Every year, long before the Thanksgiving dishes are even dried and put away, the Christmas rush is on. That’s when so many of us find ourselves racing around, spending money we don’t have on lots of things we don’t need. It’s crazy! One way that I’ve found to minimize the stress of Holiday shopping – and spending – is to make delicious gifts for family and friends in my own kitchen. Not only are homemade gifts often more economical, but they can also be much more meaningful to their recipients.
Each year, I choose a different assortment of tasty treats to give as holiday gifts. I package each in pretty decorative packaging and make up cheery goodie bags to deliver to the lucky recipients. I usually choose a few easy recipes along with some that are a little more complex to get a nice balance in my bags. I really enjoy doing this, and the whole process helps to get me into the Holiday spirit. And, after all that has happened around here  lately, I could really use some help getting my Christmas mojo on!
When it comes to creating edible gifts, the possibilities are endless. From the simplest sugar cookies to more labor intensive items like candies or preserves, there are plenty of recipe options available, regardless of your level of culinary expertise. Below are some of some of my favorite gifts from the kitchen from years past. I hope you find a few that inspire you.
What are your favorite edible gifts to give and to receive?