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25 edible Christmas gift ideas that will show how much you care

Give the gift of love and deliciousness this Christmas with these thoughtful edible present ideas. From Christmas cake brownie pops to a gorgeous chilli-infused oil, these ideas will show your friends and family how much you really care.

By Harriet Keown
When it comes to wrapping your delicious homemade gifts, ditch the cellophane this year and opt for one of our top 5 most eco-friendly alternatives for wrapping edible Christmas presents.
Plus, watch our video below to learn how to make the perfect batch of festive mince pies for Christmas gifting by, or discover Sophie Gray's handy guide here.
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    Christmas crisps

    Decadent as well as pretty, these Christmas crisps are a real treat to gift to friends. Although you might want to keep a few for yourself too - these little sweets are too good to give up!

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    Homemade bliss balls and truffles

    Buy cute little boxes, or recycle some, and gift these gorgeous flavour bombs to your friends and family for Christmas. They couldn’t be easier to make or more delicious to eat!

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    Sugar-free chocolate Christmas bark

    This delicious treat looks makes a wonderful Christmas gift for family and friends. And it's gluten-free and dairy-free too!

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    Festive fruit bread

    Light like a panettone and buttery like a brioche, this bread is wonderful and so Christmas-y. This Nici Wickes recipe is a bit different to the usual format, but trust us, as you’re buttering gorgeous, warm slices of Christmas fruit bread, you’ll forget the effort.

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    Christmas Day jam

    This strawberry and cherry jam recipe is perfect for Christmas Day, as the hints of cinnamon and vanilla give it a beautiful festive flavour. Have it with scones in the morning for breakfast!


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    Christmas cake brownie pops

    These Christmas cake brownie pops make great little presents for teachers or neighbours and can be wrapped and tied with pretty ribbon. Or keep them for a special treat on Christmas day!


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    Festive plum and strawberry jam

    This is such a lovely Nici Wickes jam recipe! It’s so seasonal and great as a little Christmas gift for anyone. And it can be made ahead of time, so you won't get stuck in the Christmas rush.

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    Capsicum Christmas chutney

    This chutney is a summer favourite, not only is it great with strong hard cheese, it is the perfect match for thick slabs of cold Christmas ham jammed into fresh bread. Photography by Jani Shepherd/Gatherum Collectif.

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    Festive spiced biscuits

    These are fun biscuits that are easy to make and great to have on hand for guests who drop in. You could also make batches to give as cute edible Christmas gifts - just pop some in a glass jar and tie a ribbon around the top!

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    Chocolate dipped glace fruit biscotti

    Make your own crunchy golden biscotti to enjoy with a big mug of coffee or tea. Packed full of almonds, sweet fruit chunks and dunked in chocolate to finish, its a winning treat every time.

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    Little chewy meringues with cacao and raspberry

    Nici Wickes' chewy meringue recipe creates a wonderful gift. They’re very shelf-stable, will last for ages in an airtight container and can be made ahead of time. Plus, they’re absolutely delicious!

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    Pistachio and goji berry biscotti

    Homemade biscotti makes a wonderful Christmas gift, as it keeps well and it’s much better than the store-bought variety. Your friends and family will definitely be impressed!

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    Chocolate fruit mince tarts

    Add a chocolatey twist to a Christmas classic with this chocolate fruit mince tarts recipe! Delight your family and friends with this perfect sweet treat for the festive season

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    Nici Wickes' sweet Christmas mince shortcake

    Try something new with your Christmas fruit mince this year with Nici Wickes’ Christmas shortcake. A sweet, crumbly crust is filled with her mum’s ever-reliable mincemeat recipe, and makes a gorgeous gift for friends and family.

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    White choc-mint candy cane bark

    This festive treat pairs minty candy canes and creamy white chocolate with crispy rice bubbles to create the ultimate Christmas gift for loved ones.

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    Dark chocolate, coffee & toasted hazelnut biscotti

    Crisp and firm biscotti is a perfect match for your morning coffee or afternoon cup of tea. Combining a decadent nutella flavour with subtle hints of coffee, this recipe will have you wanting to move to Italy.


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    Mum's Christmas loaf cakes with easy icing

    Nici Wickes shares her mum's delicious gift idea. This recipe sees one big batch of Christmas cake mix divided between smaller loaf tins and dressed up with a simple icing and some glacé cherries

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    Citrus coconut balls

    These little balls are a fantastic standby for an after-dinner sweet treat, and great to have on hand for unexpected guests.

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    After-dinner mint bark

    The texture of this after-dinner mint bark is a real winner. It’s crispy and crunchy to bite into, while being smooth and creamy to eat - a late-night delicacy you won’t be able to pass up.

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    Butterscotch marshmallow fudge

    There's nothing quite like the caramel creaminess of butterscotch, so add it together with marshmallows and fudge and you've got a winner! This recipe is perfect for a sweet Christmas gift.


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    Stained-glass cookie Christmas tree ornaments

    Give your decorations a edible twist with these moreish stained-glass cookie Christmas tree ornaments that not only look lovely, but taste delicious too!

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    Homemade chilli oil

    This spicy oil makes an attractive, useful gift. As well as giving pizza a kick, it is superb in vinaigrettes or wherever you use oil but yearn for a little extra heat. Photography by Jani Shepherd/Gatherum Collectif.

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    Reindeer and gingerbread men Christmas cookies

    These adorable reindeer and gingerbread men cookies are perfect to give as gifts at Christmas time, or to serve alongside dessert after your lunchtime spread for a cheeky sweet treat.

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