Last Updated March 1st, 2021 at 08:37 am by Lisa
Homemade Christmas Gifts are easy and inexpensive.
There are 8 Holiday DIY food gift ideas here including Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies, an edible Candy Plate, Peppermint Vodka to make Candy Cane Martinis, Preserved Lemons, Candied Pecans, BBQ Grill Rub, Flavor Infused Gourmet Salts, and Dog Biscuits personalized with doggies name.
One of these gifts will be sure to make someone very happy. Handmade gifts are so fun to make and people really love them.
For as long as I can remember, I made Christmas gifts at the holidays. I have even made handpainted boxes, wrapping paper, and even stockings. But food gifts are the best kind of gifts if you ask me...
Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies
Santa’s Chocolate Chip Peppermint Cookies are loaded with candy cane peppermint crunch pieces, milk chocolate chips, and minty creme de menthe chips.
Leave these out for Santa or give them as a gift. The Christmas cookies took first place at a cookie exchange party!
Peppermint Candy Plate
Serve mugs of hot cocoa with toppings, or any holiday dessert or treats. Take Christmas cookies on a Peppermint Candy Plate to a holiday party and it will be a huge hit! I took this candy plate to my cousin's home for Christmas Eve, and they loved it. And yes you can eat the plate, it's just made of candy...
Homemade Candy Cane Vodka
A Festive Christmas party cocktail, Candy Cane Martinis are made with Homemade Peppermint Vodka that makes an easy homemade holiday or Christmas gift.
AND this peppermint vodka is so easy and simple, it’s made with vodka and candy canes.
Homemade Grill & BBQ Rub
You can use up extra spices that might otherwise be thrown out or expire.
There are ZERO preservatives in a homemade spice blend!
An excellent gourment gift to give a person who loves to cook. These add INCREDIBLE fresh intense “lemony” flavor; try on roast chicken, grilled fish, or lemon hummus.
Mix into drinks, salads, and lemon dressings. You can keep adding to the jar all year long and include a card with the recipe and directions on how to use them...
Personalized Dog Treats
Any doggy will love these homemade Dog Treats packed with nutritious pumpkin, peanut butter, spinach, zucchini, carrots, and oats.
It was so fun to make these personalized for Sassy using a cookie cutter with her name on it and believe me she fully approves. You can bake the dog biscuits and gift the personalized cookie cutter!
Flavored Finishing Salts
Flavored Finishing Sea Salt Recipes; Sriracha, Pinto Noir, Mustard, Celery, and House Seasoning plus recipe ideas and cooking suggestions!
Spicy Candied Pecans
These candied spiced pecans are the perfect mix of spicy and sweet and have all the wonderful flavors of pumpkin pie. They’re almost impossible to resist!
Toss these candied pecans on a Festive Holiday Salad to a sweet-spicy crunch, serve on a gorgeous Cheese Board, or a trendy "grazing table", or simply serve with drinks.
Wrap in decorated Mason jars and gift as a gourmet holiday hostess gift or party favor...
Now that is quite a list to pick from, here is to making homemade simple and inexpensive gifts from the heart. I love gifts that are edible or "sippable" and to enjoy right away.
All The Best Dishes,
Peppermint Candy Plate for Christmas: DIY in 20 Minutes
- Line your cookie sheet, sping form pan, or tart pan with parchment paper.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Arrange unwrapped mints in any design you wish on top of the parchment paper.
- Allow extra room on the sides around the edge of the pan as the mints will melt and spread.
- Bake for approximately 5-8 minutes. Watch carefully.
- Take out and allow to cool for a few minutes.
- The tray is fragile and breaks easily, so keep it on a small tray when moving it around.
Tips for Making Candy Plates:
- If you want to shape or mold the tray in any way after you melt it, you should do so in the first minute it is out of the oven because it hardens quickly. Be careful... it's hot!
- Try using a spring-form pan if you have one. (I used a tart pan, it was not as easy to remove the candy plate, but it did come out!)
- Let the parchment paper be a bit bigger than the bottom of the spring-form pan to help you remove the candy plate.
- You can also bake your candy plate on any cookie sheet, it works great.