The Best Homemade Food Gifts for Christmas
Looking for a quick and simple solution for holiday gift-giving? Are you short on time with a long list of presents to buy? Try a few homemade food gifts this holiday season from Stauffers. They’re easy, they’re personal, and they’re perfect for teachers, neighbors, and co-workers. They also make great grab-and-go hostess gifts!
DIY Food Gift Ideas
One of the easiest DIY gift ideas is homemade Christmas food gifts in a jar! With a selection of mason jars, jelly jars, or spice jars and a few pantry staples, you can quickly whip up presents that look as good as they taste!
Hot Cocoa Jars
Mix 1 cup sugar, 1 cup powdered milk, and 1 cup unsweetened cocoa together in a bowl. In a mason jar, add a layer of your hot cocoa mix and a layer of mini marshmallows. To create even more layers you can also add chocolate chips, crushed peppermints, or other hot chocolate toppings.
Baked Goods Jars
Baked good jars can include anything from chocolate chip cookies, brownies, muffins, or cakes. The possibilities are endless. Choose your favorite baked good recipe and assemble the dry ingredients, in layers, in a jar. Be sure you add a tag with instruction on the necessary wet ingredients and how to bake the sweets.
Choose some of your favorite spices and buy them in large containers. Then, using a funnel, pour them into smaller spice jars. Create a set of three to five jars for an easy homemade food gift. To make this gift more personalized, choose different spices for each recipient. For a baker, use cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. For a BBQ enthusiast, choose paprika, chili powder, and garlic powder.
You can create a very simple granola by mixing:
- 3 cups of old-fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup of honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1 cup almonds
Bake at 300°F on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper for 20 minutes, stirring at the halfway point. Once the baking is done, toss dried cranberries or raisins into your granola and pour into your jar.
No matter what goodies you include in your DIY food gift, finish it off with some holiday spirit. Add a festive ribbon or twine around the lid, or try wrapping burlap or ribbon around your jar.
Gourmet Food Gift Ideas
Don’t really have the time to make homemade food gifts? No problem. Stauffers to the rescue! Visit our Fresh Food Stores and you can pick up a fresh Stauffers Signature fruit basket or create a gift basket of your own.
Fresh Fruit Baskets
Fruit baskets are a classic holiday tradition. Each Stauffers fruit basket is packed by hand and contains premium-quality produce, including extra fancy Royal Gala apples, seedless navels and oranges, pink grapefruits, and D’Anjou pears. Larger baskets also include fresh pineapple, candies, and jellies.
Build Your Own Basket
Whether you’re buying for a coffee enthusiast, a chocolate lover, or a baked goods sweet tooth, you’ll find so many options in our aisles to build a gourmet holiday basket of your own.
Let us recommend building an organic snack foods basket with snacks from popular natural food brands we love:
- Que Pasa
- Newman’s Own
- Late July Organic
- Blue Diamond
- Green Mountain
- Green & Black
- Tate’s Bake Shop