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If you're anything like me, at this time of year, package after package starts showing up on your doorstop...packages that are filled with gifts you've purchased for other people. So when a little, unexpected package shows up with your name on it, well, it's a day-brightening experience that won't soon be forgotten—and it just might inspire you to send one of your own.

Whether you're planning on shipping homemade treats to loved ones for the holidays, or gearing up for our community-wide Holiday Swap (Have you signed up? Today's the last day to join in!) we've got dozens of ideas that are good contenders for a care package—and a few things to pass on, too:

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  • Skip anything USPS (or whatever shipping company you're using) tells you not to to ship.
  • Don't include anything perishable or prone to melting, rotting, or otherwise becoming gross by the time it reaches your recipient.
  • Save crumbly cookies, like sables, for lucky recipients in your own neck of the woods.
  • Avoid glass containers (unless you're sending homemade preserves, in which case, proceed, but wrap them really well!).
  • Include quick breads and little cakes with caution. Even if they're wrapped well enough to survive the journey and stay fresh, they could get smooshed unless you pack them thoughtfully.

Sturdy Cookies & Bars

Holiday Cut-Out Cookies

Holiday Cut-Out Cookies by Amanda Hesser

Orange Flower-Scented Baklava

Orange Flower-Scented Baklava by Yossy Arefi

Stress-Free Vegan Holiday Gingerbread Cookies

Stress-Free Vegan Holiday Gingerbread Cookies by Gena Hamshaw

Cook's Illustrated's Blondies

Cook's Illustrated's Blondies by Genius Recipes

Nut mixes

Pizza Spiced Nuts

Pizza Spiced Nuts by Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

Everything Bagel Spiced Nuts

Everything Bagel Spiced Nuts by Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

Sriracha Cocoa Cashews

Sriracha Cocoa Cashews by vrunka

Pistachio Dukkah

Pistachio Dukkah by eva @myfrontburner

Brittles

Pine Nut Brittle with Rosemary

Pine Nut Brittle with Rosemary by Ms. T

Torrone Siciliano (Sicilian Almond Brittle)

Torrone Siciliano (Sicilian Almond Brittle) by Emiko

Preserves

Grapefruit Marmalade
Grapefruit Marmalade

Candies & Caramels

Chocolate Caramels

Chocolate Caramels by Erin McDowell

Peanut Butter Salt Water Taffy

Peanut Butter Salt Water Taffy by Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

How to Make Candied Citrus Peel

How to Make Candied Citrus Peel by Alice Medrich

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Scottish Toffee

Scottish Toffee by Lizthechef

Granola

Cracklin' Oat Bran Granola

Cracklin' Oat Bran Granola by Sarah Jampel

Walnut-Rosemary Savory Granola

Walnut-Rosemary Savory Granola by Nicholas Day

 Thai-Spiced Savory Granola

Thai-Spiced Savory Granola by Gena Hamshaw

Nekisia Davis' Olive Oil and Maple Granola

Nekisia Davis' Olive Oil and Maple Granola by Genius Recipes

The Unexpected

Raspberry Fruit Roll-Ups
Raspberry Fruit Roll-Ups
Bulgogi Jerky

Bulgogi Jerky by savorthis

Carey Nershi's Angostura Sugar Cubes for Champagne Cocktails

Carey Nershi's Angostura Sugar Cubes for Champagne Cocktails by Genius Recipes

Little Extras

Edible Packing Peanuts to Make All the Other Campers Jealous
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Edible Packing Peanuts to Make All the Other Campers Jealous

Really want to impress your recipient? Skip the packing peanuts and cushion your bounty with popcorn (sans butter) instead!

Of course, everything you tuck inside your package needn't be homemade. Surprise your recipient with a book you've recently read and loved, edible treats from a local artisan, or little gifts like these found in our Shop:

ORTIZ Bonito White Tuna in Olive Oil Oval Tin (4-Pack)

ORTIZ Bonito White Tuna in Olive Oil Oval Tin (4-Pack)

$28
Jacobsen Salt Co. Salt Vial Gift Set

Jacobsen Salt Co. Salt Vial Gift Set

$30
Navy Striped Scarf

Navy Striped Scarf

$42
Reusable Pot Scrubbers (Set of 5)

Reusable Pot Scrubbers (Set of 5)

$26
Black Walnut Wooden Coffee Scoop

Black Walnut Wooden Coffee Scoop

$28
Madewell x Food52 Winter Wreath Candle

Madewell x Food52 Winter Wreath Candle

$35
Heirloom Seed Art Packets (Spring Collection)

Heirloom Seed Art Packets (Spring Collection)

From $19
Lined Linen Notebook With Pencil

Lined Linen Notebook With Pencil

$28

For even more ideas, peruse the Food52 Holiday Swap Tumblr to get inspired by the gifts Food52ers have sent each other in past swaps.

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