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41 Homemade Christmas Food Gifts

41 Homemade Christmas Food Gifts

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No one can resist a delicious, thoughtful homemade gift made with love at the holidays! Whether muffins, bread or cookies, seasoning blends, or spiced nuts, gourmet goodies are always a welcome Christmas gift.

This year, show someone how much you love them with a homemade gift from your kitchen. Edible gifts are one of the best ways to share a little cheer with friends, neighbors, co-workers, and those who have helped you out over the past year.

Holiday baking and cooking have become a tradition for me. I love being in the kitchen making homemade food gifts for people that are important to me. Whether it’s the UPS delivery guy, the lawn crew, or anyone who’s done a home improvement project for me, I want to show them just how special they are to me.

Whenever I’m on the receiving end of getting a gift that someone has made, well, my heart tends to skip a beat just knowing that they took the time to make something for me. That’s why I’ve put together this collection of DIY Christmas gifts. From sweet to savory, spicy, and crunchy, there’s something for everyone on your list. Merry Christmas!

How Do You Wrap Food For Gift Giving?

Wrapping these foodie gift ideas is easy and fun! Whether you make a big batch of cookies or a loaf or two of bread, you’ll want to make your holiday gift special with a few festive touches. Here are a few of my favorite ways to wrap my homemade gifts:

  • cellophane bag – you can buy clear or holiday themed bags and loaded them with cookies, candied nut or muffins. Tie on a pretty ribbon and you are set!
  • reuse small bottles – I save small glass bottles and canning jars then fill them with BBQ sauce, and homemade spice blends.
  • cookie tins – most discount stores like Dollar Tree and Dollar General sell cookies tins that are great for loading up with cookies, fudge and nuts.

Muffins And Bread

Slice of apple pull apart breat on a white plate.

Apple Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread

Apple Cinnamon Pull-Apart Bread made with warm spices and sweet apples layered in between buttery dough is a recipe sure to become a family favorite.

Eggnog Muffins

Make the holidays sweeter with Eggnog Muffins! Loaded with a double dose of eggnog, in the batter, and in the glazed icing, these cakelike muffins are full of warm cinnamon and nutmeg flavors.

Loaf of delicious baked zucchini cheese bread, sliced on a cutting board served for dinner.

Zucchini Cheese Quick Bread

Warm, savory Zucchini Cheese Bread is super delicious and so easy to make. This no-yeast, quick bread is loaded with cheddar cheese and tender zucchini with just the right amount of garlic. Slather on some butter or enjoy it plain. Either way, you’ll be smitten with this simple recipe!

Homemade Blueberry Bread sliced served with coffee.

Blueberry Bread With Lemon Glaze

Loaded with juicy blueberries and topped with a bright, sweet glaze, this quick bread recipe is a welcome treat any time it’s served. Blueberry Bread with Lemon Glaze makes a great grab-and-go breakfast and is perfect for serving with coffee for an afternoon snack.

Orange Muffins made with fresh juice and zest are tender and soft. They are the perfect way to start the day!

Glazed Orange Muffins

Glazed Orange Muffins are a sweet way to brighten your day! Made with fresh orange juice and zest, they’re tender and soft with just the right amount of sweetness. These scratch-made muffins are ideal for breakfast, brunch,

Pumpkin Pecan Streusel Bread

Homemade pumpkin bread with a sweet, crunchy pecan streusel topping is a favorite fall treat! It’s loaded with warm pumpkin spice flavors and is tender and moist on the inside, making it out-of-this-world delicious.

Blueberry Sour Cream Muffins With Lemon Glaze on a plate with fresh blueberries.

Blueberry Sour Cream Muffins with Lemon Glaze

This easy, baked-from-scratch recipe makes the BEST Blueberry Sour Cream Muffins with a fresh lemon flavor.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with golden brown top sliced for serving.

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread is tender, super-moist, and incredibly delicious! This easy-to-make recipe is full of bananas, and chocolate chips with an added sprinkle of pecans, making it the ideal quick bread for breakfast, brunch, an afternoon snack, or dessert.

