The holidays are a time to indulge. From egg nog to gingerbread to holiday ham, there’s no shortage of sweet and savory delights. Not only are these foodie favorites perfect for the dinner table—but they make equally great gifts. Putting the time and effort into baking or cooking a dish that will soothe their soul can be thoughtful (not to mention inexpensive).
We gathered 40 of our favorite holiday treats—from easy mason jar granola to decadent sweet breads. No culinary degree required! Once you’ve picked the perfect recipe, tie it all together with a personalized mug or tea towel for maximum enjoyment.
1. Whisky Caramel
A jar of this rich caramel sauce adds depth to a variety of sweet treats—perfect for any chocolate lover in your life!
2. Thankful For You Neighbor Gift
Bring the love into your community this holiday season with a sweet homemade gift that your neighbors are sure to appreciate all year long. You can use a custom gift tag or a holiday themed sticker to add a bit of holiday charm.
3. Salted Chocolate Pistachio Shortbread
This sweet salty shortbread is the perfect gift for co-workers. Make a huge batch to bring to the office or next neighborhood cookie swap.
4. Chocolate Covered Pretzel Peanut Butter
Not sure what to get someone who loves both salty and sweet treats? Look no further. This gift is the perfect mash-up of deliciousness!
5. Eggnog and Almond Scones
Help your loved ones channel a Christmas celebration every morning with a batch of these festive and comforting breakfast treats.
6. Cherry Almond Jam
Delight the PBJ connoisseurs in your life with a unique new jam to add into their rotation. This tart spread pairs wonderfully with a smear of almond butter.
7. Five Spice Fig Jam
Got a bagel lover in your life? This holiday jam pairs great with cream cheese or leftover turkey for a sandwich that’s truly out of this world.
8. Frozen Cookie Dough Gift Jars
Gift a sweet friend a future full of cookies with these easy freezer treats. They’ll thank you now- and thank you again later! You can even host a Christmas cookie exchange so all of your family and friends walk away with treats. Don’t forget to consider gift wrapping ideas so all of your treats have the perfect presentation.
9. Homemade Cornbread Mix
This is the perfect present for the busy chef that loves home cooking but is short on time. Give the gifts of both deliciousness and convenience with a beautifully packaged homemade bread mix.
10. Homemade Marshmallows
These gooey treats are the perfect stocking stuffer for campers and hot cocoa lovers alike. You can make a big batch to give alone or pair it with a mug and cocoa mix.
11. Shake and Bake Buttermilk Waffle Mix
Gift a busy family the comfort of a Sunday morning breakfast, minus the hassle and mess, with a big jar of buttermilk waffle mix.
12. Peanut Butter Caramel Corn
Movie lovers will be delighted with a big tin of this crunchy treat to snack on during their favorite flicks.
13. Billionaire Bars
Make everyone in your life feel like a million bucks with a big batch of these heavenly treats chock full of caramel, chocolate, shortbread and peanut butter. Pair it with a DVD or gift card to their favorite streaming service.
14. Amish Friendship Bread
Gift your neighbors a thick loaf of this sweetly spiced quick bread, and watch the holiday cheer blossom all year long.
15. Vanilla Espresso Almond Butter
Give your caffeine lovers a new way to get their daily fix with this deliciously buzzy butter. It pairs perfectly with oatmeal, apples, ice cream, graham crackers…the list goes on and on!
17. Lump of Coal Snack Sacks
This is a silly and sinful treat for all the rogues and rascals in your life who can’t seem to stay off the naughty list! Make it using just four ingredients (and one isn’t coal). This food idea can also double as a prize idea for a variety of Christmas party games!
18. Homemade Holiday Lollipops
These gorgeous glass-like lollipops are the perfect classroom favor. With only two ingredients, they are super easy to make, and children can help customize them for a truly original touch. These also make perfect gifts for stuffing family Christmas stockings.
