14 Awesome Edible Gifts

collage of edible gift ideas

Giving away homemade gifts is one of my favourite things about the holiday season, especially if they’re consumable!

I live in a small apartment with three wild animals, all of whom have a lot of stuff. Ok, and I’ve got an entire bookcase dedicated to cookbooks and food photography props. The point is, many of us don’t need more junk in our homes. This is why I love homemade gifts, and especially edible gifts. You give them, they get enjoyed, and they’re gone! Yay! 

You know what else is awesome about edible gifts? They’re usually fairly inexpensive to make, not all that time consuming, and you get to be in charge of quality control. Plus you can feel good about sticking it to the man and giving someone a gift that’s from the heart, rather than some bogus consumerist junk you bought in a state of complete panic.  

There’s still plenty of time to roll up your sleeves and make some fabulous edible gifts this holiday season, so let’s get down to business! 

Awesome Edible Gifts

two glass bottles of homemade vanilla extract on a grey background

Homemade Vanilla Extract is easier than you think. Unless you think it’s really ridiculously easy, in which case, you’re correct. It needs a bit of time, but there are some tips in the recipe post to get your homemade vanilla extract gift ready. Get into it! 

vanilla salt in a small jar with a pink label on a grey background

Looking for a homemade gift idea that requires two ingredients and about three minutes of your time? Make Vanilla Salt! For real folks, this stuff is amazing. A little sprinkle on top of your favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe will change your life. Pro tip: you can make vanilla salt with spent beans from making vanilla extract. Two homemade gifts for the price of one! 

a jar of homemade peppermint extract

If you think making your own vanilla extract is pretty badass, check this out: my friend Sarah makes her own Peppermint Extract as well! She also includes instructions for making homemade peppermint extract in the Instant Pot, which means you can make it in time for Christmas. If you’re looking for a killer handmade gift that’s not edible, try Sarah’s Lotion Bars!

overhead photo of preserved lemons

My friend Kellie has an incredible Preserved Lemons Recipe that’s a super easy gift idea for anyone who loves to cook. They take no time to make, look super impressive, and have lots of delicious uses. 

salted chocolate honeycomb on a wooden background

I’m a sucker for anything salted (hello, Vanilla Salt!) so of course this Salted Chocolate Honeycomb by Kate of Veggie Desserts jumped right out at me. It’s easy to make and an impressive edible gift to give!

A turmeric latte in a dark grey mug with a jar of turmeric latte mix in the background

Overpriced coffee shop turmeric lattes are for suckers! Help your friends live their best lives with this super easy Turmeric Latte Mix. It will take just a couple of minutes to stir together and is an inexpensive and delicious homemade gift. Boom! 

chocolate peppermint cups sprinkled with chopped candy canes on a white background

Calling all chocolate-mint lovers! These Double Chocolate Peppermint Cups from Trish of Rhubarbarians are a dream come true! 

chocolate lucuma bark on a speckled plate

If you want to make an edible gift that’s a sweet treat with a healthy twist, try this Chocolate Lucuma Bark from Hello Glow

a tray of dark chocolate on a wooden background

While we’re on the subject of chocolate, remember this Naturally-Sweetened Chocolate? I tested this out on friends and colleagues, and the honey version was the crowd favourite, but I still like the date-sweetened chocolate too. It’s totally quick and easy to make your own chocolate, so get your hands on some cocoa butter and give it a go!

a jar of candied ginger with small wrapped gifts in the background

Have you ever tried making your own candied ginger? It’s way easier than you think, and it’s a beautiful homemade gift if you ask me! This recipe is from fellow Stockholmer Emmeline of Always Use Butter

overhead photo of different flavoured salts on a grey plate

A friend once gave me some homemade Sriracha salt for Christmas and it was AMAZING. You’ll find a recipe for how to make your own Sriracha salt (and four other flavours) in this incredible recipe for flavoured finishing salts from Delicious Table.

roasted cashews in a gift jar with a pinecone in the background

Who doesn’t love roasted nuts? Nobody, that’s who! These Spicy Roasted Cashew Nuts by Bintu from Recipes From a Pantry make a fantastic edible gift. 

two white bowls of coconut banana granola with a jar of granola in the background

And don’t forget about granola! Granola makes for an awesome homemade gift or hostess gift this holiday season. I love this Coconut Banana Granola recipe, or you could make this Healthy Pumpkin Granola for a seasonal riff. Just stick it in a cute jar, put ribbon on it, and pow! Your edible gift game is strong!

better than nutella {vegan chocolate hazelnut spread} // www.heynutritionlady.com

Last but not least, don’t forget about this home made Better Than Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread! It’s super easy, delicious, made with whole foods, naturally sweetened, and totally vegan. The perfect gift for the chocolate lover in your life.



  1. Jess says

    What a great list, Katie – so glad to be included! I love all these ideas, and I’m with you, I’d much rather have something homemade to enjoy through the holidays. Mmmmm…and you remind me that I’ve been meaning to try that Better Than Nutella….

  2. Alissa says

    Every year I find myself seeking out homemade gift ideas, and edible ones are my favorites too! Lots of awesome ideas here – I hope to put a few of them to good use. Thanks so much for including my red wine cranberry nut bread.!

  3. easyfoodsmith says

    Fabulous edible gifts…i too believe in giving edible gifts to my friends and family. I am especially fond of giving pickles and preserves. I will soon be sharing a winter vegetable preserve recipe on my blog 🙂

  4. Erika says

    Ahh Katie all of these are so good!! I’ve been meaning to try Kylie’s black bean mix and omg that raw chocolate! Vegan hot chocolate! Lemon cranberry loaf! Chai granola! And I really HAVE to get on your homemade vanilla extract–such a great gift. This is all such excellent gift-giving inspiration–thanks so much for including me!! <3 <3

  5. kellie@foodtoglow says

    We are rather stripped back in our approach to Christmas too. No small kids in the house anymore so we are no longer knee deep in torn paper on the big day. But even when I felt compelled to buy loads of stuff I always made gifts too. Such a wonderful feeling to make things up, wrap them nicely (or as nice as I can manage given my terrible fine motor skills) and give them to people you love. This idea of sharing your fellow bloggers healthy edible gifts is such a terrific one. Thanks so much for including my very humble sweet and spicy much mix. I LOVE the look of everything and will perhaps decide on something from here to add to the preserved lemons and limes, pomegranate vodka and Middle Eastern spice mix kits I am making up this year.

    • Katie Trant says

      Oooooh, pomegranate vodka! Middle Eastern spice kits! How I wish I was on your gift-giving list! I hope you’ll be posting recipes for some of these treats on your site, which is the next best thing!

  6. Emmeline says

    I LOVE this list – so many great recipes (and thanks for including my candied ginger!) – especially so obsessed with the preserved lemons, need to try my hands at thoat one day or another…

    Loved to hear that you’re in Stockholm as well – hope you’re enjoying the pretty snow we got yesterday. I’m crossing my fingers that it stays over Christmas 🙂

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