9 Christmas Foods To Make As Gifts That Are As Tasty As They Are Thoughtful

If there’s anything I love more than the holiday season, it’s the food that comes right along with it. This year, I’ve set an intention to contribute at least one dish per

If there’s anything I love more than the holiday season, it’s the food that comes right along with it. This year, I’ve set an intention to contribute at least one dish per celebration, since I’m sure even the hostess with the mostest appreciates a little help every now and then. That, and, IMO, Buddy the Elf has it all wrong. The best way to spread Christmas cheer isn’t through cheesy jingles, but instead, maybe some cheesy bread or hollow chocolate Santas. You might not realize it, but Christmas foods make great gifts because, not only does everyone appreciate food, these decadent treats only come around once a year. The more opportunities to indulge, the better, amirite?

If you're having a hard time coming up with gift ideas for your holiday's hostess, or really just anyone with an appetite, you really can nevergo wrong with food. There are also just so many routes you can take with this type of present, so you can easily please everyone's tastebuds and save money doing so. If you're a baker, pop into the kitchen and whip up a batch of holiday cookies. If anything that involves an oven just isn't your forte, that's what store-bought goodies are for.

Trust me, friends, you don't have to be Betty Crocker to give the gift of good eats. Here are a few edible ideas your loved ones are sure to enjoy.

Make Cocoa-In-A-Jar For Your Favorite Chocolate Lover

The Domestic Geek on YouTube

Am I the only one who remembers the internet's (specifically Pinterest's) obsession with packing all the food and pouring all the drinks into mason jars? My mom and I were super into the trend, but one DIY recipe that still sticks out to this very day is hot chocolate-in-a-jar.

The idea here is that you've equipped your recipient with everything they need to make the most decadent mug full of hot cocoa, and the best part is, you can be creative and experiment with different flavors. Just make sure, if you're going to get crafty, you at least do your loved one a solid and taste-test your creation before handing it out as a present.

Bake A Batch Of Cookies With Love

Liv B on YouTube

FYI, your loved ones don't have to be vegan to receive a dozen of these mouth-watering treats from food blogger Liv B's recipe box. I stumbled upon this video by chance a few years back during my plant-based transition, and never have I ever tasted a cruelty-free cookie quite like her chocolate hazelnut recipe.

This video specifically provides you with three cookie recipes to choose from (snickerdoodle, chocolate hazelnut, and salted chocolate pretzel), but if you search around the internet, there are tons of easy how-to's to follow, so even if you don't fancy yourself a star baker, you can easily whip up a batch of baked goodies to give out as gifts this holiday season.

How About A Festive Bottle Of Booze?

Harry Potter Treats For The Holidays

Every year, like clockwork, Dec. 1 rolls around and I am almost instantly nostalgic for Harry Potter. Why I associate jolly ol' St. Nick with Mr. Potter around the holiday season, I'm not entirely sure. Maybe it's because this was the time of year when both of my parents had off from work and we'd watch the films together, or perhaps it's because Freeform marathons the heck out of the series multiple times throughout the holidays — whatever the case, Christmastime is here, and I'm looking to get a taste of the wizarding world pronto.

If the person you're treating this Christmas is also a Potterhead, check out Jelly Belly's line of character wands, designed to mirror the exact wands that Harry, Hermione, and Ron held onto through Hogwarts. Yum.

Make Cookie Pops Festive For 2018

Chelsea's Messy Apron on YouTube

IMO, cake pops are overrated. But cookie pops? Now those are some treats that deserve more attention around the holiday season. If you're feeling creative, and have time to spare to get a little crafty, why not give these Christmas Oreo pops a try? They're festive, unique, and everyone loves an Oreo. They're also vegan-friendly, so if you have any plant-based friends attending the party, they can join in on the fun.

A Holiday Tea To Sip And Soothe

The holiday season is super busy, and it can be an incredibly stressful time of year. If you know one of your loved ones gets particularly anxious around Christmas, gifting them a tea chest full of limited-edition winter brews to sip and unwind with after they've finished shopping and wrapping might bring more solace than you'd think.

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