These recipes for homemade gifts are a fun (and delicious) departure from standard cookies and candy. Pack them in pretty jars, bottles, or tins with homemade labels for truly personal and unique gifts.
Granted, a few of them require advanced planning if you want to give them at Christmas – but you can always plan ahead for next year!
When packed into simple glass jars, Candied Lemon Peel makes a beautiful and delicious gift.
One of my favorite homemade gifts to make and to give is infused vodka. The necessary investment? Some fresh produce, some decent but not super-fancy Vodka (I've used Skyy and Square One both to great effect), a pretty bottle into which you can decant the final product, a lovely bow or gift bag, and time. So many flavored vodkas are now available for purchase, I've had to stay a step ahead and create flavors for which the market may be smaller.
A bit of cool summer flavor can be most welcome in the dead of winter. This fresh bit of not-sweet infusion is also easy-peasy to make.
6. Ginger Syrup
Harissa is a hot sauce – more of a paste really – from North Africa. Homemade Harissa is easy to make and looks quite pretty packed into jars. There are as many harissa recipes as there are cooks from the countries that use it, so feel free to experiment with types of chiles and amount of aromatics to find the mix you like best.
Note that fresh, homemade harissa needs to be refrigerated, so wrap and give it at the last minute – this is a homemade food gift that shouldn't sit under the tree!
Sounds strange, doesn't it? It is, I guess. But it is also a bracing drink for winter nights when served well chilled, goes beautifully with oysters, and takes a Bloody Mary to a whole new level of fabulousness. This Horseradish-Infused Vodka is also a great digestif served ice cold on a winter's night. Small bottles make ample gifts!