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:
- They are personal and unique gifts that share my love of food with others.
- Making them is fun, so it’s a great activity to share with children and friends.
- 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!
- They are perfect for “the person who has everything” or is hard to buy for.
- It’s easy on the pocketbook—no need to spend too much money; you can tailor your gifts to what you can afford.
- They are always appreciated; no one scoffs at a tin of freshly baked cookies!
- 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.