Food gifts including fudge, spiced star biscuits and pomegranate vodka are the perfect way to show someone how much they mean to you at Christmas.
Food gifts are such a pleasure to make and receive, so why not show someone you really care this Christmas by giving them some delicious treats you’ve made yourself.
There’s nothing better than a handmade food gift to make someone feel really special. Start preparing for Christmas by making edible gifts to share with family and friends, from jams, chutneys and homemade liqueurs that are best to make ahead, to Christmas cookies and velvety chocolate truffles, made nearer the time. These food gifts are all the more delicious (and thoughtful) when homemade.
It’s easy to transform these edible Christmas gift recipes into beautifully wrapped presents if you start collecting glass jars and bottles, cellophane, pretty ribbon and tissue paper to package your gifts.
Sweet sticky mini florentines are a staple seasonal favourite, and these light and dark chocolate ones will make a lovely present.
Make festive biscuits with all the flavours of Christmas and pop them in recycled jam jars tied with a ribbon. Ice some and leave others plain for a nice mix that looks beautiful in a big bowl on the coffee table.
See the snowflake biscuits recipe.
Homemade macaroons made a beautiful edible gift that shows you’ve really made the effort. Macaroons are the sort of thing people buy as a treat every now and again, so if you make them, you’ll really stand out and make someone’s day.
See the macaroon recipe.
Make this blackberry gin recipe ahead of Christmas with just three ingredients and it will be ready to enjoy over ice or as a drop in a glass of fizz over the festive period. Buy interesting and original glass bottles to gift to people in.
Figs, cranberries, apples, sultanas and dates, this chutney is just bursting with fruit and has a lovely hint of festive spice. A chutney might not seem like the most glamorous of gifts but everyone loves something homemade that you’ve gone out of your way to make.
Make pomegranate vodka before Christmas and divide between pretty glass bottles to give as gifts, or to anyone hosting a Christmas party. It’s easy to make with just three ingredients and will last for 6 months.
Our German cinnamon star biscuits (pictured) make a lovely gift, especially when you put them in a pretty seasonal box, or wrap them beautifully in cellophane and a nice ribbon. They don’t take too long to make, so you can make plenty for all your friends and loved ones and yet they look so delicate, they will really impress. They have all the flavours of Christmas and will keep in a tin for two weeks if you need to make them ahead.
Satsuma and grapefuit marmalade makes a delicious preserve to enjoy over the winter. Collect patterned paper to secure over the lid and tie with festive ribbon and lovely vintage ja jars.
Sea salt caramel is still the flavour of the moment, so make these soft maple salted caramels for foodies who like to eat on trend.
Classic fudge doesn’t need much help to make it super tasty but the maple and walnut flavour really works for Christmas. Package it up in little paper bags like in the picture and you’ve got a really fun gift.
Almondy Toscana bites are made from moist cake topped with almonds and dipped in dark chocolate, cut into squares to make individual portions that you can wrap together or package separately as stocking fillers.
So crumbly and light, this recipe makes shortbread with a perfect snap. Place in a large jar and tie with a ribbon, or put in smaller jam jars to make stocking fillers.
Make this classic gingerbread recipe rich with black treacle and golden syrup and put it in a Christmas tin to give as a gift.
See the gingerbread cake recipe.
Making raspberry ripple marshmallows will be worth the effort when you give them as a thoughtful Christmas gift. If ever there was a reason to buy a sugar thermometer, this is it. They’re fluffy, squishy and really delicious!
Just four ingredients are needed make this simple toffee recipe, made with almonds, sour cherry and chocolate for a festive flavour combination. It’s really chewy and indulgent and makes for a lovely gift.
Truffles are possibly the most simple but delicious thing you can make at home. This easy recipe will give you different coating ideas, resulting in a vivid truffle selection that you can give as a pretty gift.
Make one big chocolate, nut and caramel bar and chop it into uneven shards to wrap as Christmas gifts. Alternatively, gift it whole and with a mini hammer so whoever you gift it to can crack into it themself!
You won’t fail to please with this berry jam. So simple to make, and even better you can use frozen berries for a last minute option, so you don’t have to be confined to whatever is in season and can make it year-round.
Make Christmas biscuits with a spiced flavour and iced in a decorative snowflake pattern. The delicate icing makes these spiced biscuits look so impressive but requires little technique, just a steady hand! Pop into a Christmas tine or wrap in cellophane and tie with ribbon t gift as a Christmas gift.
Pillowy, snow white vanilla marshmallows will make a thoughtful gift as friends will appreciate the efforts you went to with a sugar thermometer. Expect compliments all round.
Take chocolate truffles to a new level with this simple recipe for rum and raisin chocolate truffles, which have a boozy kick.
So easy to make, this rocky road fudge will make a lovely gift for kids and grown ups alike. Cut into squares and wrap in cellophane or put in a Christmas tin. It will keep for a week so you can make it before Christmas and label accordingly.
Make cranberry relish with ginger and chilli, which you make ahead as it will keep for 3 months.
Mini brown sugar and hazelnut meringues have a rich caramel flavour and make an impressive Christmas gift on their own or a spart of a hamper.
This pretty raspberry ribble white chocolate bar makes a vivid edible gift cut into shards or wrapped up with broken pieces of other chocolate slabs for a pick ‘n’ mix effect.
Make a whole gingerbread faily with this gingerbread men recipe, which makes a quirky gift that everyone can share.
If someone else is hosting Christmas this year, take them an impressive sticky ginger wreath cake that everyone can share.
If you know someone will food intolerances, Deliciously Ella’s gluten free and dairy free sweet potato brownies would make a welcome Christmas gift.
Make extra creamy clotted cream fudge and wrap up squares as a Christmas present. They will store in a cake tin for a week, so you can make them ahead and label with the dates.
Maraschino cherry truffle cubes make a pretty present, with a a nutty base and a fruity pop in the smooth chocolate top.
This luxe version of millionaire’s shortbread has a nutty twist. These will keep for up to a week in an airtight container.
Wrap up chocolate and pistachio biscotti as a lovely addition to a DIY Christmas hamper.
There’s nothing quite like homemade, especially with mincemeat. Make it up to 2 months a head for aricher and boozy flavour, then use it to make your own mince pies or serve over ice cream, or give it as a gift to a foodie who will enjoy experimenting with it.