Handmade gifts are the best kind, particularly when they’re edible. They’re so much more personal, and no one can resist a homemade jam or truffle, especially when these gourmet goodies are prettily packaged. The recipes and ideas here are all easy to whip up and make thoughtful, delicious gifts.
Dark Chocolate Vegan Truffles
These rich truffles are as good as anything you’d get from a chocolatier. Even more amazing: They’re vegan. (Coconut oil, not heavy cream, gives them their buttery richness.) Finish simply with cocoa powder or roll in toppings like crushed pistachios, Marcona almonds, and shredded coconut. Get the recipe from Martha Stewart.
Dark Chocolate Mousse With Espresso
Chocolate mousse, or mousse au chocolat as the French call it, is one of the most famous French dessert recipes ever and has been around for centuries. The simple yet elegant dessert is a classic addition to a soirée with friends and is easy to prepare. In fact, this dessert can even be prepared a day ahead, which makes it the perfect dessert for entertaining. Get the recipe from Jen Reviews.
These flavorful olives are the perfect last-minute gift for that relative you totally missed on your shopping list. Get the recipe from Good House Keeping.
Homemade Christmas Caramels
Pieces of soft caramel flavor are created with five ingredients for an easy-to-make gift that will go a long way. Get the recipe from Garnish & Glaze.
Brown Sugar-Ginger Snowflakes
Amp up basic sugar cookies with fresh ginger and brown sugar. Get the recipe from Woman’s Day.
Golden Honey Granola Brown
Brown sugar complements tangy cranberries and apricots in this super-addictive cereal mix. Get the recipe from Country Living.
Fig and Walnut Cheese Balls
If you want to make these sweet-and-savory cheese balls up to a week ahead, do not cover with nuts — they will become soft and chewy. Wrap balls in plastic wrap and refrigerate, then roll in chopped nuts before gift giving. Get the recipe from Good House Keeping.
Shredded coconut, lemon zest, dried cherries, and pistachios make a lovely quartet of flavors in these classic Italian cookies. Cornmeal gives them a pleasant crumbly texture. Get the recipe from Martha Stewart.
Whiskey Caramel Sauce
It’s so easy to make this decadent dessert sauce, and your friends will think of you every time they pour it over cake, ice cream, or brownies. Get the recipe from The Vintage Mixer.
Minty Chocolate-Dipped Candy Canes
Turn basic sugar cookie dough into a beautiful candy cane-inspired treat. Get the recipe from Woman’s Day.
Thankful for You Apple Bread
Whip up some yummy apple bread, and present it with a cute printable to let your friends know how much you appreciate them. Get the tutorial from Eat Sleep Make.
Save these ideas about DIY Holiday Food Gifts for later! Don’t forget to follow A Matter of Style on Pinterest for more great decorating ideas or check out some of the gift decorations available in store.