Food and Cuisine

Published on December 12th, 2011 | by Sonya Kanelstrand


Homemade Edible Gift Ideas for Christmas

If you have decided to celebrate a  handmade green Christmas, and wrap your gifts with green options, or even give  non-materialistic eco-friendly gifts this year, you may want to consider making edible gifts as well. You can find great Christmas gifts for your boyfriend, girlfriend, mom, dad, or other loved ones that are edible and eco-friendly. Presenting your loved ones with delectable treats will not only increase your sustainability but also the love that flows back to you! It is great to express yourself with a tasty homemade treat – something that will be appreciated even by the most picky ones among us.

Our sister sites Eat Drink Better and Insteading have some mouth watering Christmas ideas in addition to their advice for healthy Christmas. Below you can find a list of 20 easy and quick edible gift ideas from around the world which are perfect not just for giving in person but also for shipping.


20 Easy Homemade Edible Gifts

  1. With just a little time and imagination, you can create unique homemade tea blends, bags, and sachets for the tea lovers in your life.
  2. You can’t imagine Christmas without toffee and nuts, can you? Here is a sweet and sharp, and utterly enthralling recipe for you – Burnt Sugar Toffee with Chocolate and Toasted Walnuts – which you can even pack in a jar and ship.
  3. A Malted Cocoa Mix recipe to replace the calorie-laden Christmas-themed drinks one can have at Starbucks.
  4. Pocky Christmas Forest – a Japanese treat that includes organic dark and white chocolate.
  5. For the cinnamon lovers – Winter Cinnamon Rolls that look like a lovely bread flower.
  6. Chocolate and Roses Cake is an Israeli recipe that is chocolate buns baked into a chocolate cake batter.
  7. A sweet Teddy Bear Bread for the little ones? Why, yes, every kid will love it.
  8. And while we’re at it, why not have some Bear Shaped Donuts?
  9. This is an unusual way to have your red wine – in a cake. Festive and elegantly brown Red Wine Chocolate Cake.
  10. A gluten-free recipe for Duchess Potatoes that is versatile enough to serve in several different ways.
  11. Potatoes again, but with another twist, this time stacked and baked in a muffin pan – Roasted Potato Stacks.
  12. Rice Pudding Popsicles with Raspberries is the kind of treat you normally get in the summer but rice pudding is a traditional Christmas meal in Scandinavia, so this one is for all of you with Scandinavian heritage.
  13. No Bake Divinity – lovely Christmas treats that look just like snow balls.
  14. Homemade Baileys. This stuff should be illegal it’s this good, but best of all it’s so incredibly easy!
  15. Mont Blanc with a Surprise Inside – an easy to make luxury dessert. The combination of chestnut and walnut make it dreamy and creamy.
  16. These Apple Pie Cookies are for crust lovers as the crust-to-filling ratio is off the charts. They are also for people who don’t like their desserts overly sweet.
  17. You will want to make these Italian Taralli Pugliese and gift them to people to hang on their Christmas tree or just to become their favorite snack food!
  18. Another salty treat comes under the name of Cheese Cracker – an easy and no fuss recipe that is great even for cracker beginners.
  19. Homemade Peppermint Patties replicating the York Peppermint Patties you see in the candy aisle.  When looking at those candies at the store you would never think that the homemade version would be so simple.
  20. Gingerbread Toffee for kids coming all the way from Sweden.

Before I wish you a tasty holiday season, I would like to remind you to have fun and enjoy all different tastes and textures of holiday food. Although many websites will possibly scare you with the risks of increased intake of calories and terrible side effects of overeating on Christmas, know that the key to a healthy and balanced body is moderation. Preparing the food gifts yourself will also remove any doubts about unknown and genetically modified ingredients and will in fact raise the health level of your and your loved ones’ Christmas.

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About the Author

Sonya is a photographer and a creative artist sharing her Scandinavian experiences. Her blog Kanelstrand Organic Living has become the meeting point of a vibrant green community of eco-conscious artists and crafters from around the world. Sonya believes that people and nature can co-exist together in a healthy and inspiring union without harming each other. She implements the knowledge gained from studying Philology and Pedagogy in her approach to sustainable and eco-friendly living.

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