DIY Food Gifts for the Holidays

Are you in a crunch for a last minute gift? Or maybe you’re having a hard time coming up with a gift for that person that is impossible to shop for. Whatever your gift dilemma is, we have six homemade gifts (five that are edible) that come from the heart.

For the busy person on your list…

Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Jar made with canola oil1. Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Jar
Everyone likes freshly baked cookies, but some people just don’t have time to bake. Our cookie in a jar is the perfect gift. You do most of the work by layering up all the pre-measured dry ingredients in a jar, and present it to them in a basket containing the wet ingredients. All your lucky gift recipient has to do is mix it all together and pop it in the oven. Jenn shares the full instructions here.

Don’t forget to download a gift tag with baking instructions to attach to your gift!


2. Spa at Home
The busy person on your list could probably use a little spa treatment at home. We’ve got recipes for Body Salt Scrub, Bath Bomb, and a Foot Scrub.

Body Salt Scrub using epsom salts and canola oil

For the health conscious person on your list…

Local Fresh Garden Raspberries3. Make a Superfoods Gift Basket.
Buy a sampling of all 10 foods, package them all in a basket together to help the health conscious person on your list keep these superfoods in stock. We went with Mairlyn Smith’s top 10 superfoods list (see below). As a professional home economist, food writer and cookbook author, you can trust what she recommends is healthy for you.


Citrus Fruits; Orange, Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit.Mairlyn Smith’s Top 10 Superfoods

  • barley
  • oats
  • mushrooms
  • canola oil
  • onions, scallions and garlic
  • dark leafy greens
  • nuts
  • berries
  • citrus
  • salmon

*note: it is best to place dry items in your basket and perhaps include a gift certificate to a grocery store for the fresh items (such as salmon and the dark leafy greens).

4. Canola Granola
Package up a batch nice and festive and it makes an easy, healthy gift that can be eaten on its own, with milk, added to yogurt or eaten as a snack. Prepare and store in airtight container.

Whole Grain Heart Healthy Granola made using canola oil

5. Hearty Lentil Soup Mix in a Jar
This is the same idea as the cookie-in-a-jar where you layer dry ingredients in a jar. This recipe is healthy for everyone and is even diabetes-friendly.

For the person who has everything or as a last minute gift…

Honey peanut butter and chocolate popcorn made with canola oil6. Flavoured Popcorn
Popcorn makes a fantastic treat anytime. We have four delicious flavour combinations for you to choose from. Packaging it up is easy, we recommend storing in airtight containers. Holiday printed tins are perfect and can be found just about anywhere this time of year, including at dollar stores.


Rainbow Popcorn (good for a week or can be frozen up to 6 weeks)

Maple Caramel (will keep for 3 days)

Lime and Chili Pepper Popcorn (good for a week or can be frozen up to 6 weeks)

Honey Peanut Butter and Chocolate Popcorn

I hope these suggestions help cross a few things off your shopping list. Just be sure to read the recipes and instructions carefully for best results; you want to give your gifts as fresh as possible!

Are you making any gifts to give this holiday season?  Let me know what gift you’re planning to make and for who.

Happy holidays!

Be Well…Wendy

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