Deliciously Festive Homemade Food Gifts for the Holidays

by Old Town Spice Shop on December 12, 2023

The holiday season is here, and what better way to celebrate than with deliciously festive food gifts made with gourmet ingredients from Old Town Spice Shop? Whether you’re a seasoned home cook or a novice in the kitchen, our extensive selection of spice and seasonings, gourmet salts, flavored sugars, and more will help you whip up tasty homemade gifts that will surely make your family, friends, and co-workers’ holiday merry and bright. So, grab a pen and paper and get ready to take notes on the best festive food gifts and gift baskets for the holidays!

Old Town Spice Shop spices for baking breads and cookies

Baked Breads and Cookies Gift Basket

Nothing says the holidays quite like the smell of freshly baked bread and cookies. If you love to bake, then use your talents to create decadent baked treats to delight anyone on your list! After all, what’s better than a homemade gift made with love that tastes delightful and soothes the soul?

At Old Town Spice Shop, we have everything you need to make your baked goods extra special. Whether you’re whipping up a batch of gingerbread cookies, blondies, or sweet bread, we have the gourmet ingredients you need to elevate your treats. Our selection of spices, extracts, and flavoring includes different variations of cinnamon, as well as nutmeg, cloves, and other essential baking spices for all your festive baking needs.

We also have flavored sugars like pumpkin spice and vanilla bean that are perfect for adding a touch of sweetness to your treats. Additionally, peruse our selection of extracts and flavorings like Madagascar Vanilla Extract or Caramel Flavoring that will add a dash of deliciousness to your baked treats.

Oh, and did we mention? All of the ingredients we mentioned above will help you create one of our favorite holiday recipes — Spiced Banana Bread! Take a peek at our Spiced Banana Bread recipe and tag us on social media in a post showcasing your festive creation!

Old Town Spice Shop Spiced Banana Bread recipe card

Old Town Spice Shop Olive Oil Dips

Flavorful Butters and Dips

Homemade butters and dips are another great option for holiday gifts. At Old Town Spice Shop, we have a variety of flavorings and spices that can be used to make both savory and sweet butter spreads.

For a savory option, mix garlic salt and rosemary into softened butter and chill until firm. You can also infuse butter with any of our flavored popcorn seasonings in flavors like Parmesan Garlic mixed with a dash of dried parsley, or Jalapeno and White Cheddar mixed with a sprinkle of dried cilantro. For sweet butter, use a mixer to whip softened butter with any of our flavored sugars and flavorings like strawberry, blueberry, cinnamon apple, maple, orange-cranberry, and pumpkin spice.

When it comes to dips, the possibilities are endless. Gather a variety of small glass carafes that come with cork lids and fill them with olive oil and/or different types of vinegar like red wine or balsamic. Experiment with herb and spice blends to create unique flavors. Alternatively, you can pick up any of our pre-mixed dip blends like Herb Delight, Pesto Parmesan, or Tuscan Tomato to mix with the olive oil.

Want to add a creamy dip to your gift basket? Simply blend a half cup of light sour cream with a half cup of softened light plain cream cheese and pour into a mason jar as the base for our pre-mixed French Onion, Beer Cheese Pub, or Caramelized Onion Roasted Garlic dips. And voila! Don’t forget to add different types of crackers, crispy baguettes, and sweet breads to your gift basket to accompany all of your delicious butter spreads and dips!

Old Town Spice Shop Gourmet Drink Blends

Homemade Gourmet Drink Gift Basket

Who doesn't love a warm, comforting drink during the cold winter months? Create a gift basket filled with different flavors of gourmet drinks, complete with toppings and garnishes like marshmallows, chocolate chips, cinnamon sticks, and star anise.

At Old Town Spice Shop, you can find a range of gourmet hot cocoa mixes, including flavors like Pumpkin Spiced and Dark Chocolate Peppermint. For the coffee lovers in your life, consider adding a bag or two of our Hopped Up Coffee. And for those who prefer a warm cider, our Spiced Apple Cider blend is the perfect addition. Include some festive mugs and stirring spoons to complete the gift.

Running out of time to create a gourmet drink gift box? We have you covered! Check out our fantastic selection of perfectly curated Gourmet Hot Cocoa and Hopped Up Coffee gift boxes — some of our most popular gift boxes for the holiday season!

Old Town Spice Shop Cinnamon Sugar

Perfectly Seasoned Gourmet Nuts

Nuts are a classic snack food, especially during the holidays, but when they’re roasted with exciting flavors — they become a gift-worthy indulgence!  Choose your favorite nuts (peanuts, almonds, cashews, and pecans work well) and season them with different flavors like rosemary and sea salt, everything bagel seasoning, or cinnamon sugar. Roast them in the oven until golden and fragrant, then package them up in pretty jars or tins wrapped in festive ribbons. This gift is perfect for anyone who loves a little something to munch on during the holidays.

Old Town Spice Shop spices, seasonings, and gourmet drinks

Boozy Gift Basket

For the adults on your list, put together a fun and unique boozy gift basket featuring different spices and seasoning blends along with a variety of liquors to create indulgent and festive cocktails. Pair our Chai Spiced Hot Cocoa with a shooter of bourbon, or our Traditional Hot Cocoa with a shooter of peppermint Schnapps. Add a packet or two of our Spiced Apple Cider or Pumpkin Spiced Apple Cider to pair with a shooter of Spiced Rum. Elevate this boozy gift box with our Hopped Up Chocolate Stout Coffee and pair it with a shooter of Bailey's Irish Cream. For an extra special touch, add garnishes like cinnamon sticks or star anise.

If you’re feeling creative, you can also put together a variety of salts, sugars, and seasoning blends for homemade cocktails like Bloody Marys, margaritas, and mulled wine. Our Bloody Mary Gift Box is the perfect starting point, featuring fixins like Bacon Salt, Ghost Pepper Salt, and Celery Salt. Or, try our Black Lime Salt, Chipotle Salt, or Habanero Sugar for a unique twist on margaritas. Last but not least, our gourmet mulling spices are perfect for making mulled wine or cider. Choose from our Traditional or Gourmet Mulling Spices, and pair them with a bottle of red wine or our Spiced Apple Cider blend for a delicious gift.

Spice-Up Your Homemade Holiday Gifts With Old Town Spice Shop

There's nothing better than giving someone the gift of something handmade and delicious, infused with love, and delectable flavors! From sweet treats to savory snacks and comforting drinks, there’s something for everyone on your list! What’s more, all of these gift baskets are simple, fun, and stress-free to put together! So go on, get creative, spread some cheer this holiday, and give something that will last long beyond the holiday season! Happy holidays from your friends at Old Town Spice Shop!


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