The Best Edible Christmas Gifts to Make This Year

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Homemade edible Christmas gifts are always a treat to make and receive. Here are fifteen ideas that will delight every recipient on your list this year.

Whether it’s for family members, a teacher, a neighbour, a friend, or a workplace secret Santa, edible Christmas gifts are always well received. After all, who doesn’t love receiving a bag or a box neatly filled with homemade goodies that have been baked with love?

Plus it’s a super sustainable option – you’re almost guaranteed that your gift won’t go unused or create any waste.

Homemade edible gifts are always the way to go. Whether you are looking to make something handmade for your loved ones, or whether you are looking to reduce the waste associated with Christmas time, or gift something thoughtful on a budget, then they always hit the spot.

The Best Homemade Edible Christmas Gifts to Make

Homemade gingerbread biscuits in the shape of snowflakes, with a blue text box that says delicious edible Christmas gift ideas to delight

Here are fifteen homemade edible Christmas gift ideas to make this festive season, or for inspiration for next Christmas. To help you cater to different dietary preferences, I’ve indicated if each recipe is vegetarian, vegan-friendly, gluten-free or nut-free.

Christmas Pudding Cookies

Christmas pudding cookies - a great edible Christmas gift idea.

Vegetarian / Nut-Free

These Christmas pudding cookies, by Jane’s Patisserie, are so sweet that they are just the perfect thing to wrap up in a box and gift to your friends and family this Christmas. Don’t worry if your loved ones don’t like Christmas pudding – this doesn’t have any Christmas pudding flavours. It’s simply a chocolate chip cookie dipped in white chocolate to stunning effect.

Homemade Vegan Chocolate

Homemade vegan chocolates

Vegan / Vegetarian / Nut-Free / Gluten-Free

Here’s how to make vegan chocolate – specifically dark chocolate chilli and orange vegan chocolate. And not only is it vegan, but it’s also free from refined sugar, for that healthier edge. Perfect for a health-conscious vegan friend with a bit of a sweet tooth!

Homemade Clementine Curd

Homemade clementine curd

Vegetarian / Nut-free / Gluten-Free

Anna Jones’s homemade clementine curd makes for a great seasonal gift idea – Anna quite rightly describes it as sunshine in a jar. It will definitely wake you up with a smile when thickly smeared on toast!

I’d make this one as close to Christmas as you can. This curd will keep refrigerated for up to two weeks, or up to a month in the freezer.

Gingerbread Fudge

Homemade gingerbread fudge

Vegetarian / Nut-Free / Gluten-Free

For a super sweet treat that tastes just like Christmas, then this gingerbread fudge, from Delish Magazine, is sure to be a huge hit. It takes just 10 minutes to make – and then requires just one hour to set in the fridge. I find it’s perfect for a last-minute edible Christmas gift for when you’ve invariably realised you forgot to buy a gift for someone on your list!

Fruity Gin and Clementine Marmalade

gin and clementine marmalade recipe

Vegan / Vegetarian / Nut-Free / Gluten Free

For gin lovers, this fruity gin and clementine marmalade makes for a great edible Christmas gift. A little bit fancier than regular marmalade, you can slather it on toast, sandwich it between scones, make delicious marmalade steamed puddings, or even use it in cocktails.

It takes a little bit of time to make, but it is super satisfying to make your own marmalade. What’s more, it makes your house smell delicious whilst making it.

Stout Mustard

Jar of homemade stout mustard -ready to give as a homemade edible Christmas gift idea.

Vegan / Vegetarian / Nut-Free / Gluten Free

While Christmas is traditionally associated with sweet treats, savoury taste buds don’t have to miss out on receiving edible gifts. Try this stout mustard, made using Guinness. It has a shelf life of up to six months, so can be prepared well in advance of the festive season, for less stress.

It’s also incredibly easy to put together. Whilst the recipe requires the mustard seeds to soak in Guinness for a day or two, once that’s done it is plain sailing. Once the seeds are soaked, it only takes a few minutes to prepare the ingredients and grind the mixture into a paste.

Raspberry Chocolate Jam

Homemade raspberry chocolate jam - an edible gift idea for Christmas

Vegetarian / Nut-Free / Gluten Free

Whilst this raspberry and chocolate jam is described as a jam, it isn’t really a jam. Instead, it is more like a chocolate spread. It is rich and decadent, with a fruity taste, and an absolute delight to spread on toast. Your recipients can enjoy it smeared on sourdough toast or spread on brioche buns for a decadent breakfast treat.

