Homemade Food Gifts: The Cooks’ Gift

Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

If you’ve taken the time to make the homemade vinegars, oils and butters that have been featured here on the Frugal Recipes blog, then you have a great base for a cooks’ holiday gift. If you have made dried herb gifts, you will be able to add them to this. All of these items, combined with some homemade baked goods, will make a great gift.

Place a combination of these items in a large gift basket, over a dish or tea towel, or other fabric. Tie a bow on, and add a tag.

You can add to this gift if you have affordable ways of obtaining certain other items. For instance, why not add some homemade knitted or crocheted dish cloths to the gift. (My sister makes me a couple of these each year, and I just love them.) A dollar store will net you wooden cooking spoons and rubber spatulas, or even dish towels. I once found two large metal pots at a yard sale for .50 each. They were used, but looked almost new. A thrift shop may net you a hand grater for a quarter, or a couple of whisks. If you’ve been lucky enough to find such deals, create gifts with them.

This would be an easy project for children to put together, as they aren’t really preparing any of the foods themselves.


  • Combine in a container. No need to wrap.
  • If you choose to use a basket, they can be found affordably at thrift shops.
  • I once found four large baskets at a yard sale for $1.00 each.

What food gifts do you give at the holidays? Please share with us in the comments below.


Note: I know sweets and many baked goods are not healthy, and that we really shouldn’t be eating them, but I have family members who don’t limit such things. So yes, I give these items at the holidays. Also, I don’t think it is necessarily bad to treat yourself once-in-a-while. You just don’t want to make a habit of it.

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Categories: Celebrations, Condiments, Etc., Food Gifts, Kids in the Kitchen

Author:Shannon L. Buck

Hi all! My name is Shannon. I'm a single mother of two young adult daughters and a Memay to one Little Man and one Little Miss. I work as a writer from my home in Orono, Maine, and as a Front Desk Agent at an inn in Bangor. Writing is my life, second only to my daughters and grandchildren. I enjoy writing nonfiction, as well as fiction in a number of genres.


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5 Comments on “Homemade Food Gifts: The Cooks’ Gift”

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    Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 8:16 am #

    Great post šŸ™‚


  2. Monday, December 20, 2010 at 1:44 am #

    Good Ideas. Moment will come back more, šŸ˜‰ Thanks for Information.


  3. Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm #

    Great blog and wonderful basic ideas and suggestions. Sometimes we need help to get back to our basic logic and creative thinking! Thanks for that!



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