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Ideas for Food Gifts to Make for Any Occasion

Updated on August 1, 2013
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Food Gifts

The first gifts that humans gave one another were food. Sharing food, in most cultures, is imbued with special meanings. Making a food gift to a friend or relative has even more meaning, especially when you have made that food yourself. Making a food gift can also be a way to give a gift that is both personal and inexpensive. There are many food gifts to choose from, some of which need no cooking at all. Whether your present is for Christmas, a birthday, or another occasion, you are sure to find a gift to suit any occasion.

You need not have huge cooking skills to make food gifts, as some do not even need cooking. If the intended recipient of the gift is a cook, they will appreciate fresh herbs. Buy some small herb plants and plant them in a decorated plant pot or basket to sit on the kitchen window sill ready for use.

Sweets, chocolates and candies are simple to make at home. Chocolate truffles have sinfulness and a luxury and, yet, they are very simple to make at home. Present them beautifully, as high class chocolate shops do, in an elegant box tied artistically with thin gold ribbon. Many people adore fudge and that, although a little more difficult than truffles, is still relatively easy to make. Other ideas for sweet include toffees, nougat, rum balls, nut clusters, peppermint creams, honeycomb and many others. You can find recipes in any good cookery book or on the internet search for ‘easy sweets, chocolates, candies recipes’.

Exciting Food Gift Ideas

Gifts in a jar are another great gift idea, which has become increasingly popular in recent years. Carefully weigh the dry ingredients for your favourite cookie or cake recipe adding them in coloured layers into a sealable jar. Seal the jar, write or print the recipe, ingredients and method, onto a label and attach the label to the jar. All the recipient needs to do is add the wet ingredients to the mix and bake and they have a beautiful cake or a batch of cookies. You can also make up dried soup mixes, beverage mixes and other mixes in jars or mugs. Gifts in a jar make an excellent gift for students, who are away from home for the first time, busy mums, and people, who do not have the time, knowledge, or confidence, to cook from scratch.

Commercial jams, jellies, preserves, chutneys and pickles are not anywhere as tasty as homemade items. If you make your own preserves, a jar or two of homemade jam, jelly, chutney, or pickle make an excellent gift.

If you like to bake or cook, you could make a batch of cookies or meals for the freezer for a student, busy mum, or pensioner. These would make excellent gifts for which the recipient would bless you.

You could make up a homemade food hamper. A jar or two of preserves, some gifts in a jar, homemade truffles candies, chocolates or sweets, and some baked goods together in a decorated box or basket make an excellent gift. If you decorate your box and basket imaginatively it will look as good, if not better than, the expensive food hamper in the shops and stores, for a fraction of the price.

Food makes an excellent gift that is sure to please. In these difficult economic times, when you still want to make gifts to wish friends and family happiness on special occasions food gifts are inexpensive and will not break the budget. Presentation is everything with homemade gifts and there are many ideas on the internet for decorating your homemade food presents. Whatever the occasion, a homemade food gift will make the recipient feel very special and show them that you took the time to make something delicious especially for them. There are so many ideas for food gifts to make on the internet that you will have no trouble finding the perfect idea for that special gift.


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    Mercia Collins 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    People really appreciate Gifts in a Jar, especially those with little time or cooking knowledge.

    Thank-you vespawoolf for your comment

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    These are great gift ideas! I've never thought of a gift in a jar, but now that you've mentioned it I'm going to give it a try. I'm sure it would be very popular with my friends. Thank you!

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    Mercia Collins 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    yes indeed and they always make acceptable gifts.

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    JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

    Jams and jellies are great gifts. you can make them in advance and just store them until you need to give them away. It's just a matter of finding the right recipe that's easy to make.