Make this Christmas extra special for a someone by putting together one of our bespoke recipe kits. If you have a foodie friend or family member who loves baking, cooking or even marmalade-making, then we’ve got something to suit everyone, from beginner to keen cooks.
These 10 kits are easy to put together – just weigh out the respective ingredients and package them in jars, paper bags or wrapping. Homemade crafts are the perfect excuse to get creative with your presentation, so colourful ribbons, sparkle and decorations will all look the part in these gourmet gifts. Don’t forget to include a label with the written instructions they’ll need to make the recipe.
Take a look at our favourite recipe box ideas below, then check out our collection of homemade gift kit recipes for more inspiration.
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1. Triple chocolate cupcake kit
If you know somebody who loves baking, this chocolate cupcake kit will be a dream come true. The ingredients are all pretty simple, but presenting them well makes all the difference. Layering up caster sugar, flour and cocoa powder in a jar creates an attractive striped pattern, while wrapping the chocolate drops in cellophane bags adds an element of high-end confectionary. Finish off the package with some festive red ribbon and a handy baking spoon.
2. Gravadlax kit
Gravadlax is a popular Christmas starter and this homemade kit provides everything a foodie friend will need to cure their own salmon, Scandi-style. Fill the box with a mix of fresh dill, seasoning, citrus zest and dried herbs, then include a fishmonger gift voucher for a boneless piece of quality salmon. These fresh and zingy flavours will take the fish to the next level, making it a starter course to remember.
3. Bespoke martini kit
Aspiring mixologists will delight in this sophisticated drinks kit. It features a bottle of vodka and vermouth along with infusing ingredients such as juniper berries, cardamom pods, dried rose petals, coriander seeds and a lemon. Arrange these in a wide box so that all the ingredients are on show in mini jars. After infusing the vodka, all that’s left is to mix the alcohol and garnish with an olive.
4. Baked camembert and coffee kit
There is little more comforting than an oozing box of baked camembert to plunge some crusty bread into. Give this cheesy kit the luxe factor by including sultanas infused in alcohol such as PX sherry, Calvados or rum. After cooking the camembert, these can be spooned over for a seriously gourmet experience.
Lovers of a coffee and a biscuit will rejoice in this bespoke beverage kit. Put it together with your choice of ground coffee, espresso cups and ingredients for making ginger biscuits – all the essentials they’ll need for the ultimate coffee break.
5. Chewy cranberry choc-nut cookie kit
Gift your friends with a tempting jar of sweet treasures. After just half an hour of prep, they’ll be rewarded with some intensely moreish macadamia, cranberry and white chocolate chip biscuits. Cookie monsters won’t be able to keep their paws off!
6. Mulled wine kit
Nothing says Christmas like the aromatic smell of mulled wine and spices on the stove. This festive kit is easy to put together. Place a bottle of wine centre in the box, then tie the spice mix in some butter muslin and attach to the neck of the wine bottle. Finally, add an orange spiked with cloves – the smell on opening the box will be heavenly!
7. Sourdough starter kit
If you know somebody who’s been longing to hone a new food craft, why not get them started on sourdough? Put together a kit with everything they’ll need to get started – Kilner jar, flour, muslin and spoon, then add some final flourishes to make it Chrismassy. Adding instructions on your label will be super helpful for this one.
8. Lasagne recipe kit
Fans of Italian cooking will particularly appreciate a festive lasagne kit box. This popular Italian bake can be quite labour intensive, but having the ingredients all measured and prepped will give them a nice head-start. Suitable for both keen cooks and beginners, this will make the perfect weekend activity to wind down in the kitchen.
9. Snow globe hot chocolate
Let your creativity run wild with this jolly hot chocolate snowman gift kit. Using the cocoa powder as a base, layer up marshmallows on a cocktail stick for the body, then give them strawberry lace scarfs and draw on their faces with an icing pen. Place your little snowman on a cookie, give him a peanut butter hat and there you have the cutest edible gift imaginable! Kids will love getting involved and experimenting with different looks for their snowmen.
10. Whisky & pink peppercorn marmalade kit
Take marmalade to the next level with our spiced, boozy version. The colourful kit comprises an assortment of citrus fruits, pink peppercorns, sugar and whisky. Fans of the classic orange preserve are sure to be converted with this Christmassy number.