Holiday gifts from your kitchen

Put smiles on all your family and friends during the season

Put smiles on all your family and friends during the season

“Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen,” by Georgeanne Brennan (hardcover, Oxmoor House, 2009, 111 pages, $18.95). Highlighted with color photos, this book will help readers indulge in the holidays with a collection of recipes — including candied grapefruit peel, lemon-spice olives and chocolate-marshmallow fudge — as well as plenty of ideas for creative gift packaging.

“Edible DIY: Simple, Giftable Recipes to Savor and Share,” by Lucy Baker (paperback, Running Press, 2012, 176 pages, $19). Presents 75 recipes for making creative edible gifts and features suggestions for the best times of the year to make and gift each recipe.

“Delicious Gifts: Edible Creations to Make and Give,” by Jess McCloskey (paperback, Barron’s, 2011, 144 pages, $16.99). Presents recipes for bakery treats, candies, spreads, vinegars and preserves, along with instructions for constructing gift boxes in a variety of shapes and sizes.

“Gifts Cooks Love: Recipes for Giving,” by Diane Morgan (hardcover, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2010, 184 pages, $25). This beautifully presented book offers something for every level of cook, providing accessible recipes delivered with helpful kitchen tips and ingredient notes, as well as guidance for artfully wrapping and presenting these edible offerings.

“Gifts from the Kitchen: 100 Irresistible Homemade Presents for Every Occasion,” by Annie Rigg (hardcover, Kyle Books, 2011, 175 pages, $24.95). Whether you want to celebrate a holiday, birthday, wedding, welcome someone into her new home or just say thank you, Annie’s inventive ideas — from Turkish delight, Chinese fortune cookies and macaroons to herbal teas, pesto and summer berry vodka — will inspire homemade gifts that are filled with love and originality.