As a little bonus (I don’t normally post on Saturdays except for the occasional Snapshot post), I wanted to give you my top FIVE favorite things to give neighbors or teachers or friends or coworkers or whoever during the holiday season. Unique and delicious, these homemade treat gifts are sure to please and are kind of above and beyond the usual cookies and candies that get passed around (although those are delicious, too!). Click on the picture to go to the recipe.

Hot Chocolate Truffles
{Package these in a cute mug or tin with instructions on how to make the hot chocolate! They are unique and completely decadent.}
melskitchencafe.com: Hot Chocolate Truffles

Cookie Dough Tins
{Who wouldn’t want cookie dough waiting in their freezer to be baked at a moment’s notice or craving?}

Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
{This is the best homemade hot chocolate mix I’ve made and is adorable packaged with a mug or in a decorative bag.}

Giant Cinnamon Rolls
{I love giving these giant cinnamon rolls out as gifts. I package them on a cardboard round wrapped in cellophane or plastic wrap with a ribbon and they are always a hit. I like to include a note that the cinnamon rolls can be gently reheated in a warm oven or microwave.}

Butter Toffee Popcorn
{Every time I make this popcorn as a gift, I get asked for the recipe – it is so delicious and irresistible and there are a 100 ways you could package this. Think: colorful cardboard boxes from a craft store, decorative bags, tins, etc.}

Happy Gift Giving!

13 Responses to My Top 5 Holiday Gift Recommendations

  1. Heather H says:

    I gifted the hot chocolate truffle balls last year, and they were definitely a hit! (And I loved the leftovers!)

  2. Those hot chocolate truffles sound so unique! Off to click on the recipe now… :D

  3. Heather K Miller says:

    It’s like you read my mind! I’ve just been thinking this morning about what I want to give to neighbors and friends! Thanks for the post!

  4. JackieToo says:

    Everything looks scrumptious! The Butter Toffee Popcorn is especially tempting and I pretty much have the will power of a moth headed for the flame. :) Thanks!

  5. Thanks for the great ideas, Mel!

  6. Teresa R. says:

    I love the idea of the cookie dough tins. I make the killer crunch brownies yesterday for my future son-in-law. Delicious!

  7. Ruth says:

    This is so helpful! Thank you for everything you do.

  8. Becky h says:

    You should prep these & sell ready to go gifts;)

  9. Nancy says:

    Love the ready-to-bake cookie dough! Great idea. We made Peppermint Stick Cocoa this weekend for gifting.

  10. Kim in MD says:

    I missed this bonus post yesterday! I love all of these gift ideas, but I especially love the cookie dough tin! I would LOVE to receive one of those! :-)

  11. If you ever become famous on one of those cooking shows (I seriously think it is going to happen) can I be your sous chef? Seriously……I feel like I should send you money or something. SO grateful for your website and all the amazing recipes I have tried on my family. Has literally taken my desperate search for good recipes to one location. Have a Merry Christmas and THANK YOU!

  12. Holly says:

    Last year, I made my husband’s coworkers each the Giant Cookie from your blog. I decorated them with m & ms in the shape of a star or Christmas tree. Everybody raved, so I’m doing it again this year. So, thanks for the recipe! :)

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