Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats: DIY Holiday Foodie Gifts {10 Fun Ideas}

Thursday, November 15, 2012

DIY Holiday Foodie Gifts {10 Fun Ideas}

Last year I estimate 60% of the gifts given out by our family during the holidays were either handmade or homemade.  An effort I plan to do again this year.  I find it fun, thinking and brainstorming up items that our friends and family will enjoy, and even better, its feels good to give a loved one something that really means something.

I've been browsing websites and blogs to find some of the most creative foodie ideas for 2012.  Here is my Top 10.  I hope you enjoy and better yet make some of these.

Oh and P.S.

If you are one of the lucky ones invited to my holiday dinner party this year, you may, just receive one of these as a door prize, or have the chance to purchase them for yourself!

Need I say more?  It's simple to melt these ingredients together, and ever simpler to package it up as a gift.  I wonder if you could make enough to bathe in it?


DIY Holiday Foodie Gifts...10 Fun Ideas (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I think everyone loves a good nut.  Spiced?  Even better.  A little decorative packaging takes this gift to a whole 'nother level.  A great stocking stuffer idea.


DIY Holiday Foodie Gifts...10 Fun Ideas (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I'm a bit of a pancake snob.  I take the time to make them homemade at least once a week {we love pancakes in our house}.  I'll often double the batch and freeze them for quick breakfasts.  This mix sounds awesome.  Blueberries.  Pecans.  Heaven.
 

DIY Holiday Foodie Gifts...10 Fun Ideas (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I almost died when I saw this one.  Champagne?  Homemade fruit puree?  In a fun ice bucket?  Yes, please!  Give this on Christmas Eve, so it can be used up promptly Christmas morning.


DIY Holiday Foodie Gifts...10 Fun Ideas (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I love the simplicity of these bags, with a simple holiday touch.  Plus, brown bags are inexpensive and so are the pine needles I can get out of my front yard.  Double bonus.

DIY Holiday Foodie Gifts...10 Fun Ideas (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

I admit, I'm not a big eggnog drinker, because during the holidays if I'm relaxed and wanting a fun drink I'll usually go for beer or wine.  But, I do love the smell and taste of it.  I can only imagine how moist and flavorful it makes baked goods. This bread is on my list to make.  Stat.

DIY Holiday Foodie Gifts...10 Fun Ideas (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


Rubba, dub, dub!  I think making our own spice varieties is a TON better than buying pre-made ones.  You never know how much salt or other additives are in them.  This would be great on chicken, fish or steak.  Even sprinkled on pastas or cheese bread!

DIY Holiday Foodie Gifts...10 Fun Ideas (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


Take-No-Prisoners Hot Sauce
I love spicy food.  My whole family does.  Gosh, I hope my kids do someday as well.  They might be disowned if they don't.  This hot sauce looks incredibly easy to make and do even get me started on how cute these bottles are.


DIY Holiday Foodie Gifts...10 Fun Ideas (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


Any time we are eating soup or pasta, I think we HAVE to have some sort of bread to go along with it.  It is most certainly not the rule, but very much enjoyed when we have a "dunker" to clean up the last drippings of soup or sauce on our plate.  I have a feeling this bread would do just fine.


DIY Holiday Foodie Gifts...10 Fun Ideas (sweetandsavoryfood.com)


I actually did give this idea away last year {although, mine didn't look as cute}.  We are bogged down with every Christmas cookie under the sun during December, but what happens in February when we want a cookie?  This frozen cookie dough is what happens.  You'll be happy you received it as a gift back during the holidays.


DIY Holiday Foodie Gifts...10 Fun Ideas (sweetandsavoryfood.com)

So, tell me.  In the comments tell me which of my Top 10 DIY Holiday Foodie Gifts is your favorite.  If I reach 30 comments, I'll pick a random winner for a fun holiday gift.

30 comments people!

Which is your favorite?

19 comments:

  1. Pancake mix for the win! Followed up by the bellini kit. Pancakes and bellinis - heck yes!

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  2. Cookie roll... We love cookies

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  3. Can you give a little more detail on the frozen cookie dough idea? Does any dough work? How did you package exactly, do you just thaw before cooking? How long cn it be frozen, thanks, love this idea :) but need help, lol.

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  4. Eggnog bread! I'm going to have to check that out and try it myself!

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  5. Great idea!! I was thinking about making limoncello. But that would mean I need to get crafty... and I am so bad at it!

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  6. cute stuff! i gotta get my mitts on some of that chocolate sauce. wowza!

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  7. These are all great ideas! I love the idea of giving a sleeve of cookie dough!

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  8. Great ideas! I thought about doing pancake mix this year along with a spatula and a little bottle of syrup. :)

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  9. Love love love the idea for cookie dough roll. I do not like to bake cookies but am expected to make many varieties at Christmastime. Now I can just make dough, freeze, wrap and gift. I think I'll make a basket out of many different types add some sprinkles and the recipes. Thanks for sharing that great idea.

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  10. My two favorite are the eggnog bread (I also make this and love it) and the hot sauce. Maybe I should try the hot sauce on the eggnog bread? I put hot sauce on *everything*!

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  11. Steph@Been There Baked ThatNovember 15, 2012 at 2:23 PM

    Oh my gosh these all look great! I love the pancake mix, the eggnog bread sounds amazing and I'm loving the hot sauce idea!

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  12. The Bellini Kit is a brilliant idea. My teacher friends and I would love it! Great idea for Secret Santa gift too!

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  13. Love the eggnog bread!

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  14. Ally's Sweet & Savory EatsNovember 15, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    I agree Kristen - I would pair a bottle of pure maple syrup along with the pancake mix as well:)

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  15. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)November 15, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Fun ideas! I love foodie gifts - delicious and thoughtful.

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  16. I am definitely going to try making hot sauce - I've seen glass jars like that at Michael's craft store - so cute! And I think I'll make those lunch paper bags for my office mates that I make cookies for - love this Ally!!

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  17. The eggnog bread looks delicious! They are all great ideas!

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  18. Yes! These are the best kind of gifts. I almost always give my brother a jar of cookie mix so he can have some baked goods around the house for the holidays.

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