There are many reasons to go the homemade gift route this Thanksgiving: Perhaps you feel stuck about what to gift someone who already has everything. You could be watching your wallet. Or maybe you’ve realized what we’ve always known: that homemade gifts simply taste the best. Regardless, we have plenty of gift ideas that are perfect for sharing with loved ones if you’re headed to someone else’s home this Thanksgiving. From spiced nuts to brittle to candied citrus and more, here are a handful of our favorites.
|Spiced Rosemary Nuts
The combination of rosemary, cumin and cayenne pepper lends an irresistible flavor to toasted nuts. Pack these savory gifts in small decorative tins or in cellophane bags tied with a ribbon.
|Marinated Goat Cheese
Marinated cheese is a welcome departure from holiday confections, for your friend who lacks a sweet tooth! Pack the cheese in glass jars and tie with a decorative ribbon, then attach a card on top with suggestions for serving.
|Lemon Zest Shortbread
Crumbly, rich and buttery shortbread is a classic treat with coffee or tea after a meal. Pack these cookies in pretty tins or boxes, or wrap them in a package with a personalized mug.
|Candied Citrus Zest
Take this old-fashioned sweet to the next level by dipping the candied peels into melted bittersweet chocolate. We love how they look in miniature glasses tied with a Christmas ornament or other embellishment.
Granola is easy to make it home, and you can customize it to your own taste. Give it in sealed jars wrapped with a ribbon or bow.
France’s famed Dijon mustard is easy to make. Our version is smooth, creamy and not too hot—perfect for everything from vinaigrettes to sandwiches. Bundle it with another pantry staple, such as marinated olives.
Although brittle is usually made with peanuts, this recipe calls for pistachios, which add a vibrant green color; you can swap in chopped walnuts or pecans as well. The brittle will keep well for several weeks stored in a dry, airtight container—like a cookie tin!—with each layer of brittle separated by parchment paper.
|Dark Chocolate Bark with Toasted Almonds and Dried Blueberries
Believe it: this nutty, fruity chocolate bark is also healthy! Wrap it in a cellophane bag and give it to someone who appreciates a tasty treat that’s still good for them.
|Classic Southern Pralines
These bites of caramelized sugar and pecans are simple and fun to make. You can store them between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container for up to 10 days, so they’re great to give as gifts.