Festive Season Recipes

Easy Christmas Gift Ideas from the Kitchen

November 30, 2015
Easy Christmas Gift Ideas from the Kitchen

Looking for some Christmas Gift Ideas that you can make? Here are some ideas from the Kitchen that are sure to be a winner.

I love baking for special occasions and I especially love planning and preparing for the Festive Season.  Over the last few years, I have made gifts for my friends and neighbours.  I think that making your gifts with love are appreciated much more than store bought gifts.

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The recipient can see the time you have put into making the gift and feel special that you have made the time for them.

Here are 4 of my favourite recipes that I make each year.

I have linked each one to it’s own post which contains the detailed recipe.

I hope you enjoy making them as much as I have and they have become part of my Festive Season tradition.

Mini Chocolate Nut Truffle Puddings

Multi Flavoured Truffles

These look so impressive (even if I do say so myself).  I originally found the recipe on the Nestle website and it is one of my favourites. Place them inside a Christmas themed box with a colourful bow and they instantly look festive!  Alternatively you can wrap them in red cellophane paper with green ribbon (or reverse the colours) and keep as a last minute gift if required.

Click HERE for the recipe.

Mini Christmas Cakes

Mini Christmas Cakes

These little Christmas Cakes make the perfect gift and look effective with the almonds on top.  You can go the extra step and ice them and decorate with holly or use your imagination to make different toppers (if you have time).  For example, using Royal Icing you could use festive cookie cutters to make stars, santa, christmas trees etc.

Wrapped in red cellophane with a green curling ribbon they look very impressive.  You could also use clear cellophane with gold curling ribbon.

Click HERE for the recipe.

Italian Chocolate Hazlenut Biscotti


My husband is Italian, so on our visits to Italy to visit his cousins, I’ve discovered much about Italian foods and traditions.  I love them all and I love the Italian way of sitting for hours savouring a meal with the family gathered together around the table – no iphones!!!

Last year, I discovered this recipe when I was making my Christmas baking gifts and I have added it to my ‘must do’ recipes for the festive season.  They are delicious, easy to make and look impressive as gifts.  They are also a different alternative to the usual truffles that I tend to make.

Click HERE for the recipe

Chocolate Truffles Three WaysMulti Flavoured Truffles

Truffles are easy to make and last year I experimented with many different flavours.  Using white, dark and milk chocolate as well as coconut I made a mixed box of truffles as gifts.  They were a big hit and provided a variety of flavours to try.

Click HERE for the recipes


Have a wonder, safe and happy Festive Season!

Let’s Keep Sizzling!




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  • Reply Leanne@crestingthehill December 7, 2015 at 15:22

    oh Sue these all look delicious – especially the little chocolate truffles! I may try my hand at these for Christmas day nibblies!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 7, 2015 at 16:27

      They are so easy Leanne and look really cute! The problem is once they are made keeping them from being eaten 🙂

  • Reply Emma December 10, 2015 at 05:25

    Oh those truffles! I’d have a hard time not eating them before giving them away 😉

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 10, 2015 at 10:59

      I know Emma sometimes I have to make double because my husband and I sneak a few! They are yummy though 🙂

  • Reply Katrin@KreativK.net December 11, 2015 at 20:12

    Sue, all those recipes sound lovely! The mini christmas cakes are fantastic! I love giving home made goodies to my neighbours each year, so your recipes would be perfect! I’d have to make a lot, because I would wanna keep some for us as well, they really look yummy!!!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 13, 2015 at 06:55

      Hi Katrina! Yes I love giving homemade gifts. I started a few years ago and now people actually look forward to my gifts! They are all so yummy but of course my darling is my ‘taste tester’ which he loves I just have to make sure he doesn’t taste too many LOL:)

  • Reply Jan Wild November 15, 2016 at 12:31

    Yum, so much deliciousness and inspiration. I am going to share to the Retiring not Shy! Facebook page.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 16, 2016 at 08:13

      Thanks so much Jan! Have a fabulous day.

  • Reply My Aussie Christmas - Sizzling Towards Sixty November 16, 2016 at 18:37

    […] love making Christmas gifts from the kitchen and this year I’ve posted some of my favourite recipes which I would love you to check out. I think that people appreciate you taking the time to make […]

  • Reply Ylva ChasingButterflies November 17, 2016 at 20:38

    I made chocolate candy last year, too 🙂 with marzipan and nougat fillings. This year, I’m planning on baking lebkuchen and a cake with lebkuchen spice for dessert on Christmas Eve.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 18, 2016 at 07:13

      Oh that all sounds delicious Ylva send me the link to your recipes.

  • Reply Beverly November 19, 2016 at 08:15

    I now have some additional recipes to make and give. Those truffles look amazing.
    Thanks for sharing at over The Moon party,

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 21, 2016 at 08:16

      They do taste delicious Bev and they are always a hit as a gift. 🙂

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    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 21, 2016 at 08:15

      Oh thanks Marilyn very exciting!

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  • Reply candy December 9, 2016 at 07:29

    these nut truffles puddings look really good. I will enjoy trying out all the recipes. Thanks for linking up with Blogging Grandmothers.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 9, 2016 at 20:48

      They are so easy and taste delicious Candy. Everyone always loves them when I make them.

  • Reply Grammy Dee December 10, 2016 at 06:09

    These look so yummy! My favs would be the Mini Christmas Cakes and Italian Chocolate Hazlenut Biscotti! Thank you for partying with us at Blogging Grandmothers Christmas Link Party. We’ve shared your post on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 12, 2016 at 10:36

      Yes the Mini Christmas Cakes are so easy to make and are good to have if people drop in for a coffee or tea.

  • Reply Clearissa Coward December 10, 2016 at 07:58

    Oh my those mini Christmas cakes with those yummy almonds sitting on top. All of your goodies look so yummy but I will try the mini Christmas cakes first. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing all of that goodness with #blogginggrandmothers.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 12, 2016 at 10:37

      Thanks Clearissa! They are easy and delicious and just the thing for a morning or afternoon tea.

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