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15 Homemade Food Gift Ideas For Family And Friends

For the last few years, I’ve had to get creative with gifts for some of those hard to shop for people in my family (translate: the men).ย  I tend to pick up bottles of hot sauces for my heat-seeking brother throughout the year, though my plan is always to experiment with making my own to gift. Homemade food gifts like spice blends, whipped butters and even infused oils and spirits can be such a unique and thoughtful gift to those who you know would enjoy them.

Most of these can be made at pretty short notice, which I like. These types of gifts are also great for friends, neighbors, teachers and co-workers. The spice blends are great gifts for those you know like to cook – just pick up inexpensive spice jars at a place like World Market for easy packaging (don’t forget a coupon!). My friend Heidi has been giving us whipped honey butter for the last couple of years and my whole family looks forward to it each time. I love the idea of packaging up a Christmas coffee blend for the coffee lovers in my life, how nice would it be to wake up to a pot of spiced coffee Christmas morning!

Hope you are inspired to make something special with some of these ideas this year. Nothing made me happier than getting a text of a picture of my brother-in-law at the grill using up the last of his bbq spice rub asking for more! ๐Ÿ™‚

Spice Blends and Rubs

BBQ Spice Rub
Rosemary Salt
Ranch Dressing Mix
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Cajun Spice Mix

Whipped Butters

Cinnamon Honey Butter
Vanilla Bean Whipped Honey Butter
Pumpkin Honey Whipped Butter
Cranberry Cinnamon Honey Butter
Whipped Honey-Maple Cinnamon Butter (paired up with pumpkin cornbread muffins – wow!)

Something a little different…

Homemade Maraschino Cherries
Rosemary Infused Vodka
Chili Oil
Homemade Christmas Coffee Blend
Homemade Pancake Mix


Do you like to make your own gifts during the holidays? What are some of your favorites? Links welcome!

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26 comments on “15 Homemade Food Gift Ideas For Family And Friends”

  1. Homemade Christmas gifts are the best kind!!!

  2. Thanks for linking to my ranch mix, Aggie! This is so fun, I love homemade edible gifts!

  3. love these! we do all homemade gifts now, so I’m always looking for new ideas.

    my favorites to do:
    spiced nuts
    homemade sugar scrub
    homemade vanilla extract
    spice rubs
    crafty stuff (bags, vases, etc)

    • Oh…I love those homemade sugar scrubs! I have never made them, but have always wanted to. Such great ideas Brandi! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. This year I’m determined to do an edible gift!! I’m thinking granola of some sort? Love the BBQ rub idea.

    • granola sounds perfect! I’m actually thinking of doing the same for teacher gifts and neighbors. I love the idea of a vanilla-almond or pumpkin spice granola ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I love it Aggie -we both posted homemade gift ideas today! You have some great ideas here ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I love this!! Add biscotti to my list! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. SO cool! I love the idea of doing the homemade rub!! I usually stick with cookies & granola but would love to branch out

  8. I love giving homemade gifts. Last year I did some spiced nuts and also some different kinds of popcorn.

  9. Wow, thanks for including so many of my posts, Aggie! What a great list–everyone loves homemade gifts!

  10. This is a great round up of ideas, Aggie! Thanks for including the link to my post too. Homemade gifts really are the best, aren’t they?

  11. I’m working on a round-up of edible gift ideas myself because I’m also trying to do lots of homemade gifts this year! I know my family would love that spice rub. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I love giving different homemade gifts each year! These are some great ideas!

  13. Hi Aggie,
    This is such a great list of gift ideas. I’m heading over the check them all out right now since I haven’t even come close to finishing my Christmas shopping. (Thanks for including my coffee blend in your list!).

  14. This is my 4th year of homemade gifts. My big hits have been mustards, which is great because they are super easy! A sweet and tangy mustard with pickle juice and an English Brown mustard –

    have also done:
    Pumpkin Butter
    Cranberry Orange marmalade
    Dulce de leche
    cranberry vinegar
    apple ginger vinegar
    mint hot fudge sauce
    spiced nuts
    cinnamon rolls (pioneer women’s website – AMAZING)

  15. Thanks for the inspiration! I’m getting married this year, which translates to, “We have a tight budget for Christmas presents this year, ” lol so I can really use some inspiration for some homemade gifts.

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  18. Your picture has peach BBQ sauce. Do you have a recipe for this one?

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