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3 Easy DIY Holiday Food Gifts

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Homemade Christmas gifts are typically appreciated and treasured. The fact that someone went to all the trouble to make something for you tends to make you feel warmly toward that person and toward the gift. It’s the personal touch that says, “I care” that people love about homemade gifts. Some of the easiest and most appreciated homemade gifts are food gifts. Let’s face it, everyone loves food! Here are 3 easy DIY holiday food gifts you can make in a flash that are sure to be hits with the recipients.

1. Sugar Cookie Name Tags

These sweet treats are excellent for holiday parties. The cookies are made to look like name tags that go on presents. Put them out on a tray at a family get-together, office party, or gathering among friends and let everyone have the pleasure of finding the cookie that’s just for them. That would be the cookie with their name on it! There’s nothing like a little personalization to make people feel special. To make the cookies, simply roll out packaged sugar cookie dough and cut out cookies with a tag-shaped cookie cutter. If you can’t find a cutter, use a knife and go freehand. Punch a hole in the ends of the tags with a straw, then bake. Once the cookies are baked and cooled, pipe Christmas-colored icing around the edges and write each individual person’s name in the center of each cookie with an icing in a complimentary color.

Photo Credit: LARA ROBBY/STUDIO D

Photo Credit: LARA ROBBY/STUDIO D

2. Desserts in a Jar

You can get really creative here. Simply think of a dessert someone you know really loves, like brownies, truffles, or chocolate chip cookies. Even cake will work for this. Get a mason jar and measure out all of the dry ingredients in the recipe into the jar, one at a time, then mix. Close the jar, wrap a ribbon around the lid, and attach a tag to the ribbon with instructions for adding wet ingredients and baking. You can customize desserts in a jar for people who are eating gluten-free, for vegans, and other special dietary needs, too.

Photo Credit: melskitchencafe.com

Photo Credit: melskitchencafe.com

3. Hot Drink Mixes

A take on the desserts-in-a-jar idea, you can also create custom drink mixes and put them in jars, too. These will be for hot drinks, since the ingredients for hot drinks stay fresh in jars for a long time. Plus, a hot drink is symbolic of the holiday season. Flavored hot chocolates, teas, and coffees work well here. Just put the dry ingredients in a mason jar (such as cocoa powder, tea bags, ground coffee, and spices), close the jar, tie it up with a pretty ribbon, and attach instructions for how much water and/or milk to add and how long to brew it. Your lucky gift recipient will probably get many cozy cups of love straight from you out of this charming gift.

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Photo Credit: hotpolkadot.com

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