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8 Simple Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas

Nov 5, 2015 | Meal Planning | 2 comments

Homemade Holiday Gifts

Homemade holiday gifts are so meaningful (AND budget friendly!) These 8 homemade gift ideas are simple and approachable.

I love giving homemade gifts at the holidays. For me, it’s like taking the time to sit down and hand write a note. It’s the special touches that really show how much you care.

Another great thing about homemade gifts is that you can often make them ahead of time so they are ready to go at a moment's notice. And there are so many cute packaging and labeling ideas on Pinterest these days!

One of my favorite gifts is homemade vanilla. The ingredients are simple: fresh vanilla beans + vodka (make sure it’s gluten-free!).My friends were amazed by the rich flavor. Quick tip: make few extra bottles to have on hand for the perfect hostess gift.

We rounded up a few more homemade gift ideas:

Homemade Rosemary Pecans

1. Sweet & Savory Rosemary Pecans (Prep Dish Recipe)
Package these up in cute plastic bags with fun ribbon to tie it off or in metal tins with clear lids so your recipient will be tempted all day long.

Pomegranate Tequila

2. Pomegranate Tequila from Family SpiceNot a tequila fan? Try infusing vodka instead. Either way, make sure you purchase gluten free bottles (100% agave for tequila or no wheat added for vodka).

3. Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar from Gluten Free Frenzy
Everybody loves getting cookies in a jar…no thinking or measuring needed. Now we have a gluten-free recipe!

4.) Infused Olive Oil from Tasty Yummies
Pair this savory treat with a tasty balsamic vinegar and/or include a recipe card for your favorite way to use the oil. Be sure to read Beth’s note about using garlic in infused oils. To be safe, you might want to avoid gifting garlic infused oils and stick with the spice blends.

5.) Orange Thyme Jam from Minimalist Baker
This would be amazing on gluten-free biscuits or used as a glaze for pork, chicken, turkey or ham.

6.) Sugar Scrubs from Wellness Mama
I love using natural skincare products, especially sugar scrubs, and always ask my sister to make these for me.

7.) Pumpkin Pie Spice from the Foodie Affair
This would be fun by itself, or paired with homemade apple pie spice or a bottle of homemade vanilla. Include a recipe card or a couple of whole cinnamon sticks for an extra-special touch.

What are your favorite homemade holiday gift ideas? Share your ideas and pictures on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram as @prepdish in all 3 places, or leave a comment below.

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  1. Wendy Kingham

    I seem to take a very long time to do my preps. Should take 2 – 3 hours but I take 5 – 6 hours. True I stop for breaks and have to wash and reuse much of my equipment (I am a bit ocd) but why does it take me so long. Also if anything calls for shrimp it takes me long time to peel and clean the shrimp because no one sells prepared raw shrimp in this small city.


    • Andrea Schulle

      Hi Wendy! Thank you for your comment. We are going to reply directly to your email.


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