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Yummy Handmade Gifts You May Want to Keep

Looking for easy and budget-friendly handmade gifts for the Christmas season? These sweet and savoury treats will satisfy everyone on your list. Holiday food gift baskets, cookie tins, jars and more!

Chili and Garlic Infused Olive Oil with Bread in Gift Basket

Every year, I try to include at least a few handmade gifts for the people on my list who I’m certain will appreciate them. It’s a personal touch that’s hard to replicate from a store.

Edible gifts always seem to be a favourite during the Holidays. Nothing says LOVE like freshly baked cookies or homemade jam, sauces and more, right? The options for food gift baskets, boxes, tins and jars are endless.

On the flip side, gifts from the kitchen can be a bust too. That’s why, before I give anything away, I always do a trial run of these recipes with my family. They love being my taste-testers, and certainly don’t hold back when it comes to giving honest reviews. Let’s just say I’ve done my fair share of tweaking and adjusting so you don’t have to.

Edible Gift Ideas

Whether you’re looking for gifts for hostesses, friends, neighbours, coworkers, or someone else on your list, this collection of delicious homemade treats will certainly rise to the challenge. Enjoy these sweet and savoury goodies from my kitchen to yours!

Collection of Holiday Edible Gift Ideas

Chili Garlic Olive Oil

This chili garlic olive oil can be prepared in 10 minutes using 5 simple ingredients, making it such an easy gift idea or holiday appetizer when paired with bread. For a larger gift, grab a basket, line with a tea towel and load it up with good quality bread, flatbread, small dipping bowl, mini spoons or spreaders and a wooden board. 

Get this infused oil recipe: Chili & Garlic Olive Oil Handmade Gift

Chili Garlic Infused Olive Oil in Jar with Bamboo Spoon

Cranberry Brie Topper

Love cranberries with brie cheese? Make a jar of this delicious compote. As an option, wrap up a wheel of brie cheese along with crostini on a wood serving board (or in a basket). Include a cheese knife and spoon so it’s all ready to go. Perfect for hostess gifts or the foodies in your life!

Make this festive appetizer: Cranberry Compote

Holiday Crostini with Cranberry Compote and Brie on Wood Serving Board

Salted Caramel Sauce

This salted caramel sauce with only 4 simple ingredients is super quick and easy to make. Perfect for drizzling over ice cream, apple pie, bread pudding, lattes and more. Rich, creamy and so delicious!

Get the sweet and salty recipe: Easy Salted Caramel Sauce

Sea Salt Caramel Sauce in Glass Jar with Bamboo Spoon

Rosemary Blackberry Jam

This honey-sweetened blackberry jam infused with a hint of fresh rosemary is a lovely edible gift. A bit of a twist on a classic preserve, it’s very tasty and super versatile. Aside from the typical toast and jam, it makes a delicious appetizer or meat topper too.

Make this tasty preserve: Honey & Rosemary Blackberry Jam

Rosemary Blackberry Jam in Jar Wrapped with Kraft Paper and Jute String

Toasted Marshmallow Mocha Creamer

This toasted marshmallow mocha creamer is the perfect way to add a frothy, marshmallowy twist to mocha or hot chocolate. Whip up a jar using only 4 ingredients. For a larger gift, put together a basket with mugs, coffee, hot cocoa mix and a bottle of homemade creamer.

Get the homemade instructions: Toasted Marshmallow Creamer

Mocha in White Mug with Toasted Marshmallow Creamer Being Poured In

Dried Mint Tea

Have a tea lover on your list? This dried mint tea is easy to put together. Plan ahead by growing extra in your garden, or simply purchase mint bundles from the grocery store. Mint is easy to dry and makes a delicious cup of tea.

Get the easy instructions: Dried Mint Tea

Dried Mint in Bundle and Loose Leaf Mint Tea in Glass Jar

Carrot Cake Jars

Enjoy carrot cake as much as I do? The combination of pineapple and carrots makes this cake super moist, while the coconut and pecans add the perfect texture. Of course, the light and fluffy cream cheese frosting is the perfect pairing. Whip up some jars to pass out this Holiday season.

Make these dessert jars: Carrot Cake Jars

Carrot Cake Jars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Put together a Holiday baking gift basket with chocolate toffee coconut cookie mix jars, printable recipe instructions, vanilla extract, a cookie scoop and more. Perfect for those days when freshly baked cookies are a must!

Get the basket details: Chocolate Toffee Coconut Cookie Mix Jars

Cookie Baking Gift Basket with Cookie Mix, Cookie Scoop and Vanilla

Linzer Cookies

Bake an extra batch of Christmas Linzer Cookies to pass out over the Holidays. Filled with jam and sprinkled with powdered sugar, these gluten-free cookies are both pretty and delicious. Perfect for your holiday cookie exchange too!

Bake these cookies: Christmas Linzer Cookies

Christmas Linzer Cookies with Raspberry Jam and Powdered Sugar in White Tin

Wrapping Edible Gifts

Have your own favourite baking recipes? Be sure to read more ideas on how to wrap baked goods for Christmas.

Christmas Cookies Packaged Up in White Tins with Pretty Ribbon and Greenery

Love is in the details, so be sure to wrap your handmade kitchen gifts with care. For ideas, check out my simple Christmas gift wrapping guide.

Other Handmade Gifts From the Kitchen

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Have a wonderful day,

Shauna at Satori Design for Living Blog - Home Decor, DIY, Vintage Finds, Recipes

This handmade gifts post was originally published November 2011 and updated with new photos and ideas December 2021.


  1. Hi Shauna!  This is a wonderful idea.  I love the whole idea of it.  And your jar decorations are so pretty.  I am going to make these cookies for my family!  Thank you for sharing this!

  2. I already have a few botched Christmas recipes hiding in the bottom of my freezer and it’s not even Dec. 1! Giving out mixes instead is a great idea!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Mixes are a little easier to transport and can be made whenever they’re ready to eat more goodies (sometimes there’s just too much during the holidays)!

  3. Hi Shauna, What a beautiful site you have here! I’m impressed. And these gift ideas look so scrumptious! Thanks for sharing.

    Warmly, Michelle

  4. That’s such a great idea! Thank you so much! Now I know exactly what I’ll offer my mum and granny for Christmas!

  5. I love a handmade holiday. These are cute! Last night I put together mulling sachets, to steep in hot apple cider. Hope the friends and family enjoy!

  6. I just made your chocolate coconut toffee chewy cookies, Shauna ~~ OMG they are wonderful!!!!!!  I had planned on packaging them up as gifts for friends………but I have a feeling this double batch may be gone before that happens!  Thank you so much for the recipe and gift idea.

  7. This is such a fun idea, the cookies look yummy. Great Gifts Idea! Love your pictures. Saw you at the link parties and now following you.

    Merry Christmas, Wanda Ann

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