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Edible Gifts for Everyone on Your Holiday List

Edible Gifts for Everyone on Your Holiday List


Easy and fun gifts you can make at home

Edible Gifts for Everyone on Your Holiday List

Edible Gifts for Everyone on Your Holiday List

Holiday shopping is stressful on so many levels that you end up forgetting what the holiday spirit is all about. Bring back the holiday spirit with some low-cost, easy-to-make presents that everyone will enjoy.

Homemade Dog Treats

Homemade dog treats make the perfect present for all of your furry friends. Add healthy and delicious flavors your dog will love like peanut butter, banana, and chicken stock. Click here to see the recipe.

Chewy Salted Vanilla Caramels

Aurelie Jouan

These soft and creamy caramels are rich and buttery. Once you learn to make them, experiment by adding spices or other flavors to the molten caramel like cinnamon, cayenne, or bourbon. Click here to see the recipe.

Chocolate and Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies in a Jar

Customizable cookies in a jar come with instructions for all of your friends who want to learn how to bake, but don’t have the time. Click here to see the recipe.

Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bark

These sweet, savory, crunchy, and rich treats are the perfect dessert to bring to all of your holiday parties. Click here to see the recipe.

DIY Citrus Body Scrub

Though not technically something you’d want to eat, this body scrub is a simple DIY present that all spa-lovers will appreciate. Click here to see the recipe.

Cayenne Toffee-Style Peanut Brittle

Cayenne adds some zing to sugary-sweet peanut brittle. No need to stick to peanuts for this brittle, use whatever nuts you have on hand. Click here to see the recipe.

Brown Butter Walnut Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Sea Salt

The title is a mouthful and you’ll probably want a mouthful of cookies after seeing this sweet-meets-savory cookie. Click here to see the recipe.

Homemade Cheez-It Party Mix

Who knew you only needed five ingredients to make your own cheesy cracker bites at home? You just became the life of the party by adding homemade Cheez-Its to party mix. Click here to see the recipe.

Rocky Road Clusters

Everything you love about rocky road ice cream — chocolate, pecans, and marshmallows — in one sweet little bite. Click here to see the recipe.

Honey and Spice Glazed Pecans

Be the ultimate host for a holiday party and set out spiced pecans for your hungry guests to munch on before the apps come out. They’ll appreciate the snack and you’ll appreciate everyone staying out of the kitchen. Click here to see the recipe.

Preserved Lemons

Preserved lemons, often used in Moroccan and Middle Eastern dishes, are the perfect gift for the adventurous foodie. Click here to see the recipe.


Homemade Edible Gifts

Usually less expensive than store bought presents, homemade edible gifts are one of the best things about the holiday season—and we've got some scrumptious edible gifts for everyone on your list! Christmas cookies are favorite edible gifts—and ideal for sending off to loved ones. (Check out our pro tips on how to ship cookies.) Brownies and fudge also ship well, as do salted caramels, chocolate bark and other Christmas candy edible gifts. Want to make it all more social? Host a cookie exchange!

Usually less expensive than store bought presents, homemade edible gifts are one of the best things about the holiday season—and we've got some scrumptious edible gifts for everyone on your list! Christmas cookies are favorite edible gifts—and ideal for sending off to loved ones. (Check out our pro tips on how to ship cookies.) Brownies and fudge also ship well, as do salted caramels, chocolate bark and other Christmas candy edible gifts. Want to make it all more social? Host a cookie exchange!


29 Easy Recipes for Delicious Homemade Food Gifts

There are few gifts you can give that are more thoughtful than something you made from scratch&mdashand if it&rsquos edible, even better. The great thing about homemade food gifts is that they&rsquove got mass appeal: A sweet treat is perfect for parents, friends, teachers, and colleagues alike.

Food gifts also check lots off your list at once. You can bake a big batch of biscotti or blondies, drop them in baggies, and seal them with bows in less time than it would take you to find a parking spot at the mall during the holidays. With homemade edible gifts, everyone gets taken care of with minimal money (and elbow grease) spent. Plus, food gifts make great "just because" presents. (You don&rsquot need an excuse to drop some brownies on a neighbor&rsquos porch.)

