37 DIY Food Gifts You Can Make This Weekend

37 DIY Food Gifts you can make in a weekend #diygifts #foodgifts #holiday

There are only 5 days to Christmas…have you finished making, buying and wrapping all your gifts? If not, have no fear – I have 37 DIY food gifts you can easily make in a weekend. Bonus: most, if not all, of these would also make excellent host(ess) gifts for all the remaining Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties!

Let’s get to it!

Fun Ingredients

Chai-infused sugar

Cinnamon, grapefruit, lemon, orange and vanilla extracts from Spoon Fork Bacon

Gingerbread caramel sauce from the Kitchn

Homemade cookie butter from Wine and Glue

Homemade ranch seasoning from Snappy Gourmet

Infused syrup gift jars from My New Roots

Infused vodkas from My Baking Addiction

Orange maple syrup from The Messy Baker

Stout and sriracha beer BBQ sauce from The Beeroness

Vanilla sugar from The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie


Kits – Put It All Together!

A basket of homemade spice blends from Naturally Ella

Cocktail kit

Homemade pasta gifts from Spoon Fork Bacon

Hot cocoa and chocolate mixes with maple marshmallows

Nacho kit

Popcorn kit

Seasoned salt pack (with printable)



Cranberry mustard

Homemade plum ketchup with zinfandel from The Tomato Tart

Lemon-lime marmalade

Pear & apple chutney from The Tomato Tart




Hazelnut-pistachio granola from Kitchen Treaty

Mexican hot chocolate roasted pecans

Nutty granola




Apple cider chocolate covered toffee from Bran Appetit

Bourbon salted caramels from Shutterbean

Candied citrus peel from Shutterbean

Chocolate pretzel beer toffee from The Beeroness

Chocolate hazelnut marshmallows from Healthy. Delicious

Creamsicle marshmallows with spicy hot cocoa mix

Hot chocolate truffles from your cup of cake

Kahlua balls from Celebrations at Home

Maple cream

Peanut butter fudge from Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Peppermint Oreo cookie balls from The Corner Kitchen

Sugared cranberries from Bran Appetit

Walnut and chocolate cake bars from Bakers Royale


DIY Gift: Creamsicle Marshmallows with Spicy Hot Cocoa Mix

Spicy hot cocoa mix with creamsicle marshmallows #holidays #diygift #foodgifts

Marshmallows feel like such a wintery food for me.  I know that a lot of you might immediately think “s’mores” when you consider marshmallows, but I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan.  I’m not sure why…I love marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers individually, and I like s’mores flavored desserts, but the actual s’mores? Meh.

So for the most part, I make marshmallows exclusively in the winter. They were the first candy recipe I mastered, and I love playing with different flavor variations.

Creamsicle marshmallows #holidays #diygift #foodgifts

Heather and I were discussing what goes well with citrus the other night (we’re both on a quest to eat all the citrus this winter!) and the orange-chili combo came up.  It seemed like the perfect twist for my hot cocoa mix + homemade marshmallows gift.

Now, who wants to come over for a spicy hot cocoa with creamsicle marshmallows? I have plenty!

Creamsicle marshmallows #holidays #diygift #foodgifts… 

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The Savvy 2013 Gift Cookbook Guide (+ Giveaway!)

Cookbooks can be such a fun gift to give and receive. There is a cookbook out there for nearly everyone, from the beginner cook to the baker to the health fanatic and even to the literary nerd. They are easily shipped (I love sending people homemade preserves, but man, are glass jars annoying to mail). And if you package them with some cooking tools (a cocktail shaker with a drinks book, or a cast iron skillet with a dinner book, they can be elevated from “what a nice book” status to “what an amazing gift!”

Here are 12 of my favorite cookbooks to give and cook from myself (with a giveaway at the end!):

The Savvy 2013 Gift Cookbook Guide

Winter Cocktails by Maria del Mar Sacasa. This is the first book of cocktails I’ve found that isn’t clunky and difficult to navigate. The pages are filled with tempting-looking cocktails, along with some appetizer recipes and DIY infusion ideas. Plus, the photography is gorgeous. See a full review here.

Tequila Mockinbird by Tim Federle. I couldn’t wait for my annual holiday bookstore gift card, and went ahead and bought this book this week…I’m just too excited about it! Not only do the cocktails all have names like “The Last of the Mojitos,” “Pear the Wild Things Are,” and “Gin Eyre,” but each headnote tells you a bit about the book and why it inspired that particular recipe. Perfect for cocktail lovers and literary nerds alike. Also, it ends with suggested drinking games. Book club, anyone?

Canning for a New Generation by Liana Krissoff. Aka, my #1 source for new canning inspiration. The book has plenty of solid basics and how-to directions for the new canners, but also has a ton of creative flavor combinations and preserve ideas. See a full review here.

Urban Pantry by Amy Pennington. This book was invaluable when I first started learning to cook from scratch. Gift it to the new cooks in your life who are interested in from-scratch fare; they’ll learn everything from how to stock the pantry to how to make salad dressing to how to cook a pot of beans.

Home Made Winter by Yvette van Boven. First of all, this book is gorgeous, filled with great photography and beautiful drawings outlining some of the recipes. Plus, it has step-by-step photos for making your own apple cider, butter and Irish cream, as well as cozy-looking recipes like baked risotto with cauliflower, Gruyère and crisp bread crumbs, and butternut crème with goat cheese cream and sage.

Whole Grains for a New Generation by Liana Krissoff. I love Krissoff’s books so much, I’m including two on this list. This book is perfect for anyone who is trying to eat a bit healthier, loves experimenting with new ingredients, or enjoys cooking with whole grains. See a full review here.

Saveur: The New Comfort Food by James Oseland. Who doesn’t love some good comfort food this time of year? This book is filled with recipes for comfort food from around the world, ranging from The Ultimate Grilled Cheese to Chicken Tikka Masala to Sopaipillas.

Bluephies New American Cooking by Bill Horzuesky. I talked about this restaurant about a million times while I was living in Madison, and I am so glad I bought their cookbook to bring a little taste of Madison to Ithaca with us when we moved. Bluephies will always hold a special place in my heart, especially for both their enchilada platter and their chocolate chip cookie dough egg rolls. Even if your giftee has no connection to Madison, WI, they will love the hearty, flavorful dishes made from this cookbook.

Poulet by Cree LaFavour. Chicken is one of my go-to proteins, and while I love a good roast chicken, it can get a bit boring week in and week out. Poulet has tons of creative chicken recipes, sorted by geographical inspiration. See a full review here.

Tacos by Mark Miller. At least twice a year, I go through a serious taco phase. Every single taco recipe I’ve made from this book has turned out better than the last. See a full review here.

The Gardener and the Grill by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig. Admittedly, this one is a bit out of season. But it is my favorite book for both gardeners and grill-fanatics alike. See a full review here.

Sprinkles! by Jackie Alpers. An entire book of recipes that glorify the cheery, colorful, sparkly sprinkle. Plus, it has recipes to make your own sprinkles. Seriously. I can’t wait to make my own sprinkles!


And, good news!  Quirk Books has generously offered to give one Savvy Eats reader a copy of Winter Cocktails and Sprinkles. The giveaway will run until December 27 at 12:00 a.m. See below for how to enter and more details!



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