Whether you create, serve, or mail Christmas food gifts, those
receiving them are sure to appreciate the thought, time and effort
you put into their gift. Celebrating with food is a tradition and
during the holiday season, you get to enjoy the taste of items not
on your daily menu. With so many options, from cocoa cones to
chocolate spoons, reindeer pops, and Gingerbread houses, you can
satisfy the taste buds of everyone on your list.
Try these food gift ideas as teacher, birthday or thank you presents
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Not Another Gift Basket
Edible Gift Baskets are
popular holiday items, mostly because they offer a wide variety of
products and because they make gift-giving simple. However, you
should explore other options, such as individual size food gifts in
tiny tins, cups, cellophane, glasses, or cones. One option is to
make a cheese ball and wrap it in a small, round dish,
available at craft stores. Line the dish with tissue paper, place
the cheese ball inside, put on the lid, and tie it with a bow for
personalized, creative Christmas food gifts.
Another idea is to make small loaves of banana nut bread, carrot
cake, or other quick bread and place them on a coffee cup plate. You
can then place the coffee cup over the loaf so recipients get a
surprise when they open the cellophane or tulle wrapping. For an
extra special touch, tie a bag of cocoa to the cup or on the outside
of the packaging.
Nuts are a common gift item and have the potential to be a classy
Christmas food gifts, if presented properly. You can buy a bag of
pre-made nuts or flavor them yourself with cinnamon, cumin, brown
sugar, or anything else you feel is appropriate. Or try this sugared nut recipe.
Place the nuts inside a small glass and then wrap the glass or place
it in a cellophane bag, tie it with a ribbon, and write a little
note. If you are not mailing this item or know the person is going
to open it the same day, you may also decide to place grapes in a
small, rectangle box as an accompaniment to the glass of nuts.
In addition to baskets, Christmas food gifts also have a tendency to
come in the form of jars, which is fine but sometimes its nice to
be different. One way to stand out is to buy or make a small package
of hot cocoa mix and place it in a mug with loose marshmallows and
candy cane stirrers. Tie a ribbon around the mug and around the
package of cocoa mix prior to placing it in the cup. Add a simple
name tag over the ribbon and your gift is ready for the festivities.
Another way to creatively give out jar
mixes without the jar is to put the ingredients into shapely
bags. For instance, you can purchase a cone shaped bag and fill it
with hot cocoa mix for a chocolate cone or fill a stocking shaped
bag with ingredients for peppermint bark to make a colorful food
gift. A cute idea for a child that enjoys baking is to put the
ingredients for a gingerbread house inside a small dollhouse.
Chocolate Spoons and Other Goodies
Some of the best Christmas food gifts do not come in baskets, jars,
tins, or boxes; they simply go on a plate or in a cup, tantalizing
and ready to eat. This is the case with chocolate spoons; spoons
that have handles for holding and bowls covered in chocolate. The
bowl of the spoon holds the chocolate until it melts off while
stirring a cup of coffee, cocoa, warm milk, or simply dissolves by
numerous licks. You may serve these spoons to guests with desert or
add them to a teacup set and give them as a gift.