Whether your loved one likes homemade granola and hot cocoa mix or springs for skillet cookie cake or spice rub, there's a delicious recipe here we know they&rsquoll devour.


These Key Lime Pie Bars Are The Salty-Sweet Dessert We're Craving RN

Those with a creative eye know firsthand that inspiration is all around us. Whether you're energized by the earth tones of nature, a color-filled walk through a local farmer's market, or even by a quick scroll through Instagram, you never know what might spark a new creative project.

In the spirit of inspiring your next masterpiece, we're excited to partner with Bounty to fuel the next generation of artists and designers forward by launching a national design competition. We're calling on graphic designers to apply for a chance to see their work featured on a new Brit + Co and Bounty paper towel collection, set to launch in 2022.

Aside from the incredible exposure of having your illustrations on paper towels that'll be in stores across America next year, you'll also receive $5,000 for your art a scholarship for Selfmade, our 10-week entrepreneurship accelerator to take your design career to the next level (valued at $2,000) and a stand alone feature on Brit + Co spotlighting your artistry as a creator.

The Creatively You Design Competition launches Friday, May 21, 2021 and will be accepting submissions through Monday, June 7, 2021.

APPLY NOW

Who Should Apply: Women-identifying graphic designers and illustrators. (Due to medium limitations, we're not currently accepting design submissions from photographers or painters.)

What We're Looking For: Digital print and pattern designs that reflect your design aesthetic. Think optimistic, hopeful, bright — something you'd want to see inside your home.

How To Enter: Apply here, where you'll be asked to submit 2x original design files you own the rights to for consideration. Acceptable file formats include: .PNG, .JPG, .GIF, .SVG, .PSD, and .TIFF. Max file size 5GB. We'll also ask about your design inspiration and your personal info so we can keep in touch.

Artist Selection Process: Panelists from Brit + Co and P&G Bounty's creative teams will judge the submissions and select 50 finalists on June 11, 2021 who will receive a Selfmade scholarship for our summer 2021 session. Then, up to 8 artists will be selected from the finalists and notified on June 18, 2021. The chosen designers will be announced publicly in 2022 ahead of the product launch.

For any outstanding contest Qs, please see our main competition page. Good luck & happy creating!


22 Easy Homemade Food Gifts

If you&rsquore looking for easy homemade food gifts, both sweet and savory, we have some delicious ideas. After all, a food gift is a gift everyone will love!

We&rsquove gathered easy ideas and recipes for these homemade food gifts, perfect for the holidays.

Ideas include gifts in packaged and made in jars, homemade granola, flavored salts, truffles, cheeseboard crackers and more. There&rsquos something for everyone on this list.

With harried holiday schedules, homemade gifts have to be easy. And these are! I don&rsquot know anyone who wouldn&rsquot love one of these homemade Christmas food gifts!


40 Best Homemade Christmas Food Gifts for Your Loved Ones This Year

A box of Ree's homemade cinnamon rolls is just about the best gift ever.

There are several reasons why you might seek out delicious homemade Christmas food gifts this holiday season. You might be looking for fun DIY Christmas gifts that are easy on your wallet, or maybe you want to give out holiday goodies to all your neighbors this year. Luckily for you, Ree Drummond is a huge fan of edible Christmas gifts. In fact, she's known for delivering batches of her famous ooey, gooey cinnamon rolls every year to friends and family. "Growing up, my mom always made these for her good friends at Christmastime, and you could literally hear the primal groans of pure joy rising from the rooftops of our town," she says. "They really are that good." Who can argue with that!? In addition to these amazing rolls, read on for tasty Christmas cookies and other holiday treats to give away this year.

Take a look at the DIY jars that include holidays mixes to make for the entire family. The loaded holiday cookie mix will be a delectable addition to your Christmas desserts! Or, you can wrap up boxes of simmer pot ingredients for the perfect DIY gifts for Mom that'll give her an aromatic kitchen of holiday flavors. Go ahead and pick a few of these edible Christmas gifts to mix and match for everyone on your list.


5 ideas for homemade edible gifts

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Chocolate-hazelnut spread, gingerbread granola, breakfast bread, chocolate snowballs and spicy rosemary pecans. (Photo: Tania Savayan/The Journal News) Buy Photo

The list of people is getting longer and longer each year.

