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Monday Coffee Break: Best Treats to Gift for the Holidays

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Howdy and Welcome to Monday Coffee Break! Since the day after Thanksgiving I’ve been thinking about my Christmas gift list this year. I wanted to do something a little different than usual, so I came up with the idea of making gift baskets for everyone on my list. Now, I know what you’re thinking, baskets are for Easter. Ok, maybe you’re not thinking that, but I was initially until I got this image out of my head.

This Feels Wrong...

This Feels Wrong…

For the baskets I purchased one personal gift, then I added two handmade gifts. The first is a handmade snow globe, the other was a baked treat.  I’ll throw up some pics as my baskets take shape. (ummm, yeah…sorry to anyone on my list who reads this, the gig may be up as to what you’ll be receiving this year.)  But I digress! Let’s take a look at some treats that would make anyone on your Holiday gift list smile…There are so many good ones here I may have to include two baked treats in the baskets. I’m pretty sure no one will complain.

First up is this aptly named, Christmas Crack, from Mommy’s Kitchen. This is going in all of my baskets…If I don’t eat all of it first. This toffee bark just seems like pure heaven- Sweet, chocolatey, salty, and caramel-y.

christmas crack

This next feature is not a treat in itself, unless you’re into drinking vanilla extract-no judgement- but it does make a beautiful and extremely useful gift. Vanilla extract is in almost every baked treat and here’s a great how-to for making your own vanilla extract from Piece of Cake. You can also find  a link to where to buy the vanilla beans you need to make the extract. There is also a recipe for vanilla sugar.  What more could you need?! Yum!

Image from Piece of Cake

Image from Piece of Cake

Up next is this Lemon Meringue Toffee from Wholesome Ireland. I’ll admit, this looks a little advanced (maybe just for me, a very novice baker), but boy oh boy does it look worth it. And how refreshing is it to see a little bit of lemon in the sea of super rich deserts we usually find this time of year? Also, it looks really beautiful and would make a great holiday gift!

Image from Wholesome Ireland

Image from Wholesome Ireland

Alcohol, how did you sneak in here?!  Here we have a cool recipe for Homemade Limoncello from Diane Abroad. A classic Italian liquor, this would make a great gift for any one on your list who is into cocktails. Great alone as a desert digestif, or mixed into a cocktail, this is sure to please and impress.

Image by Diane Abroad

Image by Diane Abroad

The next awesome Holiday treat gift comes to us from Christina over at  Small Kitchen Chronicles. This Super Duper Chocolate Toffee Crunch is absolutely perfect for a holiday gift. It seems like it would really lend itself to a variety of festive packaging and hold well…and of course it looks mouthwateringly delicious. Another awesome one Christina!

Image from Small Kitchen Chronicles

Image from Small Kitchen Chronicles

If someone gave me this next gift I would be in heaven. This Citrus Salt from Laura Friendly looks amazing and is sooo useful for the foodie in your life. I think I just dropped a hint…at myself. I hope you’re listening self, because you need to make this.

Image from Laura Friendly

Image from Laura Friendly

And last but not least we have these salted caramels from Penguin in the Kitchen. These look adorable all wrapped up, and they feel very gourmet. Anyone would be lucky to get these as a treat!

Image from Penguin in the Kitchen

Image from Penguin in the Kitchen

And that sums up my favorite finds for Holiday gift treats. I hope you found a few things that inspired you and helped make deciding what to give for the holidays a little bit easier. Even though handmade gifts may seem simple, there really is nothing that says, “you’re special” like  giving something you made with your own two hands, a little ingenuity,  and a dash of love.

Do you have any favorite handmade holiday gift ideas? I’d love to hear from you!

See you Thursday with this week’s recipe!


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11 comments on “Monday Coffee Break: Best Treats to Gift for the Holidays

  1. Oh my goodness, Rebekah! There are just too many awesome gift ideas here! How does one choose? Abundantly, I say! lol Great post, lady, and not just because you were so absolutely wonderfully lovely to feature my recipe/gift idea here (thank you, thank you!) — it’s just so chock full of great gift ideas and just inspired me for the holidays! I’m not a big of a fan of caramels ordinarily — being a salty girl myself — but they look gorgeous, and that lemon toffee — wow, how very interesting and unique! Fabulous …


  2. rebekahgg
    December 4, 2012

    Yay! I’m so glad you got some inspiration from this post. And how about that lemon toffee?? I had to post that one, definitely new to me. I have to say, I am seriously excited about making this citrus salt as well. Now, just to add a few more arms to my body,and a few more hours to the day, lol.
    Can’t wait to see what you post Wednesday :)

  3. ajcfood
    December 4, 2012

    I plan on making some of these!

    • rebekahgg
      December 4, 2012

      Great! I’m glad you found some inspiration here! Thanks for stopping by :)

  4. Niko
    December 5, 2012

    Those salted caramels look so good, I’ll have to give them a shot, thanks!

    • rebekahgg
      December 5, 2012

      You are very welcome! They do look so good. Put salt on anything and I think it makes it taste amazing…I’m like a deer, I need a salt lick. lol.

  5. Caítríona (@wholesomeIE)
    December 6, 2012

    Well now thank you for including my lemon meringue toffee in your list of goodies to make this holiday season. I have to say it’s not as difficult as it looks so do give it a go! Have a wonderful Christmas!

    • rebekahgg
      December 6, 2012

      You are very welcome! I am a huuuuge fan of lemon, I can’t cook without it, so I really have to give this a try, thanks for the inspiration!
      Have a great holiday, and thanks for stopping by :)

  6. Claire D
    January 1, 2013

    The Lemon Meringue Toffee and Salted Caramels are making me drool. Wish I had found your blog before Christmas – but then again you can give food gifts for any occasion.

    • rebekahgg
      January 2, 2013

      Claire, I’m so with you on those two items. I really want to try making the lemon meringue toffee! And I totally agree, I think food gifts are always welcome and appreciated- so personal and special!
      Hope you are having a great start to your new year,

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Rebekah is a freelance writer and recipe developer. She writes on food and drink, literary fiction, children's books, and also occasionally dabbles in the subjects of slow living, design, entertaining, and home style. She lives in the Jerz with her hubs and their tiny food critic/comedian toddler.

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