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Skip the mall: These gift-worthy treats make wonderful presents.
When you're looking for tasteful gift ideas, you don't need to go any farther than your own kitchen. Chances are, you already have some gift-worthy recipes in your repertoire. But if you don't―or, if you're looking for new inspiration―we've got a lineup of treats sure to impress friends and family.
We're talking decadence: Caramel Sauce, Double-Chocolate Chews, Mint-Chocolate Truffles and Peppered Cheese Chips. When elegantly wrapped or bottled, these easy-to-do specialties will say you care. And caring is always in the best of taste.
Gifts from the Kitchen
There is something really special about giving and receiving homemade treats and snacks. Whether you whip up a batch of candy for the neighbor, put together a breakfast casserole for a hostess gift, or make a fun gift with Homemade Gumdrops and Peanut Butter Cups for teachers – all that and more in our Gifts from the Kitchen!
Welcome to Day 93 of the 100 Days of Homemade Holiday Inspiration! Each day we will be inspiring you with recipes, decorating ideas, crafts, homemade gift ideas and much more!
Screen Print Tea Towels
Whether you're a professional chef or a home baker, tea towels are a kitchen staple. While a kitchen towel is usually made of terry cloth, a tea towel is known for its thin cotton or linen material, keeping dishes and silverware lint-free. Etsy seller BlueMountainBags can personalize a flour sack towel to feature your chosen handwritten recipe. Flour sack towels are sturdier tea towels (measuring 27 x 27 inches) that are made from 100% premium cotton fabric. If you're struggling to choose just one recipe, you may want to consider getting a pack of 10, which allows up to 3 recipes per order. Recipe cards with wrinkles and stains are welcome&mdashthey will make an authentic touch since the image is transferred to the towels exactly as-is. Crunched for time? These towels ship super fast and should arrive within 1-3 business days.
Engraved Cutting Board
Skip gifting a plain wood cutting board for one featuring a handwritten recipe that is laser-engraved into the wood. Hand-oiled with butcher block conditioner, this square board is made from U.S. North American maple, a wood that works great for cutting boards thanks to its ability to inhibit bacteria growth and durability. If you decide to use the board for food prep instead of displaying on the counter, simply use soap and water (without submerging) to clean, and wipe down with butcher block oil occasionally to maintain. The decorative iron handles and rubber feet on the underside of the board to prevent movement. Expect about 5-7 days before the shipment of your personalized cutting board.
Personalized Pie Plate
If Grandma's pumpkin pie is a must-have every Thanksgiving, a pie plate featuring the handwritten recipe will be a family heirloom for years to come. Prairie Hills Pottery will place your recipe to a 10-inch, oven-safe ceramic pie plate. To achieve an authentic vintage look, they use a sepia tone to melt your recipe into the first layer of the glaze during the kiln firing process. Place your order in advance for gifting the process will take 1 to 2 weeks to complete.
If your family recipe box contains cards as old as some of ours, they&aposre likely showing their age with wrinkles or stains. All of the sellers accept your scanned or photographed recipe card, so you can rest easy knowing you won&apost have to mail the original. Now to choose which family recipe to use.
Gifts from the Kitchen - Recipes
When I came across this idea at The Mother Huddle I knew that my nature loving, bird watching son would LOVE LOVE LOVE to make them.
I spent $17 and made 6 of these. not too bad, that was buying everything except the ribbon.
And they make a great gift too, my son was really excited to make one of these for his Grandpa, and the neighbor that he "bird watches" with. So these are great gifts and so so easy to make, we really made several of these in less than 30 minutes and that was with "help" from my 6 year old.
- In a Large bowl dissolve the gelatin in the warm water stirring until it is dissolved.
- Whisk flour and corn syrup into the gelatin mixture until a paste is made and most of the lumps are whisked out.
- Add bird seeds and mix well.
- Spray the bundt pan or what ever you are using as a mold and press the seeds into the mold until it is good and firm.
- The Mother Huddle left theirs in the pan for 24 hours then flipped the wreath out on a plate but I turned mine out on the plate in about 10 minutes, so I could use the pan to make more wreaths. Then I let it dry for about 36 hours.
- Place a ribbon through the wreath and hang.
We also pressed some of the mixture into cookie cutters, using the straw to make a hole for hanging.
Then once they were dry we added ribbon for ornaments, or to add to packages, and to give my son some "gifts" since he thinks everyone that walks into our house needs a gift from him.
Central London Helicopter Flight and Lunch at Gordon Ramsay’s London House
Discover London from a whole new view with an exciting Central London Helicopter Flight and luxurious lunch at his London House. You and a guest can see the city’s milestones from a breathtaking viewpoint, including aerial scenes of Tate Britain, Houses of Parliament, the Shard, and more.
Afterward, you’ll feast on three courses of contemporary British cuisine from the specifically chosen set menu at Gordon’s London House establishment in Battersea. Offering a comfortable neighborhood vibe and just minutes from the London Heliport, London House serves up seasonally-inspired food and drink that’s certain to end things on a great note.
