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!
18 Easy Edible Gifts
1. Homemade Vanilla Extract
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!
2. Vanilla Salt
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!
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Salted Coconut Caramels
If you are looking for a recipe that's vegan, free from refined sugar, and absolutely the bomb dot com, look no further. These Salted Coconut Caramels are made with a triple whammy of coconut, and they are chewy, creamy, and deliciously caramelly. You'd never know they're also vegan; that's just a bonus.
6. Salted Chocolate Honeycomb
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!
7. Turmeric Latte Mix
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!
8. Double Chocolate Peppermint Cups
9. Dark Chocolate Bark
This Dark Chocolate Bark is a little bit sweet and a little bit salty. Studded with roasted pistachios and goji berries, it's a festive treat your friends will love to get.
10. Candied Ginger
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.
11. Maca Latte Mix
Make your own superfood Maca Latte Mix to cozy up with at home or give away as edible gifts. It's packed with the adaptogenic benefits of maca, naturally sweetened, and totally vegan. Also: delicious.
12. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Dark chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in heaven, and you can bring it to life with these homemade Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. Or use an alternate nut butter like pumpkin seed or homemade almond butter!
13. Spicy Roasted Cashew Nuts
14. Homemade Granola
Don't forget about granola! Granola makes for an awesome homemade gift or hostess gift this holiday season. I love this Maple Apple Granola, 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!
15. Healthy Vegan Nutella
Got a Nutella lover in your life? Make a batch of this amazing Vegan Nutella recipe! Made with roasted hazelnuts, sweetened with dates, and lots of deep, dark cocoa, this stuff is nothing short of amazing.
16. Vanilla Almond Butter
Homemade nut butters are easier than you think, and this Vanilla Almond Butter is one of my faves. It only takes about 10 minutes to make and minimal effort on your part, so it's a perfect edible gift!
17. Pumpkin Seed Butter
Since we're talking nut butters, I definitely have to mention this bright green Pumpkin Seed Butter. It's deliciously different, and allergy-friendly to boot.
18. Oven Roasted Almonds
And lastly, why not keep things super simple with a batch of Oven Roasted Almonds? Sometimes the things that seem so simple they're silly actually make the best gifts.