Today, I’ll show you how to make the 10 best homemade Christmas gifts. They are all easy to make, and your lucky recipients will be thrilled to receive any of them. And if you’re also interested in helpful kitchen tools and products, I share seven of my favorite gifts for traditional foods cooks. So either way—homemade or store-bought—I’ve got you covered and with a few bonuses too! (And best of all, I have many discount coupon codes for you too.)

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Homemade and Store-Bought Gifts

I took the best of two of my previous blog posts and videos about Christmas gift-giving, and I expanded on them with new content for this marathon video. The two original blog posts are listed below, but be sure to watch my new 10 Best Homemade Christmas Gifts video, where I added additional helpful information.

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Really Easy to Easy to Make Homemade Gifts

I divided my homemade Christmas gifts into three categories to help you select the gifts you can make based on the time you have available. Plus, if you have been with me for a while, you know that I always like to throw in a few bonuses for you! Here are the categories:

Mary holding jars with hot cocoa mix and a mug with hot chocolate.

Make Ahead Mixes Make Great Gifts

Some of my favorite really easy gifts I like making and keeping in my pantry are make-ahead mixes. They make life so easy! And I have a whole host of make-ahead mixes to share with you, from a hot cocoa mix and cake mixes to soup mixes and more. Pick out a cute mason jar to store your make-ahead mix, and tie up the jar with a beautiful bow for a welcome gift.

Homemade Creamer for Your Favorite Coffee Drinker

Some of my most popular make-ahead mixes are healthy powdered coffee creamers. You can ditch all those artificial ingredients and make these easy natural alternatives. And one is even Keto friendly!

Make-Ahead Mixes are really easy to make, and as you see, they make ideal gifts.

Easy Homemade Dessert Gifts

Everyone likes a sweet treat, but they are even better when you make them with whole grain flour and whole sweeteners! Here are some easy homemade dessert gifts you and your recipients will enjoy.

Easy Homemade Jams for Gifts

I can’t resist homemade jams, and they are even more desirable when made with no or low sugar. I’ll show you how to make and water bath can your jams in the easy recipes below.

Your homemade jams will be welcomed by all, but they are an especially thoughtful gift for a family member or friend who you know is sensitive to sugar. You can make your jam gift with healthy ingredients and low- to no-sugar ingredients. They’ll know you were thinking of them every time they enjoy your jam!

Three Citrus Marmalade Canned jars in the kitchen.

Easy Gifts with More Preparation

These gifts take a bit more time to prepare, but once you start, you’ll see how easy they are and what welcome gifts they will be.

If you have someone in your family or social circle who loves marmalade, surprise them with this Three Citrus Marmalade. I love marmalade, and this one is my favorite!

For the home cook who is tight on time, gift them some homemade bouillon. Both the vegetable and beef or chicken versions make evening meal prep a breeze!

After making marmalade or bouillon, you’ll also have given yourself the gift of knowledge in the traditional foods kitchen. Knowing how to use a water bath canner or a dehydrator will help you make more canning and dehydrating recipes in the future.

Mary holding up a jar of tallow balm after whipping and preparing for storage.

Bonus Homemade Gifts

I promised you bonus gifts, and these are truly a treat: Face cream and foot cream made with beef tallow. If you have never had a cream made this way, you will be surprised at how easy it is to make, but more importantly, how absolutely luscious it feels on your skin!

If you have a friend or family member who has been spending a fortune on creams, this is the perfect gift for them. It’s like nothing they have ever had, and they’ll never want to go back to buying over-the-counter beauty creams again!

Store-Bought Gifts for the Home Cook

If you want to add a few store-bought gifts to your selection of homemade Christmas gifts, I show you an amazing selection of gifts for the traditional foods cook. And these are not limited to gifting to others. Be sure to add a few to your wishlist as well. Santa will be happy to make more than a few stops on his list! 😉

I know I said seven, but you know me…I am full of ideas and bonuses for you!

Baking Kitchen Gifts

When it comes to storing whole grain and baking traditional breads with fresh flour, every kitchen needs these five essentials:

Grind Your Own Flour with the Mockmill

When it comes to electric grain mills, after I did A LOT of research, I decided to buy a Mockmill. And am I so happy I did! The Mockmill is a very affordable but beautifully crafted German-made mill that stone grinds grain with settings ranging from 1 to 10—fine to coarse ground grain.

Learn more about Mockmill electric grain mills for making fresh flour and their Flake Lover’s Flaker that flakes whole grain in minutes.

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Fermentation Kitchen Gifts

Have you already tried your hand at fermentation and want to introduce others to it too? Then be sure to check out the Masontops fermentation supplies that are perfect for the traditional foods kitchen:

Note: Be sure to use the MARYSNST promo code for a one-time 15% off Masontops and Breadsmart products on

Masontops Mason Jar Fermentation Kit Discount Coupon

Although you don’t need any special equipment to start making ferments, the Masontops kit can help you simplify the process and enable you to create your ferment successfully. In my Masontops unboxing video, I show you my Masontops Complete Mason Jar Fermentation Kit and go over everything the kit includes.

