10th Anniversary Giveaway #8: Personalized Illustrated Stationery from Felix Doolittle

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of C&Z, I am hosting 10 giveaways throughout the month of October. Keep checking back for chances to win wonderful products I’ve discovered and loved over the past decade!

Our eighth giveaway prize is a gorgeous set of personalized illustrated stationery from Felix Doolittle, which also happens to be turning ten this year!

I have written about Felix Doolittle before, this small Massachusetts company that offers unique stationery, whimsically designed by Hong Kong-born artist Felix Fu. They use premium materials and print, cut, and package everything by hand. Theirs are stupendously well-made, high-quality items designed and sold with love, and a rare attention to detail.

For this giveaway, Loren Sklar of Felix Doolittle is offering a shockingly generous assortment (a $355 value) that includes :

– 2 sets of Personalized Recipe Cards (24 in each set, 48 total, 5 x 7″), along with a substitutions, conversions, and equivalents reference card
– 1 set of Chef Medallions (20 stickers, 1.25″ in diameter)
– 1 set of Oval Kitchen Labels (15 stickers, 2.3 x 3.3″)
– 1 set of Canning Labels (20 stickers, 2.03 x 2.85″)
– 1 very special set of not-yet-launched-to-the-public personalized bookplates for cookbooks called Culinary Arts Bookplates (2.75 x 4″, 2 each of 12 different illustrations)
– 1 set of personalized Note Cards (5 x 7″)

The winner will be able to choose the imagery from each category, except for the Recipe Cards and Culinary Arts Bookplates, which are a fixed set.

Felix Doolittle Canning Labels

To participate, leave a comment below (in English or in French) telling me about the homemade food gift you best love to make. And please consider following Felix Doolittle on Facebook and on Twitter!

You have until Thursday, October 31, midnight Paris time to enter; I will then draw one entry randomly and announce it here. Loren has generously agreed to ship internationally, so you’re welcome to play regardless of your location; please make sure you enter your email address correctly so I can contact you if you win.

Good luck! And check back on Monday for a new giveaway.


I have drawn an entry at random using random.org (see screen capture below), and I am pleased to announce the winner is the Jackie who wrote, “I love making a food basket with homemade muffins, homemade toffee, cookies, with a bottle of wine and some other goodies I think they’ll like!”

Congratulations Jackie, and thank you all for entering with such inspiring edible gift ideas!

Giveaway winner

Felix Doolittle Recipe Cards

  • Anna

    Chocolate cookies! I love to bake and give them to my dear ones

  • greg

    preserved lemons

  • I love to make and give away strawberry and raspberry jam. Also, when Meyer lemons are in season everyone loves lemon curd. PS. I love Felix Doolittle dating from a posting of yours a few years ago and the cards I purchased with your discount are history .

    • Hi Jean! We are running a 20% off sale on ALL the Felix Doolittle kitchen labels through Thursday. That includes: Oval Kitchen Labels, Chef Medallions (round), and Canning Labels (rectangular). There’s lot of new imagery too! Enjoy! http://www.felixdoolittle.com

  • Encore un merveilleux cadeau pour fêter cet anniversaire!!
    Le cadeau que je préfère faire pour offrir… et bien tout dépend de la personne mais la plupart du temps soit des confitures maison, soit des petits biscuits sucrés ou salés selon l’heureux élu!
    Bon week end!

  • chelsea

    Homemade granola from Foster’s Market! YUM.

  • Jennifer

    I like giving cupcakes as gifts

  • Celia

    I like to make (and give) jam.

  • Charley Suggs

    Our favorite is oven roasted salted pecans. We live in pecan country and pecan trees dot the prairie around us where formerly stood homesteads. These trees now approaching a hundred years old seem able to supply all of the squirrels in the whole world and still provide ample harvests for human consumption.

    The secret of roasting is a light coating of either olive oil or egg white, minimal salting, and keeping an eagle eye on them as they roast. We take a pint to family holiday meals and somehow when mealtime arrives, the pint has been reduced to a cup just sitting in the kitchen! Which means it’s time we bring in the other pint from its hidding place in the car.

  • PlumGaga

    Cookies are my favorite gift. I’ve been known to do a Cookie of the Month (for six months or a year) either as a gift or as an offering in a fund-raiser.

  • Alicia

    I love making fudge and packaging it in pretty tins or boxes.

  • Ian

    Our current favorite gift is jars of the honey we extracted last month.

  • Christy


  • Laura

    Candied oranges!

  • Gloria

    I love picking out 4 or 5 really interesting cookie recipes every December (such as spicy dark chocolate cookies, or lavender short bread). Then I make big batches. I put an assortment of the finished goods into cute jars or tins, with a little homeade label detailing the contents. Top it off with a bow and voila!

  • Jennifer Bittner

    I just recently received a bag of locally grown quince, and am excited to try the recipe for Vanilla Poached Quince.

  • Cookies!

  • Katherine

    Banana bread! It’s so simple, but many people don’t make it for themselves and love to get it as a gift!

  • Lil

    cookies and mini muffins in a small box makes an adorable homemade gift :)

  • Kathy

    I love to give biscotti with rosemary, hazelnuts, orange peel, and a pinch of black pepper. They’re always a favorite and make the kitchen smell so good while baking.

