Three jars of orange Aperol marmalade with ribbon round the top

Best homemade food gifts for Christmas

Try one of our simple and delicious edible Christmas gift ideas. From snowball chocolate truffles to homemade little candy canes, there is an easy treat for everyone's stocking this Christmas.

Want to make your own Christmas gifts this year? Make our homemade food gifts for Christmas. Check out our edible Christmas gifts, from chocolate truffles and candy canes to Christmas fudge and homemade Irish cream (or check out our Irish cream taste test here to find out which one to buy). We also have some unique Christmas presents for your friends who love gin – homemade gin and even gin and tonic lollipops.


If you’re making your own homemade edible gifts, then why not go one step further and make your own Christmas crafts? Here’s our step-by-step guide to create your own Christmas wrapping paper and Christmas gift tags.

Here are our ideas to create the perfect homemade Christmas gifts…

Muscovado fudge

Try our super crumbly fudge recipe with muscovado sugar. This impressive recipe may take a little effort but makes for the perfect gift to give your foodie friends and family for Christmas.

Muscovado Fudge Recipe

Gin and tonic dib dabs

The perfect homemade Christmas gift for gin and tonic fans. Check out these gin and tonic dip dabs, a fun grown-up version of a childhood favourite. You can substitute any other flavouring for the gin and tonic – orange or lemon extract also work well.

Gin and Tonic Dib Dabs

Chocolate chip cookie pizza

The ultimate edible Christmas gift! This chocolate chip cookie pizza is super easy to make and great fun with all the family. Crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside, this is the perfect Christmas present for a crowd. Deliver in a pizza box for a bit of fun.

Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza Recipe

Baileys chocolate tiffin

Check out these indulgent chocolate tiffins with our favourite Christmas drink in solid chocolate form. You don’t have to include the edible glitter but it does give added bling to make a fun edible Christmas gift. Try our other Baileys Irish cream recipes here, from Baileys cheesecake to Baileys fudge…

Baileys Chocolate Tiffin Recipe for Christmas

Homemade Christmas chutney

A jar of chutney is the perfect edible gift for hosts. It can keep for ages, so your host can enjoy it at their leisure. Try making a big batch so that you can keep a few jars for yourself!

Christmas chutney

Pistachio and cherry cantuccini

If you’re looking for a biscuit to dip into your coffee, look no further than a cantuccini. Wrapped in a cellophane bag, they’ll make the perfect homemade Christmas gifts for friends and family. Plus, they keep well so can be made in advance.

Pistachio and cherry cantuccini

Homemade sriracha

If you’re friends with people who can handle heat, a bottle of homemade sriracha would go down a treat. Buy some bottles and fill with hot sauce for a spicy treat.

Homemade sriracha

Sweet miso caramels

These caramels will be loved by both children and adults. The mix of sweet and salty flavours is a fun twist on the classic caramel. Wrap them in greaseproof paper to give away as gifts, or eat them all yourself! We have plenty of caramel cakes and bakes to try here…

Sweet miso caramels

Homemade Aperol and red grapefruit marmalade

Impress your friends with this boozy Christmas gift. Make our red grapefruit marmalade, a Christmas twist on this classic jam. Aperol lends a lovely bitter orange note to this soft-set, festive-looking marmalade.

Three jars of orange Aperol marmalade with ribbon round the top

Sour cherry stollen bars

The best homemade Christmas gift for your gluten free friends. This ingredients list may look lengthy but it’s all about building up the textures and flavours to make this the most moreish bar ever – way better than regular stollen.

Sour cherry stollen bars dusted with icing sugar and lined up in rows

Cherry and pistachio block

These are great served at a festive party, or given as a homemade personal gift. Grab one while you can though, once they’re put on the table they’ll be gone in a matter of minutes. Make them ahead of time so it’s one less thing to worry about during this busy time.

Spiced Christmas biscuits

These biscuits look great hanging on the Christmas tree…that’s if no one eats them all as soon as they’re baked! Children will have lots of fun decorating them and they’d be a great end of year Christmas gift for teachers too.

Spiced Christmas biscuits

Salted cashew nut brittle

Why not make a hamper full of edible treats for friends this year? This salted cashew nut brittle will be fun to make, but your friends will love eating it even more. It’s really simple to make, too!

Salted cashew nut brittle

Homemade chocolate truffles

Homemade chocolate truffles are an easy and original gift. You can add whatever flavours you fancy and have as much fun with it as you like. Try popping them in a box lined with greaseproof paper to give away to your family.

Chocolate-dipped honeycomb

Honeycomb is lots of fun to make, especially when you get to dip it in chocolate! It’s got a sweet flavour and crunchy texture. Your friends will love the original idea if they get it as a present.

Chocolate-dipped honeycomb

Dan Doherty’s chestnut truffles

These chocolate and chestnut truffles from Dan Doherty are a delicious twist on the classic truffle. They’re nutty and indulgent. Take them along to a Christmas party for the host and you might be able to eat one yourself…

Clementine, ginger and bay gin

Instead of buying a bottle of fizz for your next party, why not make a bottle of clementine, ginger and bay gin? It couldn’t be easier to make but it’s a great original idea. The festive clementine flavour will get everyone into the Christmas spirit.

Clementine, ginger and bay gin

Cranberry and ginger tiffin

This tiffin is the perfect Christmas gift for your sweet-toothed friends. It’s got a great crunchy texture and mixture of sweet, nutty flavours. Try wrapping them in greaseproof paper and ribbon for a rustic looking gift.

Peanut butter pretzel truffles

These truffles are rich, nutty and very chocolatey. Covered in pretzels, they’ve got a crunchy outside and smooth centre. Make a big batch and give them out to lots of different friends, you’ll be everyone’s favourite!

Peanut butter pretzel truffles

Dark chocolate florentines

Florentines are sweet, nutty and easy to make. Try dipping them in different types of chocolate to mix it up a bit. Place in a box lined with greaseproof paper for a fancy yet fun homemade Christmas present.

Dark Chocolate Florentines Recipe

Little candy canes

Only at Christmas time do candy canes make an appearance. Whether you’re hanging them on the tree, giving them away to friends or making them for family members, they’re a fun gift to make.

Spiced maple cashew bark

Not only is this bark fun to make, but it’s delicious to eat. Get some celephane bags, fill them with bark and tie them with some ribbon as a gift for all the family. Plus, you can add different nuts depending on what you like!

Baileys and white chocolate fudge

Fudge is a sweet treat that keeps well. If you want to get ahead with gifts, it can be made in advance and keeps for a month. Don’t forget to leave a few pieces out for Father Christmas and his reindeers…

Ginger shortbreads

During the festive period, it’s important to rest and recuperate. These ginger shortbreads are the perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea or mug of mulled wine. Warm and spicy in flavour, your friends with love them too.


olive magazine podcast ep77 – giant cookie pizzas, Christmas drinks and wild adventures in Sweden

This week on the olive magazine podcast, the cookery team talk about next-generation food gifts, including gin and tonic dip dabs and giant pizza cookies.