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.
This easy homemade coffee liqueur is just like Kahlua, only more delicious. (Note: you need to start this one a few weeks before giving it.)
5. 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!
This Horseradish-Infused Vodka adds kick to a cocktail and is a great digestif served ice cold on a winter's night. Small bottles make ample gifts!
9. Lemon Sugar
Storing sugar and lemon zest together creates a delightful lemon-scented sugar perfect for sprinkling on treats and sweetening drinks. Packing it into pretty jars with a handcrafted labels makes a lovely gift.