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Over 60 Ideas For Homemade Edible Gifts!

Dec 23 2013 - 9:30am

If you're searching for a gift to present to a loved one, why not go for something homemade and delicious? Whether you're looking for a quick and easy project or a more involved afternoon affair, these creative gifts will impress all of your friends and family. Likewise, we have picks for any palate and proclivity, including those with a raging sweet tooth, the salt obsessed, the boozehound, and more.

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Earl Grey Kumquat Marmalade

Like orange marmalade with training wheels — it's less bitter — Earl Grey kumquat marmalade [7] is a particularly lovely gift when packaged with a loaf of rustic bread.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Almond Nutella

Almonds sub for the traditional hazelnuts in this easy-to-prepare and utterly addictive milk chocolate almond spread [8].

Photo: Nicole Perry

Quince Paste

Want to wow a food snob? Make this quince paste [9], then package it with manchego cheese and serrano ham for an impressively gourmet gift.

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Lemon Curd

Pair a jar of lemon curd [10] with a package of crumpets or homemade shortbread cookies [11] for a thoughtful gift. Just make sure to refrigerate it until shortly before it will be unwrapped as it's relatively perishable.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Pepper Jelly

Give them a taste of the South with a jar of spicy-sweet pepper jelly [12].

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

Thanks to a food processor, you can make a homemade version of Nutella [13], the popular chocolate hazelnut spread, in under 30 minutes.

Photo: Katie Sweeney

Pomegranate Jelly

Send a heartfelt message with handmade pomegranate jelly [14], a gift that takes 15 minutes and less than $10 to make.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Marinated Feta Cheese With Oregano

Briny and herbal marinated feta cheese [15] can be used to top salads, spread on toast, or added to a cheese platter.

Photo: Camilla Salem

Za'atar-Spiced Almonds

Short on time, but still want to tuck a few edible gifts under the tree? Roast up a few batches of zesty za'atar-spiced almonds [16].

Photo: Nicole Perry

Garam Masala Popcorn

Indian-spiced popcorn [17] makes for an excellent last-minute edible gift as it comes together in a flash, and each batch makes enough for many.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Rosemary-Sesame Pecans

Nutty, salty, and sweet, rosemary-sesame pecans [18] hit all the marks and are sure to tickle their taste buds.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Beef Jerky

Although it takes over 10 hours to make, this black-pepper beef jerky [19] is downright addictive.

Photo: Katie Sweeney

Smoky and Spicy Almonds

These smoky and spicy almonds [20] are a family favorite. If you're traveling this holiday season, make two batches: one to give your hostess upon arrival at your destination, and another for you to enjoy en route.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Cinnamon Apple Chips

A package of crisp cinnamon apple chips [21] would make for a much-appreciated reprieve from the onslaught of holiday sweets.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Thyme Crackers

With the help of a food processor, homemade crackers [22] are quite simple to make. This version is seasoned with thyme and sea salt.

Photo: Katie Sweeney

Spiced Pecans

These spiced pecans [23] are an impressive and festive edible gift!

Photo: Camilla Salem

Brioche and Herbed Butter

Bread with butter is one of life's simple pleasures, so who wouldn't love a batch of homemade brioche with a delectable herb butter [24]?

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Parmesan Black Pepper Biscotti

This peppery treat [25] is one part biscotti cookie, one part savory cracker, which makes it a thoughtful present for just about anybody.

Photo: Katie Sweeney

Smoky Cashews

Don't shun those who lack a sweet tooth. Instead, send them home smiling with pretty parcels of smoky, herb-scented cashews [26].

Photo: Susannah Chen

Spicy Pickled Green Beans

Tart and spicy pickled green beans [27] are an excellent reprieve from the abundance of holiday sweets.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Homemade Hot Sauce

Spice things up — seriously — with homemade hot sauce [28]! It's a simple recipe that takes any dish to a whole new level.

Photo: Camilla Salem

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Give them a bottle of homemade vanilla extract [29], and they'll think of you every time the bake up a batch of cookies.

