I love buying Christmas gifts for kids. Clothes are easy to buy for them. Games, science experiments, and books are easy gifts, too. But when it comes to adults, I get mental block. No clue what to get. Maybe it’s because gifts is not my love language…? Either way, my default then is consumable homemade Christmas gifts for the adults on my list.
Depending on the culture you live in you can use some of these ideas as hostess gifts, too. Where we live, there really isn’t a thing as hostess gifts. Although I suppose my carried in contribution to the meal could be considered one.
From this list of ideas, don’t feel pressured into hand making them all yourself. Gifts are just as thoughtful if they are homemade or hand crafted by someone in town, a vendor at the farmer’s market or small batched.
Gifting from this list is also a great way to support local businesses and vendors!
Consumable Homemade Christmas Gifts You Can Make
Everyone can make some sort of cookie or candy. Choose a simple recipe that you are familiar with and make enough to fill several tins. You can plan to gift these filled cookie tins or just keep them on hand (in the freezer for freshness) for a quick gift in a pinch.
If you are feeling extra crafty, try your hand at making your own cookie boxes!
- Hot Chocolate in a Jar
I don’t know anyone who doesn’t enjoy a relaxing cup of hot chocolate. Make your own mix at home (or buy the stuff in the can) and fill a quart jar with mix. Take another jar and fill it with mini marshmallows and/or peppermint patties they can dissolve.
Decorate the jars with fabric and ribbon. Or paint them (the outside only!) and distress them for a rustic look.
- Quick Breads/Muffins
Banana, pumpkin, rhubarb and cranberry are all delicious quick bread or muffin flavors to enjoy this season. You can make a batch or two and throw them in the freezer until you need them for gifts.
One year my mom took time to sew fabric bags that fit over each loaf of bread she gifted!
- Jams and Jellies
Jam and jelly is so easy to make! Just grab some fruit you have frozen or order a bag or two in bulk. Seal the jams and jellies in one cup or half cup jars. If you have several flavors, gift several half cup jars. If you are making all one kind, gift the one cup jars.
Again, take time to tie ribbon or twine around the jar and make is look like a Christmas gift.
- Yeast Bread/Dinner Rolls
Regular yeast bread and dinner rolls can be made out of the same dough. It’s really your preference what shape you form the dough for gifts. Make a batch or two and throw it all in the freezer so it’s ready to go for gifts.
Because making yeast bread is a learned skill, not many people make their own so they enjoy a homemade loaf! Bread or dinner rolls is what I make for our employees every year. (Don’t worry, they get cookies in the break room.)
I gotta admit I’ve never made jerky myself. Growing up, my brothers experimented with it. But that’s the extent of my knowledge. It is on my list for this winter, though to experiment with it!
There are recipes for burger jerky even! If you have a hunter in the family, make wild game jerky.
Even if you hate the kitchen, you can make vanilla! But this is not a last minute gift. Make it ahead so it is ready to use upon gifting or put a date on the jar for when it can be used. *Hint: there is definitely hard liquor involved!
- Infused Olive Oil
Get this gift made now, too! Choose a recipe that sounds good to you and get it marinating so it’s ready for Christmas.
- Essential Oil Blends
Consumable Homemade Christmas Gifts You Can Buy
By all means, make these (or raise them) if you are so ambitious. Even though these aren’t made by you specifically they are still special because these are gifts the receiver can’t just go buy as easily in the store.
11. Maple Syrup
12. Farm Fresh Eggs
13. Bar Soaps
15. Cheese –So this may sound weird as a gift, but in Wisconsin it is quite common. There are artisan cheese crafters everywhere.
From our regular farm suppliers we will get meat and cheese boxes. And butter. Lots of buttah!
Block cheese, shredded cheese, cheese spreads, cheese curds: you name it and it will make a wonderful gift. Pair it with meat and crackers or a bottle of wine and you’ve got a great gift!
Nothing on this list helpful? Check out my gift guide for the Homemaker in your life!
Consider gifting consumable homemade Christmas gifts this year for that difficult-to-by-for-friend-or-family-member that already has everything on your list.