Top 10 DIY Food Gifts For Christmas….
Christmas is one of the most awaited festivals in the year. The joyous mood all around, decorating the Christmas tree, carol singing and meeting of family and friends makes it one celebration that everyone participates in. Besides the obvious decor and fun, one of the main attractions of Christmas is the food. Decadent, delicious, varied and colorful, it is not just tasty, but the aromas and smells are just too much to resist. As with what’s prepared during this season, food also serves as a great gift to give to family and love ones, even better than clothes and other things.
If you’re wondering what foods to give as gifts, below is a list of the top 10 DIY food gifts for Christmas, that captures the essence of the season. Recipe to make these DIY food gifts are included in the post. Just click on the link and go to the recipe.
Top 10 DIY Food Gifts For Christmas
Vanilla Extract can be very expensive and not available that easily. This homemade vanilla extract made from vanilla beans and alcohol is easy to put together, of high quality and can be used in a variety of ways, to make healthy Vanilla Coconut Granola bars, lovely Mango Vanilla Smoothie, in Gingerbread Cake with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting and also Honey Vanilla Madeleines.
Vanilla Sugar is also an ingredient difficult to come by. It makes for a great replacement for regular sugar, adds a beautiful dimension to any dessert and is very expensive. The sweetness of the sugar and the flavor of the vanilla makes it a wonderful addition to food and tea. It can even be substituted with plain sugar in all kinds of baked goods such as Vanilla Coconut Granola, Lemon and Vanilla Madeleines and even in the Sago and Coconut Pudding with Vanilla Compote.
When it comes to the aromas of the season, nothing embodies it better than Spiced Hot Chocolate Mix. With flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla, this mix can be stored and used at any time. Its versatility makes it an essential ingredient in desserts such as Mocha Hazelnut Brownies, Chocolate Banana Bread with Hazelnuts, and Oreo Doodles.
Granolas are considered the all-in-one nutrient packed breakfast foods, and the Gingerbread Granola is a Christmas variation of this sweet and crunchy food. Crisp, subtly sweet and mildly spiced, it makes for a great homemade Christmas gift for friends and family to kickstart their journey of healthy eating. This can be gifted in small glass jars. and tied up with pretty ribbons.
Red is the color of Christmas, and there can be nothing more significant of this festive season than Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies. These cookies are crisp, melt in your mouth and can be made and stored for days. Pack them up into little see-through glass jars and they will bring a smile to anyone’s face.
Cake is the quintessential Christmas gift, but what sets this Gingerbread Loaf Cake apart is that it is handmade. Whether having it on Christmas eve or for the celebrations thereafter, this cake makes for a gift of love. It is moist, spicy and signifies the spirit of Christmas perfectly.
Buttery Piped Shortbread Cookies is one of the oldest recipes and I have been making it for years. They are sweet, crunchy little dollops of goodness that can put a smile on anyone’s face. They can be gifted just as they are or in festive little boxes.
An unusual, yet a wonderful combination, Pistachio and Cranberry Biscotti are small little bites full of flavor. Loaded with the goodness of pistachios and a tang from the cranberries, they are healthy and make for perfect little gifts to family.
Decadent, fudgy, brownie topped with the most wonderful boozy pecan pie, this dessert is a keeper. Brownies are eternal favorites and can put a smile on the face of anyone. Beautiful to behold, and rich in texture, these brownies can also be prepared quickly and stored to be eaten at leisure.
Christmas isn’t quite complete without fruitcake, and the recipe here gives you the simplest, most flavorful way of preparing it. Loaded with fruits, goodness and flavor, this cake best represents what Christmas is all about, a festival of celebration and giving.