Gifts from your kitchen

December 21, 2009 - Filed under Christmas, How-to

I don’t know about you, but food is one of my favorite gifts to give and to receive. It doesn’t have to be difficult to make, or use expensive ingredients, it’s just the thought and time that makes it special.


1. Cocoa Candy Cane Marshmallows – There’s nothing like a hot mug of cocoa on a cold winter’s night, and what better way to make it special that with these Cocoa Candy Cane Marshmallows.

2. Cranberry Infused Vodka – For those of you who usually give a bottle of wine this time of year, why not try some infused vodka instead. This one is cranberry but you can use all sorts of things, fruit, peppers, spices, even bacon!

3. Gingerbread Caramels
– These cute cones filled with caramels make great stocking stuffers or party favors.

4. Cowgirl Cookies – This is a super easy gift that doesn’t require any cooking! Just layer the ingredients into a jar and let the recipient do all the work.

5. DIY: S’mores Kits – Another great gift that doesn’t require cooking! Just assemble the ingredients and decorate.

6. Gingersnap Palmiers
– I love the decoration on this jar as much as the contents.

7. Homemade Vanilla – This idea is just beautiful, and you can download the labels to make yours looks just as pretty.

8. Mocha Cocoa – Another idea that just involves layering ingredients

Posted by: kelly

14 Comments so far

  1. Dani Marie October 20, 2011 7:40 am

    I just wanted to let you know I included this in my 2011 Ultimate DIY Gift Guide (101 tutorials/recipes)! 🙂

  2. Hilani October 29, 2011 8:10 am

    This is so great! thanks!

  3. Melynie December 15, 2011 1:15 am

    Hi! What a darling collection of ideas!! Love, love, love it! I was wondering what size of bags you used to package the marshmallows. Thanks!

  4. kelly December 15, 2011 1:29 am

    I think they are about 6×15. You can find all kinds of candy bags on

  5. Jackie Ladner December 24, 2011 7:52 pm

    Shared your post with our friends on facebook!

  6. Brenda Parsons January 24, 2012 10:21 pm

    love to learn DIY crafts

  7. kittnen October 8, 2012 9:47 am

    Two Xmases ago I did the Cowgirl cookies and vanilla extract together. HUGE success. And everything was relatively cheap. Recommendation on the Cowgirl cookies: don’t skimp on the wide mouth jar. The narrower mouth is just not nearly as effective to get everything in there.

  8. Summerstarr78 November 10, 2012 8:12 pm

    What size jars and what recepie do I use for the cowgirl cookies?

  9. gail November 11, 2012 5:11 pm

    great ideas!!

  10. kelly November 12, 2012 10:42 am

    Summerstarr78 – The jars in this recipe are 1 quart (apx .9L).

  11. Alanna George November 14, 2012 7:04 pm

    Wanted to add that you can create your own hot chocolate mix. Great teacher or office mates gift. Free printable wrapper and instructions at:

  12. Jana November 20, 2012 12:19 pm

    Where did you get the labels for the packages of marshmallows?

  13. kelly November 20, 2012 2:16 pm

    Jana, if you follow the link below the image you can download the labels and print them yourself.

  14. Jennifer November 28, 2012 10:13 am

    I used this in my blog today and included a link back… hope it drives some traffic your way… thanks so much!


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