5 Delicious & Fun Home-Baked Gifts for the Holidays
As a passionate and probably rather talented home baker, there could be nothing better when thinking about gifts for your loved ones for the holidays than a batch of homemade cakes, cookies, and other sweet treats.
So, in an effort to be a catalyst in getting your proverbial creative juices flowing, here are five delicious and fun home-baked gift ideas for the holidays.
1. Personalized Cookies
Cookies are a staple of the home-baked world. One fabulous gift idea for the holidays which you will absolutely love to create (and your loved ones will love eating even more) is a set of personalized cookies.
You can use different types of icing tubes and various cookie cutters, you can even create a personalized set that includes shapes of family pets and iced quotes or nicknames of individual family members. There are even cookie decorating stencils that can let you make a lot of highly decorated cookies in one go.
2. A Classic Fruit Cake
If you really are someone who is a dab hand with a bag of flour, then the ideal Christmas gift which can be made to really any size or indeed specification is a classic fruit cake, complete with almond icing and marzipan.
To make this particularly Christmassy fruit cake stand out from the norm, you could source some small figures which resemble yourself and your friend or family member and create a buttercream and fondant skating rink atop the cake.
3. Savory Cheese & Biscuits Hamper
Although traditionally baking is obviously centered around sweet treats and delights, there is another option if the person who you are baking for has less of a sweet tooth than others.
Purchasing an inexpensive yet aesthetically striking small hamper, lining it with sanitized polythene or even pressed-down tissue paper in appropriately colored holiday patterns, and filling the hamper with homemade savory biscuits is an excellent alternative. Source some locally produced cheeses and to complete the hamper, tie with decorative bows and ribbons around the handle.
4. Toffee & Fudge
Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of choosing to make your loved one a selection of different flavors of fudge and/or toffees for their gift this holiday season is that you get to keep some of the delicious end-product yourself.
Inevitably, when making home batches of fudge and in particular, toffee, you always need to bulk-make products to ensure you can select the best looking and indeed, best tasting, cuts to make it into the gift.
5. Peppermint Bites
For some reason, the taste of peppermint is always associated with the holidays, maybe because candy cane ornaments are always seen on the family Christmas tree each year.
Many people enjoy the taste of peppermint fondant bites. They’re easy to give as an additional present or as art of a larger Christmas treat hamper. You may need to practice the recipe a few times before creating the gifts though as it’s hard to judge the level of flavoring that is required, as well as the desired thickness of the final sweet.