30 Homemade Holiday Gift Recipes

I’m a big fan of the very edible kind of gift-giving.  And as the years have gone on, and we find that in a working environment it’s nice to bring everyone a little something for the holidays, I’ve learned to rely on a few home-baked sweet treats to hand out as gifts.  (Hubby works in a hospital, so his list of friends at work is endless.)  I also love my UPS man, I love the people at my doctors’ offices, really I love everyone.  And I mean, who doesn’t love a homemade anything?  My mom actually started the tradition in our family; she used to make great big jars of homemade sweet pickles for all of our teachers … to the point where years later, people stop my mom in the supermarket, in malls, walking down our street, asking about her pickles.  This year, I’ve been searching Pinterest trying to find the perfect sweet treat that I can bake up in great big batches.

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I have a few rules for sweets that fit the holiday gift bill:

  1. Travels well.  Last year I made fudge; it was a disaster.  Though it may have been delicious, the gooey chocolate melted everywhere in the Miami heat.  Two years ago, I made White Chocolate/Chocolate Chip Cookie Bark (Please forgive the iphone photos, this was way back in 2011, a.k.a., pre-DSLR.  By the way, the bars were a huge hit!)  Basically, the homemade goodies should hold up well (i.e., this is a no-crumble zone) and require no refrigeration.
  2. Easy to make in very large batches.  Though I don’t mind making several batches of something, the larger the batch I can make at a time, the less work I have to do.
  3. A crowd-pleaser.

double chocolate shortbread

Cookies, Bars + Cakes

Double Dark Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Cinnamon Swirl Chocolate Chip Bread

White Chocolate Snickerdoodles

Eggnog Pound Cake

Peanut Butter Cup Pretzel Cheesecake Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

Easy Cinnamon Rolls (TIP: Hand these out in cute tins!)

Marshmallow Monster Cookies

Rainbow Chip Cookies (TIP: Substitute regular M&M’s with Holiday M&M’s!)

Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies with Creamy Peanut Butter Filling

Maine Blueberry Cake

Twix Shortbread Bars

Milky Way Chocolate Cookie Crumble Bars

Mocha Shortbread with Nutella

candy bark

Candies + Sweets

Candy Popcorn Chocolate Bark

Soft and Chewy Caramels

Chocolate Nutella Fudge with Sea Salt

English Toffee

Chocolate Peanut Butter Marshmallows

Chocolate Peppermint Bark

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn

Chocolate Hazelnut Bark


vanilla cinnamon candied almonds nuts

Nuts, Granola + Savory Snacks

Vanilla and Cinnamon Candied Almonds

Salty Sweet Peanut Butter Brittle

Roasted Candied Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts

Savory White Chocolate Caramel Popcorn

Dark Chocolate Cherry Nutella Granola

Salty Pretzel Vanilla Caramel Corn

Musician’s Brittle

Peanut Butter and Honey Granola



    • Lexi

      The candied almonds? So good!

  1. Andi

    I’m drooling!

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    • Lexi

      Definitely the perfect movie snack!

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