The Complete Guide to Homemade Holiday Food Gifts

From savory breads and spicy sauces to decorated cookies and festive cakes, these easy and creative recipes will inspire you to prepare delectable gifts from the kitchen this holiday season.

  • Packaging Food Gifts
    Oxmoor House

    Packaging Food Gifts

    Make Christmas gift recipes extra-special by presenting them in unique tins, festive bags, pretty baskets, decorative tissue, or to-go cartons. Add your signature touch by adorning with a homemade gift tag, colorful ribbon, or a keepsake like a small kitchen gadget or toy.

  • Sugar-Frosted Cardamom Braid
    Randy Mayor

    Holiday Bread Winners

    From rum-laced banana bread to mini cranberry panettone, sweet tea and yeast breads make perfect holiday gifts.
  • Chocolate-Almond Fudge Squares
    Photo: Charles Schiller; Styling: Lynn Miller

    Chocolate Holiday Gifts

    Give the gift of homemade chocolate (and white chocolate) goodies with these favorites from Christmas with Southern Living.
  • Teacher Treats
    Oxmoor House

    Food Gifts for Teachers

    Show your teachers how much you and your children appreciate them with these easy and affordable gifts.
  • Cinnamon-Sugar Cookies
    Randy Mayor

    Gifts from the Oven

    Homemade treats like crisp biscotti, decorated cookies, or moist loaf cake spread holiday cheer among friends and family.
  • Food Gifts Under $2
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Virginia Cravens

    Budget Food Gifts

    Savory or sweet, these less-than-$3 food gifts are easy on the wallet and the kind of thoughtful presents that recipients will enjoy throughout the holiday season.
  • Cranberry Orange Marmalade
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Gifts in a Jar

    These recipes require just a handful of ingredients for a big payoff in flavor and presentation.
  • Salted Chocolate-Pecan Toffee
    Annabelle Breakey

    Holiday Candy Gifts

    Take a little sugar and spice and create candy gifts for a hostess, a neighbor, or that special friend.
  • Coconut Banana Bread with Lime Glaze
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro; Food Styling: Kellie Gerber Kelley and Kathryn Conrad

    Wrap Up a Loaf

    A favorite holiday gift, hostess offering, or breakfast treat, banana bread is welcome at the table any time of year.
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