  • Jen

    I love giving jams and salsas as hostess gifts. The most requested item by far is my pepper jelly. One year I had 12 lbs of hot peppers from the garden and stumbled upon a pepper jelly recipe. I made a very large amount and gave it away left and right. I took it to every potluck served over cream cheese with crusty bread or crackers. People still ask for it years later. Spiced peach jam, zippy tomato ketchup, and rainbow salsa are other favorites that capture summer flavors in a jar for year round enjoyment.

  • Monika Jankowiak

    An assorted batch of cookies – that way everyone gets something they like!

  • Lisbeth

    Creamy chocolate covered toffees ;) They’re always a big hit – but particularly at Christmas :)

  • mary s.

    I love to make full dinners for people who move into a home in our neighborhood..I mean full dinners, a big turkey, dressing, pickles, cheese, crackers, cranberry sauce home made, biscuits, gravy, a pie that I get from a homemade restaurant Marrionberry..also I make this up in a huge basket and tie with a bow, I have never had any family say they did not appreciate or like the whole meal which can last for a whole week..I think it helps them to adjust to actually living in their home..I love to write note and note cards etc. would love to win, from mary s. at momanddad00@clear.net love your blog!

  • Phebe

    This is such a beautiful giveaway!
    I love to make things that the recipient will love most! Brownies are quite popular, but recently I made a spice mix (Baharat, thanks Ottolenghi!) which went down really well :)

  • Goran

    Sugar roasted almonds

  • Any type of cookies or biscuits well-paired with home made jam. Cookies and jam are the best combo! :)

  • marie

    Etant très bec sucrée, la plupart du temps, j’offre des douceurs : confitures maisons, cannelés, macarons, roulées à la cannelle, brioche…. que j’adapte en fonction des préférences des gourmands.

  • Rosh

    i love making homemade cake/bread or homemade spice mixes as gifts!

  • Alison

    Vanilla extract. Good bourbon + half a good vanilla bean. We made a bunch last year and everyone loved them.

  • Suzan

    I love to gift cookies (of all sorts)!

  • Barbara

    My favorite homemade gifts are scones and biscotti.

  • I would like to make flavored nuts for Christmas gifts…I’ve seen several recipes that look promising.

  • Jo

    Pain aux amandes!

  • Kathryn

    I make Anna Olson’s Chocolate Almond Toffee Bars (www.chatelaine.com/recipe/make-ahead-cooking-method/anna-olsons-chocolate-almond-toffee-bars/)
    I always have the ingredients on hand.
    Guess what, though, I write the recipe out to go with the bars. Wouldn’t that be perfect.

  • wow, that is some selection. heaven for a paper person like me – love stationery and stickers and all. what a great series of giveaways, clotilde.

    my favorite homemade food gift is definitely my granola. in mason jars with fun, personalized labels, but of course. speaking of which, time to bake a new batch… for me. ;)

  • msue

    My favorite food gift is to make a big pot of chicken vegetable soup (or plain vegetable soup for vegetarians) and deliver it piping hot to friends with the flu or a cold, or are unable to cook after surgery, etc. I always call ahead to make sure the soup is welcome and to schedule a delivery. Sometimes I portion the soup into freezer containers, allowing the recipient to easily save the soup for another day. It started when my neighborhood banded together to feed a family with significant long term health issues – we each took a night to provide an entire meal. After seeing the difference that small gift made, I vowed to continue the tradition.

  • alex

    my newest project of food gifts is a batch of dark and stormy caramel corn, thanks to my blog love “lottie and doof”!

  • Leeloo

    Des marrons glacés!

  • Amy K.

    I have friends and family all over the place, so I like to make homemade cider packets around the holiday times. Always appropriate, and can be made in children-friendly versions, or adult only. Seems to always be a hit. :)

  • Home made chocolate. For everyday gifts, jam. And this year I have made chilli sherry (you just soak whole chillis in cheap sherry for about 3 weeks, and use the result to season soups and stews and casseroles – spectacular!), too.

  • Bridgit

    flavored oils, soaps and body products!

  • I love making Apple Butter to give away around Christmas time.

  • LB

    I like to mix it up, but I would say I most love doing jars of garlic confit. People look at it oddly at first, but then a week or two later they tell me how they’ve finished the whole jar already. Plus, I get to keep the extra yummy garlic oil to use in my own kitchen.

  • Spicy salt is my favourite homemade gift! :)

  • I love giving homemade marinara sauce that I have canned.

  • Tamara

    Wow what an amazing gift! My favourite giveaway is anything that fits in a jar…I recycle babyfood jars for that purpose! Lately I’ve been in a pesto-making mood, trying all kinds of different combinations, such as walnuts, hazelnuts and a variety of herbs instead of parsley!

  • Tina

    These papers are exquisite! I love to send notes to family and friends. We also like to send Mahogany Buttercrunch Toffee :)

  • Carolina

    I love to make and giveaway jam!

  • dax22

    Cookies, jams, liquers, preserved lemons! Thanks…

  • Rosalind

    I love to give people jam because it is something that is very personal to me and not something that many people I know make in their homes.

  • I give something called apricot cheese, which is like a very solid paste perfect to eat with actual cheese!

  • Virginie

    My favorite homemade food gifts are cookies because who doesn’t love cookies?!?

