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22 Food Gifts You Can Make in a Jiffy (Even if You've Only Got an Hour!)

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If you’re eschewing the more commercial aspects of the holiday season, or you just love making, food gifts are always a good idea.

Here are 22 to make for any holiday gifting—and which to embark on depending on how much time you've got on your hands: an hour or less (below), an afternoon, or a whole day.

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If you’ve got an hour (or less!)

Salt, sugar, and spice blends

6 Homemade Spice, Salt, and Sugar Blends to Keep Within Reach
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6 Homemade Spice, Salt, and Sugar Blends to Keep Within Reach

Sweet or savory, these sugar and spice blends are quick, easy, and endlessly customizable based on your tastes (or what you’ve already got in your pantry).

Spicy sauce

Torrisi's Spicy Sauce (The Instant Holiday Gift)
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Torrisi's Spicy Sauce (The Instant Holiday Gift)

Simply assemble, blend, and enjoy this peppery Sriracha-esque sauce on everything.

Infused honey

The World's Easiest Edible Gift is Infused Honey
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The World's Easiest Edible Gift is Infused Honey

Okay, so technically this honey takes about two weeks to infuse. But! You can still make it in under an hour, then simply add “ready to eat on [date two weeks from now]” on your gift tag.

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Curry powder

How to Make Madras Curry Powder from (Mostly) Whole Spices
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How to Make Madras Curry Powder from (Mostly) Whole Spices

If sugar or salt blends aren’t going to cut it, mix up a unique curry powder.

Cookies & Cream Bark

How to Make Cookies and Cream Bars at Home
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How to Make Cookies and Cream Bars at Home

Two ingredients. Not just for Halloween!

Kraft Gift Boxes and Twine

Kraft Gift Boxes and Twine

$30
Le Parfait 35 Ounce Bail Closure Canning Jar (Set of 2)

Le Parfait 35 Ounce Bail Closure Canning Jar (Set of 2)

$22

Tapenade

How to Make Tapenade Without a Recipe
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How to Make Tapenade Without a Recipe

The best recipes aren’t recipes. The best tapenade is gifted tapenade.

if you've got an afternoon

Mario Batali's grandma's biscotti

Grandma Batali's Biscotti, For Eating While You Open Presents
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Grandma Batali's Biscotti, For Eating While You Open Presents

You know it's going to be good.

Spicy, chocolate-covered tortilla chips (!)

The Perfect DIY Host Gift: Spicy Chocolate-Covered Tortilla Chips
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The Perfect DIY Host Gift: Spicy Chocolate-Covered Tortilla Chips

An unexpectedly perfect spicy-sweet-crunchy combo.

Grenadine

Jeffrey Morgenthaler's DIY Grenadine
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Jeffrey Morgenthaler's DIY Grenadine

Pro tip: Save a little money by skipping the orange flower water, and by juicing your own pomegranates.

Weck Asparagus Jar 8 Ounce (Set of 6)

Weck Asparagus Jar 8 Ounce (Set of 6)

$34
Boston Bottle Hand-Turned Jar and Lid

Boston Bottle Hand-Turned Jar and Lid

From $29

Marshmallows

Everything You Need to Know to Make Great Marshmallows
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Everything You Need to Know to Make Great Marshmallows

A little bit of an intense process, but fun in a science-meets-magic way.

Italian grape jam

Sugarless Grape Jam (Scrucchiata)
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Sugarless Grape Jam (Scrucchiata)

Two words: ONE ingredient. Five more words: Syrupy, dense, and sugar-free!

Fennel seed crackers

Homemade Fennel Seed Crackers
Homemade Fennel Seed Crackers

Pair them with a cheese (or the tapenade above!) for the perfect host gift.

Dragées

Making Dragées with Liddabit Sweets
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Making Dragées with Liddabit Sweets

Do not be intimidated by the fancy name (it’s pronounced “druh-ZHAYS”). These are seriously snackable sweet treats that are best shared freshly-made.

Bitters sugar cubes

Carey Nershi's Angostura Sugar Cubes for Champagne Cocktails
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Carey Nershi's Angostura Sugar Cubes for Champagne Cocktails

The perfect finishing touch for Champagne cocktails. Just in time for toasting in the New Year!

Peanut butter cups

How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter Cups
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How to Make Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

Try using dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate; sprinkle the tops with a little sea salt or cayenne; or make them vegan by using dairy-free chocolate, vegan sugar, and, instead of butter, coconut oil.

if you've got a day or so

Fresh mozzarella

How to Make Mozzarella
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How to Make Mozzarella

Can you imagine pulling apart a hunk of still-warm mozzarella?!... Sadly I have to, because no one has ever gifted me amazing homemade cheese.

Fresh farfalle

Homemade Farfalle
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Homemade Farfalle

There is nothing more comforting than pasta. And for farfalle, no pasta-making machine required!

Chocolate caramels

Chocolate Caramels
Chocolate Caramels

Chocolate + caramel = the best of both dessert worlds.

Peppermint chocolate bark

Triple Chocolate Bark
Triple Chocolate Bark

A holiday classic. The multiple chocolate layers are worth the wait.

'nog

Eggnog Any Which Way, Even for Those Who Claim to Not like It
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Eggnog Any Which Way, Even for Those Who Claim to Not like It

Another holiday classic—with suggestions for various booze + sweetener pairings. Try ‘em all.

Homemade Cheez-its

How to Make Homemade Cheez-Its
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How to Make Homemade Cheez-Its

A favorite childhood afternoon snack. (Speaking of, kids might enjoy helping to cut the dough or poking a hole in each square.)

Homemade oreos

How to Make Homemade Oreos
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How to Make Homemade Oreos

Another childhood favorite—with an optional bourbon-licious adult upgrade.

What are your favorite, last-minute, DIY food gifts? Take to the comments.

This article originally appeared on December 22, 2016. We're re-running it now because, uh, Valentine's Day is tomorrow and perhaps you just haven't gotten around to getting a gift yet?

Tags: 30 Days of Thoughtful Giving