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Gifts from the Kitchen

Cheap and Easy Food Gifts

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Canning Jar Cakes

Canning Jar Cake
Photo &copy Carroll Pellegrinelli

You've used canning jars for all sorts of things, but have you ever baked in them? If not, it's time to give canning jar cakes a try.

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Peppermint Sprinkles

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Photo &copy Flickr user I_am_K.E.B
Peppermint sprinkles are the perfect topping for cocoa, cupcakes, cookies or any other holiday treat. Make some up for an easy grab-and-go hostess gift.

Pickles

Pickled Foods
Photo &copy Flickr user ccarlstead

Cucumbers aren't the only thing that you can pickle. Go gourmet, and can jars of pickled cherries, garlic, or mushrooms for gift giving.

Gourmet Mustard

Homemade Mustard
Photo &copy Flickr user WordRidden

Wow your friends and fam with fancy little jars of homemade mustard:

Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd
Photo &copy Flickr user kochtopf
Buy a big bag of lemons, and make lemon curd. One batch should be enough to scratch several people off of your gift list.

Fruitcake

Fruitcake
Photo &copy Flickr user telepathicgeorge
Go old-school, and give the gift of fruitcake.

Flavored Pancake Syrup

Blueberry Syrup
Photo &copy Flickr user arsheffield

Make up bottles of pancake syrup in a delicious flavor, and give them with pancake mix (homemade, of course):

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles
Photo &copy Flickr user Chocolate_Reviews
Want to give a gift that looks complicated and expensive? Then, make truffles. They aren't either, but they sure look the part.

Potato Candy

Candy made out of mashed potatoes may sound crazy, but it tastes great and it looks pretty nifty too.

Chocolate Bark

Peppermint Bark
Photo &copy Flickr user imallergic

When you need a gift in a jiff, turn to chocolate bark. You can whip up a batch in minutes, but it will look like it took you hours:

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