Take the stress out of gift giving with easy and affordable handmade Christmas treat gifts that are sure to bring joy to everyone on your list.
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Food Gifts for Christmas
If you’re like me, you love to give those you care about something that comes from the heart, or in this case your hands. I know when my kids come home from preschool with a handmade gift, it just melts my heart! So much better than anything else I could ask for.
It can, however, be hard to find exactly what to make, which is why I have rounded up my favorite food gifts for Christmas that can be made in less than 1 hour and typically for less than $10. Now you can treat everyone on your list to a little something made just for them.
If, however, you don’t have time to bake or make something edible, you can always make a quick batch of my Christmas stovetop potpourri that is guaranteed to spread holiday cheer.
What Makes a Great Homemade Gift
- The gift receiver. This is pretty straightforward, but knowing if you are making this for a casual acquaintance or a beloved family member helps a lot. That way you can personalize it to their tastes, dislikes, or even allergies.
- Time it takes. We all know how valuable time is during the holidays, so it is important to know how long something will take to make. I typically like to take the time something makes and divide it by how many gifts it will make. It will surprise you how much time you can actually save by making a batch of one thing.
- Cost to make. Again, the holidays can end up costing a lot, so it is nice to save wherever we can. Just like I do for the time it takes, I like to divide the amount it costs to make an item by how many gifts I can get out of it. Most things end up being less than $10 per gift.
Homemade Cookie and Bar Gifts
The holidays are tailor-made for sweet things, and there is nothing like a box of freshly-made cookies or bars to brighten someone’s day.
- Chocolate Covered Christmas Oreos. These are as cute as a button and come together in minutes.
- Peppermint Brownie Mix for Jar. I love this gift because it can be made whenever someone needs a little love. Plus, it comes with free printable downloads to make wrapping even easier.
- Christmas Sugar Cookies. Who doesn’t love a delightfully decorated and delicious sugar cookie? They are a classic for a reason.
- Cookie Mix in a Jar. This is my fan-favorite M&M Christmas cookie recipe in a jar and it comes with free printable downloads, as well.
- Chocolate Mint Cookies. Mint chips and chocolate cookies come together to create the ultimate holiday treat.
- Mini Cookie Snow Globes. These are almost too cute to eat. Almost.
- Ginger Molasses Cookies. These are the flavors of the season and they smell amazing while baking. A little extra treat for the baker.
- Gingerbread Man Cookies. Soft and chewy and oh-so-adorable, these cookies are made for the holidays.
- Cornflake Wreaths. In just a few minutes, you will have a Christmas gift that tastes just as good as it looks.
- M&M Cookie Bars. These bars are a hearty and welcome treat for the busy holiday season.
- Grinch Cookies. Even the most scroogiest will smile when they taste of these easy cake-mix cookies.
Homemade Snack Gifts
From breads to dips, these holiday snack gifts are perfect for when someone needs a pick-me-up between all the Christmas activities.
- Cranberry Orange Chocolate Chip Bread. This festive loaf is a favorite for busy mornings.
- Peppermint Bark Popcorn. Pair this with a favorite holiday film and you have the gift of the season.
- Sweet and Savory Compound Butter with Free Printable. I love a good compound butter, and there are quite a few to choose from. Wrap it with a freshly baked loaf of bread to make someone’s day.
- Candied Pecans. There is nothing like sweet and nutty when you’re in need of a little snack, and this one delivers big.
- Christmas Reindeer Chow. Not only is this pretty to look at, it tastes just as good. Plus, it is always a hit with the kids.
- Homemade Salsa. I love to make a batch of this and pair it with my favorite tortilla chips as a gift for those I might not know as well.
Homemade Candy Gifts
There are all types of candies and some can take awhile to make, but not these ones. They are super simple and come together quickly. Plus, they look like they took a long time.
- Christmas Oreo Balls. Just 3 ingredients to make the prettiest and sweetest little gift.
- Christmas Crack. This cracker candy toffee is highly addictive and is made from just a few ingredients. It is one of my family favorites.
- Christmas Pretzel Hugs. It doesn’t get easier than this, folks. It takes very little time to make something really delicious.
- Peanut Butter Fudge. This no-bake dessert takes 5 ingredients and less than 10 minutes to make.
- Homemade Snickers. How can you say no to homemade candy bars filled with layers of chocolate, nougat and caramel? You can’t.
- Peppermint Bark. This candy cane topped chocolate bark is so pretty and easy to make.
- Sugar Cookie Truffles. It only takes 4 ingredients to make to make these fun take on the holiday classic cookie.
- Cream Cheese Mints. These colorful and sweet mints are simple to make but will make a nice impression.
- Rolo Peppermint Reindeer. The kids will love these adorable reindeer-shaped treats.
- Easy Hot Fudge. I love to gift a jar of this along with a carton of ice cream or Peppermint Brownie Mix for Jar.
Which one are you excited to try?