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6 Awesome, Easy, Affordable Food Gifts

Find 6 easy ideas for edible food gifts for the 2021 holiday season. From Christmas treats to savory stocking stuffers, we gift you these affordable recipes.

6 Awesome, Easy, Affordable Food Gifts
This holiday season, get creative with festive gifts that are sure to delight any foodie on your shopping list without breaking your budget. Whether you need a gift for a true gourmand or just want to satisfy someone's sweet tooth,  we have a feeling these 6 tasty treats are sure to wow as soon as they're unwrapped.

1. Go nuts with candied pecans (or walnuts, almonds, peanuts, or cashews!)

Know someone who loves a sweet-and-salty snack? Make a few batches of candied nuts. It's a low-effort treat that requires just a few ingredients. Create a sweet, sticky syrup on your stovetop with sugar, water, and cinnamon, then pour it over a flat layer of your favorite nuts. Spread them out on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet for easy cleanup and roast. Once they're cool, package in festive gift boxes or Mason jars for a treat that's ready to gift.

2. Cozy up with a hot cocoa kit

This is an edible gift you can build right in the jar. Use a funnel to layer equal parts sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, and powdered milk into a jar. Then top it off with something special, maybe mini marshmallows, white chocolate chips, or crushed candy canes. 

3. Make a festive fudge

We're all about low impact, high reward DIY projects, and fudge is no exception. Make a big batch you can divvy up into bite-sized gifts for everyone on your list. Get creative with colorful add-ins, like dried cranberries, pistachios, red and green candy, or crushed peppermints.

4. Give the gift of (non-boring!) granola

Once the holidays are over, most people are eager to start the new year on a healthy-ish note. So, why not wrap up some homemade granola? Make this standard snack a little more interesting and tasty with mix-ins like coconut flakes, dried fruit, pumpkin seeds, candied ginger, and anything else you find in your pantry.

5. Wrap up your signature seasoning blend

Are you known for making the best barbecue in town? Do people always ask you how you get your tomato sauce just right? Whatever your signature dish, give everyone on your guest list the tools to recreate it with a packet or jar of your favorite seasoning blend or spice mix. Include a recipe card so they can recreate the whole thing at home (and think of you when they do!). 

6. Plate a Christmas-y charcuterie

Going to a holiday party? Bring the ultimate hostess gift: a festive charcuterie platter on a pretty dish (a bonus gift for them to keep!). Include a soft cheese, like brie, a hard cheese, and a mix of cured deli meats. Then, add holiday-colored accents like fresh cranberries, sprigs of rosemary, red and green grapes, green olives, and more.

Check your Save mailer for coupons and deals on the ingredients you need to put these affordable (and yummy!) holiday gifts together.