Slideshow: 14 Winter Preserves to Make and Gift

Cranberry Port Jam
Cranberry Port Jam

This luscious jam combines fresh and dried cranberries with a generous amount of ruby port. It would be perfect spread on cornbread, pumpkin bread, or anything slathered with cream cheese.

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[Photograph: Lucy Baker]

Boiled Cider Syrup
Boiled Cider Syrup

If you've got a cocktail fan in your life, think about giving them this syrup. Mixed with hot water or seltzer, it makes a great apple toddy or spritzer. (It's fantastic splashed into a salad dressing too).

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[Photograph: Emily Teel]

Rum Raisin Apple Pie Jam
Rum Raisin Apple Pie Jam

Not great with pastry? Make this jam as an easier alternative to baking someone an apple pie.

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Quince Paste
Quince Paste

Serious cheese lovers know quince paste is awesome when paired with cheeses like manchego, whose sharpness is a great match against the sweet and fruity paste. It is also great with a varieties of cheeses, pastries or roasted meats.

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Rosemary Pear Jam
Rosemary Pear Jam

For friends who have a savory side, consider this fruity and herbaceous jam. Your handmade note can let them know it's perfect slathered on a ham sandwich or alongside any holiday cheese plate.

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Apple Butter
Apple Butter

If you have leftover apples, this is a great way to use them up. It will also bring back good memories to friends who are already missing fall.

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Cranberry Quince Chutney
Cranberry Quince Chutney

This wintry chutney, spiced with clove and bright with cranberries and tangerine, is versatile for the holidays. Either give it as a gift or use it on your own cheese tray.

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[Photograph: Emily Teel]

Cranberry Potpourri Jam
Cranberry Potpourri Jam

Cranberry is the perfect base for cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, rounding out these sweet spices with an intensely playful tang. This jam is perfect for stuffing homemade toaster pastries or slathering onto hot, buttered waffles.

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[Photograph: Lucy Baker]

Chocolate Pear Jam
Chocolate Pear Jam

Chocoholics will love/hate you for supplying them with this jam, which makes even rice cakes taste like an indulgent treat. (It's also great lapped up with a spoon.)

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[Photograph: Lucy Baker]