In this chapter of 80 Handmade Gifts book by Kristin Omdahl, we have 22 recipes for savory and sweet treats to make and gift year round.

Granola, Chai Spice, Spiced Nuts, Baklava Balls, Toffee, Simple Syrups, Garlic infused Oil, Fruit Vinegar, Lemon Blueberry Mini Loaf Cakes, Lime Raspberry Loaf Cake, Orange Cardamom Mini Muffins, Sweet Pickled Relish, Moroccan Pickled Carrots, Asian Pickled Green Beans, Truffles, Cheese Log, Cheese Crackers, Quinoa Crackers, Cashew Cream, Cocoa Mixes, Flavored Sugars, and Peach Chutney.

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Homemade granola is rich and nutrient dense. This recipe can easily be made in large batches, allowing you to prepare many gifts at one time.


Chai Spice Mix

Chai spice is a heady, exotic blend of warm spices that are so comforting in a tea latte. But don't stop there! This mix is amazing in baked goods and all sorts of sweet and savory foods, too. Gift a spice jar filled with this exotic blend, a pretty mug and a tea diffuser. 

Spiced Nuts

Sweet & salty,  spiced nuts with an egg white coating contain only a minimal amount of sugar, and no oil or butter.  These wonderfully spiced, crunchy nuts are easy to make. Who wouldn't appreciate such a healthy and delicious gift?



Baklava No Bake Energy Balls

Only 5 ingredients, no baking, and it takes less than 10 minutes to make a whole batch. These energy balls include the flavors of baklava, my all time favorite dessert.  At about 150 calories per ball, these are a  healthier indulgence than traditional baklava.


This is outrageously delicious and easier to make than you might think. Buy your nuts at a bulk store to keep the cost down. 

Yield: This recipe makes approximately four cups, more or less, depending on size of shards.

Present your gift in metal tins, or paper pastry boxes.



Simple Syrups

Flavored simple syrups are an incredibly easy way to add depth and surprising flavor to lemonades, baked goods, coffee drinks, and so much more.

Resealable glass jars are perfect for presenting this gift. And making an assorted set shows off the color variations.

Garlic Infused Oil

Flavor infused oils are  fantastic to keep on hand for adding depth of flavor to vinaigrettes, marinades, breads, sauces and more. They also make a great last minute gift that can be whipped up in just a few minutes. Present with a fresh loaf of bread for a gift that can be added right to the dinner table!



Fruit Flavored Vinegars

Fruit flavored vinegars add so much depth  and variety to your recipes. Easily swap out vinegar for any vinaigrette, marinade or recipe with a fruit flavored vinegar.

Lime Raspberry Loaf Cake


Orange Cardamom Mini Muffins


Lemon Blueberry Mini Loaf Cakes


I love adding a little Florida sunshine into out-of-state gifts! What says Florida more than citrus? Note: each recipe can be made as full-sized loaf cake, mini loaf cakes or mini muffins. Adjust cooking times accordingly.

Moroccan Pickles Carrots


Asian Pickled Green Beans


Sweet Pickled Relish


Refrigerator pickles are super easy to make. They don’t last as long as traditional canned goods, but they don’t take as long to make, either. As long as you keep them in the refrigerator, they will last up to one month.

I discovered both the Moroccan and Asian flavor profiles while living in Israel. You can add any crunchy vegetable to any of these pickling liquids, including traditional cucumber pickles! Asparagus, cauliflower, radishes and turnips also make wonderful refrigerator pickles. Pickles are a fantastic snack - a great crunch with bold flavors.And they are always a great accompaniment to sandwiches or a table spread of tapas and appetizers.

I love to add this relish to tuna salad or potato salad for a zing. It is one of my favorite go-to lunch recipes when I’m working and don’t have time to cook.


Chocolate truffles are one of the most deceptively easy treats I know how to make. Mix up the flavorings for an assorted gift, too.

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Cheese Log

I have been making homemade cheese dips and cheese logs for as long as I can remember. Once you understand the basic ratio, you can add whatever flavors strike your fancy. But you can't go wrong with a citrus-herb-garlic combination!

Cheese Crackers

If you love cheese crackers, you will LOVE homemade cheese crackers. This is a basic recipe - add spices or blend different cheeses for variety. Or experiment with alternative flours for a gluten-free gift!


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Quinoa Crackers

Whether you are vegan, gluten-free or not, you probably have friends that are. What a better way to support their journey than with a delicious treat!

Cashew Cream

Probiotic vegan cashew cream cheese is a surprisingly easy, delicious and healthy ingredient that is yummy on its own and can be substituted in many recipes that call for traditional cream cheese. It is super simple to make, and can be flavored in dozens of ways. This recipe yields 2 cups of cashew cheese. Based on a 1 TBSP serving, you will get 16 servings from this recipe.

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Cocoa Mixes

Homemade hot cocoa is comfort in a cup. For a more graphic display, layer the ingredients in the jars instead of mixing together.

Flavored Sugars

Flavored sugars are a great alternative to syrup on pancakes or toast; it can be used as a unique sweetener for cocoa or tea; to rim cocktail glasses, or having fun when rolling sugar cookies and shortbread. I separated the recipes into three categories based on the moisture content of the flavors. 

Make a collection of flavored sugars for a thematic gift set. 3 oz (88ml) spice jars are well suited for 2 in (5cm) by 4 in (10cm) address labels. I printed these from online templates.

Yield: Each batch fills one spice jar.



Peach Chutney

Chutney is a sweet, tangy and spicy fruit preserve that can be made with many fruits including peach, pineapple, mango or apple. Spread it on grilled cheese or deli sandwiches. Add a dollop to steamed rice or roasted potatoes. Brush it on grilled fish or pork just before taking off the heat.