Christmas Cookies And Sweet Treats

Snowball Cookies in a metal tin for gift giving at Christmas.

Snowball Cookies

Sweet, lovely Snowball Cookies are the perfect Christmas cookie! Made with just 6 ingredients, these cookies are buttery, loaded with little bits of pecans, and are melt in your mouth delicious.

Ambrosia Cookies with red cherries and white coconut on a rack cooking.

Ambrosia Macaroon Cookies

These delicious cookies have all the flavors of the classic holiday salad full of pineapple, coconut, and red maraschino cherries. Ambrosia Macaroon Cookies are not only beautiful, they are also an outstanding treat for friends, and neighbors, and perfect for the holidays!

Soft, chewy with a magical sugary cinnamon topping these Snickerdoodle Cookies are the absolute best! This time-honored recipe is easy to make, too.

The Best Snickerdoodle Cookies

Soft, chewy with a magical sugary cinnamon topping these Snickerdoodle Cookies are the absolute best! This time-honored recipe is easy to make, too. These cookies are the perfect afternoon treat with a glass of milk, excellent with a cup of coffee or tea, and a wonderful sweet treat for friends and neighbors.

Peanut Butter Balls topped with a drizzle of chocolate and crushed peanuts make a wonderful sweet treat for the holidays and are perfect for gift giving.

Peanut Butter Balls (Simple And Easy)

Simple and Easy Peanut Butter Balls are a holiday favorite homemade candy! Made with creamy peanut butter and coated in chocolate, they are perfect for serving at parties, on cookie trays, and always a welcome gift for neighbors and friends.

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies on a pan are baked to perfection!

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies are big, chewy, and bursting with peanut butter flavor! Perfectly baked with oatmeal, butter, cinnamon, and an extra helping of peanut butter, these cookies are seriously delicious.

Coconut Date Balls with gift tins are the perfect Christmas treat for friends. A no-bake, easy recipe made with butter, dates, pecans, rice cereal and coconut. This healthy cookie is always a favorite at the holidays.

Coconut Date Balls

Coconut Date Balls are a classic, must make cookie at Christmas. This easy, no-bake, recipe made with dates, pecans, rice cereal, and coconut has just the right amount of sweetness that makes them totally irresistible! They’re the

Kitchen Sink Cookies are loaded with sweet, savory and salty goodness! Made with butter, sugar, flour, oats, dark chocolate, chocolate chips, coconut, pecans and pretzels. This is one cookie that that has something for everyone!

Kitchen Sink Cookies

Sweet meets savory and brings crunchy along for fun in these ultimate Kitchen Sink Cookies! Crispy edges with a chewy center make these cookies unbelievably delicious. Add a sprinkle of sea salt to finish them off for the perfect unexpected treat bite after bite.

Coconut macaroons made with sugar, flour, vanilla and egg white are cookies that are so easy to make and your family will love.

Coconut Macaroons

Beautiful flakes of coconut and four other ingredients is all you need to make these incredible cookies! They are sweet, with a soft, tender center and crispy on the outside. Making a yummy dessert has never been

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Savory Snacks

Freshed jalapenos cooked with sugar, spices and just the right amount of seasoning are turned into an irresistible dish that's perfect for burgers, dogs, salads, sandwiches and appetizers.

Candied Jalapeños

It doesn’t matter if you call them Candied Jalapeños or Cowboy Candy, this sweet and spicy concoction is downright irresistible! With just a few ingredients, fresh jalapeños are turned into something extra special and perfect with burgers, sandwiches, salads, appetizers, or anything else that suits your fancy.

ranch fire crackers with red pepper for saltines

No-Bake Ranch Fire Crackers

Ranch seasoning and red pepper turn ordinary saltine crackers into a favorite snack. Made in less than 30 minutes, they are an easy no-bake savory treat everyone will love.

Tomato Relish in a jar with a wooden spoon for serving.

