Cook Fast, Live Young: Holiday Gift Guide 2011 – Edible Edition


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Food is the perfect gift for the person who already has everything. Everyone appreciates a homemade snack, whether it’s freshly-made candies, cookies, or other goodies. Last year, I shared recipes for Caramels and Chocolate Popcorn, but here are a few more ideas to consider. Make Your Own Gift Basket

The great thing about making it yourself instead of purchasing it from the store is that you can personalize it. Is your loved one a film buff? Fill it with snacks for the next time they have a movie night, such as homemade flavored popcorn and other candies, and add a DVD or two. What about the family member that loves to grill? Create some interesting rubs and barbecue sauces for them to try out.

Breakfast in Bed

Surprise your loved one on Christmas morning–or give them an IOU for a later day. You can find out their favorite dishes or make your specialty. Make it extra special by including a single flower in a vase when you serve.

Herbal Teas

It’s super easy to make your own tea blends. Just buy a variety of dried mixed herbs and some tea bags. Then work some magic and create some unique concoctions for your loved one. You can also include a nice new tea set.


You’ll have to make an initial investment in the equipment, but once you have it all set up it’s relatively inexpensive to create your own brews to share with friends and family. Most beers aren’t ready for 2 – 3 weeks, so you’ll need to get started quickly.

Jams and Jellies

Homemade jams and jellies have so much more taste than the store-bought variety. If your family members have never had them made from scratch, they’re in for a treat! Package them in an attractive jar or bottle that can be washed and used again afterwards.

What are some food gifts that you’ve shared with friends and family members in the past?

Juliana Weiss-Roessler has ten years of professional writing and editing experience. For four years, she managed the web content for the star of an Emmy-nominated reality series. Currently, she is an editor for the geek girl e-zine, a contributor to the career blog at, and owner of the food blog Follow her @cookfast on Twitter and learn more about her work at

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  1. SavingsIQ

    4 years ago

    I saw a really cute idea. Bake cookies and put them into a blue paper bag decorated as Cookie Monster.

  2. ChuckG

    4 years ago

    @Savings, that is a cute idea. Last year I got a jar of homemade hot cocoa powder. Now that was very cool. I like the gift basket idea because you can personalize it for individuals. Or, what I liked to do each year was give a Visa card and box of chocolates to my girl friends. Always a safe bet for people hard to buy for, seriously.


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