Sometimes shopping for gifts is the hardest mission in life (okay, slight over exaggeration). But you have to admit, it can be difficult. Whether you are shopping for a birthday, anniversary, Christmas, housewarming, thank you, congratulations, or even just for the sake of it – how do you know what makes the perfect gift?

It could depend on the person, but I would say food is always a good option. I mean who doesn’t like food? It is a necessity in life. Need more convincing on why this is a brilliant idea?

  • Not only are you almost guaranteed the receiver will love it, you’re saving money you’d be spending on something they may not even like or get use out of.
  • You can get as creative as you want with it.
  • It’s super cute.
  • Baking is love. When you bake, you are putting aside time to create a mouth-watering concoction for someone you love. Even if it only makes it to YOUR mouth, it’s the thought that counts.
  • If you’re not a baker, you’ll feel rewarded after creating something delicious for someone you love.
  • People will be seriously impressed with your skills.
  • Did I mention it’s food? Baked, delicious goodies or even just sweets!!!!

Here are my top 5 gift ideas.

1. Brownie Mix in a Jar.

This one I found on Call Me Cupcake. Great for those who love chocolate and brownies. I love the current jar trend at the moment. While some find it overrated, I think it just adds to the beauty of a devine treat. It’s all in the presentation, considering you eat with your eyes first.

Brownie in A Jar

 

2. Personalised marker cookies.

This one is from Country Living found via Pinterest. It’s great! Cookies are great, however what makes this even cuter is that you can personalise them thanks to food markers (you can buy them here).  You can make a giant love letter cookie like below, or  just decorate normal sized ones with words/images that have some kind of meaning to the person you’re giving them to.

Valentine's Sugar Cookie Letter

 

3. DIY Ice Cream Sundae Kit

I love this idea! A Pretty Cool Life makes a very cool DIY Ice Cream Sundae kit. It is also quite easy to make. All you have to do is repackage an array of  sundae essentials, such as ice cream cones, waffle cones, ice cream scoops and an array of colourful toppings. For example: rainbow and chocolate sprinkles, mini marshmallows, gummy bears, mini m&m’s, maraschino cherries, homemade chocolate sauce, homemade caramel sauce. Head over to A Pretty Cool Life for a delicious homemade chocolate and caramel sauce recipe. 

Homemade Ice Cream Kit

 

4. Cupcake Bouquet

Flowers are always nice to receive, however they can sometimes be expensive or not last very long. While this version may not last long either, at least its scrumptious. These make a great gift for a teacher, mother, in-law or friend. You can learn how to create this at 52 Kitchen Adventures.

Cupcake Bouquet

5. A package of treats.

A package of baked goodies is always a safe gift option. It could literally be any baked good: cookies, brownies, cake, cupcakes, cake pops, slices, truffles etc. You can make this quite personal by baking the recipients favourite. For example, if you want to send me a gift I love brownies (but I’m totally happy with anything else ;)). Things to remember when giving baked goods:

  • Be hygienic! I’m sure you always are, but no licking the spoon (until you’re completely finished!)
  • Be aware of any allergies or intolerance’s the recipient may have. You don’t want to be sending them to the hospital!
  • Bake it with love, that way it will taste extra delicious.
  • Packaging is important. The way you wrap the goodies, will determine how amazing your present will look. Here are a couple of ideas.

Food Gift packaging

 

So, are you convinced food is one of the greatest gift ideas ever? Share your thoughts with me on Cake Bake & Sweets Show Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest. Show us your creative gift ideas. Remember to add #cakebakesweets!

Happy creating!

-KJ