40 UNIQUE HOMEMADE FOOD GIFTS FOR ANY OCCASION
Looking for a special gift? Homemade food gifts are thoughtful, delicious and they’re the perfect way to say happy holidays, thank you, I’m thinking of you—or welcome to the neighborhood. With a few versatile appliances and the following inspiration, you’ll be making mouthwatering gifts for every occasion.
HOMEMADE FOOD GIFT IDEAS FOR HOLIDAYS AND MORE
One of the great things about diy food gifts is that they’re creative, personal, and can easily be tailored for different holidays and celebrations, or to suit different tastes and dietary preferences. Here are 40 unique food gift ideas designed to delight all your friends and loved ones.
1. SPICED GARLIC DILL PICKLES
Use this recipe as the starting point for spicy and flavorful homemade pickles. Experiment with the choice of seasonings and peppers to personalize them even further. To help streamline the prep, use the slicing disc for your KitchenAid® food processor.
2. HOMEMADE COMPOUND BUTTER THREE WAYS
There’s a little something for everyone here. Chili lime, cheesy parmesan and smoky barbeque flavors make this homemade butter trio a special treat for every recipient’s bread basket, grilled steak or charcuterie board.
3. OLIVE TAPENADE
Simple and delicious, package the tapenade in a glass jar and send it with a loaf of crusty homemade bread for a crowd pleasing gift. Use a KitchenAid® Cordless 5 Cup Food Chopper to achieve the perfect texture for your tapenade.
4. CHINESE PEANUT BRITTLE
Peanuts and sesame seeds are featured in this tasty treat, which makes a great addition to a snack gift basket.
5. FIG & ALMOND ENERGY BITES
These wholesome, ooey gooey bites are the extra boost everyone could use to power through the holidays.
6. HOMEMADE GARLIC PARMESAN CHIPS
Sweet potatoes, red-skinned potatoes and zucchini are roasted in the oven, slow and low, then finished with a little salt and parmesan for extra umami. Package cooled chips in cellophane bags tied with ribbon for a festive presentation.
7. CASHEW CHERRY GRANOLA BARS
The just right homemade food gift to include in your favorite student’s care package. Not only are these bars fruity, nutty and crunchy—they’re gluten free.
8. LAVENDER SHORTBREAD COOKIES
Cookies aren’t just for Christmas. These delicately floral shortbread cookies travel well and make a lovely spring hostess gift or a special addition to an Easter basket.
9. SALAD JARS WITH TOMATO CREAM DRESSING
Turn your new neighbors into new friends by sharing these pretty salad jars filled with layer upon layer of hearty, wholesome and delicious ingredients.
10. PARMESAN CORNMEAL CRACKERS
Pair these homemade crackers with a few of your favorite cheeses for a welcome and easy homemade food gift.
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11. MINT CILANTRO CHUTNEY RECIPE
It’s always fun to receive a new condiment to try. Bright and spicy chutney can be made with a variety of ingredients and comes together quickly in a powerful KitchenAid® blender. Use it for dipping chips, or in marinades and dressings.
12. SAMBAL OELEK (CHILI PASTE)
This tasty sambal gets an extra boost of flavor from lemongrass and lime zest. Gift this hot sauce adjacent condiment to friends who like a tangy kick in their stir fry, scrambled eggs or roasted meats and vegetables.
13. MARINARA SAUCE
Pasta night is always more special with the gift of a great homemade sauce. Add a ¼ cup of cream—and a little vodka—for a creamier, silkier sauce.
14. CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO TRUFFLES
Instead of fudge, make these rich, chocolatey espresso truffles for an elevated, gift-worthy confection.
15. SPICED FIG JAM
This recipe includes a hint of garam masala and pinot noir for a rich, warm flavor profile. Try replacing the garam masala with your favorite herbs and the pinot noir with a different wine for a personalized twist on fig jam.
16. SPICED PEAR AND CARAMELIZED SHALLOT JAM
Warm, fruity with a hint of heat, this tasty jam deserves to be featured in a wine and cheese gift basket, or presented on its own. Use a KitchenAid® Immersion Blender to blend the ingredients right in the pot.
