home. Whether given plain as-is or sandwiched with jam or covered in decorative royal icing, they will always put a smile on everyone's face upon receiving them.
Another Christmas food gift that you can do in bulk and all at once. Spice them up Christmas spices like cinnamon and nutmeg! Toss in some nuts if you are sure your guests are not allergic to them. Nothing like having crunchy freshly made toasted granola on boxing day!
Now that you have some ideas on what Christmas food gifts to make, try and make them at home this year. Make them ahead and store them properly, Christmas would never be this chill ever.