  • I love making cookies, since they’re always a big hit. But recently, I’ve been into making sweet and spicy candied pecans as gifts. YUM!

  • edenz

    It’s a toss up between jam and caramel!

  • Donna M. Jackson

    Pizzelle wafers—easy ingredients—just time spent at two machines. Bought at yard sales, owners never used. Everything shows up at garage/yard sales in time. Never have to buy kitchen items in a store. Good recycling.

  • Nan

    Every year my friend and I make 60 boxes of candy to give to friends. I make toffee, chocolate caramels, and truffles. She makes double dipped almonds, orange sticks, and cranberry almond bars. We enjoy using chocolate transfers, and buying beautiful packaging.

  • Limoncello! Or, Nocino. Actually, any homemade liqueur…

  • Miss UK

    Wow, this is a great gift! I like giving homemade cookies or any other kind of biscuits. Thanks!

  • Laura

    I love to make my quick tangy pickles and bring them in a jar to picnics and BBQs as a host/hostess gift! They can be used right there and add a personal touch to the condiment bar.

  • Victoria

    Lemon pie! My friends and family love it.

  • What beautiful stationary!
    My favourite handmade food gifts are dark chocolate chilli truffles!
    They sound complicated but are very easy to make. I usually put them in cute recycled jars with nice fabric or recycled paper on top, they would look perfect this Christmas with Felix Doolittle labels!

  • We just published a little review of your book at http://the2seasons.com/2013/10/24/the-french-market/#more-20455. Hope you like it.

  • What beautiful stationary!
    My favourite handmade food gifts are dark chocolate chilli truffles!
    They sound complicated but are very easy to make. I usually put them in cute recycled jars with nice fabric or recycled paper on top, they would look perfect this Christmas with Felix Doolittle labels!

  • Mary

    I make my own yogurt and granola and fruit compotes that I eat every morning, and I like to share that routine with friends and family by making little breakfast kits as gifts.

  • Delly

    Pumpkin bread or banana chocolate chip bread. If I’m buying something, chocolate-covered cashews or chocolate-covered cherries or cranberries.

  • Nisha

    I love giving pickles in pretty jars….brownies are a go- to as well. Happy 10th!

  • Emily

    I love gifting homemade kahlua!

  • Arianne

    My brother served in the military in Israel for several years, and I used to send him and his confreres cookies every month or so, because he was so far from home.

    I also bake for my students on their birthdays. They’re high schoolers now, and their classes become impersonal – their teachers stop caring about things like birthdays, and they love being given birthday treats.

  • Kristin

    I just love making jams and pickles as holiday gifts. These labels are just adorable.

  • Mihaela

    Some form of preserve- I have given away apple butter and wine jelly

  • I love making and giving away apple butter- people always seem to enjoy getting home-canned goods.

  • Ronda

    I like to make homemade candies for friends and family at Christmas

  • This is a show-stopper: sometimes, when I’m inspired, I prepare homemade Nutella as a present for my friends.

  • Luciano Dyzenchauz

    Kind’a old fashined: Mixed tapes!

  • Kim Andrews

    I love stationery and all paper products. Love baking and giving baked goods as gifts. Would love to win this give-a-way.

  • Marcia

    Aside from jams that I make for holiday gifts, I have recently begun making all sorts of hand pies for gifts as well.

  • Michele

    Granola with lots of fruit

  • Siobhan

    Anzac biscuits because you can post them and they were traditionally shipped to troops in WW1

  • Pecan mudslide cookies! They are sooo chocolatey and sooo good! People just love them.

  • Margarita

    Raspberry jam! We moved to Phoenix from Germany – since then I have my own Raspberry bush :)

  • Anne

    I preserve whatever’s in abundance in the garden. My favourites are Chilli Tomato Jam and Quince Jelly but friends always request jars of traditional tomato relish.

  • Betty

    I love making preserves and giving them to friends and family for gifts. I also bake and give cookies. Thank you for offering this giveaway – it’s perfect for the upcoming holidays.

  • Claire

    Brownies! Who doesn’t love chocolate?

  • Karen

    Chocolate truffles – wrapped in tissue or places in a box with gorgeous ribbons

  • Lyra

    I LOVE to make infused vinegars! This year everyone is getting cilantro, lime, chile & garlic vinegar for a very spicy Christmas!

  • RockLynn

    I’m mostly known for my homemade biscotti that I’ve been making for decades, notably the recipe that has been in my family calling for almonds and anise seed. I also love to can antipasto with tuna and vegetables for gift giving!

  • Vikki

    My favorite food gift to make is homemade Bailey’s Irish Creme — lovely gift to give at Christmas!

  • I love gifting homemade straberry or cranberry preserves and homemade granola in little jam jars. I also love baking marble cake and cutting it into rectangular slices and gifting them in smaller boxes

  • A couple of years ago, I made five gallons of homebrewed beer during the summer in anticipation of giving away bottles for the holidays. It was perfect — I could give away individual standard-sized bottles to acquaintances, or huge bottles with fancy labels and waxed necks for special friends. Starting in summer was the key — it was a high-alcohol beer, so it needed a couple of months to age!

  • Clau

    I like giving cookies and brownies.

