I am a real foodie. I love to watch cooking shows, experiment with new techniques, and try different dishes. So the idea of giving (or receiving) food as a gift is right up my alley. But who wants a fruitcake that’s been passed around for decades or a plate of stale holiday cookies loosely covered with tin foil? Not I! So here is a list of 8 cheap and yummy DIY gifts any foodie would love. I promise.
But before we begin, just a quick disclaimer. Here at Simply Natural Mama, I am all about a healthy (and simple!) lifestyle. However, the below ideas are meant for gifts (i.e., for special occasions), so you will notice that some of them do use sugar. You can make the recipe as listed, or you could substitute coconut sugar any where that it calls for white or brown sugar. Yes, coconut sugar has the same number of calories and carbohydrates as cane sugar, but it does have significantly less fructose than regular sugar. That’s a really good thing, so consider making the switch!
Okay, now that’s out of the way, let’s get on with it! Here, without further ado, are some really great DIY gift ideas, perfect for the foodie in your life:
Extracts, such as vanilla and mint, can really add a punch of flavor to your food. But store-bought ones are often expensive, and none of them taste as good as the homemade variety!
From Kirbie’s Cravings.
Hot Apple Cider Cinnamon Spice Mix
This recipe is so amazing! You can add it to warmed apple juice for a delicious apple cider. Or better yet, give a jar of this alongside a bottle of red wine, and your foodie friend will definitely feel loved by you!
From Savory Nothings.
You’ve gotta check this post out! Infused salts make grilled meat, vegetables, and even eggs, absolutely divine. And here you can see how to make garlic salt, porcini salt, and even red wine salt. What?!?!?
From The Pioneer Woman.
Homemade Flavored Coffee Syrups
Every Saturday morning, my husband and I go to a different hipster coffee shop. If I asked for a Frappuccino, they would look at me like I was insane, but ask for a latte with their own housemade syrup? Well, that’s a different story! Here you can find out how to make vanilla, cinnamon, and almond syrups.
From Heather Bullard.
Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce
Why would anyone want this as a gift? Oh, I don’t know; because it’s outrageously decadent?! If you feel up to it, you can make me some and mail it to me. Thanks!
From My Baking Addiction.
DIY Infused Olive Oils
Infused olive oils are absolutely amazing! But have you seen how expensive they are at a gourmet shop? Yikes! So make a bunch of these instead to give as gifts, and your friends will think you’ve spent a lot of money on them.
From Just Putzing.
To me, nothing says the holidays like a batch of pumpkin butter! This recipe is so, so easy. It is perfect for those moments when you think, “Uh oh! I forgot I was supposed to bring a gift!”
From Citron Limette.
6-Minute Small Batch Salted Caramel Sauce
I changed my mind. Can you mail me some of this instead? Oh, wait! Just mail me both!! A jar of this caramel sauce, plus a jar of homemade hot fudge will be greatly appreciated by anyone. Am I right?
From Baker By Nature.
And now I want to hear from you! Which of these amazing foodie DIY gifts will you be making?
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