I don’t want to create panic, but there are only 10 days left until Christmas. It’s time to step up the preparations. If you’re still in need of some gift ideas, I’ve found five easy homemade food gifts that won’t push you over the edge time-wise. You should be able to find something for everyone on your list.

Prunes in French BrandySteeped in Armagnac, a French brandy, these jarred prunes from The Atlantic will keep indefinitely in the refrigerator. Add a card with suggestions on how to serve them such as eat them straight, serve on top of pancakes, or serve on top of vanilla ice cream.

Cranberry Orange Scone Mix in a Jar: There are probably dozens of recipes on this website, Food in Jars, to choose from, but cranberry and orange is a classic holiday flavor combination. This mix fits into a one-quart jar, and when you add butter, an egg, and buttermilk, you'll get delicious scones.

Chocolate Bark: If you can melt chocolate, you can make this easy candy from Country Living. You can choose toppings such as dried fruits, nuts or toasted seeds. When the candy hardens, break it up into pieces, place it in an airtight tin, and hand out as gifts.

Homemade Kahlua: The homemade gift guru shares how to create your own vodka and coffee liqueuer, and package it a bottle with a flip top lid or a sterilized bottle with a screw top lid. Attach a card with a few cocktail recipes like a White Russian and a Mudslide.

My Amish Friend’s Caramel Corn: 656 people on allrecipes.com have given this recipe five stars. The recipe originated from an Amish family who makes the caramel corn for their friends and neighbors each year for Christmas. This would make a perfect homemade food gift for teachers and caregivers.

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

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For teachers, neighbors, friends, caregivers, and family, homemade food gifts make thoughtful presents that are sure to be used.