  • Yulie

    For me it’s usually cookies – the ones I make most often as gift are chocolate chip, pecan, and speculaas.

    I also like to bring people stuffed grape leaves, but I’m not sure I’d consider those a proper food gift.

  • Jessica P.

    I love to make tiny rosemary lemon sugar cookies, which look pretty in tiny jars tied with string!

  • Lisa

    I love to make brown sugar rosemary walnuts for my friends and family :) The combination of the rosemary and the sugar is amazing! Makes a nice food gift for almost every occasion

  • Ruth

    Florentines with dark chocolate bottom. I once made delicious candied citron but ate most of it before it reached its destination!

  • Jo

    I love to give baked goods like cake and cookies. This is good as it keeps me from eating it all.

  • Steph

    Woaw, quel beau cadeau !!
    J’adore les cadeaux faits maison. Je fais surtout des choses qui se mangent : pour Noel : des orangettes, de la confiture, de la confiture d’oignons pour accompagner le foie gras, du vin d’oranges, des noisettes et amandes caramélisées, des biscuits…
    Et quand ca ne se mange pas : des écharpes tricotées et des boucles d’oreilles !

  • Naomi

    What lovely stationery. The gift that went down best was homemade soft cheese balls preserved in olive oil. It was fun to make, though did involve muslin bags suspended all over the apartment for several days.

  • Perrine

    Cookies, chocolates or the famous C&Z granola in a nice jar with a nice tag on it!

  • tk

    i love to give a fresh batch of banana bread to my friends!

  • Michelle

    Wow that sounds great. This summer I collected figs and blackberries on my walks and turned them into jam which I have rationed out as Christmas gifts. :)

  • Naomi

    Every year I make my dad a fruitcake, which is his favorite. It takes him about 4 months to finish and he always calls me after he’s eaten the last slice.

  • Alicia

    Preserved lemons! So easy and such great and delicious recipes for them

  • I often take a cut & come again cake for my cousin as he is rebuilding his house and likes to have a slice with an afternoon cup of tea. I make a mean Chinese spiced plum sauce which goes well with all sorts of food. For families with children I’ve given a lump of gingerbread cookie dough, with some Christmas shaped cutters, icing and ribbon to make biscuits for the tree. Not forgetting baking instructions.

  • Beverley

    I love to make different kinds of cookies at Christmas, package them up, and give them to our brunch guests as they leave. YUM.

  • margie s

    I give away spiced nuts at Christmas. They go great with cocktails, in salads, with dessert, and most importantly, they get you invited back!

  • Debra

    Pumpkin Bread.

  • Helena

    A difficult choice, but I would say homemade jam – it brings a little of summer into the colder months, it lasts, they don’t have to eat it straightaway, and the jewel-like colours are so cheering.

  • I love making apple butter for gifts! It’s easy to make a big batch in the slow cooker, and to me nothing says “holidays” quite like cinnamon :)

  • suzy

    candied orange peels

  • I make panettone for christmas: one big dough which I later break apart and customize accordig to taste. Some prefer raisins and nuts, some just raisin, some just nuts, an a few weirdos love chocolate chips in theirs.

  • Erica

    I like to can homemade barbecue sauce. Very Texan of me.

  • Andrea

    I’m a baker, so I love to give breads of almost any kind. I’ve also done a few wedding cakes as gifts.

  • Margaret

    My favourite gift to make for friends is tomato chutney, though plum jam is a close follow-up, both from the fruit in our generous neighbours’ gardens.

    Thank you for arranging these giveaways!

  • Shanna

    Garlic chocolate chip cookies! A favorite with a twist that I learned from some garlic farmers. Surprisingly delicious!

  • Michele H.

    Loaves of my grandmother’s pumpkin bread…love by the slice!!

  • Anna

    Cookies! Everybody loves them! I usually make chocolate cookies with chocolate chips or simple butter cookies with hazelnut and cranberry. And the second best choice is raspberry or apricot jam in a nice jar.

  • livivua

    it has to be jelly for me

  • Stephanie-Oh

    There are two items I make as gifts at Christmas: Pitcannuse, an Italian cinnamon fruit type rolls, and an Italian fruit bread.

  • Megan

    I love to make cookies!

  • Jackie

    I love making a food basket with homemade muffins, homemade toffee, cookies, with a bottle of wine and some other goodies I think they’ll like!

  • Trish

    I enjoy making small tea loaves with cranberries, golden raisins and walnuts. Also great for holiday gifts are small plates of pizzelle cookies with lots of powered sugar!

  • oxalis

    My favorite homemade food gift is SOS cookies, easy but I choose only ingrédients of highest quality.

  • Laura Z

    I often give away breakfast baskets that I fill with homemade breads or muffins and little jars of homemade preserves that are made with the ripest fruits of the season. This year it will be peach jam, blueberry lemon preserves, and a spiced pears.

  • I enjoy baking decadent brownies and wrapping up slices individually with a card and a bow.

  • sara

    I love to share my great grandmother’s chocolate coffee cake.

  • Stacy

    I like giving cookies, usually chocolate :)

  • Elizabeth

    That stationery is beautiful!

    For a gift, I love to make my mother’s fruitcake, which is essentially dried fruit and nuts held together by the minimal possible amount of batter. It’s always a welcome addition to a holiday cookie plate :)

  • Claire

    Nougat .. With mixed additions – preserved oranges are a fave

  • Alejandro

    Homemade liqueur!

