Giving away homemade gifts is one of my favourite things about the holiday season, especially if they’re consumable! I try to live a fairly minimalistic life without a ton of ‘stuff’ (try being the operative word here) and so I love to give and receive consumables because I get to enjoy them, and then they’re gone.
I asked some of my favourite food bloggers to share a favourite edible gift, and there are some really amazing choices here! I’ll be sharing some of my own favourite edible gifts from throughout the years as well. There’s still 3 weeks until Christmas (seriously, how did that happen?!) so there’s plenty of time to roll up your sleeves and make something fabulous.
Kylie from immaeatthat has shared this edible cookie dough gift for the cookie dough lovers in your life. You layer all of the ingredients into a jar and include instructions to add a banana, some nut butter, and honey, and delicious egg-free edible cookie dough is just moments away. Kylie also just started selling Healthier Black Bean Brownie Mix, which is perfect for the brownie lover in your life and / or if you don’t have time to make something.
Erika from The Pancake Princess shared these gorgeous little flax macarons. She promises they’re totally not scary to make, and they’ve got a lovely nutty flax flavour that flax lovers will be totally into. They’re not exactly your traditional macaron; they’ve even better.
Home made vanilla extract is one of my favourite things to make and give away. It’s just so dang easy! All you need to do is soak vanilla beans in some alcohol (I usually use vodka, but bourbon or rum would work too) and wait. The minimum time is around two months, but you can go even longer. I started a batch back in April which is pretty much perfect right now! But you can still totally give away vanilla extract even if you didn’t start a batch a couple of months ago. Simply put a few vanilla beans into a pretty jar or bottle, cover with alcohol, and give the recipient instructions for when their vanilla will be ready to use.
Ceri from Natural Kitchen Adventures shared these gorgeous raspberry and vanilla raw chocolates. How good do those look?! Ceri also has a recipe for lavender, rose-hip, and coconut face oil, which isn’t edible but would make a really lovely homemade gift nonetheless.
My friend Gena from Choosing Raw is sharing this super easy vegan hot chocolate mix, the perfect gift for cold winter nights! Gena also has a recipe for vanilla cinnamon pecan milk that would be an amazing gift, perhaps alongside this pumpkin and cranberry granola?
While we’re on the subject of chocolate, remember last year we made naturally-sweetened chocolate, two ways? I tested this out on friends and colleagues, and the honey version was the crowd favourite, but I still like the date-sweetened chocolate too. This year I’m thinking of trying a batch with date syrup. It’s totally quick and easy to make your own chocolate, so get your hands on some cocoa butter and give it a go!
Joanne from Eats Well With Others shared this homemade apple cinnamon butter. Joanne just made over a hundred of these to give away as favours at her wedding. That’s dedication! You don’t have to make that many, but a batch will yield about a dozen jars, so you’ll have plenty of gifts to give away.
My dear friend Kellie from Food To Glow has shared this sweet and spicy munch mix. I’m totally going to make this! Kellie and I were laughing about how this recipe is deep enough in her archives that she was still recommending agave nectar. If you make this, use honey or brown rice syrup instead!
Alissa from Connoisseurus Veg is sharing this vegan red wine cranberry nut bread. How good does that look? I think the orange glaze really takes it over the top. I definitely want to try this!
Jess from Inquiring Chef is sharing this lovely chai spice granola with almonds and coconut. I’ve made a few of Jess’s granola recipes and they’re always excellent. Wouldn’t you love to receive a jar of homemade granola? Me too!
Linda from Veganosity is sharing this cranberry lemon quick bread (vegan, naturally) which makes a perfect hostess gift or holiday giveaway. Wrap it up with a bit of ribbon, or bake in a festive tin to give away with the loaf.
Kiersten from Oh My Veggies is sharing this incredible whole wheat chocolate chip pancake mix. It’s such a lovely gift to give! If you visit her site the recipe includes that super cute printable label for jars of the pancake mix, AND she’s got links to 99 DIY food gifts for the holidays!
Last but not least, don’t forget about this home made Better Than Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread! It’s super easy, delicious, made with whole foods, naturally sweetened, and totally vegan. The perfect gift for the chocolate lover in your life.