Easy and Simple Holiday Food Gifts

Written by Sylvia Geiger MS, RD, CD 
Price Chopper Community Nutritionist

A homemade present is a gift from the heart that says, “I care about you” to the person who receives it.  It’s a time-honored way to give something meaningful and personal, especially when it’s a gift of food.  Who hasn’t questioned the materialism surrounding Christmas or Hanukah—do we really need more stuff?  Why not give something people can actually use?

There are many reasons why I find the time to make holiday food gifts. Here are just a few:

  1. They are personal and unique gifts that share my love of food with others.
  2. Making them is fun, so it’s a great activity to share with children and friends.
  3. I can be as creative as I want to be or have time for, and there is no right or wrong way to do it. Martha Stewart—Watch out!
  4. They are perfect for “the person who has everything” or is hard to buy for.
  5. It’s easy on the pocketbook—no need to spend too much money; you can tailor your gifts to what you can afford.
  6. They are always appreciated; no one scoffs at a tin of freshly baked cookies!
  7. Giving and sharing foods is a traditional way of celebrating the holidays in all cultures. It’s a loving act of kindness that is universally understood and appreciated.

Here are some budget friendly holiday food gifts to make and share.

Rolled Christmas Sugar Cookies or Spiced Holiday Cookies

Cranberry-Orange- Nut Cookies

Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons

Ginger Crinkle Cookies or Cherry Biscotti

Homemade Hot Chocolate Gifts

Maple Nut Granola

Cinnamon Streusel Bundt Cake or Chocolate Walnut Cake

Drunken Prunes

Almond Italiano

Chex Caramel Crunch

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