Holiday Bread Recipes to Give as Gifts

Delicious and Affordable Gifts From the Heart

During holiday time, there always seems to be the need for a last-minute gift, but who has time to run to the store? You can order online but overnight shipping can be expensive. So, why not bake something instead? Homemade bread or baked goods are not only delicious and affordable but also show the recipient how much you care. Any of these eight delicious gift breads will surely please family and friends, and make their holiday season a little sweeter.

  • 01 of 08

    Cinnamon Tea Rings

    Swedish Tea Ring

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    A perfect choice when you need multiple homemade gifts, this large batch recipe makes six cinnamon tea rings to hand out at holiday time. Not only are they delicious, but these round sweet breads are also easy to make and pretty to look at. It's a great recipe if you're looking for something without fruit, but feel free to add raisins or dried cranberries if you like.

  • 02 of 08

    Apple Cinnamon Mini Loaves

    Cinnamon sticks

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    The flavors of apple and cinnamon are loved throughout the year but are especially welcome during the holiday season. This recipe for apple cinnamon bread is baked into three mini loaves, making it ideal for when you need to give a little something or want to mix and match with other miniature quick breads, such as mini cinnamon banana loaves or Christmas cranberry mini loaves. The recipe is as simple as mixing the ingredients and popping in the oven.

  • 03 of 08

    Pineapple Walnut Bread

    Pineapple Nut Bread
    Pineapple Nut Bread.

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    For something a little different, surprise a loved one with this pineapple walnut bread. The combination of the tropical fruit and buttery nuts creates a delicious and festive taste that any friend would be happy to enjoy. This bread pairs well with coffee and is a great treat to bring to the office during holiday time.

  • 04 of 08

    Cranberry Orange Scones

    Cranberry Scones
    Cranberry Scones.

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    Scones are always a favorite baked good to gift, especially during a busy holiday season. They can be eaten for breakfast, dessert, or as a mid-morning snack, and are often enjoyed by the whole family. The cranberry and orange zest is a classic Christmastime flavor combination, perfect for the season. The recipe makes 12 to 18 scones, depending on how you cut them, ideal for adding to a couple of holiday gift baskets full of goodies.

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  • 05 of 08

    Kanelbullar: Swedish Cinnamon Rolls

    Swedish Cinnamon Rolls

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    Many families love to enjoy cinnamon rolls with coffee or hot chocolate on Christmas morning, but most of the time those cinnamon rolls come from the store-bought tube. Why not treat someone to a batch of these Swedish cinnamon rolls that they can enjoy while opening gifts? These are a little less sweet than typical cinnamon rolls and filled with delightful, warm spice. The fact that they are baked individually in cupcake wrappers means you can easily divide the batch to give out as multiple gifts.

  • 06 of 08

    Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

    Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

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    Even people who don't eat bananas seem to love banana bread. And considering how often we all seem to have overripe bananas in the fruit bowl, it is also a convenient recipe to throw together. This banana bread recipe includes chocolate chips, making it an instant favorite with the kids. Anyone would love to receive this moist and flavorful quick bread to enjoy with family by the tree.

  • 07 of 08

    Christmas Cranberry Mini Loaves

    Christmas Cranberry Mini Loaf Gift Bread

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    Christmas and cranberries just seem to go hand in hand, so what could be more perfect than these little quick breads? And what may be a pleasant surprise is that fresh cranberries are used instead of dried, making this recipe a seasonal treat. A simple icing of confectioners' sugar and water is drizzled over the tops, giving the breads a snowy white finish.

  • 08 of 08

    Easy Christmas Stollen Sweet Bread

    Christmas stollen sweet bread recipe

    ​The Spruce / Victoria Heydt

    Stollen bread is a traditional German Christmas bread that can range from quite fancy to very simple. This time-honored sweet bread is filled with candied and/or dried fruit, nuts, and spices, and is finished off with icing or powdered sugar. This recipe makes two small loaves and is studded with candied fruit and coated in a lemon-vanilla icing. A festive and seasonal treat anyone would love.