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100 DIY Food Gifts for the Holidays

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Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix Recipe + 99 More DIY Food Gifts for the HolidaysDo you need some last minute gift ideas? Well, I have 100 DIY food gifts for the holidays listed here for you—plus a recipe for whole wheat pancake mix, too!

Last Minute Christmas Shopping

I think it is safe to say we have officially entered last minute territory when it comes to Christmas gifts. If you still have shopping to do, you better do it soon! And oh, it will be awful. There will be lines. Screaming children. The things you need to buy will be sold out.

A Better Way: 100 DIY Food Gifts for the Holidays

But there is another way! You can make your own gifts. Everyone loves a homemade gift! (Well, maybe kids don’t. If you give your kids jars of Meyer lemon marmalade for Christmas, it will probably be something they tell their therapist about 20 years from now. Don’t give your kids homemade marmalade for Christmas.) And guess what? I have 100 DIY food gifts for the holidays in this post.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix in a Jar
One hundred! Starting with my own food gift idea, a Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix in a jar. This mix is easy to make, reasonably healthy, and the addition of mini chocolate chips makes it a crowd pleaser too.

(If you don’t love this idea – just keep scrolling down to see the list of 100!)

Pack it in mason jars, print out the labels below, and package it up with a bottle of maple syrup. And then instead of going to the mall, you can chill out at home in your pajamas and watch Shahs of Sunset marathons while assembling your awesome homemade pancake mix gifts.

Click on the links below to download printable jar labels by Anna from In Honor of Design:

Printable Jar Labels for Pancake MixDownload Front Labels Here
Download Back Labels with Instructions Here

Print the labels on sticky paper or use rubber cement to affix them to your jars.


Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix Recipe

This healthy pancake mix makes a great holiday gift. Pack it in mason jars and use the cute printable labels included in this post! Slightly adapted from King Arthur Flour’s Homemade Whole-Grain Pancake Mix.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: about 10 cups of mix 1x


  • 3 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips (use more if you want!)


  1. Place oats in food processor. Process until finely chopped (not powdered!).
  2. Combine oats, flours, sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in bowl of a stand mixer. Using paddle attachment, mix on low speed. As mixer is running, slowly drizzle oil into bowl. Continue to mix until well-combined. Gently fold in chocolate chips.
  3. Transfer to mason jars or other airtight containers. Mix can be kept for up to two weeks at room temperature or indefinitely in the refrigerator or freezer.


To make pancakes: Whisk together 1 cup of pancake mix, 1 cup of buttermilk, and a large egg. Let stand for 20 minutes.

Heat a lightly greased griddle on medium-high heat. Drop batter onto griddle in 1/4 cup portions. When edges look dry and bubbles come to surface without breaking, carefully flip over pancake. Continue to cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately or keep in a warm oven until serving. (Yield: About 8 pancakes.)

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So that’s one idea. Here are 99 more DIY food gift ideas from other blogs and websites. There is something here for everyone!

Drinks (Alcoholic and Otherwise)

Pomegranate & Vanilla Vodka [Ren Behan’s Fabulicious Food]
Vegan Salted Caramel, Peppermint & Mexican Hot Chocolate Mixes [The Sweet Life]
Peppermint Schnapps [The Boys Club]
Orange-Infused Bourbon [Martha Stewart]
Homemade Mulling Spices [30 Pounds of Apples]
Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Mix [Kitchen Treaty]
Limoncello [Smedette]
Blood Orangecello [Delicious Everyday]
Homemade Tea Blends [The Spruce Eats]
Strawberry Vodka [Delicious Everyday]
DIY Flavored Coffee Syrups [Annie’s Eats]


Vegan Chocolate Matzo Brittle [Veg Kitchen]
Gingerbread Caramels [Good Life Eats]
Double Nutty Chocolate Toffee [Oh My Veggies]
Homemade Peppermint Sticks [Martha Stewart]
Spiced Sweet Potato Caramels
Salted Caramel Fudge [Eclectic Recipes]
Candied Orange Peel [Yujai]
Bourbon Peanut Butter Cups [Food Nouveau]
Homemade Holiday Lollipops [Just a Taste]
Cashew & Cayenne Brittle [Martha Stewart]
Vegan Raspberry Truffles [Oh My Veggies]


Sugar-Free Chocolate Coffee Truffles [All Day I Dream About Food]
Crock Pot Candy [Cookies & Cups]
Double Layer Peppermint Bark [Oatmeal with a Fork]
Salty Hot Fudge Sauce [Cheap Recipe Blog]
Chocolate Covered Pretzels [Savory-bites]
Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Truffles [The Sweet Life]
Bailey’s Walnut Bark [Got Chocolate]
Red Wine Chocolate Truffles [Pastry Affair]
Salted Quinoa Chocolate Bark with Pistachios [Cooking Quinoa]
Five Minute Fudge Wreath [Tidy Mom]
Vegan Smoked Almond Dark Chocolate Turtles [Baker Bettie]

