50 Food Gifts to Wrap Up Your Holidays Now. Plus, How to Host a Food-Gift-Making Party

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year … at least it should be. This year, I want you to take a moment to imagine skipping the crowded stores, the forgotten passwords at online checkouts, the stress of doing it all alone, and instead envision a wonderful meal with smiling friends sipping cocktails and working together to create delightful food gifts for everyone you love. Sounds pretty sweet, right?

Not only will you have a great time making the gifts, but your loved ones will be thrilled to receive something homemade and delicious. And it’s typically more affordable than store-bought gifts, so it’s a win-win-win.

My obsession with food-gift-making parties began the moment Maggie wrote Food Gift Love. I started planning all the different parties we could have focused solely on what to make from the cookbook–and since it’s a book with more than 100 food gifts, it was fairly easy. For instance, an outdoor BBQ made it easy to save summer with recipes focused on preserving the season for later gift-giving moments; an evening spent drinking wine and making chocolate truffles swept Valentine’s Day off its feet; a morning brunch and a bit of baking made everything needed for a thoughtful Mother’s Day.

And now it’s time for the holidays, and I choose to combat the stress of holiday shopping with a festive and fun get-together. I’ve included 50 of my favorite food-gifting ideas from some amazingly-talented food bloggers, as well as a few from the original inspiration, Food Gift Love. Pick one or two below, party a little, and truly enjoy the most wonderful time of year.

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HOW TO HOST A FOOD-GIFT-MAKING PARTY

Let’s start with the basic items you will need to get your party started:

a. A simple menu that can be made in advance–you’ll want to save your energy for making food gifts the day of the get-together.
b. Download your own Printable Food Gift Love Party Menu
c. What food gift(s) you’re making (see the list of 50 ideas below for inspiration) and all the ingredients needed for each
d. Jars, bottles, boxes, or bags to store your food gifts once they are complete
e. Paper, pencil, tape, and twine for wrapping
f. Several good friends who want to skip the stress of holiday shopping

From here, it’s just a matter of timing and set-up.

Once people arrive, start with a drink and some appetizers and get right to work on creating the food gift. Once you have a good stopping point, take a break for dinner. And as you wrap your gifts, have an easy dessert for everyone to nibble on at their leisure.

And just like that, the party is over but so is your holiday shopping. You’re welcome.

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THE MAKE-EVERYTHING-AHEAD-OF-TIME MENU

The beauty of this menu is how quickly it all comes together the day of the party. I recommend prepping everything the day before, so you just bake the enchiladas and focus your energy on the making the citrus sugars during the party. Not only are these recipes easy to make in advance, but they work really well together.

Drink: Orange Rosemary Spritz – This light and refreshing cocktail feels oh so festive with lillet, aperol, and a touch of bubbly. Plus, the rosemary-sugar-lined glasses go so well with our food gift choice, we simply couldn’t help ourselves.

Appetizer: Traffic Light Dips (Fava Bean & Parmesan, Beet & Smoked Garlic, and Butternut Squash Hummus) – These dips not only add gorgeous color to any table, but they are also a delightful snack while you work. They do require a little extra work in the kitchen, but are well worth it because each one is so flavorful and unique.

Main Course: Roasted Pumpkin Enchiladas – This is my go-to fall and winter comfort dish, and is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. The pumpkin sauce has a hint of sweetness with a little added spice, and is good enough to eat all on its own. Add it to cheesy chicken (or veggie) enchiladas and you have a winning dish. I prepare the enchiladas the night before (right up to the point of baking) and let sit in the fridge overnight. This makes it easy to just pop them in the oven when it’s time for dinner.

Dessert: Spicy Orange and Almond Dark Chocolate Bark – A chocolate bark may very well be one of my favorite desserts to serve at parties (as you can see from all the different kinds listed below in my top 50 food gifts). I especially like this one because it combines a little heat with a nice amount of sweet for the perfect last bite of the evening (or as a food gift in its own right). Make it ahead and simply set it out for guests to enjoy as they like.

