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

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! 

two glass bottles of homemade vanilla extract on a grey background

Homemade Vanilla Extract
Homemade Vanilla Extract only requires two ingredients and a bit of time. It's an easy recipe to make and a perfect simple DIY gift. 
Check out this recipe
homemade vanilla extract and a glass of vanilla beans on a grey background

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! 

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

Vanilla Salt
Homemade Vanilla Salt is one of the easiest and most delicious DIY gift ideas you'll come across! Perfect for sprinkling on cookies and other baked products, desserts, and sweet treats. 
Check out this recipe
a small jar of vanilla salt with a black tea towel in the background

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. 

a jar of homemade peppermint extract

Peppermint Extract
Learn how easy and affordable it is to make your own Homemade Peppermint Extract! Homemade mint extract makes wonderful Christmas and holiday gifts.
Check out this recipe
a jar of homemade peppermint extract

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. 

overhead photo of preserved lemons

Preserved Lemons
If you have never had preserved lemons before, you are in for a treat. If you have had them – bought ones – these are many times better.
Check out this recipe
overhead photo of preserved lemons

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. 

salted coconut caramels in a small white dish with more caramels in the background

Salted Coconut Caramels
These salted coconut caramels are made with all natural ingredients including coconut oil and coconut sugar. Completely vegan and made without refined sugar, this is a sweet treat that's perfect for edible gifts or squirrelling away for yourself.
Check out this recipe
salted coconut caramels with some twine and brown parchment paper

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!

salted chocolate honeycomb on a wooden background

Salted Chocolate Honeycomb
This salted chocolate honeycomb recipe is surprisingly easy to make and you only need four ingredients. It’s also naturally vegan and gluten free. It makes a fantastic homemade foodie Christmas gift.
Check out this recipe
salted chocolate honeycomb on a wooden background

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! 

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

DIY Turmeric Latte Mix
You can make your own Turmeric Latte Mix in a matter of minutes! It's as easy as whisking turmeric together with a blend of spices, inexpensive, and makes for a fabulous homemade gift. 
Check out this recipe
landscape shot of turmeric latte in a black mug

8. Double Chocolate Peppermint Cups

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

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

Double Chocolate Peppermint Cups
Four ingredient Double Chocolate Peppermint Cups! A wonderful no-bake holiday food gift made in only an hour.
Check out this recipe
chocolate peppermint cups sprinkled with chopped candy canes on a white background

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. 

dark chocolate bark with pistachios and goji berries

Dark Chocolate Bark
Dark Chocolate Bark is a simple three-ingredient recipe that's perfect for the holidays. Serve as part of your holiday cookie spread or give it away as an edible gift, either way, it's easy and delicious!
Check out this recipe
dark chocolate bark on a white plate

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.

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

Candied Ginger
Candied Ginger is a delicious sweet & spicy treat that’s easy to make if you just have the time. Just as perfect on its own as for topping Cupcakes, Cookies, Truffles and more!
Check out this recipe
a jar of candied ginger with small wrapped gifts in the background

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. 

Maca Latte Mix
Make a big batch of this delicious chocolatey maca latte mix so you can make yourself a super tasty superfood drink whenever you like. Made with adaptogens, cocoa, coconut sugar, and warming spices, it's like a vegan hot chocolate meets mocha.
Check out this recipe
two ceramic mugs with maca lattes on a grey surface

12. Flavoured Finishing Salts

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.

overhead photo of different flavoured salts on a grey plate

Flavoured Finishing Salts
Flavoured Finishing Sea Salt Recipes including Sriracha, Pinot Noir, Mustard, Celery, and House Seasoning. Includes step by step instructions, recipes, and ideas on how to use your finishing salts!
Check out this recipe
overhead photo of different flavoured salts on a grey plate

13. Spicy Roasted Cashew Nuts

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. 

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

Spicy Roasted Cashew Nuts
These spicy roasted cashews are a quick and easy snack. Raw cashews are mixed with spices such as cumin and paprika and roasted to crunchy perfection. Served with a cool drink or two, these roasted cashew nuts will be a friend's and family favorite!
Check out this recipe
roasted cashews in a gift jar with a pinecone in the background

14. Homemade Granola

And 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!

two bowls of apple granola with a jug of milk and a jar of granola in the background

Maple Apple Granola
This simple Apple Granola Recipe will have your home smelling amazing while it bakes! A low sugar granola recipe sweetened with applesauce and maple syrup, this is a healthy make-ahead breakfast you'll be happy to munch on throughout the week.
Check out this recipe
apple granola in white bowls with a white plate of apple slices and cinnamon to the side

Comments

  1. Joyce says

    This list reminded me of the stuffed dates my mother-in-law used to make and the tradition I’ve tried to continue. I forgot about them last year and my oversight had to be quickly rectified. Fortunately, it is easy to do. We always use the smaller pitted deglet dates. If you want more, just eat another one, but with so many other goodies to pick on, I go with the smaller size. Certainly, the larger medjool dates could probably also be used. Directions: pry open the date, insert peanut butter of choice, and then roll the stuffed date in sugar. We are going to our daughter’s in Columbus, Ohio this year (an 8 hour drive), so I must make a batch to take.

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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!

  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. 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 🙂

  6. Deena Kakaya says

    The ALL look so good! I almost smacked my forehead at the sight of the macaroons. I need them now. I really, really do. x

  7. 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.!

  8. 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….

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