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December 5, 2016

Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas 2016

 

A collection of Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas from the Shutterbean archives. Happy gift giving!

What have I done for the holidays so far? Hmmmm. Let’s see.  I’ve decorated half of our tree because the cats are getting into EVERYTHING. I found out that my cat can open up a tupperware container with her paws. COOOOOOOL. I’m just starting to organize my brain re: homemade gifts. Are you making anything fun for gifts this holiday season?  If you’re stumped/looking for ideas let’s dip into the Shutterbean archives and HOOK YOU UP!

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CASHEW SESAME SEED BRITTLE 

Total crack. A salty sweet dream. I made these last year and found a rogue jar in my pantry last month. I ate them. Not mad at it. Also, they were still good!

SALTED ROCKY ROAD FUDGE

With the help of smoked almonds, this Rocky Road Fudge is perfect for that salty sweet lover.

Side note: I am a salty sweet lover

GLUTEN FREE FUDGY BROWNIES 

If you need a good recipe for your gluten free friends and family, this one is fantastic.

 

COOKIES & CREAM PEPPERMINT BARK

The creaminess of white chocolate gets married with Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe Joe’s and topped with broken candy canes. It’s cookies & cream meets candy cane BARK!

CHOCOLATE CHUNK BLONDIES

The walnuts…they get me EVERY TIME. I can’t stop eating these when I make them.

I find that people like bars after they’ve been assaulted with SO MANY COOKIES.

COCONUT BLONDIES

If you love blondies AND you love macaroons, these are for you. You’re gonna love how chewy they are and they’re full of nuts too! SO GOOD.

CRUNCHY PEPPERMINT BARK

It’s not Christmas unless I’m making crunchy peppermint bark. The rice krispies are EVERYTHING.

BOURBON SALTED CARAMELS

Three of my favorite words. I think I might use some Apple Cinnamon Bourbon on my next batch!

COCONUT LIME BARS

I forgot about these guys! Now that I am looking at this picture I MUST MAKE THEM. I wonder how I can adapt them? Maybe make an orange version? Ooooh. I wonder if we could add rum…. I NEED THESE.

HONEY CANDIED WALNUTS

The most versatile honey candied walnut recipe! I’d appreciate a jar or two. Perfect addition to salads & yogurt. But really… we just eat them all the handful, right?

TROPICAL BARK

A very pretty bark! This one will transport you to the tropics with the candied fruit & citrus vibe!

ALMOND PIZZELLES

Dainty, delicate and pretty. My grandma would give us containers filled with these during the holidays.

We’d plow through them in no time.

MAPLE BOURBON PUMPKIN BUTTER

Everyone could use a jar of maple bourbon pumpkin butter! They can put it in their overnight oats and make Pumpkin Overnight Oats with it.

COCONUT + ALMOND CARAMEL CORN

Makes the best teachers gifts…

RICE KRISPY BALLS with SPRINKLES

Get the kids involved! Dip them in chocolate. Make snowmen with white chocolate!

PEAR CRANBERRY WALNUT BREAD 

My mom used to make something similar and give them out as gifts when we had people over.

It wasn’t Christmas in my house if we didn’t have 5 loaves of bread wrapped up in aluminum foil on the counter….THAT WE COULD NOT EAT. MOM!

SALTED CARAMEL MACAROONS

These things are straight up ADDICTIVE. Also, bonus points if you drizzle chocolate on top.

PIGNOLI COOKIES

My dad’s favorite cookie. You’ll love the almondy/chewy situation it’s got going on with the crunch of the pine nuts!

CINNAMON SUGAR TORTILLA BITES

I make these for Valentine’s Day but you can easily use a tree shaped cookie cutter and make cute little trees. They’re so easy to make and an unexpected treat!

FLOURLESS COCONUT CHOCOLATE DROPS

Totally gluten free— like a cross between a cookie & brownie. Oh and there’s coconut up in there too.

CANDIED CITRUS PEEL

These were a hit with my family. We all just put them in cocktails or ate them alone!

