Homemade Holiday Food Gift Ideas

Seasonal Food Gifts to Make Ahead

By The Old Farmer's Almanac
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Put your hands and handiwork into your gifts. Make holiday food gifts from the kitchen—from buttery Shortbread Cookies to Christmas Fruitcake to an easy Bûche de Nöel.

These simple culinary creations are perfect to give as gifts during the holiday season, or to bring along to a holiday gathering.

Homemade Holiday Food Gifts

Cranberry-Pistachio Biscotti

If you’ve never made biscotti, you’ll be surprised at how easy it is! Our Cranberry-Pistacho Biscotti with its red and green colors is just perfect for the holiday season.

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Credit: Irina Mos/Shutterstock

Spicy Sinterklass Cookies (Speculaas)

Traditionally, the dough for these cookies is pressed into wooden molds shaped like St. Nicholas (Sinterklaas). The speculaas are served on the eve of St. Nicholas Day (December 5) or on the feast day itself (December 6), but we like to enjoy them through the holiday season.

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Credit: T.W. van Urk/Shutterstock

Candy Cane Bark

Spread holiday cheer with this easy candy cane bark recipe. You can swap the white chocolate and dark chocolate amounts if you desire—it’s foolproof!

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Credit: Sam Jones/Quinn Brein

Best Fruitcake Ever

A modern twist on the traditional holiday confection, this Fruitcake recipe uses a mixture of dried fruit instead of the standard candied and glacéed fruit. Not only are dried fruits more readily available at your local market, but they also have a deeper and more natural flavor (not as sweet).

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Credit: Anna Shepulova/Shutterstock

Glazed Lemon Coconut Loaf

This recipe is a holiday favorite thanks to its unique combination of flavors.

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Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Bûche de Nöel

Try this easier, lighter version of the traditional chocolate yule log.

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Credit: David P. Smith/Shutterstock

Christmas Granola

The author of this recipe calls it “Christmas Granola” because she makes it to give away as Christmas gifts. Just add cranberries or red berries for a festive flair!

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Gingerbread Boys

Smaller than gingerbread men, these Gingerbread Boys are tasty and fun to decorate!

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Never-Fail Christmas Fudge

Even if you’ve never made candy before in your life, give this easy fudge recipe a try. True to its name (thanks to the presence of marshmallows), it won’t seize or crumble or make you tear your hair out. It’s a tasty treat perfect for the holidays!

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Homemade Hot Chocolate With Marshmallows

In this recipe, we mix cocoa and chunks of bittersweet chocolate—at least 70% cacao. If you have time, melt the chocolate separately for a smoother flavor; otherwise, just heat it all together and pour into mugs!

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Spiced Nuts

A box of spiced, candied nuts is a perfect gift or snack for Christmastime!

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Shortbread Cookies

These shortbread cookies have that buttery, melt-in-your-mouth taste you expect!

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Cranberry Chutney

Traditional recipes use lots of sugar to bring out the the cranberry’s great flavor. In this recipe, however, exotic spices take the place of all that sweetness, without overwhelming the rest of the meal. It’s heavenly on a sandwich of leftover sliced turkey!

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Chocolate Truffles

Snag a few boxes from your local craft store, line with seasonal waxed paper, and fill with these delectable sweets.

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Snowball Cookies

Always a favorite at Christmas time, and easy to pack in a pretty gift box.  

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More Food Gift Recipes

Want more food-related gift ideas? Check out cookbooks, aprons, mugs, and more in the Old Farmer’s Store!

Wishing you and yours joy (and a few treats!) this Christmas season.

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