By Kristin Sidorov
We’ve all been there: Standing in a crowded store in December, panicking about finding the perfect gift. With limited resources, time, and brain cells over the holiday season, shopping for loved ones can quickly become a huge stressor that puts a damper on your holiday spirit. Handmade presents are always cherished, and giving food is unquestionably one of the best ways to show your love.
But if you’re worried about giving the same batch of cookies everyone else will be passing around this year, rest easy. Here are some wonderfully unique recipes that will make impressive gifts.
Buttermints (Splendid Table)
These adorable buttermints are festive and delicious—smooth, buttery, and irresistible. Plus, they’re so easy! Just mix, cut, and let them dry into little bites of peppermint joy.
Homemade Bitters (Not Without Salt)
No one will see this one coming. You’ll be sure to get plenty of “ohhhs” and “ahhhs” when you give homemade bitters for delicious, perfect cocktails. This one takes a little bit of planning, but the result is worth it.
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Sea Salt Honey Caramels (Back to Her Roots)
Who doesn’t love caramels? These are buttery, creamy, salty goodness, perfect for sticking in everyone’s stockings this year.
Hot Buttered Rum (Bare Feet in the Kitchen)
Whipping up this classic winter drink is easy and perfect for cozy nights with family and friends. Sit by the fire, look at the tree, and sip away!
Vanilla Bean Marshmallows (Words & Cake)
Making homemade marshmallows is easier than you may think and so much better than store-bought. They’re light, fluffy, creamy, and the perfect unexpected gift.
Kumquat Earl-Gray Marmalade (YumSugar)
There’s no question of impressing your loved ones with this homemade marmalade. With a wonderful balance of flavor, it’s the perfect companion to your holidays breakfasts, too.
Salted Hot Fudge (Cheap Recipe Blog)
There’s just no comparing rich, homemade hot fudge! It makes a wonderfully unexpected gift for kids young and old.
Curried Nuts with Honey (A Beautiful Bite)
Crunchy, spicy, and scrumptious. These nuts are the epitome of festive. Everyone on your list will be popping handfuls all season long.
Homemade Mulling Spice Mix (30 Pounds of Apples)
What could be more perfect? Filled with the scents of the holiday season—cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, and citrus—these little bags of holiday cheer are charming and festive. Drink up!