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
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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
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.
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!
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.