Gifts from the Kitchen

Cheap and Easy Food Gifts

Food gifts are easy on the budget and the taste buds. Give one or more of these tasty gift ideas a try:

Cookie Dough

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It's always nice to have cookie dough on hand, so why not make some up to give as a gift? If you roll the dough into a log and wrap it in wax paper, making cookies will be as easy as slicing off some dough and popping it into the oven.

  • Refrigerator Cookie Dough Recipe
  • How to Freeze Cookie Dough

Vanilla Extract

Wow your friends and family with the gift of homemade vanilla extract packed in pretty glass bottles.


Make up a large batch of boiled peanuts, candied pecans or spicy party nuts. Then, pour the nuts into cellophane bags, and seal them with a bow.

Homemade Wine, Liqueur or Beer

Learn how to make blackberry wine, coffee liqueur or another tasty alcoholic beverage of your choosing. Then, bottle it up, and give it away to a lucky few.

Ice Cream Toppings

A basket of homemade ice cream toppings is sure to earn shrieks of delight from even the grumpiest of individuals.

  • Butterscotch Sauce
  • Caramel Sauce
  • Hot Fudge Sauce
  • Chocolate Sauce Recipe
  • Dark Chocolate Sauce
  • Homemade Maraschino Cherries

Jam or Jelly

You can't go wrong with a jar of homemade jam or jelly. Opt for a classic like apple butter or go with something a bit more unexpected, like the honey-sweet flavor of dandelion jelly.

Kettle Corn

Kettle corn is another can't-miss sweet and salty treat. Make up a batch to give away, and another to munch on while you work. Yum!

Caramel Popcorn

Caramel corn is a classic, and for good reason: it's delicious. Make up a batch (or 20) to give to friends and family, and you're guaranteed rave reviews.

Bread and Flavored Butter

As a gift, homemade bread is hard to beat. Make up a simple loaf of wheat bread or try something slightly fancier, like beer cheese bread, peanut butter bread or pumpkin banana bread. Then, finish off the gift with a container of flavored butter.

Jar Mixes

Stock up on mason jars, and use them to package homemade jar mixes. With recipes for desserts, soups, convenience foods and more, you're sure to find something to please even the pickiest person on your gift list.

  • Jar Mix Recipes

Herb Blends

Use herbs from your garden to create custom seasoning blends. Then, package them up in a bottle or jar.

A Ready-to-go Meal

Turn your gift of food into a gift of time by giving a prepared meal. Dishes that freeze well are especially nice because they don't have to be used right away.

Freeze Ahead Casserole Recipes:

  • Freezer Chili
  • Microwave Spaghetti
  • Vegetarian Lasagna
  • Chicken Potato Casserole

Chocolate Spoons

Please the coffee lover on your gift list with some tasty chocolate spoons. They make even the plainest cup of coffee seem gourmet.

Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels

Sweet, salty and crunchy – chocolate-dipped pretzels have it all, and they only take about 10 minutes to make.

Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallows

Marshmallows are delicious on their own, but dipped in chocolate? Wow! Grab a couple bags of marshmallows, and dip your way to a tasty gift that's sure to be devoured.

  • Chocolate-Dipped Marshmallows Recipe

Chocolate Peanut Butter

What do you get when you add chocolate to peanut butter? A new reason to eat peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, that's what. Make up a few jars of homemade chocolate peanut butter to give as gifts, and then make a few more for yourself. This is one treat you're not going to want to part with.

Cappuccino Mix

Cappuccino mix is pricey to buy, but cheap to make. Package some up with a coffee mug, and you have the perfect gift.

  • Cappuccino Mix Recipe

Peanut Brittle

Nutty and crunchy – it's a winning candy combination. Make up a big batch of peanut brittle. Then, divide it up in pretty tins for easy gift giving.

Ribbon Candy

Go for the nostalgia factor with homemade ribbon candy. You can make it any color and flavor that you want.

Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans

Chocolate covered coffee beans cost big bucks when you buy them from a coffee shop, but you can make them at home for the price of the beans and chocolate. An economical gift, indeed.

Canning Jar Cakes

You've used canning jars for all sorts of things, but have you ever baked in them? If not, it's time to give canning jar cakes a try.

Also Try:

  • Chocolate Applesauce Bread in a Jar
  • Pina Colada Cakes in Jars

Peppermint Sprinkles

Peppermint sprinkles are the perfect topping for cocoa, cupcakes, cookies or any other holiday treat. Make some up for an easy grab-and-go hostess gift.


Cucumbers aren't the only thing that you can pickle. Go gourmet, and can jars of pickled cherries, garlic, or mushrooms for gift giving.

Gourmet Mustard

Wow your friends and fam with fancy little jars of homemade mustard:

Lemon Curd

Buy a big bag of lemons, and make lemon curd. One batch should be enough to scratch several people off of your gift list.


Go old-school, and give the gift of fruitcake.

Flavored Pancake Syrup

Make up bottles of pancake syrup in a delicious flavor, and give them with pancake mix (homemade, of course):

  • Apple Cider Syrup
  • Butter Pecan Syrup
  • Blueberry Syrup

Chocolate Truffles

Want to give a gift that looks complicated and expensive? Then, make truffles. They aren't either, but they sure look the part.

Chocolate Bark

When you need a gift in a jiff, turn to chocolate bark. You can whip up a batch in minutes, but it will look like it took you hours:

  • Peppermint Bark
  • Almond Bark
  • Chocolate Bacon Bark
  • Marble Bark
  • Leftover Candy Bark

Homemade Crackers and Cheese

Store-bought crackers and cheese are fine, but homemade crackers and cheese are out-of-this-world good. Treat someone to the good stuff:

An Edible Bouquet

Create a floral bouquet out of cookies, cake pops, candy or fruit, and you'll have a gift that's both beautiful and delicious:

A Spice Rub

It's amazing how much flavor a simple spice rub can add to meat. Whip up a few different rubs, package them in jars, and you have a great gift:

  • Top 10 Rub Recipes

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