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Nothing Says "I Love You" Like Homemade Salted Caramel

Plus 18 other edible gift ideas

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.

Espresso-flavored Sugar Cubes

Give the gift of a happier morning.

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Pumpkin-spice Coffee Syrup

And a happier afternoon slump.

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Infused Vodka

And a happier happy hour.

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Photo: Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

Homemade Applesauce

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

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Cocktail Bitters

And a happier hour after happy hour.

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Flavored Salt

Lemon and chanterelle and chili, oh my!

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Bacon Salt

Scrabble tiles optional.

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Dog Treats

Because Puppy deserves a little something too.

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Calming Herbal Tea

Help them chill out during a hectic season.

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Homemade Nutella

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

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Hot Chocolate In A Jar

And even stricter instructions to add a tablespoon of peanut butter.

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Curried Lentil Soup

It is soup season, after all.

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Barbecue Spice Rub

Because it will eventually be grilling season again.

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Salted Caramel Sauce

But salted caramel is season-less.

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Tequila Hot Sauce

Spicyyyyy.

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Kumquat Earl Grey Marmalade

Take toast to the next level.

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Beef Jerky

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

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Peppermint Bark

You know how we feel about peppermint bark.

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