Buy: Helicopter Flight and Lunch at Gordon’s House at Virgin Experience
Gifts from the Kitchen - Recipes
Quick and Easy Last Minute Gifts from Your Kitchen
Quick and Easy Gifts from your Kitchen
MICROWAVE PEANUT BRITTLE
My kids make this for gifts with my supervision. Quick and Easy
1 cup raw peanuts
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup white corn syrup
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking soda
Stir together peanuts, sugar, syrup, and salt in a 1-1/2 quart casserole or batter bowl. Place in microwave oven and cook 7-9 minutes, stirring well, after 4 minutes. Color should turn a pale yellow-brown.Add butter and vanilla to syrup, blending well. Return to oven and cook 1 to 2 minutes more. Peanuts will be lightly browned and syrup very hot. Add baking soda and stir as quickly as possible until light and foamy. Pour mixture onto lightly greased cookie sheet, let cool 1/2 to 1 hour. When cool, break into small pieces and store in airtight container.
NOTE: If roasted salted peanuts are used, omit salt and add peanuts after first 4 minutes of cooking.
This is another quick and easy recipe kids can help with.
3 - 6 0z pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips (18 oz)
1 - 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 - 1 Cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
In a saucepan over low heat, melt chips with condensed milk and salt, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Add nuts and vanilla. Spred evenly in 8 X 9" pan. Chil until firm. Cut to desired size.
Directions: Fill sandwich-size zip lock bags with:
one packet hot cocoa mix - or 1/4 Cup Commercial Hot Chocolate Mix
some chocolate chips
a mini candy cane
I was told you've been real good this year.
I'm always glad to hear it!
With freezing weather drawing near,
you'll need to warm the spirit.
So here's a little Snowman Soup
complete with stirring stick.
Add hot water, sip it slow.
It's sure to do the trick!
The little poem could be printed on a computer label or nicely written or calligraphied with special pens, stickers, etc. Place the baggie in cute little mugs found in the dollar store for an extra special, and economical gift.
Try using our famous Country Cream Dutch Chocolate Cocoa Mix. It is perfect for camping and cold winter nights! Made from REAL Dutch cocoa. It is the finest, creamiest, smoothest hot chocolate o
r wonderfully refreshing chocolate milk or your money back! Each can makes nearly five gallons. Compare this mix with any other brand and I think you'll see this is tops!
ZIPPY SPICED NUTS
( This is another very easy to make snack/gift with children)
4 T oil
2 tsp. sesame seeds
1/2 - 1 tsp sea salt (or to taste)
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cumin
dash cayenne ,optional, if you like something hot
1 1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 C. raw almonds
2 C. raw pecans
2 C. raw walnuts ( or any combination of nuts desired)
Raw sunflower seeds, optional
Pour oil into non-stick skillet. Add all ingredients EXCEPT the sunflower seeds. Cook over low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, be careful that nuts don't burn. Add sunflower seeds, drain on brown paper sack and store in the refrigerator. Yummy, healthy, habit forming! Package in jars, cans or holiday decorated bags for gifts.
The Best Kitchen Gifts Food Network Staffers Received
Whether it's a new kitchen gadget or an organized pantry, there is no better way to enter the new year than with a fresh start in the kitchen. For Food Network staffers, the holiday season brought a bunch of gifted gadgets that we are bringing into the new year — and we can't wait to get cooking (and eating!). From classics like a Le Creuset Dutch oven to a genius lid and ladle holder, you're going to want to add these products to your cart for a late holiday gift to yourself.
Yamazaki Home Tower Ladle Stand
The gift I loved the most this year is also the most mundane — this sleek pot lid holder from Yamazaki Home, a brand that can turn a towel bar into a lusted-over item. It looks great, which is a huge plus, but it’s also remedying one of the most annoying cooking quandaries — where to put a pot lid when you stir! This little guy (which can hold a ladle and spoon too), prevents me from doing what I usually do — plopping the lid down wherever and getting sauce all over everything.
Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast Iron Matte Round Dutch Oven
I was gifted the Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast Iron Round Dutch Oven in Matte Black, and I’m seriously in love. I’ve had my eye on a Le Creuset Dutch Oven for a while now but hadn’t pulled the trigger because of the high price tag. Receiving this piece of equipment was incredibly generous, and I can’t wait to use it for years to come!
—Amanda Neal, Recipe Developer
Pyrex 8pc Smart Essentials Mixing Bowl Set
The best kitchen gift I received this year was also the most practical and appropriate for my working-from-home life right now. I’m cooking more than ever and appreciate kitchen tools that do double duty like these bowls, which I can use for mixing, serving, storing leftovers or a combination. They’re sturdy, easy to wash and versatile I like that I can make a big salad in one to eat at my desk and later use the same bowl to make whipped cream with a hand mixer.
—Michelle Buffardi, VP, Digital Programming
This year I received a Coravin (from myself!). In an effort to be more mindful of both waste and alcohol consumption, the Coravin seemed like the perfect solution to be able to enjoy a glass of wine from time to time without opening a whole bottle. So far, it’s been great!