Soups, Sauces, and Chilis

Vegetarian Five Bean Soup Mix [Back to Her Roots]
Dal Mix in a Jar [Veggie Belly]
Hot Pepper Sauce [Southern Living]
Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup Mix [Eating Well]
Cranberry Chipotle Ketchup
Vegetarian Black Bean Chili Mix [Razzle Dazzle Recipes]
Curried Lentil Soup [Good Housekeeping]
Apple Brandy Mustard [Burnt Carrots]
Vegan Five Legume Soup Mix [Vegan in the Freezer]
Vegetarian Black Bean Soup Mix [Budget 101]
Homemade Sriracha [White on Rice]

Baking Mixes

Monster Cookie Mix [Tidy Mom]
Blue Cornbread with Pineapple [Food Network]
Gingerbread Cookie Mix in a Jar [Food for My Family]
Holiday Panettone [Food Network]
Peanut Butter Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies Mix [All Parenting]
Cranberry Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar [Vegan Huggs]
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Quick Bread in a Jar [Mel’s Kitchen Cafe]
Peppermint Brownie Mix in a Jar [I Heart Nap Time]
Rosemary Focaccia in a Jar [An Oregon Cottage]
Blueberry Muffin Mix in a Jar []
Cowgirl Cookies [Bakerella]

Oils, Vinegars, Seasonings, and Extracts

Chili Salt [Feasting on Art]
Infused Balsamic Vinegars [Attainable Sustainable]
Homemade Ranch Seasoning Mix [Bake Your Day]
Indian Spice Rub [Eating Well]
Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix [Gimme Delicious]
Vanilla Sugar [Kitchen Konfidence]
Homemade Lemon Extract [Mommypotamous]
Infused Olive Oils [Just Putzing Around the Kitchen]
Vegan Furikake Seasoning [Rita Serano]
Tangerine Sea Salt [Style Me Pretty]
Herb-Infused Vinegar [Whole Foods]

Quick Breads

Blueberry, Bourbon & Brown Butter Spiced Cakebread [Tasty Trix]
Vegan Cranberry Orange Almond Loaf [Vanilla & Spice]
Quick Vegan Cinnamon Raisin Bread [Veg Kitchen]
Vegan Blueberry Banana Bread [Oh My Veggies]
Christmas Stollen [JungleFrog Cooking]
Vegan Citrus & Spice Tea Banana Bread [Healthy Happy Life]
Triple Chocolate Malt Bread [Dine & Dish]
Easy Glazed Lemon Bread [Delicious Everyday]
Whole Wheat Pumpkin Cheesecake Swirl Loaf [Food Doodles]
Chocolate Cinnamon Bread [The Idea Room]
Guinness Bread [Platings and Pairings]


Seasoned Mixed Nuts [All She Cooks]
Curried Cashews [Eating Well]
Red Chile Pecans [Potluck]
Curry Popcorn and Nuts [Veg Kitchen]
Christmas Morning Granola with Cranberries & Pecans [My Own Ideas]
Basil & Sun-Dried Tomato Crackers
Whole Wheat Cheese Straws [Apt. 2B Baking Co.]
Peppermint Crunch Puppy Chow [Sally’s Baking Addiction]
Homemade Cheez-its [My Fair Baking]
Vegan Salted Caramel Corn [Princess in the Kitchen]
Honey Nut Granola [Delicious Everyday]

Jams, Jellies, and Spreads

Fig Paste [Delicious Everyday]
Fig Anise Compote [Eating Well]
Carrot Cake Jam [MyRecipes]
Cinnamon Roll Flax Almond Butter [Healthful Pursuit]
Herb-Infused Caramelized Onion Jam [What about the food?]
Peach and Blackberry Jam [Oh My Veggies]
Pineapple Orange Marmalade [Potluck]
Pear Ginger Jam [A Baker’s House]
Honey Roasted Peanut Butter [Red Shallot Kitchen]
Homemade Walnut Butter [Henry Happened]
Meyer Lemon & Vanilla Bean Marmalade [Epicurious]

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  • Reply
    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh
    December 19, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Awesome list! Now I want pancakes!

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    December 19, 2012 at 8:52 am

    Those labels are so cute! It will take me days to work through this list!

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    December 19, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Oh my God this is the greatest post ever! I was just thinking I needed to get inspired for DIY gifts.

