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Gifts from the Kitchen: Holiday Food, Cookies, Breads, Candy

Put your hands and handiwork into your gifts. Make food gifts from the kitchen for the holidays or a special event.

Ever wondered how the custom of giving Christmas presents originated? The ancient Romans gave each other gifts on the calends (first day) of January, and the practice spread throughout the Roman Empire. Eventually, Christians moved the custom to December 25, although many Christians still give gifts on January 6, the feast of the Epiphany, commemorating the manifestation of Jesus' divine nature to the Magi.

Here are more than 10 of our favorite holiday food gifts.

Christmas Stollen
Best Fruitcake Ever
Buche de Noel
Christmas Granola
Lemon Curd
Cranberry-Pistachio Biscotti
Chocolate-Peppermint Bars
Cherry-Pistachio Cookies
Shortbread Cookies
White Chocolate Christmas Cookie Gift Box
Spicy Sinterklass Cakes (Speculaas)
Gingerbread Boys
Never-Fail Christmas Fudge
Chocolate Truffles
Spiced Nuts
Hot Chocolate With Marshmallows
Cranberry Chutney
Seven-Spice Blend

If your kitchen’s busy, try ours! See cooking gifts in the Almanac.com General Store.

Tell Us: What's your favorite holiday food gift? Vote here!

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