Teachers, bus drivers, coworkers, babysitters, neighbors and the blessed men and women working for UPS who might as well be driving a reindeer-drawn sleigh every day in December. These are the people crucial to making the day-to-day smooth in our lives, and they often don't make the gift list each season. But they should.

There are logistical problems with a suggestion to give a gift to everyone you spend your days with (namely, money and time), so consider the homemade edible gift. This solution might seem daunting to non-crafters or non-bakers, but it can be done and done well without breaking the bank.

I steer away from mixes like pancake, cookie, bean soup or hot chocolate. While the intention is sweet, I don't want anyone giving me something I have to do. An edible gift is all about the instant gratification.

Breakfast breads, like pumpkin or banana, or a jar of homemade granola make a lovely gift for the host of a holiday party. Give something they can enjoy for breakfast over cleanup the next morning.

If teachers, babysitters or school bus drivers are on the list, opt for something sweet like a homemade chocolate-hazelnut spread, which is easy to make even with little ones helping. (Plus, the kids will love handing their teacher a special treat they helped to make.)

Package gifts in the most festive way you can manage. Affordable Mason jars and holiday tins of various sizes can be found at Christmas Tree Shops, The Container Store, Target and craft shops. Wrap a big colorful bow around a jar and tape a signed tag and the printed recipe. It might help to remember that the point of an edible gift is to let people know how grateful you are that they're around, not how crafty you are.

Here are five quick and easy recipes for homemade edible holiday gifts to say thank you to the people in your life.

Chocolate-hazelnut spread. (Photo: Tania Savayan/The Journal News)

Chocolate-Hazelnut Spread

Adapted from Epicurious.com. Yields 4 cups.

1 pound semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces, room temperature

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread out nuts on a rimmed baking sheet or in an ovenproof skillet. Roast, shaking sheet once for even toasting, until deep brown, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely.

Grind hazelnuts and sugar in a food processor until a fairly smooth, buttery paste forms, about 1 minute.

Place chocolate in a medium metal bowl. Set bowl over a large saucepan of simmering water stir often until chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove bowl from over saucepan add butter and whisk until completely incorporated. Whisk in cream and salt, then hazelnut paste.

Store for up to 4 weeks chilled. Allow to sit at room temperature to soften.

Note: If hazelnuts have skins, rub them in a kitchen towel after toasting to easily remove.

Best Ever Banana Bread

Recipe adapted from "The New Best Recipe from the Editors of Cooks' Illustrated."

2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the pan

4 very ripe bananas, mashed well

2 large eggs, beaten lightly

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position and heat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan dust with flour, tapping out the excess.

Spread walnuts on a baking sheet and toast until fragrant, 5 to 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and walnuts together in a large bowl and set aside.

Mix the mashed bananas, yogurt, eggs, butter and vanilla with a wooden spoon in a medium bowl. Lightly fold the banana mixture into the dry ingredients until just combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan.

Bake until the loaf is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 55 minutes.

The bread can be wrapped in plastic and stored at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Spicy rosemary pecans. (Photo: Tania Savayan/The Journal News)

Spicy Rosemary Pecans

Recipe adapted from Real Simple.

2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Stir in the sugar, cayenne and ½ teaspoon salt. Add the pecans and toss to coat.

Transfer the pecans to a rimmed baking sheet and arrange in a single layer. Bake, stirring occasionally, until toasted, 10 to 12 minutes.

Add the rosemary and toss to combine.

Gingerbread granola. (Photo: Tania Savayan/The Journal News)

Adapted from "How to Cook Everything" by Mark Bittman. Yields 8 cups.

6 cups rolled oats (not quick-cooking or instant)

2 cups mixed chopped walnuts, pecans and almonds

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup raisins, chopped dried fruit or chocolate chips (optional)

Heat the oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients.

Spread evenly on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or a little longer, stirring occasionally. The mixture should brown evenly the browner it gets without burning, the crunchier the granola will be.

Remove the pan from the oven and add the fruit or chocolate, if desired. Cool on a rack, stirring once in a while until the granola reaches room temperature. Transfer to a sealed container and store in the refrigerator it will keep indefinitely.