  • Patricia

    I love making and giving banana bread!

  • Lucia

    I like to make oatmeal cookies, they are really easy to make and everybody loves them!

  • Giorgia

    Certainly cookies, especially the spiced Christmas-style kind, but also pumpkin jam was a great classic of mine.

  • Deb

    I like to give raspberry thumbprint cookies as a gift

  • pao

    In 2011, I made and canned a huge batch of apple butter that we used as little gifts for the guests of our wedding. Since then, it has become our friends’ tradition to ask me to make some apple butter for the holidays. I really enjoy making it and I love when my friends tell me they had some with their new year breakfast.

  • Kare

    my favourite gift for people who live overseas is photos of the Saskatchewan prairie fields that are taken by a friend. They are museum quality, amazing colours & completely different than what people usually think of the prairies. For locals, my favourite gift is homemade chocolate sauce!

  • Annetje

    Love bringing cakes or brownies

  • Aska

    Strawberry jam in the spring. Home made Miso in the winter time definitely.

  • Katie

    Usually I like to give baked goods. My dad always made a rum cake for the holidays, so when things get cold and wet outside I start thinking longingly of my bundt pan and brown sugar… haven’t had any complaints yet! :)

  • Chocolate covered pretzels. For Christmas, I use the tree-shaped ones.

  • I love either giving a jar of blackberry jam or a bunch of home made carrot-muffins. However, what I like the most is the joy and love the gift includes, so whenever I give a home made food present to a friend, I can perceive his eyes meticulously tasting the gift before his tongue does so, but also his hart being filled with happiness and bliss.

  • Melissa

    Homemade toffee! I have been making this with my mom since I was in kindergarten.

  • Cookies or some type of sweet dessert are definitely my go-to gift (: They are a perfect thank-you

  • Julie Iarocci

    I make the best fruitcake..and I know most people consider fruitcake to be a joke. Mine is dense with wonderful flavors. My baking will start up soon!

  • Annemette

    I love to give homemade gifts. It is way more personal and a perfect way for me as a student to be able to bring people something they can use and still keep my budget. Like so many others I love to give jam or cookies-both baked but also rolls of frozen cookie dough ready to cut and bake. Or homemade candy of course

  • terri

    I love to make and give away jam.

  • Mary Ann

    Bonjour, J’adore faire des caramels style ‘toffee’ pour offrir en cadeau, ou des simples truffes au chocolat. Pendant le temps des fetes, j’aime aussi offrir des liqueurs faites maison- du Baileys- ou un vodka aromatisé (au café, aux canneberges, a la menthe…).

  • Lydia Jean

    These days, madeleines or homemade dog biscuits

  • LaChelle Schilling

    I love your website! And so lovely to see you giving away warm, fuzzy, sparkly tastes of happiness during my birthday month! Well, I’d love to enter so my favorite homemade food gift to gift would be homemade tomato/spaghetti sauce in mason jars with the simple recipe attached. So many people don’t realize how easy it is to make spaghetti sauce themselves. Mine is just what a grad student (me) threw together, but it is not bad (all items organic when available): tomatoes, olive oil, tomato paste, garlic, salt and pepper, zucchinis. I made this quite often for myself when I’m studying and need something cozy and quick.

  • Anna

    Cranberry and orange scones!

  • Every year I make a large assortment of salsas and jams to give as gifts. This year I’m adding hot sauce to the mix. So fun, and always so appreciated.

  • Ingrid

    I like to bake Christmas and Easter decorations to be hung up – so much better than buying yet another object.

  • Rebecca Drew

    I’ve always made fruit cake to give as a gift at Christmas, and more recently I’ve been making jam and marmalade to give to friends and family.

  • Vern

    homemade vanilla extract in a nice glass jar.

  • Kris

    My favourite homemade food gift to make are double chocolate crinkle cookies. I have gotten so good at them, I always get the icing sugar to “crinkle” just right and use a chocolate chip to button in the middle. They are so cute!

  • Christopher

    I enjoy making a poppyseed pound cake for friends and family as a gift!

  • Babycakes

    Wahouuu, it looks amazing, I’m discovering the brand.

    I used to make homemade madeleines quite often, varying the flavors (we’re approching the autumn theme of “crème de marron” madeleines, I think an all-time favorite from everyone around me).

    Now, it’s a tie between madeleines and dulce de leche, homemade too.

  • Noel

    My favorite food gift is easily banana bread. Most people who try it say it is the best banana bread they have ever had. There are people who eat a whole loaf on their own when I make it for them.

    It has buttermilk in it. That’s what makes it so good.

  • shelly

    I love making homemade jam !

  • Stine

    I love to bring home baked goods like baguettes or muffins. For birthdays I like to bring guinness muffins. I use Nigella Lawsons recipe for guinness cake, but bake it as muffins instead of a cake. Everyone loves them!

  • Magdalena Wong

    My fav homemade gift is organic roselle jam :)

  • Jessica

    I absolutely love pepper jelly and even though not everyone loves it, it is so fun to make and give as a gift for fellow enthusiasts!

  • Sam

    I love to make homemade chocolate and caramel sauces to give away to friends and family.

