Handmade Gift Ideas Part 4 – Food Gifts

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Stuck for a Chrissy gift idea? On a budget? Why not make your own Christmas gifts. I’ve put together a series of articles with ideas to help you get inspired. There are thousands of patterns and tutorials on the net, these are just a taster for inspiration.

For some of these recipes, you will need to sterilise jars and bottles and possibly preserve using a water bath.

Food in a Jar

cookiemix Cookie Mix in a Jar @ Living Large on a Dime

A huge selection of recipes for gifts in a jar @ Craft Bits

And more great recipes @ Recipe Goldmine

Granola Topping @ Martha Stewart


cocktailmixes Homemade Cocktail Mixers @ Martha Stewart

Mocha Cocoa in a Jar @ My Recipes

Hot Cocoa Vials @ The Inspired Bride

Tea Tins @ Style Me Pretty

Hot Cocoa in a Bag @ Cathie Filian

Hot Cocoa Packs @ Lolly Chops you could substitute with tea or coffee and change the package


christmaspudding Cookie Recipes @ Cookie Recipes

Traditional Christmas Cake @ Delia Online

Traditional Christmas Pudding @ Delia Online

Mince Pies @ iVillage

Panforte @ Joy of Baking

Traditional German Recipes @ Christmas Baking

Gingerbread House 101 @ Celebrating Christmas


chocolatetruffles Lolly Jar @ Make It and Love It

Chocolate Truffles @ Good Housekeeping

Chocolate Truffles @ Joy of Baking

Flavoured Nuts @ Good Housekeeping

Rum Balls @ Exclusively Food and Canadian Living


spices Flavoured Salt @ Style Me Pretty

Spice Rub Recipes @ About BBQ

Spice Mixes @ Budget 101

Sweet Sauces

caramelsauce Caramel Sauce @ Chicks and Dip and Simple Recipes

Lavender Caramel Sauce @ Global Gourmet

Hot Fudge Sauce @ Home Based Mom

Raspberry Sauce @ Real Simple

Brandy Sauce @ Martha Stewart

Savoury Sauces

bbq_sauce BBQ Sauce @ Ugly Brothers

Easy Homemade BBQ Sauce @ MegaBBQ

Homemade Tomato Sauce / Ketchup @ About and Epicurius

Flavoured Oils @ CDKitchen see safer prep here and here

Flavoured Vinegars @ Datsplat

Jams, Chutneys, Pickles and Salsas

strawberryjam Jam Recipes @ Happy Jam

101 Jam Recipes @ Tipnut

Chutney and Pickle Recipes @ All Recipes

Chutney Recipes @ Cooks Recipes

Relish Recipes @ Hungry Monster

Salsa Recipes @ Salsa Recipes

For ideas on labelling and packaging your edible gifts, see Part 5 – Wrapping.

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