Bacon Jam

Yes, you read that right. I said bacon jam [30]! This savory, porky spread will have bacon-lovers weak in the knees.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Garlic Confit

Garlic transforms from sharp to smooth and slightly sweet when simmered in olive oil [31]. It's like two gifts in one, as the oil in the jar doubles as an excellent addition to salad dressing.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Flavored Salts

Whip up your own flavored salts [32], and package them in sweet little jars!

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Roasted Red Peppers With Garlic

Roasted red peppers with garlic and olive oil [33] make a wonderful and unexpected edible gift!

Photo: Camilla Salem

Cocktail Onions

Turn a bottle of alcohol into a cocktail kit by packaging it with homemade cocktail onions [34]. These pickled onions are amazing in a gin martini!

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Olive Tapenade

With a few flavorful ingredients and a food processor, you can whip up a batch of olive tapenade [35] that will make your friends and family very, very happy.

Photo: Camilla Salem

Spice Rub

Grill masters will love a custom blend of spices [36] that can be massaged into chicken, beef, pork, or fish.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Butter-Braised Onions

Butter-braised onions [37] are a thoughtful gift, designed to make cooking flavorful dishes a whole lot easier.

Photo: Camilla Salem

Chicken Liver Paté

This chicken liver paté [38] is absolutely irresistible: it has a silkiness that seemingly melts away as soon as it hits the tongue. The ingredients may be ultra-affordable, but they come together to produce a truly luxurious gift.

Photo: Katie Sweeney

Chocolate Marshmallow Crinkle Cookies

Fudgy and almost brownie-like, chocolate marshmallow crinkle cookies [39] are a go-to gift for any sweet tooth in your life.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Banana Nut Bread

Perk up their mornings with a loaf of not-too-sweet nut-studded banana bread [40].

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

Traditionalists who enjoy receiving cookies will swoon over a tin full of these chewy, chocolaty cranberry cookies [41].

Photo: Susannah Chen

Homemade Thin Mints

Homemade thin mints [42] help satisfy Girl Scout cookie cravings any time of the year.

Photo: Camilla Salem

Ginger Pear Corn Muffins

These ginger pear corn muffins [43] have great texture. They're savory and sweet at the same time!

Photo: Camilla Salem

Bacon, Blue Cheese, and Pecan Cookies

If you only make one gift from this list, then you have to make these bacon, blue cheese, and pecan cookies [44]. They are to die for.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Hazelnut Kiss Cookies

For something familiar yet new at the same time, spring for these hazelnut treats [45], a delightful spin on the traditional peanut butter kiss — only with a short, crumbly texture and a toasted hazelnut flavor.

Photo: Katie Sweeney

Chocolate Peppermint Cookies

Fans of the classic peppermint bark will love these chocolate peppermint cookies [46]. The center is a mint- and chocolate-flavored chewy cookie, and the outside is a shell of white chocolate.

Photo: Katie Sweeney

Cookie Dough Truffles

Let's be real, the best part about baking cookies is nibbling on the uncooked dough. Skip the nonsensical step of baking them off and instead make these irresistible chocolate chip cookie dough truffles [47].

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Candied Citrus Peel

It's amazing how two ingredients — citrus and sugar — can produce such a stunning confection. Preservative-free candied peel [48] has a vivid hue, a clean taste, and an addictive texture.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Chocolate-Covered Bacon

Scrumptiously smoky chocolate-covered bacon [49] will satisfy their sweet and salty cravings simultaneously.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Easy Chocolate Fudge

Fudge might seem intimidating to make at home, but this simplified version [50] gleaned from a children's cookbook is near foolproof and some of the best we've ever tasted.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Peppermint Bark

Nothing says Christmas like a tin full of peppermint bark [51]. You might be surprised to find that, as it requires no thermometers or fancy tools, it's nearly as easy to make as it is to eat!

