Giving gifts is hard. You want to strike the perfect balance between not killing your bank account and seriously impressing the giftee. Our solution? Homemade food gifts.

From barbecue spice rubs to the best damn hot chocolate mix your secret Santa recipient has ever tasted, here are 18 ideas you can whip up right in your own kitchen.

food gifts sugar cubes

Espresso-Flavored Sugar Cubes

Give the gift of a happier morning.

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food gifts syrup1

pumpkin-spice coffee syrup

And a happier afternoon slump.

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food gifts vodka1

infused vodka

And a happier happy hour.

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food gift applesauce

homemade applesauce

No offense to Mott's, but this stuff is the real deal. 

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food gifts bitters

cocktail bitters

And a happier hour after happy hour.

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food gifts salt

flavored salt

Lemon and chanterelle and chili, oh my!

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food gift bacon salt

bacon salt

Scrabble tiles optional.

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food gifts dog treats

dog treats

Because Puppy deserves a little something too.

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food gifts tea

calming herbal tea

Help them chill out during a hectic season.

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food gifts nutella

homemade nutella

With strict instructions not to eat the whole jar in one sitting.

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food gifts hotchocolate
food gifts soup

curried lentil soup

It is soup season, after all.

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food gifts bbq

barbecue spice rub

Because it will eventually be grilling season again.

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food gifts caramel

salted caramel sauce

But salted caramel is season-less.

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food gifts hotsauce

tequila hot sauce

Spicyyyyy.

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food gifts earlgray

kumquat earl grey marmalade

Take toast to the next level.

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food gifts jerky

beef jerky

For anyone who loves meat as much as they love you.

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food gifts bark

peppermint bark

You know how we feel about peppermint bark.

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