Love Christmas, but dread the holiday shopping? Spread Christmas cheer this year by skipping the mall and crafting adorably edible gifts in your kitchen.
Our fun and festive selection of DIY food crafts have something for everyone on your list. Best yet, all of these edible holiday gifts are easy, affordable, and a mouthwateringly memorable way to show your loved ones just how much you care.
Reindeer candy bottles make sweet gifts
If your Christmas gift list seems impossibly long and you need a ridiculously easy gift that everyone will adore, make a bunch of these reindeer candy bottles. Each candy-filled reindeer is festively designed using a plastic or glass milk bottle, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and a fuzzy craft ball. We filled our reindeers with Whoppers, but you can customize each of your gifts with your loved ones’ favorite candies. These reindeer candy bottles are perfect presents for teachers, classmates, holiday parties, coaches, and teammates. You can even keep an assortment of reindeer candy bottles on hand to give out as last-minute gifts.
One sweet gift: a jar of cinnamon sugar nuts
Instead of going nuts over your holiday shopping list, go nuts in your kitchen and give your loved ones a decorative Mason jar filled with cinnamon sugar nuts. Sweet, spicy, and deliciously irresistible, these candied nuts will become your favorite go-to as an edible Christmas gift. Not only are they made with a short list of ingredients, but you can stir up a large batch in just minutes. Once the nuts cool, simply scoop the crunchy sweet treats into a Mason jar and tie a festive ribbon around it. Give this tasty gift to the nut lovers in your family or delight your neighbors, co-workers, or your favorite hostess with a special jar of holiday yum.
Hot cocoa shots: holiday gift crafts
When the weather outside is frightful, a hot cocoa shot is so delightful! These hot cocoa shots are one of the easiest holiday gift crafts you will ever make. Simply fill small glass jars with layers of cocoa mix, candies or chocolate chips, and marshmallows, then decorate the jar with your favorite ribbon and a tag with cocoa-making instructions. These belly-warming treats are fun gifts for friends, family, and co-workers. You can even include a mini bottle of peppermint schnapps, Kahlúa, or Irish cream for your adult friends who enjoy a boozy nightcap.
Gifts from the kitchen: Sea salt vanilla caramels
Soft, chewy, sweet, and gooey, these sea salt vanilla caramels will make your candy-loving family and friends weak in the knees -- and deliciously thrilled to be on your holiday gift list. Intimidated by making candy at home? Don’t be! Our homemade caramel recipe gives you easy step-by-step instructions that will make you a caramel-making pro in no time. These caramels exude a lovely vanilla flavor and caramel sweetness that is heightened with a sprinkle of sea salt. Wrap up each of your melt-in-your-mouth candies in a twist of waxed paper and pile them into ribbon-tied Mason jars. We guarantee every one of your holiday candy jars will spread the holiday cheer and satisfy the most insatiable sweet tooths.
Gifts from the kitchen: Mulled wine mix
Looking for the perfect present for the wine lovers on your Christmas gift list? Get in your kitchen and whip up this mulled wine mix! Our mulled wine mix is made with palm sugar, orange peel, and a spicy array of ingredients, including cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and star anise. Package the mix in a holiday jar and pair it with a bottle of red wine that includes a tag with instructions to make a steamy good pot of mulled wine. A bottle of wine may be a classic hostess gift, but a bottle of wine with a jar of mulled wine mix is an extra special holiday treat. You can also swap in a bottle of grape juice for the non-drinkers on your list who appreciate a warm winter beverage.
Gifts from the kitchen: Mini cranberry bread loaves
The most thoughtful Christmas gifts are the ones you make in your kitchen. These moist, cake-like miniature cranberry bread loaves will convey to your family and friends that they deserve edible holiday gifts made from the heart -- your heart! Studded with fresh cranberries, raisins, warm spices, and butter, our deliciously diminutive cranberry breads are one of those gifts that get devoured immediately upon opening. Wrap the loaves in cellophane decorated with pretty ribbon or other holiday decor, then watch as your recipients eagerly gobble them up. Give these mini cranberry bread loaves to your loved ones, teachers, neighbors, co-workers, or anyone else who needs a gift that makes them feel special.
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