Besides the basics like sugar, flour, butter and eggs, having the following list of ingredients on-hand enables you to make many last minute food gifts. Most of the ingredients will keep for a long time so stock your pantry with these things:

  • Cheeses - parmesan, cheddar

  • Nuts - walnuts, pecans, and almonds are most useful

  • Instant espresso coffee

  • Raisins and other dried fruits, including dried pineapple

  • Candied ginger

  • Balsamic vinegar

  • Light corn syrup

  • Sugar cubes

  • Cream of tartar

  • Cornmeal

  • Gelatin

  • Cornstarch