DIY Food Gifts for Everyone on Your List
Mom always said homemade gifts were the best gifts, right? You don’t have to be a professional baker or an expert crafter to knock it out of the park with these edible presents, and they’re easy on the wallet to boot. Some are even simple enough for kids to help make, and participating in the process will make them more excited about holiday gift-giving (not just receiving!). Forget fruitcake and truffles – these unique ideas are full of thought and flavor.
Inspired by every New Yorker's go-to bagel flavor, these crispbreads will make a wonderfully crunchy addition to your holiday host's cheese plate. They can be made up to two weeks ahead of gifting, and they look beautiful in a cellophane bag tied with a big red bow.
For a unique spin on the perennially popular limoncello, replace the lemons with seasonal kumquats, a winter citrus fruit that packs a lot of flavor into a tiny package. For a gorgeous presentation, package it in clear glass bottles so the fruit can shine through.
Since rosemary and citrus flavors dominate so many classic holiday dishes, Damaris Phillips' herbaceous vinegar is a home cook's greatest ally. Friends and family can use it throughout the winter months to add flavor to slow-cooked meats, salads and more.
Rosemary bread baked in a clay flowerpot makes a charming gift — especially when you include herb seeds in the package for planting after the bread is gone. Kids can help: Let them bloom the yeast, measure the flour and add it to the mixture, knead the dough, watch it rise, punch it down and shape it into balls. To wrap it up: Push a garden tag (or thank-you card) into the bread, and wrap the pot with a packet of rosemary seeds.
Make a sachet of homemade pizza spice – a blend of oven-dried tomato paste, Parmesan, oregano, garlic salt and pepper flakes. Then tuck it into a 6-ounce cheese shaker along with 1/2 cup popcorn kernels and this Pizza Popcorn recipe. Swap out the regular buttered popcorn for this flavorful snack at your next movie night.
Za'atar is a Middle Eastern spice blend that will immediately become one of your favorites after your first taste. (Your adventurous-traveler pals probably already know and love it.) Use it for this exciting twist on cheese straws, and gift it with a small Mason jar filled with a little extra homemade za'atar. It's insanely addictive.
Check out more holiday gift ideas from Food Network.