Welcome to the Hunker Holiday Gift Guide. From joyful decor picks to gifts that give back, these items are sure to delight everyone on your list.
One of the best gifts you can give during the holiday season is a baked good made with love. This is especially the case if you're looking for a quick, last-minute gift you can easily and affordably whip up at home. Fortunately, there are plenty of recipes out there that you can look to for inspiration. We're including our favorites below.
1. Dora’s Table Vegan Conchas
Who wouldn't be delighted after opening a box of colorful conchas, which are traditional Mexican sweet bread rolls complete with a crunchy topping? Plus, this Dora's Table version is vegan, meaning that it's perfect for anyone with dairy restrictions.
2. No Recipes Japanese Christmas Cake
"Christmas Cake ( クリスマスケーキ) is a Japanese-style strawberry shortcake that's traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve," writes Marc Matsumoto of No Recipes. "For my version, I've turned it into an easy roll cake with a tender sponge cake base and loads of strawberries and cream."
You can never go wrong with homemade Rice Krispies Treats — especially if you combine them with oreos. The best part is that The Cashew Cutie's version only requires four ingredients and 15 minutes.
4. A Cozy Kitchen Overnight Cinnamon Rolls
There is nothing better than a warm cinnamon roll topped with a sweet cream cheese glaze. If you give someone this as a gift, odds are that they will love you forever.
5. My Name Is Yeh Babka Straws
If making a full-on babka — a traditional Jewish, sweet braided bread — feels daunting, then why not try these babka straws? They look just as intricate and delicious, but not as intimidating.
If you want someone to know just how much you love them, you'll bake them cupcakes topped with buttercream. We're currently loving this blue corn recipe from The Fancy Navajo, which packs a lovely pop of color.
7. The Woks of Life Flakey Apple Pie
An apple pie is always a good idea — especially if you're able to bake it with fresh local apples. To make it extra special, gift it with a container of ice cream or homemade whipped cream.
8. Grandbaby Cakes German Chocolate Cake
For the chocolate lover in your life, this cake will be a hit. German chocolate cake, specifically, is a layered chocolate cake filled and topped with a coconut-pecan frosting. A truly decadent gift.
These Instagram-famous cookies look as tasty as they are pretty. Filled with matcha powder, strawberry powder, and vanilla, they are ideal for the person in your life who's always down to try new things.
Anna is a Los Angeles-based writer and editor who covers lifestyle and design content for Hunker. She's written for Apartment Therapy, the L.A. Times, Forge, and more. She previously worked as the lifestyle editor at HelloGiggles and deputy editor at So Yummy. Her email: email@example.com