  • Samantha

    At this time of year? Dinosaur shaped gingerbread cookies!

  • dw

    I usually make banana bread to give away. I always have ripe bananas in the freezer!

  • Fa Ruce

    Homemade Pesto makes a great gift! Green with Basil or red with dry tomatoes. Yummy! Easy to make and always delicious. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like pesto!

  • Simple, but my grandmother’s favourite: Coconut cubes.

  • Alexandra

    I love to make Clotilde’s Gateau de Mamie recipe with pears.

  • Charlotte


    They are brilliant – perfectly easy, yet seem very special.

    Pack stoned prunes (ideally, very large Agen) in a jar. Cover with gin. That’s all. I add spices sometimes – delicious but not necessary.

    The ensuing combinations are endless. This year – dried figs in vermouth…

  • Cakes for all occasions!

  • Rosmyra

    I like very much preparing crepes and pancakes with Nutella (an Italian cream of chocolate and nuts) or maple syrup!

  • LauraG

    cookies- mocha crescents, santa’s whiskers, candy cane shaped cookies and easy candies- peppermint bark and poor man’s toffee. I like the fun names!

  • Ashley

    Quite a few years ago I got frustrated with giving gift cards for birthday presents, although my I’m sure my relatives appreciated it. So to add a personal touch, every family member gets to choose their own treat made from scratch by me. No box mixes here!

    I’ve made various cookies, cupcakes, brownies, cheesecakes, peach cobbler, fruit salad, a cherry pie and even given some home made green tomato salsa when the recipient wanted something a bit healthier. I love it when they come up with something new.. others like old favorites like oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

  • Mei Ling

    Last Christmas my husband’s incredibly loving family found out I know how to make marshmallows, when we were making cookies to give to family friends.

    His mom and Great-Aunt Annie were very taken with the idea, each independently telling us about giant marshmallows Mom found and brought to Auntie Annie years ago.

    I *love* to make marshmallow, but don’t particularly love eating them, so was pretty excited to find this out!

    Since then, I’ve made them all kinds of marshmallows and learned my mom loves them too, so it’s become a marshmallow factory over here. The favorite is a backyard Meyer lemon with dried strawberries and chocolate drizzle. So pretty, I wish I liked I eat them, too!

  • kate C.

    Spiced applesauce bread

  • Mary

    Boysenberry Jam!

  • Becky

    I love to give homemade jams.

  • Jessica

    A rich hot cocoa mix I make every Christmas for my little brother :) I make different flavors: double chocolate, peppermint, and gingerbread.

  • carol

    I make and give away something I call “Heaven In A Jar.” It is a fudge sauce made with a good quality bittersweet chocolate, sugar, a little lemon and fresh raspberries.

  • Kim

    Homemade granola

  • Laura

    Getting healthy again soup.

  • I love to make honey with ginger and lemon juice as Christmas gift. Everyone loves it because it doesn’t just taste great, it’s also good for the imune system. :-)

  • Beer! I brew small batches at home, and it’s always fun to give away bottles to an appreciative circle of friend and family. Food-wise I have made bright yellow tomato ketchup (less sweet, with a lot of spice and flavor through coriander seeds and chipotle) that I packaged in a Mexican beer bottle (since I have a bottling machine anyway), I thought that
    was pretty cool :-)

  • Rebeca

    Strawberry lime jam is one of my favourite things to give!
    For my friends who don’t like jam, it’s usually cookies or brownies, or lemon infused olive oil and some sort of flavoured salt.

  • Cynthia W

    Once a year at Christmas I make my grandmother’s (Nana)cookie recipe, “Half Moon Cookies”. They are made with sweet butter, cream cheese, and flour. I roll them out, use a water glass to cut the half moons and then dip them in an egg bath, and dredge them in a granulated sugar, walnut mixture. They bake low, 325 degrees for 8 minutes. They have a crispy top and a short bottom. I only make two batches as they are tedious to make, but I make them with love for my Nana and give them as gifts to my immediate family, children, mother, etc.

  • Lisa

    I love baking for friends and family. I also enjoy making Apple butter in the fall for a special treat.

  • Meghan

    Blueberry jam! My parents live down the street from a u-pick blueberry farm, and every summer, I drive out and bring back a huge haul to boil down with very little sugar.

  • Jackie

    Bittman wrote about preserved lemons, and offered this crazily easy recipe. I actually like having the lemons pre-chooped. Here’s the recipe:


  • rebecca

    I love making traditional Scottish shortbread. I only make them a few times a year, as they contain enough butter to stop your heart! I love to give them to friends and family at Christmas. Delicious with a cup of tea. :)

  • Margaret

    Huckleberry jam! Because not only do I get to give little pots of deliciousness, I also get to go berry picking!

  • Kate

    Cranberry pistachio biscotti

  • Kelly

    I love making loaves (Irish tea bread, Lemon poppyseed, Lemon & Blueberry loaf)and wrapping them in brown paper as gifts for friends.

  • Annette

    I love eating and giving away the Clothilde’s homemade Granola muesli. It’s very easy to make, very versatile and absolutely delicious with yoghurt and fruit.

  • Evette

    Granola. I have adapated the Early Bird granola recipe using less olive oil and maple syrup. So good.

