Homemade Gifts

Christmas is less than two months away, and I like to plan ahead.  This year I want to make a number of the gifts I give, and I’m looking for ideas from you.

MadeOn Products in Basket

This summer I shared with you my review of MadeOn Lotion.  The more I have used it, the more I love it.  My heels have continued to be free of dry cracked skin, and now that the weather is cooler I just love using the Au Chocolat lotion bar on my hands.  Not only does it smell great, it keeps my hands soft and the beeswax provides a layer of protection that I can feel when I wash my hands.

I also love the fact that you can buy a do it yourself kit from them to make the lotion yourself.  I recently ordered the kit and gift giving ebook.  After reading the ebook, I ordered additional supplies, and I can’t wait to make chocolate peppermint lotion bars, chocolate body mousse, and peppermint lip balm to give as gifts. (If you are a family member reading this, please act surprised.)

That’s on the top of my gift giving list, but I would also like to make food gifts.  In the past I have made:

Roasted Cinnamon Nuts – This recipe is great using almonds or pecans.  They have gone over very well with people I have given them to, and more than one has asked for the recipe.

roasted almonds

Vanilla Extract – This takes several months to reach it’s best potential, but if you started now, it would be well on its way by Christmas.

Candy Coated Pretzels – These take a little time to make, but the kids really enjoyed them.  I made some gluten free and some not.

candy coated pretzels - in bag

question markI would like to give different food gifts this year, but I’m looking for ideas other than cookies, fudge and quick breads.  What are your favorite homemade gluten-free gift giving food ideas?  What have you given or received that was well liked?

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  1. says

    In previous years, I’ve given:

    -dried homegrown herbs
    -saved seeds (to gardeners only, of course)
    -homemade pasta
    -anti-moth sachets
    -bouquet garni sachets
    -granola (well-liked)
    -lavender chocolate squares or truffles (these were adored)
    -shopping bags (string or solid ones from heavy duty fabric)
    -hot cocoa mix

    This year, I’m doing placemats, dishtowels, and napkins and the occasional copy of my cookbook. I might throw together a bean or lentil soup mix too.

  2. says

    Hot cocoa mix is our favorite! I make a big batch of homemade mix (if you want the recipe, let me know), fill several quart sized jars, and put decorative lids on them. Then I fill little baggies with mini marshmallows, tie them with a ribbon, attach a candy cane to the ribbon, and then attach the marshmallows and candy cane to each jar. People love this! Our second favorite is peppermint bark–this is a big hit! Thirdly, we make cookie mix in a jar. This one is not gluten free, but I’m sure a gluten free one could be done.

    • says

      Thanks for your ideas. I was thinking of making peppermint bark to go with the chocolate mint theme of the lotion I’m making. I have done hot chocolate before too. One year I made hot chocolate ice cream cones using cone shaped baggies (I forget what they are used for, maybe pastry bags). You put the cocoa mix in the bottom, then mini chocolate chips, then marshmallows on top and it looks like an ice cream cone. Those are individual packs, of course. I like your decorative jar idea.

  3. Amanda says

    I make peppermint bark every year. Each year I make it a little different. This year I will put down a layer of melted dark chocolate first then drizzle white chocolate and sprinkle peppermints on top. I’m also going to make pistachio bark this year…white chocolate with pistachios and dried cranberries. The white, green and red are really pretty together.
    I am definitely going to try out the nut recipe above. I also want to try making toffee. I usually make a number of different candies and treats, and then put them in a basket together to give as gifts. I prefer making candy to cookies because most chocolates are gluten free and then I can enjoy them too.

    • says

      I was thinking about making a chocolate peppermint bark to go the chocolate and mint theme of my lotion gifts. I was actually thinking of doing exactly what you described with dark chocolate, white chocolate, and crushed peppermints on top. The pistachio bark sounds great too! I haven’t made toffee in years, but used to help my mom make it a lot. Thanks for your ideas.

  4. says

    I am so intrigued by the DIY kits for the MadeOn products, Linda! Can’t wait to hear how they turn out for you. :-) These gift ideas are the kinds I like to give, too. Things folks can actually use and enjoy. No clutter. 😉 Personally, I go nuts for the cinnamon nuts. Haha, but so true! :-) Thanks for sharing your ideas! Oh, one that I plan to do this year *hopefully* is make baked potato bags. My MIL bought one for me at a craft show years ago and I’ve thorougly appreciated it. It’s for baking potatoes in the microwave. You put the potatoes in the bag without poking them, etc. and your potatoes cook perfectly. It’s a square padded bag with a flap that you slip the potatoes in. You use all cotton fabric and natural batting to ensure that it’s not highly flammable.


  5. Margi says

    I think Gluten Free baking mixes would be a nice gift to receive. You could do a special pancake mix, muffin mix or bread mix. I would love to get a good French Bread mix or Pizza Crust mix.

    In the past I have made pie crust mixes and pie filling mixes, bagged them and put my own label (that I made on my computer) on them with the directions, etc. Everyone receiving them really liked them.

    • says

      I agree that gf baking mixes would make a nice gift! The reason I specified gf though is because I’m gf not because of the people I’m giving it to. :) I don’t cook or bake with gluten and I like others to know that there are great gf treats out there. But now that I think about it, I do have a friend who was just recently diagnosed along with a couple of her kids, so I might do the mixes for her. Thanks!

  6. Rebecca Doane says

    If yiu can or can buy homemade fruits, pickles, etc. , dress up the jars with ribbons and print some festive stickers with Christmas greetings with your name and date! Perfect for teachers, dentist, and etc!

  7. Jenna Carodiskey-Wiebe says

    Truffles! I make all kinds, from white to extra dark, and with any number of fats- butter, coconut fat, bacon fat! People love them :)

  8. says

    I love giving food gifts for Christmas. I gave Chai Tea Mix one year that everyone loved, lots of different nut mixes and trail mixes, fudge pressed in a big brass cookie cutter, pralines made with real maple syrup, homemade sweet and spicy mustard, homemade salsa. I made cinnamon pecans that were similar to your cinnamon almonds – those are awesome! And I love your cute little dish with the bear on it!

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