Treat your family & friends this Chanukah with some gorgeous homemade gifts!
Chocolates, cookies, jams, preserves & more. Quick & easy ideas for everyone on your list.
I always think there’s something extra special about homemade gifts, lovely things that have been hand made, just for you. A thoughtful present that someone has put their time, effort and love into making and packaging up beautifully, is guaranteed to bring a smile to even the grumpiest of faces.
But I don’t have the time or patience to start knitting socks for everyone on my Chanukah list! Better to make some indulgent and tasty treats to lavish on loved ones instead.
I’ve gathered up some simple but delicious recipes and ideas for homemade gifts, from here at family-friends-food and around the web, and sorted them out for you below. From luxurious chocolates and sweets, to cookies, pies, and preserves, there’s something here for everyone on your gift list.
All the recipes are quick and easy – you could even get the kids to help with some of them! I’m sure their teachers would appreciate some home-blended festive tea, or a box of handmade truffles, instead of yet another mug or toiletries set.
So, without further ado, here’s my handpicked selection of the loveliest homemade gifts. Happy gift-giving, and Happy Chanukah!
Homemade chocolates and confectionary
Sweets, chocolates and confectionary are always a winner, and doubly so when you’ve gone to the trouble of making them yourself. I’m sure any of these will be very well received!
Crispy Chanukah chocolate bark – I love the crunch of puffed rice in this, and the white chocolate dreidels are such fun!
I might rustle up some of Tin and Thyme’s Whisky Truffles with Dark Chocolate & Cream for DH. Shhh, don’t tell him – it’s a surprise!
Ginger pecan brittle with chocolate drizzle from Veggie Desserts sounds like all my favourite flavours in one delicious mouthful.
These coffee candied almonds from Fuss Free Flavours sound great and only take 15 minutes to make!
And even the kids can make these gorgeously simple fruit and nut chocolate buttons from Eats Amazing.
Homemade jams and preserves
There’s something very luxurious about homemade preserves. Pot them up into pretty jars and add a fancy label for added festivity.
This delicious golden grape jam is wonderful on toast or spooned over natural yogurt or porridge for breakfast.
Or try my delicious Spiced Mango Curd for something a bit different.
Home-baked cookies & other baked goods
A cute cellophane bag of delicious cookies, tied up with a pretty ribbon and a tag, is a deliciously thoughtful gift. How about…
Truffle-stuffed chocolate orange cookies – a crisp orange cookie filled with a melting truffle centre. Need I say more?
Easy 3-ingredient Nutella shortbread is always a winner.
Or some fruity, spicy ginger and cranberry oatmeal cookies from BakingQueen74.
These sweet hawaij coffee cookies are a sophisticated biscuit that’s perfect for dunking. Package with some gourmet coffee beans for extra brownie points.
Flourless chocolate chip cookies – my all-time favourite choc chip cookie recipe is also gluten free!
Or perhaps that seasonal favourite, Chanukah mince pies with kiddush wine mincemeat. A box of these would go down very well, I think.
Miscellaneous – other food-based homemade gifts!
Homemade vanilla extract is a wonderful thing, but how about this homemade cinnamon extract in the Instant Pot, from Recipes from a Pantry.
Or a packet of this easy festive tea blend that’s spicy, fruity, and invigorating. Wrap it up with a cute infuser and/or a lovely china mug for a delightful gift.
Something for everyone!
I hope you and yours enjoy a wonderful, meaningful Chanukah, full of delicious eats and thoughtful treats. Happy Chanukah!