Homemade gifts can be a thoughtful way to show your appreciation to the ones you love and delicious homemade food is a practical but great gift option that no one can resist. Just put in some time and effort, and you will be rewarded with your very own creation that add a personal touch to your homemade gift. Be inspired by our top 10 homemade food gift ideas that can even rival some of the gourmet goodies out there. You will be surprised by how easy some of these homemade food gift ideas are!
You can never go wrong with the classic cookie as the perfect homemade food gift for those with a sweet tooth. It doesn’t have to be a plain-looking cookie. You can jazz it up according to the occasion. For a Valentine’s Day homemade food gift, try making these heart-shaped shortbread cookies that are sure to melt the heart of your date. For a simple and easy shortbread cookie recipe, check out this recipe on Food.com. A heart-shaped cookie cutter will do the job to cut the cookie dough into the desired heart shapes. For the red and white cookie icing colours, check out SweetAmbs’ tutorial dedicated to making the perfect icing for Valentine’s Day cookies. Get creative with your designs and you might even be able to pass off your homemade cookies might even rival store-bought ones!
For a more exquisite homemade gift idea, consider macarons which are a type of meringue-based cookie. There are many recipes out there but the basic ingredients are pretty similar, albeit with some variations: almond meal, icing sugar, egg white, granulated sugar and food colourings that give macarons their colourful hues. The filling sandwiched between two macaron cookies is usually ganache, buttercream or jam. Infuse your macarons with different flavours to add that personalised touch. These dainty little treats are great homemade food gifts for baby showers, wedding anniversaries, or even holidays like Christmas. The macaron is one versatile cookie that has become a symbol of affection in many places.
Cupcakes don’t have to be boring homemade food gifts. Like Cinderella, all these miniature cakes need are a makeover that will transform them from plain baked goods to gorgeous mouth-watering creations. Country Living has some of the sweetest ideas when it comes to dressing up your cupcakes for the occasion. Surprise your mother on Mother’s Day or wow your three-year-old nephew on his birthday with a tower of frosted cupcakes decorated for the occasion! I am sure these cupcakes will be an unforgettable homemade food gift for your loved ones.
What do you get when you combine a cake with a lollipop? Cake Pops! These cute and petite creations are the perfect homemade food gift if you are looking for a crowd-pleaser. There are many cake pop recipes and decoration ideas out there, but my favourite for now would be Joy of Baking’s detailed step-by-step recipe, including a video demonstration of how she does her cake pops which is also available on Youtube.
Homemade jam can be simple but delectable gift treats for your loved ones. All you need are freshly chopped fruits, sugar and water. Cook the mixture to activate the natural pectin in fruits high in pectin (e.g. cranberries, tart apples and plums) or simply add pectin for fruits that are low in pectin (e.g. apricots, cherries and strawberries). If you need some inspiration, Simply Recipes has some fantastic homemade jam recipes using Seville oranges, quinces and great pairing combinations like apricots and Riesling.
Not all homemade food gifts need to be ready-to-eat or drink for that matter. For a neat gift in a jar, layer the ingredients to a homemade hot chocolate mix, starting with cocoa powder at the bottom of the jar, followed by white sugar and chocolate chips. For a bespoke gift, have special ingredients in your top layer— M&Ms, Snicker bar bits and even marshmallows. Finish it off with a ribbon and even a specialized tag for the mason jar with your own message and you have a homemade gift that’s ready to warm someone’s heart!
For the chefs (or aspiring chefs) in your life, flavoured salts are great gifts for them to spice up their cooking repertoire. POPSUGAR, a popular lifestyle website, has a few inexpensive, easy and aromatic flavoured salt recipes that you can consider. Roasted garlic, lemon and shitake mushrooms are just some of the many ingredients that you can use to create homemade flavoured salts.
Flavour-infused spirits are like your homemade cocktail creations in a bottle. For an exciting party favour, try creating your own infusions with anything from cucumbers for something refreshing to a mix of ginger, chai and even black peppercorns for something spicier. Vodka works well for a beginner spirit infusion base due to its relative lack of flavour. For more adventurous homemade concoctions, try more complex-tasting spirits like rum. You will need to let the ingredients sit in the base spirit for at least a day or two so that the flavours can set in.
Continuing on this thread of flavour infusions, we have flavour-infused olive oil as another beautiful option for a gift. You won’t go wrong with usual pairings like garlic, rosemary and thyme. For other interesting combinations, there’s a whole array of spices, herbs and even citrus fruits (use the zest of the fruit) that you can play around with. With a simple blend, stick to one or two ingredients. For something more ntricate, try a variety of ingredients to spice things up. Whatever your choice, this is a versatile homemade gift that’s perfect for serious foodie friends.
Homemade jams or sauces don’t always have to be sweet. For a savoury twist, homemade pesto is a great idea for someone who loves this sauce. Traditionally, pesto is made from a blended mixture of crushed garlic, pine nuts, coarse salt, basil, cheese and olive oil. Vary your homemade pesto with the choice of cheese. Or extra ingredients like hot peppers or tomatoes for a distinctively red pesto sauce. Put your mason jar to use, wrap it with a ribbon, and your homemade food gift is good to go!
I hope that our list of top 10 homemade food gifts has given you some ideas of goodies. Which you can create to surprise your loved ones. When it comes to creating a personalised food gift for that special someone. You don’t have to be limited by our ideas here . Try customizing one of our ideas to suit the preferences of the person you have in mind. Or better still, think out of the box and come up with your very own homemade food gift idea! Creating your own gift can be a wonderfully therapeutic and fun experience. And even allow you to better understand the tastes and preferences of your loved ones!