Give holiday gifts from the heart by surprising friends and family members with homemade treats. Instead of buying boring, store-bought food gifts, make your own using fresh ingredients and pretty, edible decorations. Customize the gifts by decorating them with festive colors, designs and toppings. Place the treats in colorful tins, boxes and other wrappings to complete the gift.
Cinnamon Popcorn Treat
Delight gift recipients with a cinnamon popcorn treat. Spice up 9 to 10 cups of plain popcorn by mixing in 1 cup each of raisins and miniature marshmallows, 1/4 cup of melted butter, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 2 tsp. of ground cinnamon and 1/4 tsp. of ground nutmeg. Combine all ingredients and bake at 250 degrees for 20 minutes. After the mixture has cooled, prepare individual bags for gift-giving. Customize the bags with holiday greetings, stickers or the recipients' names.
Gourmet Gift Baskets
Send friends and family members gourmet food baskets as holiday gifts. Order pre-made baskets online, or make them yourself. Fill a festive basket with a selection of specialty cheeses, such as aged gouda, gorgonzola and brie. Include meats and an assortment of crackers and condiments, including mustard, spreads and olives. Throw in a package of high-quality shortbread cookies for a sweet treat.
Amaretto Coffee Creamer
Give coffee lovers a handcrafted amaretto coffee creamer mix. Combine 1 1/2 cups of plain, non-dairy coffee creamer, 2 tsp. almond extract, 2 tsp. ground cinnamon, and 1 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar. Divide the mixture into individual plastic bags and tie them with holiday ribbons. As a special touch, place the creamer bags into mugs filled with coffee samples prior to giving them as gifts.
You can't go wrong by gifting friends and loved ones with homemade cookies. Use a basic sugar cookie recipe and customize the decorations according to the holiday. For example, use heart-shaped cut-outs and red sugar or frosting for Valentine's Day, or pumpkin-shaped cut-outs and an orange topping for Halloween. Get creative by decorating with candy, such as gummy worms and chocolate pieces. As a crafty touch, you can also poke holes in the uncooked dough and wrap ribbons through it after it is baked.
Chocolate-dipped Doughnut Holes
Chocolate-dipped doughnut holes make delicious and creative breakfast treats. Dress plain doughnut holes up for the holidays by dipping them in melted chocolate and topping them with shredded coconut, candy sprinkles or edible glitter in a variety of colors. Place the treats in a festive tin or box prior to gift-giving.