—Melissa Gaman, Recipe Developer, Food Network
Dash Deluxe Rapid Egg Cooker
There was once a time when my family and I would huddle around the kitchen making batch after batch of hard boiled eggs on a Sunday night, so we would have them throughout the week for on-the-go breakfasts and lunches. I always thought there has to be an easier way to prep this — and I was right! When I got this egg cooker I could cook up to 12 eggs at a time in minutes and not have to keep an eye on it. It also has the capacity to cook other types of eggs like my favorite, "a perfectly poached Sunday at home styled brunch egg" and even steam veggies, dumplings and seafood. I love that this cooking appliance is so versatile, easy AND looks great on my kitchen counter.
—Lauren Tom, Associate Content Producer
Aluminum Flex Edge Beater
While working in Food Network Kitchen, I was introduced to the scraper paddle for a stand mixer. For six years I used it almost daily on countless cookies, cakes, batters and frostings. I didn’t know how much I missed it until I found myself baking at home through this pandemic with my regular old metal paddle. It took almost twice as long to cream butter and sugar, and I had to constantly stop the mixer to scrape down the bowl. I made a shameless post on my Instagram asking for one as a holiday gift. I got the gift, and now I’m giving it to others as well!
—Alexis Pisciotta, Purchasing and Events Manager Food & Cook
Traditional Basalt Mortar and Pestle from Mexico, "Taste of Tradition"
One of the best gifts I received this holiday season was from my husband: a handmade molcajete from the Mexican state of Guanajuato. It is traditionally hand carved from volcanic stone and is a beautiful addition to our kitchen. It’s going to be wonderful for grinding spices, making sauces and more — plus, I love a tool that can double as a serving bowl!
—Sarah Holden, Digital Culinary Producer
Pur Cast Iron Pans Extra Large
The only thing I actually asked for this year was this set of cast iron pans. I’ve always heard people raving about the magic of cooking in a cast iron, and so far I’m loving it!
—Joel Raneri, Digital Editor
Precision Pour Glass Dispenser
I love using olive oil in the kitchen, and the design of this dispenser lets me get just the right amount. Whether I am dressing a salad or drizzling a pizza, this dispenser makes it easy. Added bonus — it looks really pretty, too!
—Dana Beninati, Supervising Culinary Producer
Butter Bell - The Original Butter Bell Crock by L. Tremain
I love my cow-print Butter Bell. It’s an air-tight ceramic crock that keeps butter soft and fresh at room temperature for weeks. Having spreadable butter at all times is amazing for buttering anything you want (toast, bagels, English muffins etc.) or for adding a quick spoonful into a skillet. It beats cold butter that always manages to taste like the fridge.
43 Clever Kitchen Gifts Anyone Who Loves Cooking Will Appreciate
The key to buying a gift your family and friends will love? Shopping for things that really play to their interests. And when you're shopping for someone with a passion for cooking&mdashyou know, the one who spends 90 percent of their free time in the kitchen whipping up new recipes and iterating on their favorite dishes&mdashthere's so much to choose from.
To help you find what they'll really appreciate, check out these picks. From genius gadgets and amazing appliances to decorative accessories, these are the items every at-home chef or food lover needs this holiday season and beyond (seriously, these gifts work for everything from birthdays to housewarmings, too). And while you're at it, don't be afraid to equip your own kitchen with these essentials, either. You deserve a treat or two, too!
7. For the cook who needs to feed a crowd: Staub Cast Iron 5.5-Quart Round Cocotte
Best kitchen gifts: Staub Round Cocotte (Photo: Staub)
A classic, well-designed Dutch oven is a great gift for just about anyone, but they’re particularly handy for people who tend to cook a lot of food at once. You might assume that Le Creuset has this category on lock, but the best Dutch oven from our testing is actually the 5.5-Quart Round Cocotte from French competitor Staub, a sleek, stylish, and versatile vessel for cooking just about anything.
If you’re put off by the price tag on the Staub, we recommend the Lodge 4.5-Quart Round Dutch Oven, our top budget pick.
Creative Container & Filler Ideas
*First published December 11, 2008 and moved here for better organization
- Decorative Holiday Cookie Jar
- Baskets: Wicker, Wire or Plastic
- Cannisters: Glass or Tin
- Wide Mouth Jars
- Small Bucket
- Decorative Holiday Plate or Platter
- Decorative Holiday Bowl: Ceramic, Glass or Plastic
- Large Mug or Tea Cup
- Styrofoam Trays
- Chip Tubes (like Pringles–good for cookies)
- Milk Carton: Wash clean and cover with wrapping paper
- Repurposed Boxes (chocolates, tea, crackers, etc.): Wrap boxes in holiday paper
- Cellophane Bags
DIY Gift Boxes
Liners & Wraps
- Wax Paper
- Paper or Fabric Napkins (Holiday Themed)
- Paper Cupcake Holders
- Paper Doilies
- Tissue Paper
Gift Box Fillers
A container brimming with homemade baking is usually more than enough, but if you want to tuck in a few more goodies, here are a few ideas that will compliment baked goods:
- Candy Canes
- Packets of Hot Chocolate
- Hard Candies
- Wrapped Chocolates
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Specialty Teas
- Small Christmas Oranges