Simple Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas

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The holiday season is here – time for savoring homemade goodies and remembering loved ones with gifts. This year, we know a lot of folks will be thinking about how to do their holiday gift-giving for less money, so we’re here to tell you that some of the most special, personal gifts you can give are also some of the least expensive. We’re talking about delicious, homemade treats that come straight from the heart of your home – the kitchen.

Biscotti - a homemade Christmas food gift idea

Here are four of our favorite recipes for easy-to-make, low-cost edible gifts that are sure to please anyone on your list.

Our biscotti recipe is so easy to make, and most items on the short list of ingredients are things you probably already have on hand. Yet these crunchy Italian cookies’ visual appeal – especially with one end dipped in chocolate and coated with slivered almonds – and melt-in-your-mouth flavor can turn a simple cup of coffee or hot chocolate into an exquisite gourmet escape.

The oats, honey, fruit and nuts in our homemade granola recipe provide plenty of nutritional value, but recipients of this edible gift will be bowled over by its sweet, hearty flavor. White coconut flakes and red cranberries or cherries lend the mixture a festive look, perfect for giving in a clear glass jar tied up with a holiday ribbon.

Our Rolo pretzels recipe combines favorite goodies – pretzels, Rolo candies and pecans – for a sweet-and-salty, nutty, chocolate-caramel bite of heaven. These fancy-looking candies are deceptively easy and quick to make. The hardest part is giving them away!

Last but not least, create a savory coating for our sweet and spicy nut mix using maple syrup, fresh rosemary and cayenne pepper. Just toss the ingredients together and bake. Give away batches of these zesty mixed nuts in pretty holiday tins with airtight lids.

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