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In the midst of a busy holiday season, an unexpected package filled with homemade goodies and thoughtful little gifts can bring a great deal of joy. You can give that day-brightening feeling to a fellow Food52 member and get it back in return simply by participating in our community-wide Holiday Swap. This is the last day to sign up, so don't miss out!

Submit your information to this form TODAY (Friday, November 24) and head here for all of the details on how to participate.

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While you patiently wait to get the name and address of your Swapee (expect to hear from Noëlle, the creator of our Holiday Swap, by around December 1), here are a couple of guidelines to keep in mind as you plan out your package:

  • Unless otherwise requested, each package should ideally include at least one homemade item—if you're not sure where to start, we have plenty of ideas for you below! We know the holiday season can get crazy though, so if you run out of time to bake cookies, please remember to still give thoughtfully and pack a box that you would be excited to open.
  • The packages should have a value of at least $25 including home cooking, which of course is priceless, so value your homemade brownies and brittles highly! Consider including enough for a household to enjoy.
  • Packages should be in the mail by Wednesday, December 13th—unless your recipient notes an alternate date.
Cookies tied up with gold, glittering strings, these are a few of our favorite things...
Cookies tied up with gold, glittering strings, these are a few of our favorite things... Photo by Ren Fuller

Ready to get going? We've got lots of ideas that are good contenders for a care package—and a few things to pass on, too:

  • Skip anything USPS (or whatever shipping company you're using) tells you not to ship.
  • Don't include anything perishable or prone to melting, rotting, or otherwise becoming gross by the time it reaches your recipient.
  • 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

Cookies, bars, and biscotti are the mainstays of holiday swap packages. Just remember to save crumbly cookies, like sables, for lucky recipients in your own neck of the woods.

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Great-Great-Grandma McCracken's Sugar Cookies
Great-Great-Grandma McCracken's Sugar Cookies
Nutty Cherry Biscotti

Nutty Cherry Biscotti by Bill Yosses

 Rosemary, Hiddles, & Honey Chocolate-Dipped Cookies

Rosemary, Hiddles, & Honey Chocolate-Dipped Cookies by Valerie

My Ginger Cookies

My Ginger Cookies by Alice Medrich

Toasted Cashew and Marzipan Blondies

Toasted Cashew and Marzipan Blondies by Posie Harwood

Nut mixes and more

Nutty snack mixes and other nut-laden treats like brittles, toffee, barks, and granola are all resilient, making them a smart choice for shipping.

Spicy Hot Cocoa Almonds
Spicy Hot Cocoa Almonds
Scottish Toffee

Scottish Toffee by Lizthechef

Alanna Taylor-Tobin's Stolen Granola with Extra Clumps

Alanna Taylor-Tobin's Stolen Granola with Extra Clumps by Genius Recipes

Pine Nut Brittle with Rosemary

Pine Nut Brittle with Rosemary by Ms. T

Sweet and Spicy Pretzel and Nut Mix

Sweet and Spicy Pretzel and Nut Mix by drbabs

Preserves, Candy, and other sweet treats

Generally avoiding glass containers is a good idea, but if you're sending something like homemade preserves, infused honey, or a homemade sugar or spice blend, proceed, but wrap them really well!

Lemon Marmalade (Marmellata di Limoni)
Lemon Marmalade (Marmellata di Limoni)
Raspberry Fruit Roll-Ups

Raspberry Fruit Roll-Ups by Miranda Keyes

Carey Nershi's Angostura Sugar Cubes for Champagne Cocktails

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

Candied Citrus Peel

Candied Citrus Peel by Alice Medrich

Peanut Butter Fudge

Peanut Butter Fudge by Erin McDowell

fun (non-homemade) extras

Of course, everything you tuck inside your package needn't be homemade, anything you can (safely) ship is fair game. 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:

Optic Table Tile Coasters (Set of 12)

Optic Table Tile Coasters (Set of 12)

$36
Wood Winter Forest

Wood Winter Forest

From $24
Food52 Dipped Pinch Bowls (Set of 3)

Food52 Dipped Pinch Bowls (Set of 3)

$25
Spoon Rest

Spoon Rest

$24

For even more ideas, peruse the Food52 Holiday Swap Instagram to get inspired by the gifts Food52-ers have sent each other in past swaps (and don't forget to tag yours with #f52holidayswap).

Tell us: What will you be including in your packages this year? Or, if you don't want to reveal the surprise, what would you be delighted to receive?

Automagic Holiday Menu Maker!
Automagic Holiday Menu Maker!

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