Have you started shopping yet? Gifts for the family this year are a little tricky as we’ll be bringing them home on a plane, but I’m already almost done. (My secret is online shopping ;)) In the past, I’ve always given something homemade and I think I’ll have to make a few of the items below, even if they don’t make it back to the midwest with us.

Here are some of my favorite savory (and a few sweet) ideas for homemade food gifts to give to loved ones this year!

Curried Pecans – via me

Salted Maple Caramel Sauce – via me!

Pineapple-Infused Vodka – via me

Rosemary Olive Oil – via Whole Foods

Curried Lentil Soup – via Good Housekeeping 

Tuscan Spice Rub – Eating Well


Slow-Cooker Bacon Jam – via Martha Stewart (my friend Mary Beth gave this to us last year and we LOVED it!)

Hot Mango Chutney – via Tinned Tomatoes

Limoncello – via Hedonia 

Caramel-Almond Popcorn – via Martha Stewart


Olives with Fennel Seeds and Orange – via Martha Stewart

Do you give homemade food gifts? Or, if you are on the receiving end, do you eat them? I just read an article that said most food gifts go to waste – the horror! 

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15 Comments (Reply )

  1. Faith @ for the health of it
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 8:12 am

    I’ll be making foodie gifts for all of my coworkers this year. I was thinking something sweet like a peppermint dark chocolate bark and something savory like those curry nuts of yours!


    • Emily
      Nov 30, 2011 @ 9:12 am

      Peppermint dark chocolate bars sound AMAZING! I just picked up dark chocolate + peppermint covered pretzels for my husbands stocking…but I totally cheated and bought them. :)


  2. Lindsay @ biking before bed
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    That’s so sad that so many food gifts go to waste. I often give cookies as gifts but I love the sound of the slow cooker bacon jam


  3. Stephanie @cookinfanatic
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 11:42 am

    What cute gift ideas! I was looking up a few recipes for “soup in a jar” to make for this year, using dried beans and herbs and the like, we’ll see if I get that far though ;)


  4. Kerryne
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 12:27 pm

    We are doing homemade gifts for our neighbors this year. I am getting together with my sister in laws and MIL in a couple of weeks, we will each bake some things and then swap so we have a variety plate to give out. I just might have to use a couple of your ideas!


  5. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

    That bacon jam sounds amazing! I have definitely given my share of homemade food gifts in the past- I hope they didn’t go to waste. :) I love giving things like specialty salts and sauces and then including a little recipe book or a recipe box with the recipes already printed inside.


  6. Michelle {The Lively Kitchen}
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 1:33 pm

    If you wanted to mail me some infused vodka, I wouldn’t be opposed. :)

    I wonder if the thrown away gifts are those that are like fruitcakes and stale cookies and such. Actually, my mom is a retired teacher and she’d come home with ALL kinds of baked goods and treats on the last day of school before the break. We would have to throw some away because we (even as a hungry family of 5) couldn’t finish everything before it went bad. Lesson learned for me is to send food gifts to the teacher the week before school lets out.


    • Emily
      Nov 30, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

      Good lesson! My Mom has worked in the schools too and said the teachers pretty much know which food (kitchens/hygiene/etc) they can trust. :)


  7. Jamie
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    Homemade gifts are such a sweet way to let friends and family know you are thinking of them over the Holidays. Thanks for all the great ideas!


  8. mary beth
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 4:40 pm

    i totally forgot about the bacon jam! i’ll have to try that again this year. :)


  9. jamie
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 5:02 pm

    thank you so much for this! i am planning on giving some homemade items this year to family and i’ve been wondering what to make! :)


  10. catherine (FOOD SNOB)
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 6:43 pm

    I give small bags of homemade cookies to a few of my church choir friends who I know don’t bake, and they are all very appreciative — they look forward to my sampler every year! I take cookies in to work, too, and typically leave with an empty tray, so I guess people like them? :)

    For me, consuming food gifts is hit or miss — if I don’t like something, I’ll usually bring it in to work and put a post-it on it that says “free to a good home.” :) One year, I think I got four loaves of banana bread from students — good thing breads freeze well!


    • Emily
      Nov 30, 2011 @ 11:25 pm

      See, I definitely appreciate homemade gifts, but especially because I don’t really bake, I would love an assortment of holiday treats! Re-gifting is also a great way to pass them along if you aren’t a fan. :)


  11. Luv What You Do
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 10:14 pm

    I am a huge fan of the homemade food gifts. Last year, I went totally overboard adn had a blast making candies, barks, and cookies. I gave them to everyone….event the mailman! I am excited to try the lentil soup mix. What a healthy and creative idea!


    • Emily
      Nov 30, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

      That is so sweet that you gave a gift to the mailman as well, wow! :)


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