17. MINI VEGAN PUMPKIN GLAZED DOUGHNUTS
The coconut pumpkin glaze for these fun little doughnuts can be made up to a week ahead and stored in the fridge for quicker prep on baking day.
18. SPICED HOLIDAY NUTS
You can never have too many spiced nut recipes in your repertoire. This one brings together the perfect balance of sweet and heat. The recipe calls for a combination of almonds, cashews and pecans, but there are other great options. Experiment with different combos until you land on your favorite.
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19. HOMEMADE PASTA
Homemade pasta makes an outstanding gift and is simple to make when you attach a KitchenAid® pasta attachment to your KitchenAid® stand mixer.1 Package a few different types of pasta together, include a card with a couple of your favorite sauce ideas and a good piece of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.
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20. OLIVE OIL CRACKERS
These crisp, flavorful crackers are kissed with a little sea salt for the perfect savory bite. Pair them with a good bottle of wine for an elegant gift.
21. FRESH BUTTER WITH EASTERN SPICES
Sumac, fennel and nutmeg come together in this creamy homemade butter. Package it in a glass jar and include homemade pita for a delicious gift.
22. GOAT CHEESE BABKA
This iconic Jewish treat is made with an enriched dough, similar to a brioche, that’s filled and braided. Make your babka with this savory goat cheese filling or with something sweet for a delicious hostess gift for the holidays.
23. CHOCOLATE WHOLE WHEAT COCONUT SUGAR COOKIES
These rich, chocolate cookies can be cut with cookie cutters and decorated for any occasion. Cut the dough into hearts for Valentine’s Day, butterflies for Easter, acorns for Thanksgiving, powdered sugar-dusted chocolate trees for Christmas trees and more.
24. BANANA BREAD
This classic banana bread recipe is delicious as is, but chocolate, nuts or dried fruit make tasty mix-ins. This recipe makes two 9x5 loaves. Give one to the family with the new baby and keep one for yourself.
25. SAVORY SHORTBREAD WITH BLACK PEPPER AND PARMESAN
Rich and buttery, the dough for this shortbread freezes well. Make several batches, store them in the freezer then slice and bake for great, last-minute gifts. Use the KitchenAid® Sifter + Scale Attachment with your KitchenAid® stand mixer1 for consistent results.
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26. NUTELLA STUFFED PRETZELS
Soft, chewy and filled with a chocolatey hazelnut spread, this recipe takes homemade pretzels to a whole new sweet and sumptuous level.
27. HOMEMADE MARSHMALLOW S’MORES
Who wouldn’t love receiving a tin of these s’mores, made with decadent, pillowy, homemade marshmallows? Or leave the chocolate and graham crackers out and package marshmallows with a couple of mugs and your favorite hot cocoa mix for an unforgettable cold weather gift.
28. ORANGE MARMALADE CHOCOLATE SODA BREAD
Honor St. Patty’s Day with this citrusy twist on soda bread. It travels well and tastes even better. Include a jar of homemade butter for a delectable gift.
29. CINNAMON ROLL BREAD
Shareable, indulgent and mouth-watering this cinnamon roll bread is always a welcome homemade food gift. Use the KitchenAid® Bread Bowl with Baking Lid and your KitchenAid® Tilt-Head Stand Mixer1 to mix, knead, proof and bake all in the same bowl.
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30. CHOCOLATE CHERRY RYE BREAD
The addition of chocolate and dried cherries turn this artisan rye bread into a slightly sweet special treat.
31. CRANBERRY SESAME CHALLAH
The recipients of this classic, braided bread will be able to taste the thought and effort that went into it, in every tasty morsel. Be sure and remind the people you’re giving it to that any leftovers make delectable French toast.
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32. BROWN BUTTER WHITE CHOCOLATE CRANBERRY COOKIES
Brown butter adds a toasty richness to these tasty cookies. Baking them at 350ºF/176ºC for 15-18 minutes will yield a cookie with a bit of height and chewy center. If you prefer your cookies with a crispier edge and chewy center, bake them at 375ºF/191ºC for 12-15 minutes.
33. VANILLA BEAN SCONES WITH RASPBERRY GLAZE
Oats and gluten-free flour make these tender scones gluten-free. Maple syrup, raspberry juice and fresh vanilla bean make them extra delicious.
34. PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE BARS
Give these adorable, cheesecake bars—made with the goodness of pumpkin and the warmth of pumpkin pies spices—to friends with kids and watch them try to stop smiling.
35. SWEET & SPICY SNACK MIX
This is all the things—crunchy, nutty, munchy, sweet, savory, spicy—in one great party mix. Use the KitchenAid® Cordless 7 Speed Hand Mixer to quickly whip the egg whites that coat the mixture.
36. PUMPKIN SPICE CARAMEL CORN
Pumpkin pie spice, nuts, pumpkin seeds and caramel come together in this crunchy, delicious popcorn. It’s perfect for teacher gifts, fall care packages or added to a snack food gift basket.
37. GLUTEN-FREE SEED & NUT CRACKERS
These little crackers are packed with crunchy seeds, nuts and flavorful herbs, for the perfect homemade food gift for gluten-free foodies.
38. PEANUT BUTTER GRANOLA
Granola is a popular food gift because it’s not only versatile—it can be eaten for breakfast, as a snack or used as a topping on yogurt or ice cream. It's also wholesome and it travels well. This makes it perfect for sending to campers and college students, to let them know you’re thinking of them.
39. DOUBLE DIPPED CHOCOLATE CARAMEL APPLES
The beauty of these popular treats is that you can dip them in chocolate and caramel, then roll them in a variety of ingredients to suit different tastes. Crushed nuts, pretzels, candies, sprinkles and edible glitter are some popular options.
40. RANCH & CHEESE CRACKERS
Ranch dressing gives these crunchy crackers a little tang. Package them in cellophane bags and include them in a wine and cheese gift basket.
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HOW DO YOU PACKAGE HOMEMADE FOOD GIFTS?
Don’t skimp on the presentation. Gift baskets are great for packaging food gifts. Think sturdy, it doesn’t actually have to be a basket, a good box will do. Something kitchen-themed also makes sense. A pot, instead of a basket, is a fun way to deliver fresh pasta, sauce and a block of cheese for pasta night. Glass jars are useful for packaging jams, butters, sauces, condiments and even salads—as part of a gift basket or as a stand alone gift.
Details are important. Use cellophane bags tied with colorful ribbon and finished with handmade labels to deliver nuts, crackers, chips, cookies, popcorn and more. Add decorative labels to glass jars. Consider wrapping your homemade food gift in a seasonal dish towel. Include a note with ingredients and any heating instructions or serving suggestions.
WHAT ARE SOME HOMEMADE FOOD GIFT BASKET IDEAS?
Food baskets are a creative way to deliver your homemade food gifts. Start with a theme—movie night, pasta night, wine and cheese, coffee break, cocktail party, housewarming, welcome baby, breakfast for dinner—the list goes on. Once you’ve landed on a theme, combine food gifts and other items that complement each other.
For instance, a breakfast basket might include homemade bread or scones, a selection of homemade jams, homemade sausage and your signature bloody mary mix. For a cocktail party themed basket, consider including spicy mixed nuts, a couple of dips, savory shortbread or homemade crackers and a nice bottle of spirits. Get creative and have fun, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
WHAT HOMEMADE FOOD GIFTS HAVE A LONGER SHELF LIFE?
Many condiments, sauces and baked goods will last up to a week. Jams, truffles, nut and snack mixes, brittles, granolas, marshmallows and popcorns also have longer shelf lives and travel well. Foods with perishable ingredients like fresh dairy and proteins should be kept cold and given with the intention of them being eaten the same day.
WHAT HOMEMADE FOOD GIFTS SHIP WELL?
Sturdy baked goods like unfrosted cakes and cookies, quick breads or bars and items with a longer shelf life will travel the best. To make baked goods solid and more stable for travel, consider freezing them before sending. Wrap foods like homemade bread or other baked goods tightly in plastic wrap. Or pack them in airtight containers and use a sturdy box and plenty of packing materials to help minimize movement.
Using insulated containers and ice packs is another way to help preserve foods. Items with shorter shelf lives should be sent via overnight or two-day shipping. You may want to include the made-on date when shipping food.
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