Edible Gift

18 Homemade Edible Gifts That Think Outside the Cookie Jar

We’ve gathered our most wow-worthy recipes.

November 29, 2018
Photo by Julia Gartland

Welcome to Nifty, Gifty Holidays, our guide for all the little, magical ways we make the season sparkle. Today, we’re ditching the usual peanut brittle and making out-of-the-box homemade gifts instead. (You can still send ’em in a box if you’d like!)


I've always loved giving gifts—birthday, Christmas, graduation, housewarming. But when I think of the best gift I ever gave, I only have to think back to last year. See, my roommate loves my cat Boudin as much as I do. She naps with him, talks to him, buys him his favorite treats. In fact, a couple of years ago, we took a Christmas card photo of the three of us.

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So when I was brainstorming what to get her last Christmas, it wasn't long before I thought of the perfect present: a personalized desk calendar featuring a photo of Boudin each month. Over the following weeks, Boudin and I took dozens of photos (I blame my photography skills, not the subject), and I downloaded them to Snapfish to craft my gift. She loved it and it was a gift I felt really good about giving.

All of this is to say that it can be challenging to give gifts that feel really special for everyone, especially during the holidays. Over the course of the year, I try my best to note the things people love or need, but the holiday hustle often means I’m scrambling to gather presents all at once. Plus, I can only give my sister so many cat-themed coffee mugs before her cabinet fills up. (Can you tell I like cats?)

Which is why edible gifts really save the day. Nothing feels more heartfelt than something you've taken the time and effort to make yourself, and I like to think it speaks volumes over a pair of mittens (though I'd happily receive a pair of mittens). Plus, edible gifts take into account any food preferences or dietary restrictions, so the thoughtfulness is really baked in.

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“B.C. (before child), I use to send Christmas care packages out in lieu of gifts/gift cards. I've made: - S'mores kit (with homemade marshmallows and graham crackers) - English toffee (aka Crack) - Cherry cheesecake cookies - chocolate pate - peppermint bark - Merrill's cream cheese cookies (customized with orange oil and white chocolate drizzle) - peanut brittle - peanut butter shale (think brittle, but with peanut butter) - raspberry lemon curd Not surprising, the big hit was that s'mores kit. My friends & family LOVED that.”
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This year, I'm going beyond the average cookies, tea cakes, and granola I know and love and putting a little extra time and effort into some really special, really unexpected homemade treats (think spicy jerky, salty caramels, a personal tea blend). Because it's exciting to give your friends and loved ones delicious things they won't find at their office holiday party, to maybe introduce them to a new flavor, or to make it a little easier for them to treat themselves.

Here are the wow-worthy recipes I have my eye on this year—plus a few speedy sweets for when you need something special in a pinch.


Homemade Gifts are the best gifts


Travel-friendly treats for last-minute gifting

What's the best edible gift you've given or received? Share them in the comments section below!

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Nathalie December 4, 2018
I make Whisky Christmas caramel <br />sauce for pancakes that is sooo delicious ( I pour it in small whiskey bottles that I accumulate during the year; just add a nice ribbin ) and also cherry/dattes brown sugar balls <br />( pardon my maybe not soo good english writing !!) Joyeux Noël 🎄
 
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Katie M. December 4, 2018
Yum! That sounds delicious :) Thank you for sharing!
 
HalfPint November 29, 2018
B.C. (before child), I use to send Christmas care packages out in lieu of gifts/gift cards. I've made:<br />- S'mores kit (with homemade marshmallows and graham crackers)<br />- English toffee (aka Crack)<br />- Cherry cheesecake cookies<br />- chocolate pate<br />- peppermint bark<br />- Merrill's cream cheese cookies (customized with orange oil and white chocolate drizzle)<br />- peanut brittle<br />- peanut butter shale (think brittle, but with peanut butter)<br />- raspberry lemon curd<br /><br />Not surprising, the big hit was that s'mores kit. My friends & family LOVED that.
 
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Katie M. November 30, 2018
I NEED to make a s'mores kit for my holiday swapee! Thank you so much for sharing these, HalfPint!