  • Claire

    It is of course your homemade Granola!

  • Jenni

    Smoked paprika roasted almonds! They are so more-ish, so simple, and make excellent gifts for friends with food allergies (except for those with nut sensitivities, of course).

  • Romana

    Lemon curd + eggnog )

  • Chocolate chip cookies

  • Ali

    Rosemary pine nut shortbread is my weapon of choice in gifting!

  • Trisha

    My favorite food gift is confiture. Using CHristine Ferber’s recipe book, I make confiture both in the US and in France when on vacation. I put a cute little fabric topper on them and give them as gifts.

  • I love to bake for others but I think the best gift was last year at Christmas time I made homemade vanilla.

  • Linda

    Lemon verbena poundcake!

  • Sooz

    I love making pickles for friends!

  • Vanessa D

    Baked goods! usually either raspberry scones or apple muffins :)

  • Adrian

    My girlfriend and I have made chocolate cupcakes in the past to give to our friends. They’re always a hit!

  • David

    Chocolate, Dulce de Leche and sour dried cherry Fudge coated with finely crushed granola.

  • Allison

    Preserved foods- mostly jams/preserves/marmalades/butters or mustard. I make custom jar labels too.

  • Sandy

    Chocolate chunk pecan shortbread. Yum.

  • Tamsin

    I like to take something for breakfast for dinner party hosts so they can relax the next day. Usually a loaf of homemade bread and some jam or a bottle of nice juice. For Christmas gifts Nigella Lawson’s Christmas pudding truffles are brilliant.

  • Ariana G

    Flavored stirring spoons for hot chocolate! I usually choose a pretty spoon coated in chocolate with peppermint pieces. Lots of room for variation though!

  • Talia

    I love making homemade banana bread as gifts!

  • Peggie

    I have been making peanut brittle for about 35 years for Christmas presents. I found the recipe in a magazine about Christmas bazaars. The secret to this recipe is using fresh peanuts that cook in the syrup. There is also a small amount of baking soda added at the end so the brittle is porous. It is divine. I get requests every year to be added to the list. Almost time to start making it for this year – usually begin right after Thanksgiving.

  • Emily

    I love to make apple chutney for friends and family, especially this time of year. The apples just hang so beautifully from the trees!

  • Christina M

    I love to bake bread as a gift!

  • Kristin

    I just discovered a Naomi Duguid and Jeffrey Alford recipe in their book “Home Baking” for Paximadia. They are a Greek wine biscuit, similar to biscotti, but made with olive oil and much more tender. They keep forever and are completely addictive and, I presume, infinitely adaptable in terms of flavors and add ins. Really fun to give to coffee and tea drinkers.

  • jmc

    Old-fashioned fruit cake. No green cherries in mine, but lots of dried fruit, nuts, candied ginger. Aged for a month, with weekly bourbon bastings.

  • Polly

    I really like your cookbook! One of my favorite food gifts to give is homemade jam or pickles.

  • Jenn

    Every Christmas, I make chocolate truffles for friends and family. A few years ago, I tried to go with a different homemade gift for the holidays, but my family revolted. So, December will once again be truffle-making season.

  • Neena

    Cookie trays at Christmas time including hand-decorated sugar cookies from my kiddos (and husband).

  • susan steigman

    my best homemade food gift is my famous crisps…made with seasonal fruit from the farm…depending on the season.

    now it is apples and pears

  • susan steigman

    i love to make fresh fruit crisps…with the best seasonal fruit available from my farm share…

  • Salome

    My favorite homemade gift to give are chocolate covered pretzel rods! No matter who I give it to and for which occasion, they seem to be oh so loved! (funny enough, I’m not a huge fan of them myself!)

  • Nancy Jones

    Strawberry Jam and corn relish!

  • Melissa Skidmore

    Marshmallows.. People can’t believe that you can make them and then when they taste them they are even more impressed. Everyone’s favorite flavor so far has been ginger-lemon!

  • Jessy

    I love to give cupcakes in a jar.

  • Stacy

    Ginger snaps and chocolate truffles.

  • Stacey

    It has to be fudge – all done up in a pretty tin!

  • Joy

    Year round I make granola bars for people as little thinking of you or love you gifts but for Christmas I make chocolate bark but I don’t break it I buy a big chocolate mold (last year was a gingerbread man) and I make it in there and then give it all together in a pretty box

  • Pragya

    My favorite home cooked food gift is Jam! and sometimes cookies :)

  • Ling Yuen Chin

    Chiffon cake!

  • daphne


  • Katie

    I love to give bake goods. I especially love to give loafs of cake. A couple Christmases ago I gave out the Honey Spice Cake from the C&Z cookbook. I loved how it was easy to make several loafs at the same time. One afternoon in the kitchen and I had finished 12 loaves ready to give!

  • FHeimburger

    My favourite hostess gift are David Lebovitz’ Chocolate Borwnies with hazelnuts, cut into very small squares in a nice tin!

  • Christie

    Christmas cookies!

  • Donna

    Homemade granola! I usually package it cellophane bags tied with ribbon and/or baker’s twine and add a cute tag. It’s great to take as a host/hostess gift to a dinner party, giving them something to look forward to for breakfast the next morning.