Chocolate dipped if you feel so inclined!

WHITE CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT PRETZELS

The easiest present to make! Get your kids involved in this one.

HOT COCOA POPCORN

Look! I put this popcorn in mugs. You could wrap it up with hot cocoa mix, marshmallows & a good book.

CANDY CANE VODKA

Booze Infusion. Put those candy canes to good use. Excellent in hot chocolate.

HOMEMADE LIMONCELLO

Quick! Get on this.

APPLE CINNAMON INFUSED BOURBON

3-4 days and you’re GOLDEN.

HOMEMADE AMARETTO

Instant hit! You don’t need any infusion time. Make this the day you give it!

BLACKBERRY THYME INFUSED VODKA

I gifted this to friends this week and they’re already asking me to make them more. GOOD SIGN!!

BANANA WALNUT GRANOLA

I love making granola for gifts. The best part is that it makes your house smell wonderful and everyone (including you!) is hooked up with breakfast for awhile.

KILLER GRANOLA // shutterbean

KILLER GRANOLA

ONE OF THE BEST RECIPES EVER. It earns it’s killer status for sure.

HOMEMADE MULLING SPICE MIX

Make your house and other people’s house smell FAB.

HOMEMADE SUGAR SCRUBS

Rough skin ahead! It’s just another Winter annoyance. Make some sugar scrubs and give them away as gifts!

The easiest/most inexpensive way to tie-dye is with bleach! Check out this Tie Dying with Bleach Tutorial on Shutterbean.com!

Give the gift of personalized napkins. Here’s how to make them with BLEACH!

Happy Homemade Gift Making!

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  • Vivian | stayaliveandcooking

    Ohhhh MY – love this list! I actually have a pinterest board dedicated to foodie gifts, all of which I still have to try, but this list definitely steps it up a notch! Love the honey walnuts, and that pumpkin butter… Mmm. I think I’d have trouble actually giving these to someone other than myself.
    Have a great week!

  • K

    My dear friend told me the only thing he likes about the holiday season is peppermint bark (he works retail), so I’m making him a bunch of different homemade varieties for Christmas – thank you for two more recipes to add! Love the idea of adding Joe Joes! He also likes vodka, so he might need a bottle of candy cane infused vodka, too…

  • Rachael

    Oh my goodness! These all look delicious, especially those rocky roads, yum! I will be making chilli jam, peanut butter fudge, oreo truffles and candy cane bark as edible Christmas gifts this year but I might have to try some of your recipes too!

    Rachael xx.
    http://theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk/

  • India

    So fun and yummy! I want all of it. Any ideas of how you’ve given these in the past? Like in a jar or bag? Cute labels or handwriting? You’re so clever, so I’m curious. :)

  • libby

    You are my source for homemade Christmas treats! In fact, I discovered you a few years ago when I found your recipe for homemade amaretto (which I made for my then-boyfriend, now husband’s band mates). It was a HIT! And I’ve been regularly making your recipes ever since. Not a fail, yet!
    So, I’m really looking forward to your Crunchy Peppermint Bark. In fact, I have two holiday parties that require snackage on Saturday alone! So, looks like I need to stock up on Rice Crispies.

    In my house, though, every single year I make a batch of Granola Bark. It’s my personal tradition. Bag of granola + bag of white chocolate chips. Put those hands together. <3

  • Rosemarie

    My goodness! Do you look back at this list and think, I made ALL of this?!? You are amazing Shutterbean. Thank you for being a great reference all through the year!

    • Tracy

      Actually. Yes! Life moves super fast and I forget all that I’ve done to get to this point! Thank you :)

  • Erinlucy

    I used to be so crafty at Christmas time but this year I just can’t. Be. Assed. I did make a jar of gingerbread syrup for my lattes today though and I think I might make some for our neighbors- if they’re lucky.

  • Claire @ Home Cleaners Manchester

    Love so many of these! Great job~
    :)

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