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11 Homemade Treats that Make Great Holiday Gifts

The perfect DIY Holiday Gifts
gifts from the kitchen December 2022

Searching for the perfect holiday gift can be a challenging, time-consuming, and sometimes pricey chore. This year, show everyone on your “nice” how much you appreciate them with a homemade gift that’s one-of-a-kind. These creative, delicious, and unexpected treats come together with a handful of ingredients and simple prep, but will make a lasting impression on the lucky recipients.

Looking for a way to spend more time with friends and family before the holiday rush? Try hosting a make-your-own gift party. Set out supplies and encourage guests to bring their own, then spend an afternoon creating DIY memories together. It’s one more way to make and share your own holiday magic this season.

Stained Glass Ginger Cookies

These beautiful baked treats are one part eye-catching decoration, one part delectable dessert. Colorful hard candies create the “stained glass” inside roll-and-cut ginger cookies that double as ornaments for the tree.  

Mexican Hot Chocolate Sticks

These adorable hot chocolate sticks make it easy to enjoy a cup of cocoa on the go (did someone say neighborhood caroling?). Just dunk and stir homemade cubes of sweetened cream with two kinds of chocolate, cinnamon, and marshmallows into warm milk for a winter pick-me-up, anytime.  

Garlic-Ranch Beer Bread Jars

Beer-lovers will be blown away by these DIY bread jars loaded with everything they need to bake up a savory loaf. Be sure to include baking instructions and a few bottles of their favorite brew for easy bread dough with the kick of ranch seasoning. 

Sugar Cookie Decorating Kits

Give the gift of creativity in the kitchen without all the messy cleanup. These customizable kits include premade cookies, frosting, sprinkles, and more, for all the fun of cookie decorating without the measuring and baking.  

Gingerbread Granola

This nutritious breakfast bite inspired by Christmas cookies is perfect for gifting your favorite host-with-the-most. The combo of rolled oats, warm spices, nuts, and molasses makes a festive, fuss-free addition to any holiday brunch spread. 

Garlic-Herb Party Mix

If you’re playing Secret Santa for a savory snack lover, this bit-of-everything party mix has got you covered. No one can resist hearty sourdough pretzel pieces, pita chips, and two kinds of crackers coated in a zesty, homemade seasoning blend.  

Cookies and Cream Truffles

Skip the fancy chocolate shop – but keep all the holiday dazzle – with these melt-in-your-mouth truffles. They look and taste so impressive, no one has to know they come together with just four ingredients and 15 minutes of prep.

Bloody Mary Mix

Get the weekend started early by giving the gift of DIY Bloody Marys. Tomato juice, horseradish, pickle brine, and celery salt pack tons of flavor into one festive jar that giftees can spike with their own vodka (or tequila for Bloody Marias). 

Super Chocolaty Brownie Mix

Sometimes the best part about holiday sweets is baking them yourself. Chocoholics will love these make-your-own brownie jars made with chocolate chunks, cocoa, and a hint of espresso.   

Caramel-Chocolate Swirl Cracker Candy

Here’s a giftable treat – and totally devour-able holiday dessert – for the “I don’t bake” crowd. The irresistible combo of salty, crunchy crackers topped with homemade caramel and two kinds of chocolate is easy to make using the microwave. 

Peppermint Marshmallows

These festive, fluffy marshmallows are decked out in holiday colors and ready to party. Take your gift to the next level by pairing them with hot cocoa mix or ingredients for s’mores (for a fun Christmas twist, sub gingerbread cookies for graham crackers). 

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