December 11, 2021

Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas

Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas- From cookies, candy, bars to nuts, Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean shares her favorite homemade holiday gift ideas!

Hello, magic makers! Are you in need of new Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas? I’ve got you covered!! After sharing recipes on Shutterbean for 14 years, these are my faves!


Honey Candied Walnuts

Tell your friends these walnuts are great on salads because we need the encouragement and reminders to balance out all of the cookies and stuff with greens! 

I’m thinking they would be perfect in a beet salad. 

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Granola Bark

I sure would be happy for a batch of granola bark. Perfect for breakfasts and afternoon snacks. 

Roasted Rosemary Almonds 

Your friends will be happy they have your almonds to put out on their New Year’s Eve cheese board! 




Classic Gingerbread Cookies

A fun activity to do with kiddos!

Tahini Cookies are like a grown up peanut butter cookie! Check out the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Tahini Cookies

I love a good savory-sweet cookie. This recipe is a real winner and stands out in a cookie tin. 

Say hello to your new favorite dessert- Granola Cookies! They're buttery, crispy & crunchy. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Granola Cookies

If you have some leftover granola, you can make these cookies!

This is my favorite granola recipe btw.  People love getting granola as a gift!

Coconut Lime Macaroons are light, chewy and crispy! Add them to your gluten free baking repertoire! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Coconut Lime Macaroons

The kind of cookie that you keep eating until you find out if you really like them and then you REALLY like them and they’re gone. 


Pignoli Cookies

If you love a chewy almondy cookie, these ones are delightful! 

Almond Pizzelle

When I feel like channeling my grandmother, I bust out my pizzelle maker and make these!

Cranberry Rosemary Bars

These didn’t last long here! 

Chocolate Chunk Blondies

I’ve made these for teachers! They’re great because you can give a giant piece as a present. 

It’s like having a couple of cookies in one! 

Have a bunch of persimmons to use up? Try these Persimmon Bars with Lemon Glaze! Recipe on Shutterbean.com

Persimmon Bars with Lemon Glaze

Put your neighbor’s persimmons to good use.

Cranberry Nut Bread is a recipe to pull out during cranberry season! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Cranberry Nut Bread

My Mom used to give this one away. It was wrapped up in foil and she put a bow on it.

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Hippie Banana Bread

Who doesn’t like banana bread with tons of things in it?

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Hippy Pumpkin Bread 

A new addition to the treats list!




Chocolate Amaretto Truffles can be whipped up in a few hours! Perfect for last minute-magic making! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Chocolate Amaretto Truffles

Sweet, boozy, nutty!  What more could you want?? Plus they’re easy to make!

Tracy from Shutterbean shows how she makes Chocolate Lollipops! Heart shaped

Chocolate Lollipops

My mom made these for any/every holiday. She sent them in care packages and left them in people’s mailboxes!

Chocolate Earl Grey Tea Truffles

If you’re looking to wow some friends, these will do the trick. Their flavor is complex and sophisticated!

Plus you get to roll chocolate and that is fun.

Make your own Crystallized Ginger. Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Candied Ginger

Fight colds with gifts! Ginger is a welcomed treat this holiday season.

Candied Citrus Peel

A really fun project to make with kids.

Salted Rocky Road Fudge

My mom used to make Rocky Road Fudge every year. This is my take on it!

Crunchy Peppermint Bark

So many people asked me for the recipe for these after I gifted them. That’s a good sign, right?

Cookies & Cream Peppermint Bark

If you also love Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe Joe’s these are FOR YOU.

White Chocolate Dipped Pretzels 

A little quick project that kids can help with!

Tropical Bark

Sometimes you have to break up all of the minty chocolate flavor profiles with something tropical.

This one has bits of mango, macadamia nuts, and coconut!

Cashew Sesame Brittle

These brittle hunks are AMAZING. 

Salted Bourbon Caramel

Making caramel during the holiday season is therapeutic!

Ever wanted to Make Your Own Homemade Dried Fruit? Tracy from Shutterbean shows you how!

Homemade Dried Fruits

Maybe you want to through something healthy in the mix? Give people a treat break?





Jasmine Tea Infused Vodka to up your spirit game. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Jasmine Tea Infused Vodka

Again with the tea! This recipe is good for your cocktail-loving friends.

Espresso Vanilla Liqueur- make your own with vodka, espresso beans & vanilla. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Espresso Vanilla Liqueur 

For your coffee-loving friends! 

Blackberry Thyme Infused Vodka

A beautiful fruity-floral mix!

Apple Cinnamon Infused Bourbon

Tastes like the holidays!

Candy Cane Vodka

Vodka and mashed up candy canes produce this brilliant red pepperminty infusion!

Homemade Limoncello

I totally forgot how much I loved making this!

Homemade Amaretto

This recipe was real popular many years ago. Let’s bring it back!

Ginger Brew

I would love a bottle of this for Christmas, Thank you.

Homemade Milling Spice Mix

Give the gift of a good smelling home!

Matcha Sesame Granola

Want a gift that will stand out? This one will! 

Host a Homemade Holiday Gift Party with the help of Nugget Markets! Find the recipes to sugar scrubs, infused vodka and vanilla extract on Shutterbean.com!

Homemade Vanilla Extract

People will think you’re so cool for making your own. Promise.

Homemade Sugar Scrubs

A great way to build some self-care in your year! Make it a gift for others and keep one for you! 

Host a Homemade Holiday Gift Party with the help of Nugget Markets! Find the recipes to sugar scrubs, infused vodka and vanilla extract on Shutterbean.com!

Combine holiday homemade gift-making with a hangout with friends! See how! 

I hope these Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas inspire you to make magic this season.

Things are better when they are made with love! 

Chocolate Amaretto Truffles can be whipped up in a few hours! Perfect for last minute-magic making! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

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