  • Kathy K

    At Christmas I give all of my neighbors a tray of cookies. The favorite are the Buckeye Balls-a peanut butter ball covered with chocolate. Basically a really good Reese’s peanut butter cup.

  • nessa

    Apricot preserves! my favorite :)

  • Caitlin

    homemade granola in a nice jar!

  • shafina

    i actually love making handmade notebooks or journals as gifts.

  • Kiri

    Always cookies, cakes and muffins.

  • Britt

    I’ve always given homemade jellies and jams of tasty combinations (raspberry & pear, blackberry & rosemary), but this year I’m sharing a sweet and spicy rub blend.

  • Sonja

    Zopf with some fresh strawberry jam.

  • Elizabeth O’Connor

    I make apple/pear sauce each fall and give as gifts with bag of homemade granola. Such a yummy & healthy treat!

  • Ping

    Marmalade! Especially from home-grown fruit that has been given to me by lovely neighbours! :)

  • Erin

    I make gingerbread bars (using the Bon Appetit recipe: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/gingerbread-bars) for my family at Christmas. I cut them into little 1 inch cubes rather than brownie-sized bars to make them easier to eat and more unique. Every year they hint around to make sure I’ll be baking them!

  • At Christmastime I make cinnamon rolls in nine inch cake pans to hand out to friends. After having done this a few years now, some friends start to ask just after Halloween when I’m planning to bake, they look forward to them!

  • Heather

    I have 2 things I make at Christmas time for gifts: homemade candy that is almost like a chocolate bark with a hard toffee centre, and almond biscotti. Both are put in clear cello bags & tied with bows.

  • Alicia K

    Homemade Vanilla Extract

  • Peggy

    tomato chutney with homegrown tomatoes

  • Bailey S

    Just plain old fresh bread that fits the meal. Wins everyone over every time. And usually the leftovers mysteriously disappear into bags and purses after dinner!

  • Posie

    I love making chocolate and almond nut butter cookies. They’re really quick to put together, very tasty and quite healthy! Gluten-free but not taste free!

  • Kimberly O

    Candied nuts are my go-to!

  • Danika

    Chocolate truffles are my favorite gift to give, wrapped up nicely in a box with ribbon. Along with plain chocolate, coconut, peppermint and hazelnut flavors, I’ve also included Meyer Lemon Thyme, Balsamic, and Mango Curry!

  • ronny

    We have many but granola in a nice jar is the most popular. Other favorite are chocolate-hazelnut butter and homemade sourdough read.

  • Lisa Swartz

    I make special mustards with interesting vinegars, but my daughters enjoy surprising neighbors with American treats now that we live in London.

  • chanie

    Something to jazz up sandwiches or toast – pesto, olive tapenade, roasted eggplant spread, jams – preferably homemade.
    (I’m about to make eggplant spread with the 14 eggplants from our new garden.)
    These condiments aren’t something people will necessarily buy or make on their own, but they seriously upgrade a plainer sandwich or salad.

  • lesley

    i love making zucchini bread, as well as mayonaisse cake, both using my grandmother’s recipes.


  • Arlene

    Homemade flavored vinegars in pretty bottles

  • S. A. Schmidt

    … cookies … chocolate chip walnut oatmeal cookies … rum raisin walnut oatmeal cookies … or various different types of Christmas cookies …

  • I love to use homemade maraschino cherries as a gift. They are great in cocktails and with ice cream.

  • Shane Cook

    My favorite food gift to make is Oatmeal cookies using my Great Uncle’s recipe, although they never seem to taste as good as his baked in a wood fired stove, for which I chopped wood for him.

  • Annelies

    I like to give little jars or bottles of advocaat, a Dutch liqueur made of eggs, sugar and brandy.
    In Belgium and the Netherlands, people have it with coffee or ice cream.

  • Charlene

    Orange Amaretto Cranberry relish…it is great in lieu of “The Canned Stuff”

  • Nathalie

    I love to make stained glass window cookies to give as a small present, to teachers, neighbours or friends. You can see a photo of them here:http://www.flickr.com/photos/louisabellissima/6634942323/

    By the way I’d like to thank you for keeping such a wonderful blog for 10 years. I have been reading it for at least 8 of them and I absolutely love it.

  • Katerina

    Strawberry jam w/ vanilla bean and peach jam w/ citronella plant leaves for extra aroma!

  • Robin Briggs

    Granola and spiced nuts!

  • Aurélie

    J’offre souvent des plats cuisinés aux jeunes mamans qui n’ont pas le temps de cuisiner, dans ce cas là je ramène de la soupe, des lasagnes, un gâteau au chocolat…

  • Mimi

    Cranberry Chutney in a pretty glass jar!

  • I like making brownies – because in France homemade brownies are quite exotic! and (but less often) homemade mincemeat

  • I always make cakes for birthdays & holidays, but one year, I surprised my nephew by wrapping up 3 dozen Peanut Butter Cookies in shirt boxes for his birthday! Needless to say, he was surprised & happy – and that’s what gift-giving is all about!

  • Michaela

    Candied nuts…or some other vegan sweet

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  • jbs

    Des bonbons et autres friandises au chocolat

  • Stephanie

    Candied nuts of all kinds!

  • Every year I make pickled peppers from my garden and give them to friends. Over the years I have developed personalized blends based on my friend’s tastes.

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