These Southern homemade food gifts, complete with charming packaging and thoughtful details, will put a smile on anyone's face! Give them to your hostess, family members, or close friends
These little loaves freeze (and thaw) wonderfully, so keep them on hand by the bushelful for last-minute gifts. Package the
bread in a pint-size wood berry box from thinkgarnish.com (75 cents each) for rustic charm. Add high style for low cost by wrapping the loaves with fabric scraps. (We used a Bed,
Bath & Beyond curtain panel, torn and frayed at the edges.) Tie on our downloadable gift tag with embroidery thread for a
Prepare batches of this spicy gift and divvy it up by the cupful. It's the perfect base for pork butts, ribs and more. And
these small jars make charming gift wrap—they come with a wooden spoon, just right for dipping out spices. Find them at Hobby
Lobby ($2.67 each).
Pick up a jar of Wickles Wicked Okra (made in Dadeville, Alabama) for the picnic-loving pal. This sweet-and-spicy pickled okra is just right next to a plate of barbecue or on the rim of a Bloody Mary; $5. simsfoods.com
Resolve to think beyond a ho-hum box of chocolates for a food gift. Instead, pass on this sweet treat, which marries two Southern
specialties, coffee cake and pound cake, to create one buttery, best-of-both-worlds dessert.
This delicate Southern twist on the traditional French sponge cake is one of our favorite food gifts. Light and airy, and
not too sweet, they'd have Proust swooning "Lawdamercy." Package your homemade madeleines with charming materials from Box
& Wrap; boxandwrap.com.
You will need a canner, jar lifter, and canning rack. Look for a 9- or 12-piece canning kit, which will include all of these
pieces and more.
Get this look by using decorative craft paper and homemade gift tags. They add a touch of charm to canned gifts—slip a serving spoon into the twine for extra thoughtfulness.
Buttery shortbread and sweet toffee and chocolate make a delicious combination in this treat. Package some up in a dazzling
container for a great, personable gift.
Be sweet and pair this scoop with a pint of your favorite ice cream. The ice-cream parlor staple was invented in 1935 by Sherman
Kelly while vacationing in West Palm Beach, Florida. Heat from your hand warms this water-filled handle to soften ice cream
as you scoop. from $18.50; zeroll.com
For a charming fall gift that's more inspired than a bottle of wine, wrap a loaf of our moist Pecan-Pumpkin Bread in this
hand block-printed organic cotton tea towel by Chattanooga's Patch Design Studio (patchdesignstudio.com; $12). Tie with raffia for a rustic look.
Turn a plain bottle of hooch into a top-shelf indulgence, infused with sweet autumn ﬂavor. At 7 ounces, these cute corked
bottles are the perfect size for gifts ($2.09 each; specialtybottle.com). You can also use mini mason jars or any other food-safe glass container with a lid.
For a new twist on a hostess gift, try these buttery knots inspired by the Lowcountry. Pack pretzels in a decorative box or
basket that the hostess can reuse, and line it with fabric. Mini country Dijon mustard jars (at worldmarket.com) round out the gift. Secure our custom label to a small wooden spreader ($19 for 4; table-matters.com).
Because a good Southerner doesn't let guests leave empty-handed. Recycled cardboard drink containers make perfect car carriers
for the ride home—just stash a cellophane-wrapped snack in each slot. We gave our container a coat of white spray paint, glued
on scrap fabric, and affixed a custom "Happy Trails!" label to the front.
Buttery bites make for well-received packages. We used a 9- × 6-inch box and inserted individual white treat boxes as dividers
($8 for six at kmart.com)
These sweet little gems—our update on the ubiquitous cake ball—fit perfectly in 4-inch square jewelry boxes with mini cupcake
liners (both found at crafts stores)
Wrap these savory bites in a fabric-lined 9- × 4 1/2-inch box. Make dividers out of corrugated paper or lightweight cardboard.
Easy homemade vanilla extract is the gift that keeps on giving. Choose bourbon or vodka as your base, then let the vanilla
bean do the work. The longer it steeps, the better the flavor.