Giving a gift should be more than just a routine exchange of items. A well-thought-out present can express what we truly want for our loved ones, and taking the time to make something for them is one way this can happen. By making something personal, you’re telling that person you care about them and want to show it. This year, swap the store-bought cookie jar for homemade chocolate chip cookies or peppermint bark.
We all know that the holiday season only occurs once a year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it. I’ve compiled some of my favorite do-it-yourself projects to help you create festive and edible Christmas gifts. Have a little fun this Christmas and enjoy the surprise on your friends or family’s faces when they unwrap the food gifts instead of a traditional gift.
With just a few hours of time and minimal ingredients, not only will you have given the perfect gift to someone special, but you’ll also have saved yourself a lot of money! So without further ado, let’s dive into our 27 super easy homemade edible gift ideas!
1. Cookie Mixes in a Jar
Do you agree that nothing says “I love you” more than a batch of freshly baked cookies? This easy cookie mixes in a jar tutorial take the guesswork out of cookie preparation and will make anyone’s Christmas extra sweet. Your recipients can bake fresh cookies whenever they like; all they need to do is add the recipe’s wet components. Additionally, there are numerous methods to personalize the packaging & labels to make the products genuinely unique.
2. Red Velvet Cheesecake Bites
Now, let’s be real. You are going to want to prepare two batches of these; one to keep for yourself and one to give away. These delish Red Velvet cheesecakes will literally melt into your mouth and feel like a cloud on your lips. Those lucky enough to receive these naughty treats will love the rich, buttery taste and, even more, will love you for them!
3. White Peppermint Bark
Whip up this festive holiday white peppermint bark that is a delicious combination of white chocolate, crushed candy canes, and a sprinkle of puffed rice cereal. It’s the perfect white cocktail party addition for any guest. Not only will it taste incredibly good, but it will also be visually stunning on your friend’s kitchen counter!
4. Sea Salt Caramels
While we all love classic caramels, this sea salt caramel recipe with heavy cream extract is a sweet twist that will certainly be appreciated by those who are candy lovers! At any time of the year, sea salt caramels are a delectable treat that is hard to refuse due to their sweet and salty flavors as well as their smooth and crunchy textures.
5. Citrus Marmalade
Give this present to the person in your life who has a passion for savory foods alongside a modest assortment of cheese and crackers. This citrus marmalade recipe is so incredibly easy to make. Not only will it be a delicious addition to your holiday treats, but it will also keep forever in your refrigerator. Slather on toast, add it to oatmeal or even a latte!
6. Chocolate-Pistachio Orange Slices
You should try these fresh chocolate–pistachio orange slices after a hefty meal when you are searching for something sweet and light to eat afterward. This dish, which is made with fruit, is so deliciously sweet that even your children will enjoy it. These chocolate-pistachio orange slices are a festive addition to any holiday casserole. Not only will they make for an adorable gift, but they’re also nutrient-dense and gluten-free, so you can feel good about serving them.
7. Cherry and Pecan Divinity
Bringing a little extra love into the life of another person can be accomplished through the gift of homemade candy. Use this cherry and pecan divinity recipe for delectable candies that are sure to be a hit at any get-together. What’s better than a classic Divinity? A divine version enhanced with cherries and chopped pecans, of course! Give the gift of this traditional dessert from the South in vintage or new small tart pans.
8. Gingerbread Fudge
This gingerbread fudge recipe is ideal if you’re searching for a delicious Christmas present with a traditional flavor. The only thing better than homemade fudge is homemade fudge with real gingerbread flavor. Make this delicious version of an old-fashioned candy bar for your loved one this Christmas and give them the gift of simple, delicious fudge.
9. Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels
Is there anything that combines savory and sweet flavors more perfectly than chocolate-covered pretzels? The look is finished off with sprinkles of various colors. If you are seeking a recipe that will please everyone in your household, including your relatives and close friends, then this is the dish that you should prepare. They won’t be able to say no to the flavor profile that combines sweet chocolate and salty pretzels. This present is not only enjoyable to eat, but it’s also a lot of fun to put together!
10. Chocolate Truffles
After a large lunch, chocolate truffles are one of the nicest Christmas desserts to have. Besides, who could pass on a delicious truffle? Not only are these chocolate truffles simple to make with very little time required, but they’re also a little on the healthier side. This homemade treat is great for those looking for an alternative to the usual sweet treat. Rejoice, all you chocolate lovers!
11. Easy Pistachio-Cranberry Nougat
A traditional sweet from the Mediterranean region, Pistachio-Cranberry nougat is prepared by stirring honey or sugar, egg whites, and chopped nuts in a pot of simmering sugar while monitoring the temperature with a candy thermometer. Our expedited version is as uncomplicated as rice-cereal treats, but it is significantly more mouthwatering. To prevent the boards from sticking together, place them in a box that has been lined with waxed paper.
12. Sandwich Cookies
Everyone likes Oreos! The time-honored cookie sandwich is given a significant makeover in this recipe with the addition of comforting winter spices and airy, light citrus cream. These sandwich cookies are perfect for any event. They are easy to decorate and delicious! These treats will surely delight anyone you gift them to.
13. Cured Lemons
In pesto, risotto, and pasta, preserved lemons can add a tangy flavor. Preserved lemons are just lemons that have been cured in salt and sugar. When placed in mason jars, they take on the appearance of a sophisticated edible gift. Cured lemons have a shelf life of several months, but chances are the people you give them to will use them much before then!