Culturing Kitchen Gifts

Are you making your own yogurt? Maybe Kombucha or kefir? Then, these supplies are indispensable:

Cultures for Health

If you’re looking for starter cultures from Milk Kefir to Cheese, see the products Cultures for Health offers for making homemade cultured and fermented foods. And if you order from their website, be sure to use my MARYSNEST discount code for 15% off your purchase.

  • Cultures for Health – Make Real Cultured Foods at Home and use discount code MARYSNEST for 15% off your purchase on the Cultures for Health website.
Mary using the Fat Separator device to decant bone broth.

Bone Broth Kitchen Gifts

If you have been with me awhile, you know I often say, “Bone Broth is the backbone of the traditional foods kitchen.” And it is so true. If you want to level up your bone broth making with items that many of you have told me were game changers, you’ll find helpful supplies that make great gifts below:

US Wellness Meats

If you can’t find grass-fed beef or beef bones to make bone broth in your neighborhood supermarket or farmer’s market, check out US Wellness Meats.

I’m a long-time customer of US Wellness Meats because I have always been impressed by the quality of their products. Check out my US Wellness Meats unboxing video to see the types of products you can get, including bones for beef bone broth!

Water Bath Canning Kitchen Gifts

Learning how to become a home canner is essential to being a prepared home cook. Once you know how to can some of the food you may find at the farmer’s market or even that you have grown in your kitchen garden, you are well on your way to being more self-sufficient.

The good news is that home canning is not difficult, and the best place to start is with water bath canning. So look through the supply list below and see what you may want to add to your traditional foods kitchen supplies to get started on your home canning journey:

If you’re not sure how some of these kitchen items work, watch my water bath canning supplies video for a tour of the different instruments.

Food Storage Kitchen Gifts

As traditional foods home cooks, we always want to make sure we have multiple streams of food, which means we want foods prepared and stored in a variety of ways. One such way to store food is through vacuum sealing, and you can’t go wrong with the sealing systems below:

Clean Up Kitchen Gifts

Every traditional foods cook knows that eventually, it’s going to be time to clean up. And when that time comes, it’s best to call in reinforcements. You can make cleaning up fun with a selection of delightful, fragrant cleaning dish soaps and brightly colored dishcloths.

Mary holding her book, The Modern Pioneer Cookbook

Bookshelf Kitchen Gifts

I can’t pass up the opportunity to share with you some of my favorite books that adorn my kitchen bookshelf. I have several tried and true favorites, but there is also a new kid on the block!

In addition to favorites like Nourishing Traditions and Rosemary Gladstar’s books on your kitchen bookshelf, I also recommend you add my new book, The Modern Pioneer Cookbook: Nourishing Recipes from a Traditional Foods Kitchen. It’s so much more than a cookbook. It’s a manual for how to create a traditional foods kitchen with easy to follow step-by-step instructions.

Bonus Kitchen Gifts

As always, I love to provide you with some easy bonus ideas perfect for gift giving. The following companies offer products and discounts for my sweet friends too! You’ll find the ideal gift to give or add to your wishlist.

Farmhouse Teas

Farmhouse Teas is a lovely family-owned tea company that offers a wide variety of teas, both caffeinated (perfect for making Kombucha) and herbal. They also sell a wide variety of herbs perfect for making a whole host of natural remedies.

Lehman’s Hardware Store

If you’re looking for an assortment of items to equip your traditional foods kitchen, then look no further than Lehman’s. (I show you some of the Lehman’s equipment I use in my Northern Italian Spinach Ricotta Pie Recipe video.)

Redmond Real Salt

When it comes to using salt in my recipes, I always like to use a real salt that has not been processed and does not contain any extra added chemicals or anti-caking agents. Redmond real salt is perfect! (Also, they’re one of the Best Salts with the Least Amount of Microplastics.)

Bonus Kitchen Garden Gifts

If you or a friend want to start a kitchen garden, check out my recommendations below. No matter how small your space, there is something for you or the person you want to share a gift with! (Survival Garden Seeds and GreenStalk planters are perfect together!)

Survival Garden Seeds

In my research into the best vegetable seeds, I discovered Survival Garden Seeds and their extensive collection of heirloom seeds. If you’re looking for high-quality, open-pollinated, non-GMO, and non-hybrid garden seeds, be sure to use my special MARYSNEST discount code to be able to get 10% off any of the three following products:


Small space? Suffering under a drought? No problem! GreenStalk vertical planters will allow you to grow a whole host of fruits, herbs, and veggies in about a square foot! Be sure to check out the video below, where I walk you through the process of putting a GreenStalk together and planting seeds. It couldn’t be easier!

Bonus Kitchen Board Games

As you’ve seen in my previous videos, my family enjoys playing board games, especially at our kitchen table. There’s something special about physical board games that brings people together, talking, laughing, and sharing. Here are some of the board games we enjoy playing and that you and your family will love too!

If you have to choose only one board game, I recommend Settlers of Catan. It’s a worldwide bestseller, so other board game enthusiasts you meet will likely know how to play this game too. That’ll make it easier for you and your friends and family to start playing games right away since everyone will already know the rules and remember how much fun they had playing the game before. (And you can harvest wheat in the game too!)

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