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43 Fun And Creative Candy Gift Ideas … You Can Make Now!

In this article: Candy Gift Ideas for every occasion, from birthdays to graduation, to teacher gifts … candy gifts are affordable and everyone loves candy!

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We all the know the end of the school year is coming. And that means end-of-year teacher gifts. We scramble to shove a coffee gift card into an envelope on the way to the last day of school and cross our fingers that our kid remembers to hand it over to their teacher before the end of the day.

After my son’s teacher confessed that she got over $500 in still-unused coffee gift cards last year, I asked several of my teacher friends about their favorite gifts from students.

I hate to break it to you, but they all said no more apple tchotchkes … or tchotchkes of any kind for that matter! While the thought is appreciated, you can only have so many apple paper weights or apple magnets, right? They also told me that they don’t drink much coffee because bathroom breaks are few.

Luckily, you can never go wrong with candy gifts. Let's face it, we all love candy! And even if the teacher can't eat the candy because of a diet, they love sharing it with their students, family, and own children.

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That’s why I’ve gathered over 40 amazing candy gift ideas you can DIY.

Why Candy is a Great Gift

Candy gifts are:

  • Inexpensive: you can get most candy at the dollar store for $1 per piece.
  • Versatile & Personal: customize candy gifts with their favorite flavors and candies. Make the same gift with different candies for different people … you'll never run out of gift ideas!
  • Fun to make: DIY candy gifts are a fun way to bond with your kid and put your handmade touch on a gift
  • Extra fun to give: the surprise and excitement on their face when they receive a candy gift makes it so rewarding to give!

Chocolate bars are one of my favorites for candy gifts. Everyone loves a Hershey's bar!

Where Did Candy Bars Come From?

Candy wasn’t always available in fun colorful packages like today. In the 18th century, the first candies were medicinal, prescribed by an apothecary to treat chest or digestion problems. Sugar was added to herbal concoctions to make them taste better, hence the “spoonful of sugar” reference in Mary Poppins.

Thank goodness, the price of sugar fell after the American Civil War, causing the confectionery and apothecary industries to separate. Packaged candy first appeared in 1854 when Whiteman’s packaged the first chocolates box. Now you can find candies in flavors of all kinds in all types of packages imaginable, for as little as a dollar a box.

Did you know you can make candy at home? My homemade fudge is a highly requested gift from family and friends during the holidays!

Milton Hershey was the first American to bring the chocolate bar to mass production level, introducing chocolate to the masses! His original Hershey’s Sweet Milk Chocolate bar, introduced in 1900, ranks as one of the best selling American candy bars for the last 100 years.  

Where to get the best deals on candy

My favorite place to shop for box candy, like Mike & Ike’s, is the dollar store.

Both Dollar Tree and 99 Cents Only Stores boast huge selections of candies in all shapes and sizes.

99 Cents Only Stores also carries unique and imported candies, such as Haribo gummy bears.

Most candy in these stores costs about $1 per package, while candy at most grocery stores costs two to three times as much. For around $10, you can make an impressive looking candy gift with the ideas below.

Do they love specialty or hard-to-find candy? Check out this list of amazing candies to try:

Now that you're stocked with all the best candy, let's dive in to all the fabulous candy gift ideas you can make:

Candy Gifts For Teachers

Score major brownie points with the teachers with these 5 DIY candy gift ideas:

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But wait, there's more! Check out these creative ideas for teachers, like the “emergency stash” or a candy dish made from crayons!

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DIY Candy Gift Ideas For The Graduate

Celebrate the grad's big day by making a sweet graduation candy bouquet with their favorite candy.

Check out these super creative candy gift ideas your graduate will love:

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Get even more grad gift ideas: Graduation Money Gift Ideas!

Housewarming Candy Gifts

Welcome new friends into the neighborhood with a DIY housewarming gift … made with candy! The kids are gonna love receiving this gift … and the parents will love the chocolates.

The pineapple made from Ferrero Rocher chocolates is my favorite idea from this bunch:

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DIY Candy Bouquets, Cakes, and Wreaths

Candy bouquets are super popular on Pinterest … and surprisingly easy and affordable to make. Check out these fun candy wreaths, bouquets, and cake ideas to DIY:

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Want to give gift cards too? Make a DIY gift card wreath … and pump it up by adding candy!

DIY Candy Gifts In a Jar

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Candy Gift Ideas for Guys

Husbands, dads, and boyfriends are notoriously challenging to buy gifts for. But all guys love candy! Make one of these clever candy gift ideas for him this year:

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Birthday Candy Ideas

Making a poster with candy is one of the most popular gift ideas right now! Celebrate their birthday with a bang with one of these quick, inexpensive birthday candy gift ideas:

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Give A Gift They'll Remember for the Right Reasons

With over 40 fabulous candy gift ideas to choose from, you won't be phoning it in with a boring coffee gift card or an apple doo-dad nobody wants.

Giving a small candy gift? Check out this collection of free printables from The Dating Divas:

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Who’s on your list to get one of these fab candy gifts? Let me know in the comments!

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About the Author

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Jennifer Priest is a 20+ year designer in the arts & crafts industry and home DIYer with a passion for creativity. An Army veteran raised on a ranch, from her experience, she shares smart DIY projects that save money and fun craft ideas that anyone can make. Besides blogging, Jennifer is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, Hypnosis, and MER, and coaches other online entrepreneurs on money mindset, business, and living an intentional life. When not blogging, Jennifer is having adventures in the wilderness, on road trips, playing with her cats, and making paleo food.

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4 Comments

  1. Candy makes such a terrific gift idea. I know that I always love receiving candy as a gift!! Thanks for sharing all these terrific gift ideas and for including my Hershey Kiss Valentine idea as well 🙂

  2. I’m going to adapt one of these ideas for a hostess gift. We have friends who open up their homes and hearts so that friends who are helping out in their area have a place to stay without paying for a hotel. It’s very much appreciated. My husband is going to be staying with one of these kind hearts and I wanted to send a thank you gift.

  3. My daughters were looking for a gift to make their grandparents for Thanksgiving. Thank you for the lovely ideas to make beautiful presents.

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