This recipe keeps for up to 8 to 10 months unopened. Therefore, it’s best to make this in the summer months, between July and September, when raspberries are in season, and then stash the jars away until Christmas. If you have the willpower to resist eating them all, that is! Alternatively source frozen raspberries, that have been picked in season and then frozen for later.

Spiced Pear Chutney

Jar of homemade spiced pear chutney.

Vegetarian / Vegan / Gluten-Free / Nut-Free

Again, one to make in the autumn and then stash away until Christmas, this spiced pear chutney from Moon, Spoon & Yum is a tasty edible Christmas gift idea. Gift it with some crackers and a nice cheese (vegan or otherwise) and you’ve got the perfect present!

Gingerbread Biscuits

Homemade vegan gingerbread cookies

Vegan / Vegetarian / Nut-Free

This vegan gingerbread biscuit recipe is fun to make, and for extra bonus points, it makes your house smell like a Christmas grotto in the process! Pop these into a box and you’ve got the quintessential Christmas gift sure to be loved by all – old and young.

Christmas Bread

Christmas Bread - one of the edible Christmas gifts to make this year.


My very favourite book on Christmas baking is Advent by Anja Dunk. It’s such a beautiful book, filled with the most delicious festive recipes. I’d say read it when you’re curled up in a blanket with a cup of tea to embrace the full-on cosy Christmas vibes.

There are so many of Anja’s recipes that I would love to include in this post – most of them would make amazing edible Christmas gifts.

Purely to avoid copyright infringement, I’ve included just one! This Christmas Bread recipe is so delicious and easier to make than traditional Stollen. It’s best eaten freshly baked though, so this isn’t one to prepare in advance.

Cranberry & Orange Infused Gin

bottle of cranberry gin next to a full glass

Vegetarian / Vegan / Gluten-Free / Nut-Free

Say you care with homemade infused gin this Christmas time. This cranberry and orange-infused gin tastes just like Christmas. The best bit? This recipe has a skill level of precisely zero. If you can add some berries to some gin then you can make this Christmas gin recipe! Aka, my favourite kind of recipe!

The only thing this recipe takes is time. The gin needs at least 3 weeks to infuse, so do make it ahead so that it tastes its absolute best.

Vegan Chocolate Truffles

Vegan chocolate truffles recipe for Christmas

Vegetarian / Vegan / Gluten-Free

These no-bake dairy-free truffles by Delicious Magazine will delight even non-vegans come Christmas time. They’ll also delight you, as you don’t even need to put your oven on to make these! All you need to do is work the mixture into balls and then chill them for 1-2 hours until firm.

Made with cacao powder, dates and Brazil nuts, they make a lovely edible Christmas gift when wrapped up in a box. The recipe makes 40, so you’ll also have plenty to gift to your friends.

Chocolate-Covered Candied Orange Peel

Candied orange peel ready to give as an edible Christmas gift.

Vegetarian / Vegan / Gluten-Free / Nut-Free

Every winter, one of my favourite shops makes these deliciously zingy chocolate-covered candied orange peels. They are so addictive, but a little bag costs an absolute arm and a leg.

The good news is that you can make your own using this candied orange peel recipe. It makes for a much more frugal version and can be stored for up to 3 months. This means you can make it in the run up to Christmas, rather than trying to bake up a frenzy come Christmas Eve.

Chocolate Bark

chocolate bark made with nuts and dried fruit

Vegetarian / Gluten-Free

Chocolate bark is an easy yet decadent edible treat to make this festive season, ready to gift to your friends and family.

This recipe from The Cozy Apron is prepared with dark chocolate swirled with a touch of white chocolate. It’s then topped with chopped pistachios, roasted almonds, and dried cranberries and apricots, which lend a colourful texture and a sweet fruit and nut flavour! Of course, you can swap your toppings to suit the taste of your recipients, or with what you have in your cupboards.

Three Seed Crackers

Three seed crackers in a jar


Finally, these savoury Three Seed Crackers look an absolute delight for those who prefer savoury foodstuffs. Pop some in a jar and you’ve got the perfect homemade gift. Each batch makes 240 crackers, so you’ll have enough to gift everyone on your list!

Looking for more Christmas gift inspiration? Try my eco-friendly Christmas gift guide, as well as my secondhand gift ideas and homemade gift ideas.

And for even more Christmas inspiration, do check out my ultimate guide to a green Christmas. It’s packed full of ideas on greening the festive period – from eco Christmas trees and plastic-free decorations to tackling food waste, and much more.

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