Giving gifts of homemade food is a popular, traditional and loving way to show people you care during the holiday season. Whether it is homemade candy, cookies or the ominous fruitcake, a gift of food at the holidays is a gift that is sure to please. Of course, when you give a food gift, you want to be a bit unique, and you also do not want to have to spend too much money on the ingredients. You want a gift that is festive and will be remembered fondly. Here are a few of my favorite food gift ideas for the holidays.
Russian Tea–If you were raised in the late 60’s, you know what Russian Tea is already. Russian tea is a mix of instant tea, orange and lemon flavored drink mix, sugar and spices. The recipient needs only add a cup of boiling water to a few teaspoons of the mix, and they have a hot, delicious, drink perfect for the holidays. There are many recipes out there, some of them now using sugar-free ingredients, which adds a nice update to this decidedly retro food gift. Make it in a big batch and package it in a jar, or a mug, or make it a bit prettier by layering the ingredients, like sand art, in the jar. For the middle aged set, this gift will bring back warm memories, and for the younger folks, a new favorite winter drink will be found.
Flavored Popcorn–Each year, people spend a lot of money buying and sending flavored popcorn as gifts. You can make your own flavored popcorn for a small fraction of the price of the mail order stuff. Decide what flavor or flavors that you would like to make, then check out the internet for recipes. Caramel corn is always a hit, and cheddar and taco flavored popcorn are both very easy to make and affordable, too. Check out your local dollar store for tins to package your homemade, flavored popcorn in, and you will be the star on top of the holiday gift tree this year.
Homemade Cheese Balls— Cheese balls and cheese logs are very popular during the holiday season. You can buy them at the grocery store, or order and send them online. But, did you know that you can also make them yourself, and that it is easy, and quick to do, too? There are many recipes online for homemade cheese balls in a wide variety of types and flavors. Have a little fun this year when making food gifts, and present your friends and family with homemade cheese balls or logs. Wrap your cheese balls or logs in pretty plastic wrap, and add a bow. Since this is a gift that requires refrigeration, be sure to take that into account when delivering your gift. People may call you cheesy, but with this gift, they will mean that in the best possible way.
Now you know what my favorite holiday food gifts are, so go out and find your favorite recipe. All of these food gifts are easy to make, can be made in large batches, and are fairly inexpensive. That makes each an all around perfect food gift idea.