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Homemade Gift Ideas from Around the Web

by Jamie on December 15, 2011

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Image Credit: Martha Stewart

It never fails. I always have a few unique people on my holiday shopping list that I can never seem to find the perfect gift for. Since I’ve been writing My Baking Addiction, people have certainly become a little more forthcoming about what they like to eat, so I’ve decided to go with it and use this information to create the perfect edible gifts.

Regardless of who is on the receiving end, I have yet to find someone that doesn’t appreciate a crafty holiday treat! I have been on the hunt for beautifully presented, edible giftables that  are sure to be a hit with even the pickiest people on my list.  After scouring some of my favorite sites such as Pinterest, FoodGawker, and CraftGawker, I think we’ve come up with a list of great edible gift ideas that can be duplicated with ease.

This first item that snagged my attention were Gingerbread Caramels from Martha Stewart. I not only fell in love with the red metallic cones that these little goodies were packaged in, but also the thought of caramels infused with fantastic winter spices.

For that person that can never turn down a good bottle of spirits, I stumbled across a Cranberry Infused Vodka from The Food Channel. This idea is an incredibly simple homemade gift that require only two ingredients. Presenting this in a clear glass bottle fancied up with a little festive flair will create a gorgeous and unique holiday gift.

Image Credit: marthstewart.com

I couldn’t have a post about awesome edible gifts without a couple of ideas for the kiddies. These delightful winter themed gumdrop pops were found on Martha Stewart. Gumdrops are stacked on a lollipop stick and small candies are added to form Santa Claus’s eyes, buttons on a snowman, or other small embellishments to create a fun and easy project for the little ones. Packaging them in a decorative cellophane bag or in clear jar resting in sanding sugar, as pictured above, will give the appearance of these jovial characters playing in the snow. How fun is that?

I was also able to come across these Snowman Pops in the Idea Room, that are not only super cute, but easy! Simply take chocolate sandwich cookies and dip in white chocolate melts. Insert a lollipop stick into the cookie when cooled and Voila! You can elaborate even further and use some additional candy melts under the snowman cookie and make them appear as though they are melting, which seem to be pretty popular this year. Package the pops in cellophane sleeves, wrapped with an individually created gift tag or the melted snowmen are shown packaged in a clear gift bag with a holiday trim. I’m sure the receiver of these little snow buddies will be more than impressed by your talent in creative gift-giving.

Image Credit: Munchin with Munchkin

This last gift was, by far, one of my favorite finds. I spotted a recipe for a Chai concentrate from Munchin With Munchkin.  I thought this was a fantastic idea for that person who loves to be in the kitchen, but never know quite what to get them. Because this concentrate can be used for hot or cold drinks or Chai flavoring in recipes for multiple baked goods, this would be a fantastic and versatile gift for that Chai Tea lover. Package in an air tight jar and decorate with a salt dough gift tag and you’ve created an elegant and delicious gift that is sure to please. I plan to try this one out myself in the very near future!

Stay tuned in upcoming days for a few more last minute gift idea recipes!


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Amber December 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Jamie, these are all fantastic ideas! Thanks for the round up.

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Barbara | Creative Culinary December 15, 2011 at 8:38 pm

I make all of my holiday gifts and have for years. For many years it was a gift basket of cookies but I got a bit bored with that (even if recipients did not) and each year try something unique. I’ve made candles and soap and even potholders but I have to say…the liqueurs are a big hit. Last year I did a cranberry liqueur and this year I’ve made coffee liqueur (faux Kahlua?). The gift I’m most excited about though? I cured and smoked almost 12 pounds of Brown Sugar Bacon and will be giving close family and friends a pound each. It is so amazing I have a feeling liqueurs might even fall into 2nd place!

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Kris December 15, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Thank you for including me in your post! I am honored to be on your lovely site. Enjoy the Chai! :)

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Cookbook Queen December 15, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Love these ideas!! Great for those people who have everything :)

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Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts December 15, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I love giving edible gifts! You have a great line up here! Thanks for the ideas.

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Baking Serendipity December 15, 2011 at 11:03 pm

I like that chai concentrate best too! I’ve been thinking of creating an edible gift for my grandparents and this just might be it :) Thank you!

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Clare @ SweetnSimple December 16, 2011 at 7:52 am

Great ideas! Thanks so much for posting, I need help like this right now :)

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers December 16, 2011 at 7:58 am

I love your blog, you have the most wonderful ideas on what to post! This weekend I am going to put your link up on how to store cookies!! I think everyone should know how!

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Julie @Savvy Eats December 16, 2011 at 8:00 am

Mmmm chai…my favorite!

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh December 16, 2011 at 8:34 am

What a great round up especially as last minute things start popping up!

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The Sweet Cupcaker December 16, 2011 at 8:50 am

I love these ideas! I hate not knowing what to get someone and having to settle for something that isn’t as personal but these ideas are fantastic!

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Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray December 16, 2011 at 9:02 am

Great round-up of ideas!

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Whitney December 16, 2011 at 9:32 am

My brother is a foody, and now in school for becoming a chef. So hard to decide what to get for him and on a limited budget at that. After seeing your Vanilla Bean Salt, and this and doing skulking around the web he is now getting flavored salts. A spiced, smoked praprika, an herb, rosemary, a citrus, clementines (as that is what i have on hand), and a sundried tomatoe one. Now just how to package them so they don’t look like just a Christmas craft thrown together.

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Lauren December 16, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Ooo, lovin’ these ideas! I especially love the packaging for those caramels. I’ll have to keep that in mind for future gifts!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar December 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm

These are such lovely ideas!

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Ann P. December 16, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Definitely starring this in my google reader! :) I love creative ideas for how to give baked/home cooked gifts! Thanks for the great suggestions!

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Urban Wife December 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm

What a lovely round-up! I’m definitely keeping these ideas for next year.

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Brooke (Baking with Basil) December 18, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Great round up! That chai concentrate needs to find a place in my kitchen. Soo many fun recipes to incorporate that flavor. :)

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Lynn December 22, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I made the gingerbread caramels yesterday, except I changed the recipe quite a bit. They were fantastic and I’m giving them away to the neighbors for the holidays. Here’s how I changed the recipe:

Instead of 4 cups heavy cream, I used 2 cups heavy cream and 2 cups skim milk. I used vanilla-flavored corn syrup and rum extract rather than just vanilla extract. I also doubled up on the quantity of spices for a stronger spicy flavor.

The recipe says it only takes 20 minutes after coming to a boil to reach the firm ball stage or 260 degrees. Here in the high altitudes of Albuquerque, it took 70 minutes.

It made enough to cut into 80 1-inch squares for wrapping and gifting.

Thanks for the inspiration!

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