15 Homemade Thanksgiving Treats to Send to Friends and Family When You Can't Be There in Person

jar of homemade Cowboy Cookie Mix in a Jar recipe displayed with finish cookies, oats, nuts, and chocolate chips
Photo: Mackenzie Schieck

If you can't gather with loved ones from across the country this Thanksgiving, you can still be a part of their Thanksgiving table. There are so many delicious homemade treats filled with love that are also easy to ship to close family and friends. Here are 15 ideas for food gifts to send near and far, including seasonal pumpkin treats, fudge, jam, and more. And when it comes to the homemade mixes for cookies, soups, and hot cocoa on this list, you could even send them and make them together virtually!

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Downeast Maine Pumpkin Bread

a loaf of pumpkin bread, partially sliced, on a white dish with fall decor in the background
My Hot Southern Mess

This pumpkin bread is filled with warming spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. The recipe makes three batches at a time (and can easily make muffins too if you prefer) making it a good pick if you need to ship out multiple loaves to friends and family. "I cannot believe how delicious this recipe was! I have never tasted such a rich, soft and filled with flavor, pumpkin bread in my life!" says home cook Kenna Pomeroy. Add to your Thanksgiving table with butter or devour the next morning for breakfast.

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Friendship Soup Mix in a Jar

dry soup mix layered in a gift jar

Show gratitude to your loved ones with this colorful, layered soup mix that will save them from thinking of what to make the next day after they've already cooked an entire Thanksgiving feast. The whole family can help prep this one in jars, including a recipe and a note of appreciation.

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Sparkling Holiday Jam

jars of homemade Sparkling Holiday jam on a kitchen countertop

Add a little sparkle to the holidays with this strawberry-cranberry jam, perfect to put on your Thanksgiving table with fresh baked rolls. You can make eight jars at a time in less than an hour so it's an easy project to give as gifts. Add a ribbon for some extra sparkle. Some reviewers added a hint of orange or the last of the summer berries with an amazing result.

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All-Day Apple Butter

All-Day Apple Butter on a plate
Alberta Rose

This apple butter is a project — taking all day to make — but if you put it in the crockpot, most of the cook time can be done overnight. Many of the home cooks cut back on the sugar (the sweetness level will vary depending on what apples you use) or subbed in honey. It yields four pints of butter — perfect for spreading the love at the Thanksgiving table.

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Stovetop Granola

overhead view of Stovetop Granola recipe with almonds, dried cranberries and shredded coconut

Granola is always a fan favorite — easy to make, package, and ship. This version is full of goodies like dried cranberries and chopped almonds, but also lends to adding your own favorites like dried apricots or coconut flakes. "Cooking granola in a pan on the stovetop changes everything!" says a reviewer.

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Pumpkin Fudge

Bowl of pumpkin fudge cut into squares.
Jennifer Causey

Fudge is always a festive food with so much versatility. Home cook AMANDAMS27 says, "I followed the directions (without a candy thermometer) and this came out great! Cook till it boils. Add ingredients, cook till it boils again. Bring to rolling boil, then cook for 18 minutes (set your timers) and stir occasionally. I will DEFINATELY make this recipe again! What a nice change from ordinary fudge! Thanks!"

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07 of 16

Caramel Corn Snack Mix

Caramel Popcorn

After a long day of cooking, it's nice to have something to snack on before dinner (or while watching the football games). This caramel corn snack mix is easy to prepare with popcorn, pretzels, cereal, and pecans all tossed in a caramelly, toffee-like coating. Let it cool and put it in cute bags with festive ribbons to give to family and friends.

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Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar

jar of homemade Hot Coca Mix decorated as a holiday gift
My Hot Southern Mess

Thanksgiving weather is usually a little cooler — or at least heading in that direction in much of the country — so a hot chocolate makes a perfect gift. This cocoa mix in a jar is simple but delightful — combining powdered milk, chocolate pudding mix, chocolate drink mix powder, creamer, confectioners' sugar, and cocoa to make the mix. Get creative and top with marshmallows, Hershey kisses, or peppermint sticks and attach a cinnamon stick to the jar. Add a quick recipe and you have the perfect end of November gift.

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Bread and Butter Pickles II

Bread and Butter Pickles II
Cliff G

Pickled anything is a great gift and can last a long time. These bread and butter pickles can utilize any last garden cucumbers (if you have them) or store-bought works just fine. Home cook Vanessa says, "I've been canning pickles for over 30 years and wanted a new recipe, I tried this one and if you are a beginner or a pro and you want a great recipe then you should try this one!" With a few simple ingredients and a little patience (you have to let the mixture sit 3 hours) you'll have 8 1-pint jars of bread and butter pickles to share with friends. For a pop of color, swap out green peppers for red, orange, or yellow.

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Homemade Chipotle Oil

bottle of homemade chipotle oil and bowl of popcorn

Infused oils make fantastic gifts. Chef John's chipotle infused version has a bright hue, perfect for the holidays. The process is simple but requires a week's worth of settling in with a once-a-day stir. The result is a spicy kick perfect for a drizzle over your Thanksgiving turkey, on popcorn later in the afternoon, and eggs in the morning. Bottle it and label with a Happy Thanksgiving note before giving to friends.

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Angel Food Candy

plate of homemade chocolate-covered Angel Food Candy recipe
Jen Hunt

Who doesn't love candy? Homemade candy is that much more impressive. This honeycomb version has an airy crunch on the inside with a rich chocolate covered coating. You'll want to have a candy thermometer on hand. But it's not just for advanced cooks, home cook Sara Doege says, "This is a really easy recipe. For one who had never made candy or used a candy thermometer until this recipe, I found it very easy." Let the candy cool before you slice it up and send it on its way in cute decorated boxes.

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Molasses Cookies

stack of homemade Molasses Cookies tied with a ribbon for gifting

Nothing says fall like spice forward cookies. These Molasses ones — with hints of cinnamon, ginger and cloves — are simple to make and taste like a burst of autumn. Home cook *Sunshine* says, "These are my favorite cookies on the site. The spice is just right, not too subtle, not too strong."

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Coffee Liqueur

bottle of homemade Coffee Liqueur recipe

Coffee liqueur you make at home may sound impressive but it's actually super simple to make and it makes a fantastic gift. This version is perfect with a splash of milk and sugar or mixed into a cocktail. Reviewer sonya511 says, "Very simple, very quick. I added a splash more vanilla to smooth the coffee flavor some. I will make this every year for gifts! Tastes wonderful with quite a kick. I used a lower grade vodka; no reason at all to break the bank!"

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Pecan Snack

close up of homemade Pecan Snack

The smell of cinnamon roasted pecans is reminiscent of apple orchards or county fairs, and now they can be a part of your Thanksgiving treats. The recipe is versatile — swap in other nuts or even use mixed nuts. Member Joan calls them "super addictive, so super quick and easy to make." Let the nuts cool before you bag them up and add a ribbon to be festive.

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Cowboy Cookie Mix in a Jar

jar of homemade Cowboy Cookie Mix in a Jar recipe displayed with finish cookies, oats, nuts, and chocolate chips
Mackenzie Schieck

If you can't be with family or friends, why not make time to bake with them? This cookie mix in a jar is filled with all the dry ingredients you need to make three dozen cookies and is packaged in a cute way. Send along a recipe card and make a date to bake together virtually to make this mix even more meaningful.

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