Food Gift: Citrus Sugars – This food gift is the ultimate in ease and wow factor. All you need is a zester, fresh citrus, herbs, or culinary flowers, sugar, and a few minutes. The result is a lovely and fragrant gift that can be used for cocktails, baked goods, breakfast items, and so on.

What will you serve at your party? Download your own Printable Blank Food Gift Love Party Menu

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50 FOOD GIFT IDEAS FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR HOLIDAY LIST

There’s really nothing I love more than giving homemade food gifts (thanks to Maggie for always inspiring me to do so) and making them with friends and family just makes it so much fun and effortless. This year, I’ve collected incredible recipes for every type of taste, each created by fantastic bloggers and cooks. Some take minutes while others require a bit more patience, but every single one will make your loved ones smile–and isn’t that the whole point of it all, really?

Baked

Holiday Butternut Bundt Cake with Crushed Cranberries & Apples {from Dolly and Oatmeal}
Pumpkin Challah {from Bojon Gourmet}
Leek and Thyme Soda Bread (dairy free)
Chestnut Spelt Bread {from Green Kitchen Stories}
Parsnip-Cardamom Cupcakes with Maple Cream Cheese Frosting {from the Vanilla Bean Blog}
Sugared Ginger Cranberry Bundtlettes {from The Young Austinian}


Candy

Candied Clementines
Double Chocolate Caramels With Sea Salt {from Hummingbird High}
Liquor Lollipops {from Leite’s Culinaria}
Toffee, Salted Pretzel, and Chocolate Bark {from Drizzle & Dip}
Salty Chocolate Date Caramels {from Heartbeet Kitchen}
Homemade Vanilla Honey Candied Ginger {from The Healthy Foodie}


Chocolate

Cookie Cutter Candy Bars
Chocolate Bark 3 Ways {from Dolly & Oatmeal}
Red Wine Chocolate Truffles
Dark Chocolate Coconut Oil Fudge {from Wholefully}
Death by Chocolate Brownies
The Colossal Healthy Chocolate Bar {My New Roots}


Cookies

Chai Palmiers
Ottolenghi’s Perfect Meringues, with Marzipan and Toasted Almonds {from my name is yeh}
Double Chocolate Gingersnaps (gluten-free and dairy-free) {from Dolly and Oatmeal}
Pecan Poppy Seed Biscotti
Hot Buttered Rum Cookies {from Brooklyn Supper}
Pantry Cookies

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Pickles

Pickled Grapes {from Not Without Salt}
Pickled Brussel Sprouts
Quick Pickled Blackberries {from With Food and love}
Golden Sauerkraut {from Green Kitchen Stories}
Wasabi Pickled Carrots 


Preserves

The Easiest Meyer Lemon Jam
Blackberry Saffron Honey {from 101 Cookbooks}
Chamomile-Citrus Marmalade
Roasted Quince Jam with Warm Winter Spices {from Food in Jars}
Preserved Lemons


Snacks

Baked Olive and Fennel Crackers
Bacon Salt Popcorn {from The Young Austinian}
Maple Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas {from Heartbeet Kitchen}
Sage, Thyme, and Mimolette Cheese Straws {from Bojon Gourmet}
Brown Sugar Rosemary Walnuts {from 101 Cookbooks}


Spirits

Strawberry Cordial
Grapefruit and Rosemary Bitters {from Holly and Flora}
Buttered Hot Toddy Mix
Boozy Cranberries
Black Peppercorn + Cranberry Shrub with Gin {from With Food And Love}


Sugar and Spice

Homemade Poultry Seasoning
Citrus Sugars {from Food Gift Love}
Mustard Sea Salt
Homemade Celery Salt {from Domenica Cooks}
Sea Salt & Black Pepper Rub
Lavender Vanilla Bean Sugar {from The Young Austinian}

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Photos taken by Heidi Murphy/ White Loft Studio.

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