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27 Handmade Christmas Treat Gifts

Easy and affordable handmade Christmas treat gifts are thoughtful and delicious. Everyone on your list will love these edible holiday desserts and treats!

Stacked m&m cookie bars on a white plate.
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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

Some of the best homemade gifts are made from the simplest ingredients, like grinch cookies or candied pecans. Here are the things I like to consider when I am choosing what to make for someone.

  • 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.

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.

Christmas oreos on a marble counter.

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 bread sliced

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
  • 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?

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