19. Flavored Finishing Salts
Gift the budding chef in your life this flavorful palette to paint with in the kitchen. Try different flavors and include pairing cards so they know which salts work with meat, poultry and fish.
20. Homemade Barbecue Sauce Bottles
There’s no better way to show your love for your favorite pitmaster than a gift of tangy, sweet, and spicy sauces, which will have him eagerly anticipating the return of grilling season!
21. Cinnamon Honey Butter
When it comes to finding an easy, delicious hostess gift for the holiday season, this cinnamon honey butter is the bee’s knees!
22. White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn and Cashews
Skip the generic store tins of popcorn this season and surprise everyone with a delicious homemade version that’s sure to please.
23. Hot Chocolate Truffles
All the cocoa lovers in your life will be delighted with this unique take on the classic drink. Just drop the balls into a cup of warm milk and sip away the winter chill!
24. Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce
Surprise a pasta lover with a distinctly different sauce to pair with his next spaghetti dinner. The creamy butternut squash adds an extra layer of comfort perfect for the winter months.
25. Strawberry Chia Jam
Spread joy this holiday season with a vegan friendly jam that tastes like summer in jar. Swap for any favorite berry or try a winter version like boysenberry.
26. Brown Sugar Pound Cake
This tasty cake is bursting with blueberries, and is the perfect way to say thanks this season to teachers and caretakers.
27. Homemade Granola Gifts in a Jar
Show your workout buddies how much you appreciate them with these homemade granola jars. Healthy and flavoful, it will give them a perfect jumpstart to the new year.
28. Southwest Blend and Taco Seasoning Mixes
With these zesty spice blends, your gift recipients will be able to live every day like it’s Taco Tuesday- and who could ask for anything more?
29. Easy Vegan Almond Joy Fudge
Vegan and non-vegans alike will go wild over this creamy and gooey fudge that tastes just like the beloved candy bar.
30. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Butter
Keep pumpkin spice latte lovers happy after autumn with this heartwarming and delicious butter. Pair it with homemade biscuits or savory crackers do they can dive right in.
31. Easy Winter Chili in a Jar
This is the perfect quick and eady gift for football lovers. They can throw it in the pot on a chilly Sunday and enjoy the game as the scent of yum wafts through the house.
32. Friendship Soup
Show your friends how much you care with this hearty soup mix that will feed them well during the cold winter months.
33. Homemade Honey Graham Crackers
Make your office a little more merry by gifting colorful afternoon snack boxes of this classic treat. Wrap them in simple brown paper and twine for a rustic look that’s easy to put together. These make for the perfect Christmas gift for your boss.
34. Spicy Salsa Gifts
Chile enthusiasts and pepperheads will delight in these spicy salsas bursting with fresh ingredients. Make them in a variety of heat levels so you can please every tastebud on your shopping list.
35. Cinnamon Swirl Quick Bread
A hearty loaf of homemade bread chock full of cinnamon is the perfect rise and shine treat for breakfast lovers to enjoy.
36. Chocolate Pudding in a Jar
For the chocolate lover who needs a quick fix, having these decadent desserts in the fridge will be a dream come true.
37. Fig Vanilla and Cardamom Infused Vodka
Impress even the most discerning cocktail aficionado with a bottle of this uniquely spiced vodka. Make a simpler version by using orange rings, berries or other single ingredients.
38. DIY Hot Cocoa Gift Set
These rustically wrapped gift sets will be the perfect hostess present this holiday season. Gifting loved ones with everything they need for a hot chocolate bar is an easy and thoughtful gift idea. Pair it with a tea towel and wooden spoon for the gourmand in your family.
39. Spiced Candied Orange Peel
For the friend who loves sweet treats but isn’t crazy about chocolate, this candied orange peel is a colorful, flavorful alternative.
40. Peppermint Bark Chocolate Chex Mix
Crunchy? Check. Chocolatey? Check. This snack mix is a perfect stocking stuffer for everyone on your list. Add in some salty with pretzels or salted peanuts so you nail every layer of flavor.