‘Tis the season to show the love, and we all know the best way to do that is with chocolate. Or caramel. Okay fine, a combo of both really does the trick for me. Perhaps you show love with homemade cocoa mix, infused liqueurs, all of the cookies, or flavored salts. Whichever way your culinary love bone bends, you’ll find a recipe to please in this round-up of easy and elegant edible Christmas gifts.
October has passed and that can mean only one thing – the start of the holiday season has arrived! If you need me in the next six weeks, you’ll find me in the kitchen watching Love Actually for the eleventy billionth time while I cook infinite batches of salted caramels, more cookies that I’d ever publicly admit, and enough homemade peanut butter cups to keep my brothers in my good graces all year long. I’m gonna need stock in sugar cane by the time I’m done, and ya know what? That’s okay. Food is love.
If you too need some special treats to share with family, friends, teachers, neighbors, the Amazon Prime delivery guy, and anyone else you want to share a little love with this holiday season, you’re in the right place. I’ve rounded up more than 20 easy and elegant edible Christmas gifts. I because I also love you, my dear readers, I’ve included my favorite of ways to dress up those gifts in the prettiest packagings around!
Look good and taste good? I think that’s a…wrap.
Easy and Elegant Edible Christmas Gifts
These chewy salted caramels are an easy edible Christmas gift for family, friends, neighbors, teachers, and most importantly, yourself. They’re soft and chewy, creamy and sweet, with a healthy dusting of flaky sea salt for the perfect sweet-savory bite. I’ve been making these treats for years, and friends near and far start clamoring for them as soon as December 1st hits.
via Our Salty Kitchen
It’s a cookie…no, wait, it’s a truffle. Oh dear, it’s both. These gingerbread cookie truffles are a great excuse to whip up a batch of gingersnap cookies and turn them into a very delicious two-for-one.
This vibrant orange marmalade just screams happy! Bring a smile to a neighbor by gifting a jar of this sunshine-packed jam.
Look y’all, it really doesn’t get any easier than this. If you’ve ever wanted to make your own homemade vanilla extract for holiday gifts, this is 100% the way to do it. Slaps on one of those adorable printed labels and you’ll be the neighborhood gift-giving hero!
Chocolate bark is the easiest, most satisfying candy you can make at home. My white and dark chocolate bark with cherries and pistachios is crunchy, snappy and salty, with the perfect balance of sweet and bitter. It also makes a beautiful, and addictive, food gift.
via Our Salty Kitchen
These butterscotch peanut butter marshmallow square are a mash-up of my 80’s childhood and adult self in the most delicious way possible. Also? No bake and only 15 minutes. If you need a last-minute edible Christmas gift, this is your golden ticket.
via My Kitchen Love
So, foodie challenge? Go make a batch of this salted caramel sauce and attempt to not keep more than half for yourself. I dare you!
via Table for Two
Tea plus bourbon? Swoon. It’s like she knows me. Find the friend on your list with the best taste and go make this Earl Grey Infused Bourbon for them right now!
via Feast in Thyme
Rich, decant, velvety smooth…no, I’m not talking about some fancy dessert, I’m talking about this blueberry vanilla applesauce. With intense flavor and color, this blueberry applesauce is a fun and healthy edible gift that looks as good as it tastes.
via Our Salty Kitchen
Food is love, yes? Yes. So elevate your homemade marshmallow game with this gingerbread variation. It’s like food love on crack. Wrap ’em up in a pretty little box for the loveliest edible gift under the tree for miles.
Even your health-minded friends can get in on this edible gift action with these to-die-for-divine paleo peppermint crinkle cookies. Who says you can’t have it all?
Shut the front door. How freaking adorable are these? I’d like to say these are perfect for all the little ones in your life, but then that would suggest they’re not also totally appropriate for adults too. Let’s own it, these chocolate peppermint pretzels are the perfect edible Christmas gift for all ages!
via Well Plated
Speaking of adorable, this gingerbread cookie decorating kit sets the bar so high in the easiest way possible. Who wouldn’t love to be gifted this fun set?
via The PKP Way
It ain’t all sweets ’round these parts, especially when you can make a batch of these herbs salts and spiced sugar sets. These guys are the ultimate naughty and nice combo.
via Umami Girl
This would not be an appropriate edible gifts round-up without food on a stick, and these Mocha Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate sticks deliver in a big, delicious way.
Hello gorgeous, get my in my belly stat. I’ll 100% be making these flourless chocolate peanut butter cookies this year and gifting them entirely to myself.
Truffles are the be-all, end-all decadent and luxurious dessert, and you’ll also soon found out that they are deceptively easy. These pistachio truffles really ratchet up the fancy factor with literally almost no extra work. They almost look like they’re dusted with gold. So sexy. So delicious. So gift-able.
via Well Plated
Yes, more chocolate bark. No, I’m not sorry. Not even a little. I literally have no shame when it comes to chocolate, and you shouldn’t either. Make ’em, gift ’em, and save some for yourself.
via Lively Table
Homemade limocello is stupid easy to make, and gorgeous to boot. So much winning!
via Supper in the Suburbs
Four ingredients, vegan and gluten free? Yes, it really is a Christmas miracle! This salted chocolate honeycomb is shockingly easy to make and the perfect allergy-friendly gift to give freely.
via Veggie Desserts
Crank your candied peel game up a notch with this spiced version. Peppercorn, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves give these candied orange peels and extra special kick. They’re the perfect edible gift for that spicy friend in your life!
Beautiful Edible Gift Packaging Ideas
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Bags and Boxes
Tuck cookies and bark into affordable cellophane bags, and caramels, truffles, and candies into 1/2-pound or 1-lb candy boxes. I also like these windowpane bakery boxes. For a pretty finish, tie them off with grosgrain ribbon or red and white baker’s twine.
Labels and Tags
Label jars with these adorable chalkboard sticker tags. Use plain paper paper gift tags for a minimalist look or these beautiful graphic tags for affixing to boxes and gift bags. I like these printed stickers or elegant gold stickers for closing candy boxes and cellophane bags.
Ball pint jars are classic containers for gifting jams, jellies, and sauces, but if you have a little extra cash to spend, splurge on Weck jars. They’re modern and sleek, so pretty you don’t even need wrapping. Okay, maybe a pretty ribbon.
- Mini Weck Jars
- Half Liter Weck Jars
- Mini Ball Jars
- Ball Widemouth Pint Jars
- Ball Half Pint Quilted Jelly Jars
Wrapping and Washi
Wrap up those boxes in some festive wrapping paper, like this modern design, this fun collection, or these gold beauties, or wrap in simple brown craft paper and add a few strips of decorative washi tape.
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