A tin of chocolate snowballs. (Photo: Tania Savayan/The Journal News)

12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

2 cups miniature marshmallows

½ cup unsalted butter, melted

3 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 (6-ounce) can evaporated milk

1 cup confectioners sugar

Butter a 9-by-9-by-2-inch baking pan and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the chocolate, marshmallows, butter and vanilla. Set aside.

Put the evaporated milk and sugar in a large pot. Bring to a rolling boil and stir constantly for 10 minutes (a long-handled wooden spoon works best).

Turn off the heat. Add the chocolate-marshmallow mixture to the pot, stirring constantly until smooth and melted.

Pour the fudge mixture into the buttered baking pan and allow to sit at room temperature for one hour, then scoop out chocolate, rolling into bite sized rounds.

Refrigerate chocolate snowballs for one hour, then sprinkle or roll each ball in confectioners sugar. Store chilled for weeks.


Spread a sleeve of saltines on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Top with melted white chocolate and crushed candy canes. Sprinkle with a pinch of kosher salt or coarse sea salt. Let cool in refrigerator, then break into pieces and package in gift bags or small cookie tins.

These sand-art-style slow cooker meals in a jar are a great gift for those on your list who love to meal prep, or anyone who needs a quick and easy healthy meal every now and then (so, everyone, really!). To make, you simply layer all the ingredients in a jar and attach a recipe card with cooking directions.


10 easy DIY gift jar recipes for the holidays

Tis the season to give and get gifts in Mason jars! I, for one, am completely on board with this undying trend. It’s been a constant source of inspiration for me, especially around the holiday season when I am often stumped on what to get for friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, etc. The jar becomes my BFF, and I fill it with all sorts of goodies from cookie mix to homemade dressing to roasted nuts.

So if, like me, you are a fan of the edible gift in jar form, let this roundup of 10 easy DIY gift jar recipes be your guide this holiday season. Or, send it to someone as a hint for a gift idea for you (I mean, I would love it if someone gifted me a jar of my own peppermint brownie mix, TBH). I’ve included ideas on how to package each idea, too, so all you need to do is measure, pack, and gift away. MERRY MERRY.

First up: Caramel Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt. I just had to retype that recipe title three times to get all of that goodness in there — caramel bits, coconut flakes, chocolate chips, sea salt, all in a cookie. WORD.

How to package it: Measure out a HALF BATCH of cookie ingredients (to make 1 dozen cookies). Combine the flour, baking soda and salt called for in the recipe. In a (at least) 1-liter size resealable jar, add the flour mixture, then the sugar, then the brown sugar, then the chocolate chips, caramel bits and toasted coconut flakes. Top with a small sachet/bag of sea salt. Attach recipe ingredients/directions to the jar.

Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce, a.k.a., dressing/dip heaven. It’s best to make this dip right before gifting it, as it only lasts about four days before losing its delectable flavor. Oh, and make extra for yourself. Trust — it’s necessary.

How to package it: Spoon sauce into a 1 1/2 to 2-cup size resealable jar. Attach recipe ingredients and “how to store” notes to the jar.

Flaky, Fluffy Southern Buttermilk Biscuits. We bought a jar of biscuit mix from a place in Asheville during our trip there and it was the best thing ever. People love biscuits, and even better, premade biscuit mix in a jar.

How to package it: Combine all ingredients (including grated/cubed butter) in a bowl, then transfer to a (at least) 1-liter size resealable jar. Attach recipe ingredients/directions to the jar (and remind your recipient to keep it refrigerated so the butter stays cold!).

Oh, look! An actual gift jar! This one holds the contents for Cherry, Coconut and Pistachio Biscotti and I’m just going to let you head over to that post for package instructions and more photos of cookies.

These Moroccan Spiced Nuts are sure to be a hit for any nut in your family/circle of friends (see what I did there? Boom).

How to package it: Make the spiced nuts recipe. Once it’s fully cooled, divide the mix among several resealable jars (size depends on how many jars you want to give as gifts). Attach ingredients and “how to store” notes to the jar(s). Bonus: include an extra container of homemade Moroccan spice for funsies.

