Anyone who knows me, knows cooking is not my specialty. That’s why I’m not one of those bloggers who takes a picture of whatever masterpiece she made for dinner and shares the recipe. I can, however, bake quite well. Maybe it’s because I’m good at following the directions in a recipe. Anyway, food of (almost) any kind makes great gifts. Here’s a sampling of ideas. Click here for Part 2. On Wednesday: Stationery/albums/calendars and jewelry/personal accessories.
39. Bake small loaves of quick breads. Wrap them in wax paper and tie on a recipe card with baker’s twine.
Five quick bread recipes
41. Whip up several batches of homemade fudge—some with nuts, some without. Cut it into squares. Wrap first in plastic wrap and then aluminum foil to maintain freshness. Place in holiday tins. Creamy chocolate fudge recipe
42. Go Tex-Mex with jars of homemade salsa and a large bag of nacho chips all bundled up in a fiesta serving dish. Feliz Navidad. Chipotle salsa recipe
43. Select a cookbook and choose a recipe from the book. Attach a card to the front that includes the recipe name and page number. Place the cookbook and ingredients for the recipe in a basket.
Suggested book: The Primal Blueprint Cookbook
44. Make homemade sugar cookies. Decorate them with colored frosting and sprinkles. Include the recipe and cookie cutter with the gift.
Seven sugar cookie recipes
45. Prepare homemade soups or dinners that can be frozen for future use.
Homemade soup recipes
47. Select a large tart dish, fill it with the number of apples called for in an apple tart recipe along with the other ingredients and a recipe card. Or make the tart yourself.
Tarte aux pommes (apple tart) recipe
48. Fill jars in various shapes and sizes with homemade pickled vegetables, fruits, jams, and jellies. Tie squares of holiday fabric with ribbon around the lids. Canning guide and recipes
49. Make your own fortune cookies. Write the fortunes yourself, tailor-made to the person receiving them. Package them in Chinese food take-out boxes. Wrap the cookies in plastic wrap first to maintain freshness. Fortune cookie recipe
50. Give a jar gift. Layer dry ingredients for brownies, cookies, cakes, soups, cornbread, etc. in a quart-size canning jar. Decorate and attach instructions.
Eight homemade gifts in a jar recipes
More jar recipes
Even more jar recipes
51. Bake a carrot cake directly in a Christmas tin. It’s one of my aunt’s specialties. Carrot cake recipe
52. Put together a book of favorite family recipes. Create your own binder or book or submit the recipes to a professional cookbook printing service.
Cookbook printers: Tastebook, Create My Cookbook, Morris Press Cookbooks
53. Make large gingerbread men and women cookies. Decorate them with frosting and candies. Package a gingerbread man and a woman together with a little note that says “‘We wish you a Merry Christmas.”
Large gingerbread man cookie cutter
Large gingerbread woman cookie cutter
54. Give cocoa in a jar. Layer the ingredients for an attractive presentation. Or try my mother’s not-so-attractive-but-yummy hot chocolate recipe: In a large bowl, mix together 1 lb. Nestle Quick powder, 11 oz. instant creamer (dry), 1 lb. powdered sugar, and 25 oz. box of instant milk.
Four cocoa in a jar recipes
55. Make flavored vinegars, which add zest to salads, soups, sauces, and stews. Give a food lover different flavors with edible flowers, fruits, or vegetables floating in the bottles. Flavored vinegar tips and recipes
56. Create a menu of various culinary delights (e.g. Tantalizing Thai, Mexican Fiesta, etc.) and have the gift recipient choose one of the options for you to make for him or her.
The list continues on Wednesday with numbers 57 through 76.