A couple of weeks ago I gave you my recipe for pumpkin bread. The recipe makes six small loaves, and it's an easy, inexpensive, homemade holiday food gift that never goes uneaten.

If you're running out of time to spend hours at the mall and running out of money for expensive gifts, homemade food gifts can be the answer to your problems. A half hour at the grocery store and a few hours spent in your warm kitchen with your family can yield gifts for teachers, co-workers, crossing guards, neighbors - all those people you want to give a little remembrance to.

I've compiled a list of some websites that have fabulous ideas for homemade food gifts. You should have no trouble finding something that you're capable of creating.

  • 50 ways to make your holiday gifts homemade - The Los Angeles Times Food section has 50 different ideas - from infused vodka to slow roasted Roma tomatoes packed olive oil to candied lemon peels, this list goes way beyond cookies and chocolate covered pretzels.
  • Gifts in a jar - Organized Christmas has directions to make various layered ingredient jar gifts. There are directions for bean soup, bath salts, and, of course, cookies to choose from.
  • Seasoning mix recipes - You can combine spices and seasonings in a container to create Colonel Sander's Secret Herbs and Spices, Garam Masala Spice Mix, Spaghetti Seasoning Mix or one of over 50 other seasoning mixes listed on recipe-recipes.net.
  • Festive food gifts - one of my go-to recipes sites, Allrecipes, has recipes for several types of food gifts including homemade vanilla, peppermint schnapps liquor, and cappuccino in a jar.
Spend a few minutes browsing these sites and finding some inspiration for homemade food gifts that you can make this holiday season.

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

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Not many days left until the holidays and not much money left in your wallet? Homemade food gifts to the rescue.