Sweet and Salty Sesame Cookies! They’re part cracker, part cookie, with a little crunch and visual appeal from the sesame seeds. Any sweet tooth or salty snacker will love these in gift jar form.

How to package it: Combine the flours, sugar and salt called for in the recipe. In a 1-quart resealable jar, add the flour mixture. Top with a sachet/bag of mixed black and white sesame seeds. Attach recipe ingredients/directions to the jar.

Oh my lans, these brownies. These Thick and Fudgy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Mocha Brownies. This is, hands down, one of my favorite brownie recipes in the history of brownies (and for me, that’s a long history). Anyone you gift these to in jar form will be a lucky guy/gal.

How to package it: Combine flour, espresso powder and salt called for in the recipe. In a (at least) 1-liter resealable jar, add the flour mixture. Top with the sugar, then the unsweetened baking chocolate (chopped or unchopped), and chocolate chips. Omit the dark chocolate/espresso powder called for to make the chocolate drizzle on top, or attach it to the outside of the jar in a small bag. Attach candy canes to the jar along with recipe ingredients/directions.

Every time I make these Smoked Gouda Cheese Straws for a party or gathering, they are met with rave reviews. Be a hero and gift these to someone you care about this holiday.

How to package it: A few options here. You can either make the straws ahead of time and place in them in a long, tall resealable jar. OR, you can combine all of the ingredients (except the butter and cream), then add them to a 1-quart resealable jar. Attach recipe ingredients/directions to the jar (and remind your recipient to keep it refrigerated because of the cheese!). OR, just mix the dry ingredients called for in the recipe, place them in a resealable jar, and gift it to someone along with a small wheel of smoked gouda cheese. And wine.

I love this Slow Cooker Pear Quince Butter for so many reasons, and one of those reasons is that it makes for a great gift. The recipe makes a hearty batch, too, so give this away to everyone on your list!

How to package it: Divide the butter among as many resealable jars as you desire. Attach recipe ingredients and “how to store” notes to the jar (along with a reminder to your recipient to keep it refrigerated!). An extra vanilla bean attached to the jar would be a nice touch, too.

Who wouldn’t want beer bread mix for Christmas — better yet, a Gruyere Rosemary Beer Bread? That’s a rhetorical question.

How to package it: Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt called for in the recipe. In a (at least) 1-liter resealable jar, add the flour mixture. Top with the shredded cheese and fresh rosemary. Attach recipe ingredients/directions to the jar. Gift with a beer.

And now you’re all set to fill jars with mixes to your heart’s content. Happy gifting!


If you want to get creative with this year's gift giving, look no further than these DIY holiday food gifts. They're inexpensive to make, absolutely delicious, and perfect for everyone on your list.

Home bakers might want to gift batches of their favorite cookies or individual pies, like the apple-raspberry ones shown here. For chocolate lovers, classic fudge that's decorated with peppermint candies poking out the top of each piece is always a winner. It's festive, rich, and the ideal present for those loved ones in your life who have a serious sweet tooth. Looking for a combination of sweet, salty, crunchy, and creamy all in one bite? Our Chocolate Tortoises fit the bill. Layered with nuts, chocolate, and ribbons of caramel, these bite-sized candies are absolutely adorable.

Before delivering (at a social distance, of course) a batch of biscotti or fudge to your neighbors, make sure to be cognizant of allergies. If you're unsure if your family and friends have specific dietary sensitivities, tie a small tag on the outside of the package noting if the treat contains dairy, nuts, or gluten. Give the cocktail connoisseur in your life homemade Meyer Lemon-Orange Bitters. It's a gift that encourages creativity (pair them with vodka? gin? whiskey?) and is sure to liven up what will likely be a far more mellow holiday season then they're used to. Or experiment with our formula for flavored vodkas&mdashfrom grapefruit and coriander to coffee bean and hazelnut, there's a flavor combination here for everyone (and the cocktail options are endless).

If you're looking for creative ways to share a taste of home with relatives you won't be able to see this year or want to surprise your mailman with something delightful, these DIY food gifts are just the thing. They're a delicious, homemade surprise that will surely disappear in an instant.


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