Fresh Tomato Relish

Fresh Tomato Relish is full of bright, sweet, and tangy flavors, making it irresistible! Serve it as an appetizer with crunchy bread and cheese, or as a dip with chips. It’s super versatile and makes the best topping for grilled burgers, sausages, chicken, and fish.

Air Fryer Roasted Nuts made with pecans and almonds is a heart healthy snack made in minutes.

Air Fryer Roasted Nuts

Crunchy and perfectly seasoned, Air Fryer Roasted Nuts are a delicious snack, perfect for sprinkling on salads and great for entertaining. Toasting nuts in an air fryer takes a few minutes and is the best way to bring out the most flavor in these heart-healthy treats. 

Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce dripping off a spoon to be served with pulled pork and red slaw.

Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce Recipe

Tangy, peppery, and loaded with a punch of flavor, Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce will take anything you slather it on to a whole new level! With a beautiful golden color from mustard and a slight sweetness from brown sugar and honey, this sauce takes only 10 minutes to make.

Cheddar & Chive Ball is an easy to make appetizer that's perfect for any gathering. It freezes beautifully so that you've throw a party at the drop of a hat!

Cheddar & Chive Cheese Ball

It’s just not a party without a cheese ball, right? Whether you’re having a small gathering or a large get-together, this Cheddar and Chive Cheese Ball is sure to be hit. Serve it with your favorite crackers or fresh veggies for an appetizer that is sure to impress your guests!

Spicy Cheese Crackers with pretzels and Fritos with a drink for snack time.

Spicy Cheese Cracker Snack Mix

Spicy Cheese Cracker Snack Mix is a homemade treat that’s perfect for parties, game day, or movie night! It’s crunchy, salty, cheesy, and full of flavor with a kick of heat. It’s so much better than store-bought and super easy to make.

Homemade burger seasoning sprinkled on hamburger patties ready to cook.

Easy Homemade Burger Seasoning

Add the BEST flavor to burgers with this easy-to-make burger seasoning recipe. It only takes a few pantry ingredients and 5 minutes to make a blend that takes a burger from ordinary to extraordinary!

Ranch Dill Pickle Spears and Chipe for snacks or sandwiches.

Ranch Dill Pickles (TikTok Recipe)

Ranch Dill Pickles have been blowing up the internet! Turn a jar of dill pickles into something ridiculously good with a packet of ranch seasoning mix. For snacking, appetizers and a must for any summer cookout or party.

Two glass bottles of homemade red wine vinegar on a metal tray with greenery.

How To Make Red Wine Vinegar

Turn leftover wine into a delicious vinegar that’s perfect for salads, side dishes, and recipes that need an extra splash of flavor!

Jalapeno Popper Cheese Ball made with cream cheese, jalapenos, cheddar cheese, ranch seasoning, bacon and chives is an easy to make crowd please appetizer!

Jalapeño Popper Cheese Ball

All the incredible flavors of jalapeño poppers rolled into a cheese ball is a crowd-pleasing appetizer that’s totally scrumptious! Made with cream cheese, cheddar, jalapeños, bacon, ranch seasoning, and chives. This is a simple-to-make appetizer that’s

Carolina Vinegar BBQ Sauce is tangy, spicy and is a must when you're serving pulled pork! It's easy to make with just 6 ingredients.

Carolina Vinegar BBQ Sauce

Carolina Vinegar BBQ Sauce is tangy, spicy, and is the ultimate sauce when you’re serving pork! Originating in North Carolina, this sauce is easy to make with just 6 ingredients. This traditional sauce is for anyone who takes their pork BBQ seriously.

Bowl of Sweet And Spicy Roasted Nuts for snacking

Sweet And Spicy Roasted Nuts

Irresistible, Sweet And Spicy Roasted Nuts are a terrific appetizer, snack, and a must-make at the holidays! Made with just 6-ingredients and ready in under 30 minutes, these sweet and savory bites are perfect to serve at any gathering.

Homemade Taco Seasoning made with chili powder, oregano, smoked paparika, onion and garlic powder, salt and pepper. Easy to make for tacos, nachos, burritos and quesadillas.

