Looking for a fun and easy gift idea that won't cost you an arm and a leg? Look no further! We're sharing 20 of our favorite homemade food gifts using ingredients you probably already have on hand. Winning!

Hands holding a jar of hot chocolate mix from Shelf Cooking.

We love to share simple and inexpensive gifts with neighbors, friends, teachers and coworkers at the holidays. Whether you're a master in the kitchen or you can barely turn on the oven, these homemade food gifts are a breeze to make and will be loved by all! With just a few supplies and ingredients, you'll have a high-quality gift ready in minutes. Does it get any easier?!

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From sweet treats to savory soup mixes, we've got homemade gift ideas for everyone. With a little bit of effort, you can save big this holiday season! Now, grab that apron, and let's get to making!


Peppermint bark in a mug from Shelf Cooking.

There's nothing quite like a homemade sweet treat to brighten someone's day. Whether you're looking for easy and cheap holiday gifts or just a friendly way to let someone know you care, these homemade food gifts check all the boxes!

Trust us, these homemade food gifts are sure to make them smile!


Who doesn't love a fun recipe-in-a-jar as a gift? We sure do. Here are some of our favorite recipes you can toss in a mason jar, add a ribbon, and gift away!

  • Brownie Mix in a Jar – Grab our fudge-y yummy brownie mix and layer the dry ingredients in a jar for an adorable gift! Attach a small wooden spoon to the side of the jar for mixing for an easy special touch.
  • Treat-in-a-Mug Mix – First, grab a cute mug from the dollar store. Then grab a cellophane treat bag and toss in the dry ingredients for a delicious mug cake! Tie it with a cute ribbon and ta-da!
  • Pancake Mix – Know a pancake lover? Put our favorite pancake mix in a jar for an easy and cheap gift! Toss in some chocolate chips, nuts, or dried fruit on top!
  • Birthday Cake Mix Cookies in a Jar – It doesn't get much better than these birthday cake cookies! Mix the ingredients in a jar and slap on a cute chalkboard label.
  • Oatmeal Cookie Mix in a Jar – This oatmeal cookie recipe is totally drool worthy!

Pro Tip: Switch it up by putting the ingredients in a food-safe ornament instead for a fun twist!


Homemade jam in a jar with a spoon and strawberries from Shelf Cooking.

Want more food gift ideas? We've got you covered. Try one of these delicious ideas and you won't be disappointed in the result!

These food gift ideas are an easy and cheap go-to gift for the holidays. Make a big batch all at once and check everyone off your list in one afternoon!

Do you have any more food gift ideas? Share with us in the comments below!

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Happy Holidays!