It’s been said, that it’s better to give than receive. An adage I often considered highly suspect. Because, if we’re being honest here, it feels damn good to get, right?
But this time of year, we all relent a little. It could be the weather–nothing puts me in a good mood faster than a lovely blizzard. Perhaps it’s looking back upon the year that makes us thankful for the people in our lives. (Or for the evil among us, the satisfaction of blowing people away with our mad cooking skills.)
Whatever the reason, giving food gifts–specifically ones you’ve made–is a grand gesture and an even grander tradition of the season.
P.S. If you’re wondering what to get me for Christmas, well, any of these lovelies below will suffice. I’ll send you my address.
These rum balls were so good! In fact, it was hard not to eat them all at once. I made mine with walnuts and rum per the recipe. So delicious, almost like fudge rather than a cookie.elizabeth
Classic Shortbread Cookies
Homemade Irish Cream
I made this amazing popcorn for my 12-year-old’s sleepover. I doubled the caramel topping, and the result was perfectly coated popcorn! I will definitely be making this again.maria
Candy Cane Bark Recipe
Meyer Lemon Curd
I’ve made this Meyer lemon curd recipe five times last Christmas for gifting purposes. Incredibly great recipe!!!lisa
Most people enjoy receiving homemade food gifts, so they’re a great option for hostess gifts or holiday giving among co-workers, friends, or your kids’ teachers.
Ideally, yes. Especially if you’re unsure of any dietary restrictions of the benefactor of your generosity. List them on the back of your gift tag or make stickers to attach to the bags or bottles.
Make themed collections to share with friends and families. Some suggestions include:
* Holiday Breakfast–Include waffle or pancake mix, homemade blueberry syrup, hot cocoa mix, and a bottle of homemade Irish cream.
* Family movie night–Include maple caramel corn, sweet and spicy roasted nuts, and peppermint bark.
Homemade food gifts are a joy to receive, particularly if it’s something that the recipient truly delights in. Take some time to think about whom you’re giving to and what they love. It’ll make parting with these DIY food gifts as pleasurable as receiving them.