Photo: Katie Sweeney

Date Balls

These divine date balls [52] are coated in chopped walnuts and sweetened coconut flakes. Not only are they an uncomplicated edible gift, but they're also wonderful for a cookie swap.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Peanut Butter Cups

If you have a mini muffin [53] tin, you can make peanut butter cups [54] — yum!

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Peppermint Fudge

Peppermint fudge [55] is seasonal, festive, and incredibly delicious, making it the perfect edible holiday gift!

Photo: Camilla Salem

Peppermint Candy

Flex your confectioner muscles when making peppermint hard candy [56]. It's sure to be a crowd-pleaser whether sliced into chubby lozenges or bent into a classic candy-cane shape.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Chocolate Truffles

Homemade chocolate truffles are actually incredibly easy to make. This recipe [57] shows you how it's done and lets you choose from three different flavors: Champagne, bourbon-pecan, and Irish coffee.

Photo: Katie Sweeney

S'mores

Package homemade graham crackers with homemade marshmallows and your favorite chocolate bar to create the ultimate s'more [58].

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Toffee Bark

When you only have 15 minutes to spare, throw together this addictive bark [59]. It combines saltines with dark chocolate and almonds.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Peppermint Patties

Chocolate and mint are two flavors of the season, and they come together splendidly in this peppermint patty [60] recipe.

Photo: Katie Sweeney

Chocolate Caramel Popcorn With Macadamia Nuts

For the sweet snacker, consider making a batch of "moose mix." [61] It's a combination of popcorn, chocolate, and macadamia nuts that's coated in a delicious caramel.

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Sweet and Spicy Brittle

Homemade nut brittle [62] may sound daunting, but all you need is a little bit of preparation and patience, and you'll find the process to be uncomplicated.

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Peppermint Cookies and Cream Clusters

Love Trader Joe's Candy Cane Joe-Joe's? Fold the crushed cookies into melted chocolate to make chocolate clusters [63], topped with peppermint pieces.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup

Vanilla simple syrup [64] is a versatile gift well-suited for coffee drinkers, cocktail aficionados, and those who can't get enough cream soda in their life. Even better, pair it with a SodaStream [65] for an extraspecial gift.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Limoncello

Need a gift for the amateur bartender in your life? Look outside the liquor store, and infuse a batch of zesty homemade limoncello [66] instead.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Homemade Grenadine

Contrary to popular belief, grenadine isn't a cloying syrup with an artificial cherry flavor. Teach your friends that the sweet liquid is really made from fresh pomegranate juice when you present them with a delightful handcrafted bottle [67].

Photo: Nicole Perry

Homemade Aquavit

Give a Norwegian-themed gift this year to warm your friends up from the inside out. Homemade aquavit [68] is simple, spicy, and trendy!

Photo: Camilla Salem

Vanilla Hot Chocolate Mix

Not all gourmet gifts have to involve cooking or baking. If you have a food processor, then you have the ability to make this ultraintense vanilla hot chocolate [69]!

Photo: Susannah Chen

Kahlua

Warm loved ones' hearts (and their bellies) with a bottle of homemade Kahlua [70], which requires little effort to make.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Hot Buttered Rum Mix

With the gift of hot buttered rum mix [71], a toasty, tasty tipple will be mere minutes away.

Photo: Nancy Einhart

Cherry Bounce

For an old-fashioned treat, whip up a batch of cherry bounce [72], a delightful cherry-flavored spirit that was once enjoyed by Martha Washington.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Gin

Yes, you can make gin! Just follow this uncomplicated recipe [73] that infuses vodka with juniper berries and an assortment of other aromatics.

Photo: Katie Sweeney

Hot Fudge Sauce

With its thick texture and rich flavor, homemade hot fudge sauce [74] is a superb gift.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Caramel Sauce

It's thick, it's gooey, it's creamy, it's sweet — it's homemade caramel sauce [75]!

Photo: Susannah Chen

Arancello

Chances are they've never tried arancello, limoncello's zesty orange-based cousin. Give them the gift of discovery (and delicious cocktails) with a homemade bottle [76].

Photo: Nicole Perry


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