Neighbors, co-workers, Secret Santas, acquaintances, hostess gifts -- the small tokens over the holiday season add up. Put a thoughtful, homemade spin on your gift-giving by making big batches of budget-friendly edible gifts.
Show your sweet side this year with a timeless treat. Mix the ingredients, pour into a pretty package, top with mini-marshmallows and you’re done -- pastry chef Heather Bertinetti’s hot cocoa mix is a snap to make and a slam-dunk stocking stuffer or hostess gift.
Watch Stocking Stuffer: Heather's Hot Cocoa Mix in HD
Got a friend who likes things hot? Spice up the season with Daisy Martinez’s “secret weapon” achiote oil -- made by infusing olive oil with Latin American achiote seeds -- adds a spicy, smoky dimension to dishes. Plus, you can use her technique to make any infused oil.
Watch Quick Tip: Achiote Oil in HD
Who wouldn’t want a jar filled with homemade caramel sauce, especially from Heather’s recipe? Give your friends and family a sweet reward -- every time they eat an ice cream sundae they’ll think of you.
Watch Top It Off With Caramel Sauce in HD
Sommeliers Jordan Salcito and Joe Campanale know a thing or two about giving wine as a gift. Jordan recommends a bottle that means something to your recipient -- an Italian bottle if they just returned from a Roman holiday, for example -- while Joe likes to to give familiar wine varietals to spare any surprises.
Watch Best Wines to Give as Gifts in HD
Big flavor comes small packages with these spicy almonds from locavore chef Louisa Shafia. They come together in minutes and make a great anytime snack or party favor. Don't forget the festive wrapping!
Watch Spicy Toasted Almonds in HD
Going to a holiday party? Give your host a classic digestif, traditionally taken after dinner to aid digestion, and it will be the hit of the after-party. Joe walks through the basics of grappa, Amaro and Sambuca.
Watch Classic Digestifs in HD
Fudge is as universally loved as puppies and rainbows. Win points with someone special by making them their own customized batch with nuts, dried fruit, or extra chocolate from Heather's recipe.
Watch Just the Basics: How to Make Fudge in HD
Joe knows this lemony Italian liqueur will brighten up anyone’s holiday -- they don’t need to know how hands-off it is to make. We like to drink it straight after dinner or over sorbet for a sweet treat.
Watch Homemade Limoncello in HD
Brittle is an ancient sweet that’s been made across the world for centuries. Heather keeps the old tradition alive by wrapping it in a nice package and passing along to co-workers and Secret Santas alike.
Watch How to Make Peanut Brittle in HD
No need to buy anyone a box of chocolates this year -- just make your own. Heather coats her truffles with crushed peppermint candy, but you can experiment with your favorite flavors to make the perfect, personalized gift.
Watch Homemade Chocolate Peppermint Truffles in HD