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Frugal Food Gifts

Cheap and Easy Gifts from the Kitchen


Food gifts are easy on the budget and the taste buds. Give one or more of these tasty gift ideas a try:

Cookie Dough

Cookie Dough
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It's always nice to have cookie dough on hand, so why not make some up to give as a gift? If you roll the dough into a log and wrap it in wax paper, making cookies will be as easy as slicing off some dough and popping it into the oven.

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla Beans
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Wow your friends and family with the gift of homemade vanilla extract packed in pretty glass bottles.


Candied Pecans
Photo © Flickr user Jasmine&Roses
Make up a large batch of boiled peanuts, candied pecans or spicy party nuts. Then, pour the nuts into cellophane bags, and seal them with a bow.

Homemade Wine, Liqueur or Beer

Homemade Fruit Wines
Photo © flickr user Haversack

Learn how to make blackberry wine, coffee liqueur or another tasty alcoholic beverage of your choosing. Then, bottle it up, and give it away to a lucky few.

Ice Cream Toppings

Ice Cream Sundae
Photo © Flickr user Alipyon

A basket of homemade ice cream toppings is sure to earn shrieks of delight from even the grumpiest of individuals.

Jam or Jelly

Freezer Jam
Photo © Erin Huffstetler

You can't go wrong with a jar of homemade jam or jelly. Opt for a classic like apple butter or go with something a bit more unexpected, like the honey-sweet flavor of dandelion jelly.

Kettle Corn

Kettle Corn
Photo © Erin Huffstetler
Kettle corn is another can't-miss sweet and salty treat. Make up a batch to give away, and another to munch on while you work. Yum!

Caramel Popcorn

Caramel Popcorn
Photo © Flickr user Randy_Son_Of_Robert
Caramel corn is a classic, and for good reason: it's delicious. Make up a batch (or 20) to give to friends and family, and you're guaranteed rave reviews.

Bread and Flavored Butter

Homemade Wheat Bread
Photo © Erin Huffstetler
As a gift, homemade bread is hard to beat. Make up a simple loaf of wheat bread or try something slightly fancier, like beer cheese bread, peanut butter bread or pumpkin banana bread. Then, finish off the gift with a container of flavored butter.

Jar Mixes

Cookie Mix
Photo © Flickr user e.t

Stock up on mason jars, and use them to package homemade jar mixes. With recipes for desserts, soups, convenience foods and more, you're sure to find something to please even the pickiest person on your gift list.

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