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Last-Minute Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas

Looking to give some homemade gifts this year, but don’t know where to start so close to the holidays? Here are some unique favorites from the Slow Food Madison team:

  • Oven-dried apple chips – use a food dehydrator or a low oven, and try sprinkling cinnamon or finely-ground pistachios on top before drying
  • Crystallized ginger dipped in dark chocolate – try this Alton Brown recipe for the candied ginger
  • Sourdough dog treats – Trevor submitted these notes: A great way to use up extra starter! I use whole wheat, corn, and oat flours, a couple of eggs, grated carrot or squash, and a scoop of peanut butter if I’m feeling generous. Stir together with enough water to form a stiff dough and ferment overnight. When ready to bake, roll to about 3/4″ thickness and use a biscuit cutter to cut into shapes. Place biscuits onto sheet pans and bake at 350F for half an hour or so. Turn the oven off, leave the door slightly ajar, and let the biscuits dry out thoroughly in the warm oven.
  • Toasted nuts – try this recipe or this recipe
  • Bolognese sauce (gifted frozen in jars) – try this Bon Appetit recipe
  • Homemade granola - make it more festive and decadent with dark chocolate chunks, cacao nibs, coconut oil, or vanilla-infused honey
  • Homemade vanilla extract – simple to make and perfect for the bakers in your life; try this recipe from TheKitchn

Happy Holidays from Slow Food Madison!

Ideas for locally-produced food gifts

What to get for the person who has everything? Something edible, of course. Here in Madison we enjoy some of the best ingredients and artisan products in the world, and they conveniently make perfect gifts for friends near and far. To get those gears rolling, here’s a list of just some of our favorite local food artisans (sadly we can’t list them all!). Happy Holidays, and happy gifting!

Hawkwind Mustards and Relish

Quince & Apple Small Batch Preserves

Gentle Breeze Honey

Kicking Bear Honey

Mad Urban Bees Honey

Old Sugar Distillery

RP’s Pasta

Underground Meats

Potter’s Crackers

Just Coffee

New Glarus Bakery – Holiday Stollen

Yum Butter

Gail Ambrosius Chocolates

DB Chocolates

James J. Chocolates

Christine’s Toffee

(p.s. Another good gift idea: channel your inner food artisan and give the gift of something homemade!)