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    December 19, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    Wow- thanks for including my pear-ginger jam on your list. I can’t wait to go through more of the items you shared for DIY gifts. Looks like I’ll have lots to do and make this weekend. What great ideas!

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      December 20, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      You’re welcome! The jam sounds amazing–I love pear & ginger together! 😀

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    Stephanie @ henry happened
    December 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    This is brilliant! Now I just need to give this to someone so they will make cc pancakes for me 🙂 And you are so right, I did some online shopping last night and everything I wanted was sold out! Grr.

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      December 20, 2012 at 7:30 pm

      I know! I will never wait until the last minute again. Well, I tell myself that every year, but this time I mean it…

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    Kelly @ A Girl Worth Saving
    December 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Seriously what an amazing list!!! I was just wondering what Paleo options were out there 🙂

    • Reply
      December 20, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      You should do a paleo round-up! 😀

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    Jackie @ Domestic Fits
    December 19, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Great round up! And I love the cookie mix, such a fun present.

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    December 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I love the labels..simple and great. And the pancake mix seems like a perfect holiday gift.

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      December 20, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      Thank you! I have Anna from In Honor of Design do my printables. She is awesome!

  • Reply
    December 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    I really need to try doing this some year, with my low carb pancake mix. That would rock some worlds! Beautiful presentation!

    • Reply
      December 20, 2012 at 7:27 pm

      You should! People are looking for ideas now–go, run, put a post together with some printable labels! 😀

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    Simply Sweet Justice
    December 19, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Very creative! I made homemade apple butter for gifts this year and use the slow cooker – took all of the work out of it! 😉

    • Reply
      December 20, 2012 at 7:26 pm

      Homemade apple butter is an awesome gift idea! I’ve been meaning to try making that in my slow cooker…

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    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty
    December 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    I love this post! Thank you for including my hot cocoa mix. 🙂

    • Reply
      December 20, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      You’re welcome! 😀

  • Reply
    Rachel @ Following In My Shoes
    December 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Just. Brilliant.

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    Courtney Rae Jones
    December 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Incredible list of idea! Thank you! 🙂 I think I’ll give my sister the whole wheat pancake mix. She’d love that 🙂

  • Reply
    December 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    What an awesome list! I’m going to check some of these out since I still have some gifts I need to make.

  • Reply
    December 19, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    ahhh – great list! I have made jars with cookie ingredients in them for gifts in the past. I think it’s a fun gift to give & receive!

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    December 19, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    My parents would love these. Too bad I already mailed their Christmas present. lo

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    Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom
    December 19, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    Unfortunately I’m done with my Christmas gifts already but I’m going to make these for myself!

  • Reply
    Brenda Williams
    December 19, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    Love the list! Great ideas for just about anyone on your list. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply
    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen
    December 20, 2012 at 4:58 am

    What a great list of ideas, bookmarking this!

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    Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    December 20, 2012 at 6:54 am

    And now I’ve officially decided that it’s going to be breakfast for dinner night in my house.

    This is an awesome list 🙂

    • Reply
      December 20, 2012 at 7:12 pm

      I’ve been having breakfast for lunch all week long–I’m kind of addicted to this pancake mix. 🙂

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    shelly (cookies and cups)
    December 20, 2012 at 7:50 am

    LOve this pancake mix! My kids could eat pancakes 24/7 if I let them!
    Thanks for the linky love 🙂

    • Reply
      December 20, 2012 at 7:17 pm

      You’re welcome! 🙂

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food
    December 20, 2012 at 9:48 am

    See… I’m not sure I can be this crafty. Not sure I have it in me. It’s a fabulous idea though!

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      December 20, 2012 at 7:04 pm

      Well hey, you can just throw the pancake mix in a ziploc bag!

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    December 20, 2012 at 10:12 am

    HAHA! Shahs of Sunset! Am i the only one that got that?! such a ridiculous but addicting show!!
    Making the pancake mix for my momma!

    • Reply
      December 20, 2012 at 6:54 pm

      I like to drop references to reality shows I watch in my posts once in a while and I’m pretty sure there are exactly 2 people out there who ever get them. So congratulations on being one of them! 🙂 I love Shahs of Sunset.

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    December 20, 2012 at 11:01 am

    This is fantastic! but I’m not confident my end product would look as pretty. 🙂

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    Jenn @therebelchick
    December 20, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    We only do gifts for the kids now, because our family is just entirely too big. BUT back when I had to give over 30 people a gift every year, I made gifts in a jar, including soup mixes, chili mixes, and lots and lots of cookie mixes! I saved my spaghetti jars all year long. LOL

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      December 20, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      Yeah, I did homemade soap and candles last year and the year before, I did gift baskets. It is really hard when you have so many people to give gifts to!

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