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This Year, Give Edible Gifts

10 classic and innovative presents you can create in your own kitchen

Gingerbread cookies in a box, The Gift of Food

This holiday season, hit the kitchen instead of the mall for personalized gifts. — Getty Images

This holiday season, hit the kitchen instead of the mall for personalized gifts to be enjoyed during or after the festivities. For packaging these treats, try metal tins in various sizes, plain brown waxed-cardboard takeout boxes or cellophane tied with ribbons. You can also pair your sweets with boxes of coffee or tea and your savory creations with a bottle of wine — and remember to include a card with any important information about expiration and storage.

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Pumpkin Spice Bars by Rosemary Black

The best thing about these festive bars is their versatility: Give them away as a breakfast treat, with cream cheese icing as a dessert or in holiday shapes for a fun snack.

Per serving: 94 calories, 0g saturated fat, 11g carbohydrates, 1g protein, 0g fiber

Gingerbread Men by Tina Davis

Making this holiday classic is a festive activity in itself. Get creative with decorating — make them into elves, or add little tuxedos — and you'll have a personalized gift that's fun to share.

Per serving: 122 calories, 3g saturated fat, 19g carbohydrates, 2g protein, 0g fiber

Candied Almonds by Penelope Casas

These crowd pleasers are super simple to make and easily portable. Make individual gifts wrapped in tissue or bring a whole tin for a group.

Per serving: 160 calories, 1g saturated fat, 23g carbohydrates, 3g protein, 2g fiber

Tamarind Chutney by Suneeta Vaswani

This isn't a traditional holiday gift, but it's easy to make and has the perfect balance of sweet and tangy.

Per serving: 18 calories, 0g saturated fat, 5g carbohydrates, 0g protein, 0g fiber

Christmas Stollen by Marion Cunningham

Homemade breads are a great presents because of the variety of recipes and pretty ways to wrap them. Using dried cranberries makes this bread a wonderful seasonal gift.

Per serving: 232 calories, 2g saturated fat, 42g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 1g fiber

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