It depends on how good a cook you are, I guess, and to some extent what it is. Things like fudge and buckeyes will mostly get regifted. I like those things, but one or two pieces is plenty to do me for the next year or two, really. And some people’s cooking is just…bad. It’s sweet that they thought of me and spent their time and energy and money making something for me, and I appreciate the thought and effort. But I still ain’t gonna eat it. And we’re typically not home from Christmas Eve till after New Years, so large amounts of stuff that isn’t shelf-stable or freezer-friendly is going to work. (Grandma, I’m looking at you and your jam cake. It is not physically possible for 2 people to eat a two-layer 8x8 cake that sends diabetics into a coma when they’re in the same room with it.)
Things like the fresh yeast bread and flavored butters we got one year are fantastic. We inhaled the bread that night and froze most of the leftover butter. I also like getting jellies and stuff, whether it’s homemade or bought. Sadly, since we cook so much, people very rarely give us food. But they seem tickled to snork down what we give them. I tend to make a lot of marshmallows, truffles, infused oils and vinegars, flavored syrups, that sort of thing that can be kept with minimal fuss for months if need be.