Gifts are hard enough to pick out, let alone pay for. So we propose you leave the socks on the shelf, toss the cafe gift cards aside, and make affordable gifts your friends and fam can snack on all winter long. (But we’ll still take the cash in a card—thanks, Grandma!) These 7 DIY edible gifts will satisfy the chocolate lover, the chai drinker, and even the fancy salt sprinkler. Oops, we think you just won the holidays!
You may think of chocolate bark as that vaguely minty stuff sold at every home and kitchen-goods store for $25 bucks a box. Spoiler alert: Chocolate bark is laughably easy to DIY, plus you can add any toppings you want, like… literally anything except crushed candy canes. Because who even likes those?
Giving caramel sauce as a present is as safe as a pair of cozy socks, but we bet this jar of amber goodness will yield a much warmer reaction. Attach a list of what to do with the sauce to each jar you give out (“dunk pretzels,” “spoon over ice cream,” or “eat with a spoon”).
No idea what to give your mom? Chill. We got this. Homemade granola says, “I might be more thoughtful than your other children, and am definitely more crafty. Plus, now we all have breakfast for tomorrow!”
Chai mix is a nearly foolproof gift for the office swap. While your coworkers unwrap their $5 Starbucks gift cards (like that even covers a small drink) and re-gifted cheap bracelets they’ll never wear, one lucky guy is five minutes away from a sweet and spicy homemade chai.
Those friends you’ve been meaning to get coffee with the past three months? Give them jars of peppermint mocha syrup with a note containing your nearest free afternoon—and a recipe for homemade peppermint mocha lattes.
Your healthy, hippie friend who wears hemp shoes and was born vegan is tough to shop for, right? This is the gift for them. Make sure you deliver it in a recycled jar wrapped in newspaper to avoid being scolded.
Without a doubt, the least offensive gift that’s also fancy AF is flavored salt. Whip these up for teachers, bosses, and significant others’ parents. You can infuse pretty much anything (citrus zest! Spices! Herbs!) into salt, and it’ll look gorgeous. Tell them to sprinkle it on pasta, meats, even avocado toast—and expect an A on your next paper/a raise/an invite to spend the weekend immediately after.
Still searching for that perfect present? We’ve got tons more gift ideas up our sleeves.