Create a Christmas food gift basket with easy to make treats and other Christmas gift basket ideas.
Use any basket or pretty container to hold your gift collection. Get creative about what you add and make it special for the recipient of your gift.
As I get older, I am increasing interested in passing on some of my "treasures" to my children and grandchildren.
One of my favorite Christmas gift basket ideas is to tuck a piece of jewelry, a family photo, a treasured book, or other memento into a gift basket.
These chocolate Christmas gifts recipes will give you several ideas for your Christmas gift baskets.
Homemade Christmas gifts in a jar recipes are tasty additions to a gift basket or wonderful small "extra" gifts for almost anyone.
Candy Cane Mix
Chili Spiced Pecans
Cherry Almond White Fudge
While you are filling a Christmas food gift basket with treats for family and friends, you may want some Christmas gift basket ideas for those who are in need at this time of year.
Everything in these baskets should be nonperishable and not expired or about to expire. Add something from each of these categories:
Vegetables and Fruit: Include basics like corn, peas, green beans and mixed vegetables. Diced tomatoes and tomato sauce are good additions as well. Add fruits like canned peaches, pineapple, fruit cocktail and canned juices.
Meat and Protein in Cans: Tuna, salmon, sardines, shrimp, chicken, chili, baked beans, red beans, soups and stews. Peanut butter is a healthy addition.
Grains and Pasta: Include dry foods such as rice and pasta, boxes of macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, and flavored rice mixes. Hot breakfast cereals such as oatmeal, grits and porridge-type foods are healthy nonperishables. Dry cereals that you can eat with or without milk are good choices. Add complete pancake mixes that require only water and add a bottle of maple syrup.
Holiday Food and Treats: Don't forget to add some special treats or holiday items such as canned cranberry sauce, stuffing mix and pumpkin pie filling. Chocolate, hard candy and cookies will be appreciated. Include healthy nonperishable snacks like nuts, dried fruit such as raisins and apricots, banana chips and popcorn.
Baby Items: For a family with a baby, include some jarred baby food and powdered or canned formula. Finger foods for babies such as O-shaped oat cereal and teething biscuits are also good additions.
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