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Better than anything you can buy in the store, this Homemade Taco Seasoning can be mixed up in minutes! This easy, DIY recipe has deep, savory flavors perfect for tacos, and nachos, grilled meats, and chicken, rice, beans, or anytime you want a punch of flavor.

Honey Mustard Sauce drizzled on pretzel bites makes a yummy after school tread and is perfect for game day.

Honey Mustard Sauce

This homemade Honey Mustard Sauce, made with just 6 ingredients is absolutely THE BEST! It’s creamy with a spicy kick that’s great as a dip for veggies, wings, fries, or just about anything you can think of. It makes a terrific spread on sandwiches and delicious served with a holiday ham.

Pineapple Bacon Cheese Ball cut and served on a round cracker for cocktails.

Pineapple Bacon Cheese Ball

Crushed pineapple, smokey bacon, and loads of cheese are all turned into a sweet, savory cheese ball that’s irresistible!

Hot honey is sweet with a spicy kick. It's simple to make and crazy delicious drizzled over chicken, biscuits, cornbread, pizza or used in iced tea and vinaigrette.

Hot Honey

Sweet honey, infused with spicy peppers, is easy to make and totally addictive! If you love sweet and spicy flavors, then I’m giving you fair warning…after one taste, you’re going to want to drizzle Hot Honey on just about everything!

house seasoning from a southern soul

Southern Soul House Seasoning

To bring out the best flavor in a dish, cooks around the world know that proper seasoning is essential. Adding flavor to your food can be somewhat intimidating but here’s a trick that I’ve used for years

Yummy Extras To Make And Share

Easy to make Cinnamon Rolls in a pan being scooped with a copper utensil served with a cup of coffee.

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Sweet, fluffy Easy Cinnamon Rolls made with a brown sugar cinnamon swirl, and topped with a vanilla cream cheese icing are outrageously delicious!

Candied Pecans made with brown sugar, cinnamon, egg whites with a touch of heat are an irresistible treat! As an appetizers, snack or on salads and sides dishes they are delicious. They also make a wonderful homemade gift.

Candied Pecans

These hard to resist Candied Pecans are easy to make with just a few simple ingredients. They’re great for serving as an appetizer with drinks, at parties and are perfect on top of salads, side dishes, and desserts. They also make a wonderful homemade gift for the holidays or when you want to share a little love.

tiger butter bowl

Tiger Butter Fudge

Chocolate, vanilla and peanut butter all swirled together in one beautiful bite! Tiger Butter Fudge is a mix of most everyone’s favorite dessert flavors and is a splendid gift to give friends, neighbors and people you love

Christmas Snack Mix is a festive blend of rice cereal, pretzels, corn snacks and M&M all coated is a sweet vanilla bark. This easy to make treat is sure to make Christmas extra sweet.

Christmas Snack Mix

Christmas Snack Mix is a sweet and salty treat that’s so easy to make and is always a favorite at any holiday party! This festive treat is loaded with crunchy ingredients along with just the right amount of chocolate. It’s a no-bake goodie that’s ideal for gift-giving, movie night and get-togethers.

Mom’s Homemade Fudge

Mom’s Homemade Fudge is a rich, chocolaty tradition that everyone loves! It’s simple to make with just 5 ingredients and the best treat to enjoy or to give for the holidays!

Blueberry Lemon Scone served with fresh berries and coffee.

Blueberry Lemon Scones Recipe

Warm and buttery Blueberry Scones, made with lemon zest and a sweet citrusy glaze, are the perfect grab-and-go breakfast or snack any day of the year! Fresh out of the oven in less than 30 minutes, these scones are mouthwateringly delicious and are hands down better than your local bakery or coffee shop!

Classic Muddy Buddies are a "must make" during the holidays. Also know as Puppy Chow, this sweet crunchy treat is a treat loved by kids of all ages!

Classic Muddy Buddies

Classic Muddy Buddies are a “must make” during the holidays. Also known as Puppy Chow, this sweet crunchy snack is a treat loved by kids of all ages!   What’s not to love when crunchy cereal, peanut