Edible Gift

9 Edible Gifts That Everyone Will Love

December 12, 2016

Let's face it. I'm a sap. When I receive a gift from a loved one, I treasure it, use it all the time (or never at all because it is so darn precious), keep it forever, and ultimately want to be buried with it. However, I live with an otherwise wonderful partner who is not quite as attached to things as I am—I can conservatively estimate that he has re-sold about 75% of the gifts I have given him on eBay. At first I was hurt... but then I realized this is just who he is—he feels suffocated by too many possessions and is an emotionless robot a minimalist.

As of last year, in order to spare his life my mushy heart, I decided that the best course of action would be to gift him things he would enjoy and use up: mostly nice toiletries and loads of chocolate. Inspired by utilitarian giving, I made vanilla extract and realized, hey, this is a pretty neat idea—what better gift than one you can use? And then it occurred to me—one you can eat. Here are 9 awesome ideas for edible gifts.

Infused Honey by Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

Photo by James Ransom

Marshmallows by Erin McDowell

Photo by Bobbi Lin

Infused Syrups by Alice Medrich

Photo by James Ransom

Spice, Sugar, and Salt Blends by Caroline Lange

Photo by Mark Weinberg

Chocolate Caramels by Samantha Seneviratne

Photo by Samantha Seneviratne

Beer by Leslie Stephens

Photo by Bobbi Lin

Extracts by Trisha Jones

Candied Citrus Peels by Alice Medrich

Photo by Mark Weinberg

Bitters by Easy & Oskey

Photo by Ryan Dausch

What are you making for your loved ones this holiday season?

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This article first appeared on December 16, 2015. We're re-running because, well, we think you can guess why!

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HalfPint December 13, 2016
If I have enough time, I will make S'mores kits with homemade graham crackers and homemade marshmallows. It's always a big hit.
AntoniaJames December 12, 2016
This year I made Jamaica Black Fruit Cakes (soaked in dark rum and all the fruit is dark - no candied fruit) and mini Panforte di Siena, dozens of them baked in 4.75" tart pans with removal bottoms . . . inauthentically but deliciously topped with dark chocolate. I chop the nuts and fruit one weeknight evening and bake an evening or two later. I have 12 of the little tart pans so it doesn't take that long. No one else seems to give panforte, so everyone appreciates it! I also give blueberries in light syrup canned shortly after picking (I have 17 bushes lining my front walkway) + jam, marmalade and/or chutneys also made during the respective growing seasons. And lots of cookies, bourbon balls (2 kinds), peppermint bark, etc. -- I can't help myself. No one is complaining ;o)
Rachel December 12, 2016
really love the idea for Jamaica Black Fruit cakes and Panforte di Siena. Do you have the recipes (or links) handy?
Ali W. December 12, 2016
This year I'm giving all homemade gifts to my fiance's family: homemade limoncello, homemade vanilla extract and homemade granola. All in cute jars, of course :)
MB M. December 21, 2015
I made English toffee for my friends and co-workers this year, and it's been a big hit. I made three batches in a few hours on a Sunday afternoon - two with almonds and one with pecans. It keeps well in a sealed container, so making it well in advance of giving it away helps make it easy. A handful or two of toffee pieces packaged in a glassine bag, and sealed with a pretty sticker makes for a simple, but nice presentation.