10 Christmas Gift Food Ideas
Looking for 10 Christmas gift food ideas? Homemade Christmas gifts come from the heart--and homemade food gifts for Christmas will make for some happy stomachs! Let your family and friends know you love them with these creative Christmas food gift ideas.
- Hot chocolate mix. Homemade hot chocolate to mix is easy to make--and easy to customize. Try adding spices such as cinnamon, cloves and chile powder to a basic hot chocolate mix for a spicy Christmas gift. Pack your hot chocolate mix in jars with homemade holiday labels.
- Cookie mix. Layered cookie mix in a jar is a classic Christmas food gift, great for a friend who loves cookies but isn't great at baking from scratch. Layer the cookie ingredients in a clear jar and add a tie on a gift tag with baking instructions.
- Jams and jellies. Making your own jams and jellies can be tricky when you're just starting out, but once you've perfected the process, you've got a great Christmas food gift on your hands. If you can them properly, they won't need refrigeration, so you can send them in the mail with no fuss.
- Chocolate-covered pretzels. Simply melt chocolate, dip some pretzels, lay them out on waxed paper and top with Christmas-colored sprinkles before they dry. A mug filled with chocolate-covered pretzels makes a great Christmas food gift for any chocolate lover.
- Soup mix. Bean and lentil soups are easy to make, especially if you have a homemade soup mix to work from. Layer different kinds of beans and spices in a jar, then top it off with a fabric jar lid cover for a colorful presentation.
- Granola. Homemade granola is worlds better than the store-bought kind. To make granola as a Christmas food gift, add some holiday flair with dried cranberries, apricots and holiday spices.
- Fudge. Another great gift for the chocolate-lover in your life is homemade fudge. Whether you make traditional fudge or go for the quick version with condensed milk and marshmallows, you can add some crushed peppermint sticks to keep up the Christmas cheer.
- Caramel popcorn. Sticky, caramel-coated popcorn is a fun Christmas gift for anyone who doesn't have dentures or braces. It may take you a few tries to get the consistency of the caramel right--but that just means there's more extra caramel corn for yourself.
- Spiced nuts. An excellent holiday appetizer as well as a gift, sugared and spiced roasted nuts really capture the flavors of Christmas. Try mixing them with dried cranberries and other fruit to make a Christmas food gift trail mix.
- Chocolate bark. Since it's just melted chocolate mixed with fruit and nuts and spread out to solidify, chocolate bark is a really easy Christmas food gift for kids to make. Try adding pistachios, cranberries or crushed peppermint sticks.