Spread Holiday Cheer with These 7 Edible Homemade Gifts

Skip the gift-card game once and for all this year, and give everyone on your holiday shopping list these tried-and-true edible homemade treats.
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We've all been there: You can't seem to track down the perfect gifts for those last few people on your holiday shopping list, so you do the inevitable and resort to a series of gift cards. Are they still thoughtful gifts? Absolutely. But perhaps they're just not ideal for the holidays, right? This year, skip the hours spent combing the aisles for that just-right present and ditch the gift-card game once and for all; what your friends and family will surely appreciate is an edible homemade gift full of holiday cheer. No matter whom you're shopping for — the chocoholics, the caramel mavens, the drink connoisseur — there's indeed a treat for everyone on your "nice" list in this ultimate collection of edible delights.

It takes only a few pantry ingredients to make The Pioneer Woman's fuss-free fudge, which she sprinkles with crushed peppermint candies for flavor and seasonal flair.

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Laced with dried oregano, garlic salt and nutty Parmesan cheese, this easy seasoning will make your next batch of popcorn taste just like your favorite pizzas. It's easy enough to let little ones help you prep, and when you package it in a sachet alongside popcorn kernels, it makes an ideal gift for movie buffs.

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Think of Giada De Laurentiis' impressive gift basket, featured in Food Network Magazine, as a traveling cocktail. Not only does she provide a bottle of Prosecco to serve as the base of the Bellini, but she also include a trio of fruity purees, including peach, strawberry and blueberry varieties, to flavor the drinks.

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The best of sweet and savory flavors combine in Ina Garten's impressive caramels, featured in Food Network Magazine. She infuses the golden caramel sauce with fine fleur de sel, then sprinkles a bit of the salty stuff atop each gooey candy. Check out these step-by-step photos to learn Ina's process.

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GEMMA COMAS, 2010 Gemma Comas Photography

Featured in Food Network Magazine, Giada's ready-to-enjoy cake is laced with fresh orange zest for a burst of brightness, plus butter for welcome richness and plenty of creamy ricotta cheese to guarantee moist results. To give the pound cake as a present, Giada recommends wrapping it up in the baking pan.

Chocoholics, this one's for you. Tyler Florence's richly decadent truffles are made with bittersweet chocolate and dusted with cocoa powder for an impressive finish.

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It's all about assembly for Food Network Magazine's tried-and-true candies. Use the pecans as a base, then glue them together with melted caramels and a chocolate topping.

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