The winter holidays, in addition to everything else they bring, provide all kinds of opportunities to share delicious food with those we love. Whether you're sharing candy, sweetbreads, a roasted ham, or something else, the holidays are a time when the connections we make over food are perhaps more prominent than ever!
Besides being an inherent part of the holidays, food made with love and care makes a great gift during the holidays. It's perfect for that person who never seems to want anything in particular for Christmas, or for neighbors, teachers, and coworkers whom you want to show a little love and appreciation this season.
Let's start with this awesome chai tea blend from Curious Cuisiniere! This hand-mixed blend of black tea and spices is perfect for tea-lovers and is packed with flavor—much more flavor than you'll get out of your average teabag. We love this packaged in a glass jar with a cute little bow or affixed with a festive label.
This next one's a classic. Cookie mix in a jar is one of the easiest ways to give something the gift of treating themself. This mix lets your giftee whip up oatmeal peanut butter cookies in no time, and it doesn't cost you too much time or money either!
Hot chocolate is a must during the winter holidays, which makes this hot chocolate on a stick a perfect gift for any people in your life with a sweet tooth. These individual serving blocks of rich chocolate and candy cane pieces can be dipped into hot milk for one delicious cup of hot chocolate. Or if you prefer, you can make this dry Instant Hot Chocolate Mix and package in jars with a festive little ribbon.
Have you ever had homemade vanilla extract? I have, and believe me, it's miles better than the average bottle you'd find in your grocery store. This recipe for homemade vanilla extract from Flour On My Face is a wonderful way to give those you love a sense that they're really enjoying something special when they cook with this little jar of awesome. Besides, it's surprisingly easy to make this vanilla-y goodness, and the recipe page even includes a pre-made label you can print out!
Another classic, this brownie mix in a jar is effortless yet thoughtful, and who doesn't like brownies? This mix-in-a-jar is given a cute little aesthetic touch by poking a toothpick along the side of the jar at regular intervals after each layer for a trickle-down effect.
Much like jam, this cranberry orange sauce makes a great gift around the holidays! A little sweet and a little tart, it goes well not just with your big holiday meal, but is also great on breads, in sandwiches, and of course as a sauce for whatever you want.
Did you know you could make homemade Kahlua with just a few simple ingredients? This recipe from Flour On My Face takes a few weeks to steep, but once it's ready, it's got that perfect rich and sweet coffee flavor with a hint of vanilla and is ready to be enjoyed. Instead of just buying a bottle of Kahlua, this homemade version is a fun project you'll be proud of, and shows that Kahlua-lover in your life that you really care! Plus, you can always make extra for yourself—yum!
Arlene Mobley, author of Flour on My Face, loves cooking and blogging for the chance to express her creative personality. She is also a stay at home mom of 3 with empty nest syndrome on the horizon and is an excellent resource for those who need to cook for the whole family.
Sarah and her husband, Tim, run the cultural food blog, Curious Cuisiniere, where they share easy to follow recipes and food history from around the world, inspiring food lovers and home cooks to learn about and experience global cultures from the comfort of their own kitchen.