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Recipes for Holiday Gift Giving!

Updated on November 25, 2014

Get Personal With "Homemade" Edible Gifts!

Does gift giving get you frustrated? Does giving gifts at the holidays also put a real dent in your bank account?

Don't want to give the same old gifts every year that will be re-gifted the next? Want to give something more personal than a gift card or generic "gift under $20"?

Then make something in your kitchen. Find the perfect recipe for that great friend, box or wrap or bottle it up and give! It is not the most easy thing to do, but anyone can find something to create that is good to eat and will also be inexpensive.

My advice: find a recipe then try it out before you give it away.

Buy "Christmas Pudding" poster at

My Most Requested Gift Cookie for the Holidays! - Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies are easy to bake!

cranberry chocolate cookies
cranberry chocolate cookies

My friends and family RAVE about this cookie. To find the recipe you can click The Very Best Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookie.


Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies by Mickie_G is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Gift boxes for your Cranberry Chocolate Chip baked cookies: - a tasty gift treat!

Finding the perfect gift box for your baked holiday gifts might be challenging. The boxes shown below will give you a good idea of what is available.

"Gifts from the Kitchen" - Collected by Williams-Sonoma

Williams-Sonoma always has wonderful recipes for the holidays. I love walking into their store and just taking a wiff of the air. Smelling the spices and whatever the store is demonstrating always gets me into the Spirit of the Season. If you use a recipe from this book, you might also consider giving it as part of the present!

Gifts from the Kitchen (Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Library)
Gifts from the Kitchen (Williams-Sonoma Kitchen Library)
A cookbook so beautiful you can be proud of giving it away!

All this gift jar needs is pickles! (find the recipe below)

All this gift jar needs is pickles! (find the recipe below)
All this gift jar needs is pickles! (find the recipe below)

A Gift of Grandpa's Pickles:

We give away these pickles every holiday!

My husband and I have a family tradition: every year we give family and friends a jar of his "Sweet Dills". I know this is not a "baked" gift, but the pickles are indeed homemade! Check out the link below to find the recipe and the labels for this traditional Holiday gift from my house!

The Recipe to Make Your Own Grandpa's Pickles:

How to Make Easy "Sweet Dill" Pickles
It is at great risk to my marriage and family relationships, that I am sharing my husband's recipe for "Grandpa's Pickles" that we gift every Christmas. Just click the link above to find my Hub article with tons of photos on just how to make this wonderful homemade recipe for gift giving.

Wide mouth jars for your sweet dill pickles:

Ball Mason "PINT" Jars Wide-Mouth Can or Freeze - 12pk (by Jarden Home Brands) WM 16 Oz
Ball Mason "PINT" Jars Wide-Mouth Can or Freeze - 12pk (by Jarden Home Brands) WM 16 Oz
Wide mouth jars are easier to fill. We have used these jars for the past few years for Grandpa's Pickles to give to our friends and family.
christmas pudding poster from Allposters
christmas pudding poster from Allposters

This Homemade Gift is possibly the easiest recipe you can make this Holiday Season. No "cooking" involved for you or the receiver of this gift. This Christmas Fragrance is delightful and can make even the saddest Scrooge feel happy during the Holidays! Just make sure to note on the gift card -- NOT FOR DRINKING OR EATING!

Store in a zip baggie or jar until gift giving time. When that time comes, package your holiday gift in a cute jar or clear bag. You can tie the instructions on with curly ribbon or a great green string! Include a few cinnamon sticks on the gift tie.

Pickle spice, allspice and cinnamon sticks will be on the aisle with the baking spices and such in your grocery store.

Ginger root will be with the fresh foods like garlic in the grocery store. Do not be afraid to ask for help finding it.

(Cinnamon and other spices poster from Allposters)

Cook Time

Prep Time: not long

Total Time: The time it takes to boil water!

Serves: NOT For Consumption


  • 3 tablespoons pickle spice
  • 3 teaspoons allspice
  • 3 sticks of cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoons sliced ginger root
  • 3 cups hot water


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a non-staining cooking pot. Bring to a boil, lave on simmer for a good aroma.
Cast your vote for Christmas Fragrance Recipe

Fragrance Recipe Gift Add-on: Fragrance Simmer Pot! - Be Sure to attach directions and a recipe with your Christmas Gift!

If you need a recipe card template and instructions for how to use it, check out How to make and Print Free Recipe Cards

Orange Zest
Orange Zest

Serving Size

Serves: Makes 2 to 4 gifts

Citrus Salt Recipe - A homemade gift idea from Whole Foods Market

I found this recipe on a hand-out at our local Whole Foods Market. It takes some time learning how to "zest" a citrus fruit, but I bet it will smell delightful while you are making it. I have a zester tool that I use. You can also use a grater. The white portion of the citrus peel is unpleasantly bitter, so do not go too deep into the fruit skin. Just use the thin, colored part of the peel. (Image of zested orange from Flickr user ted_major)

*Download festive gift tags and other recipes from Whole Foods--Gifts From the Kitchen.


  • 2 cups sea salt
  • grey salt or fleur de sel
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoons freshly grated lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest


  1. Click Citrus Sea Salt Recipe from Whole Foods to see a beautiful image of this sea salt and to find the directions.

More Holiday Gift Containers for your homemade recipes: - Find it on Amazon--For every sale, Squidoo donates $1 to charity!

Here is what I recommend for packaging your homemade edible gifts. If you buy plain containers and bags, you can decorate them for any occasions--not just for the Holidays.

RSVP Kitchen Storage Collection Glass Spice Jars, 3 Ounce
RSVP Kitchen Storage Collection Glass Spice Jars, 3 Ounce
I love the silver lid for this spice jar. Very classy.

Chocolate Covered Cherries perfect for Gift Giving

Chocolate Covered Cherries perfect for Gift Giving
Chocolate Covered Cherries perfect for Gift Giving

My Mother's Chocolate Covered Cherries
Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries will not get nice and juicy until they sit for 7 to 30 days. After that time, these homemade candies become very cordial!...

Perfect Gift Bag for Candy!

Kraft White Paper Bag #2 Candy Peanuts Treat Bag ~ 25 count
Kraft White Paper Bag #2 Candy Peanuts Treat Bag ~ 25 count
Plain White Paper Bags--make sure you get the correct size.

Meltaway Butter Mints
Homemade Meltaway Mints--my favorite nibble at showers and weddings. Surely, this candy is easy to make! At least I hope they are! The glittering sugar cover...

Find the recipe for the moist brownie below:

How to make Chocolate Brownies from Scratch!
Attention! This recipe is the absolute best homemade brownie you will ever put in your mouth! So celebrate the chocolate brownie! By the way, December 8th i...

How to Make Pesto--Dixie Style
My friends call me the "Pesto Queen"! Every summer I plant a few basil plants in various locations in my yard. (I have found that basil grows best ...

How I made the Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies for Christmas Giving:

The Very Best Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
Everyone in my family raves about this cookie recipe. The combination of the cranberry, chocolate, almond favoring (a must!) and nuts is drooling-ly deliciou...

I love the idea of giving a homemade item from my kitchen as a gift.

Why? A gift that I know that I made with my own hands and that is possibly something that the gift receiver would not already have or made. It also might be a present that will help out with that person's stress--"I do not have to make dessert tonight! I got cookies from Mickie!"

Get the drift here? Feel free to share a link to your favorite gift recipe. If you have a great food wrapping idea you can share it, too.

Thanks! Enjoy the holidays! Oh, yes, don't forget to share, bookmark and give me a Squid Like.


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