Homemade foodie Christmas gift ideas

Surprise your friends and family with festive Christmas treats you've made yourself.

Whether you're looking to cut down costs this Christmas or want to surprise your loved ones with a special treat, these edible gifts are sure to put a smile on everyone's face. These delicious goodies will show care and thoughtfulness – and what more could you want for Christmas than that?

Mini panettone

An Italian Christmas staple, panettone has found its way to our hearts. The rich, sweet bread is dotted with dried fruit and peel, and although it needs to prove in the fridge overnight, the rest of the cooking time doesn't take long. Wrap in baking parchment, finish with a festive ribbon and pop in Christmas stockings.

Mini panettone (Image: Cecilia Di Dio/Shutterstock)
Cecilia Di Dio/Shutterstock

Ginger and almond Florentines

Extremely decadent, Florentines are like something between a brandy snap and a biscuit, laced with delicious toffee. Incorporating chopped crystallised ginger, a hint of orange zest and plenty of chocolate, these delicate bites are perfect to give as a gift. And while they might look very impressive, they take less than an hour to make.

Ginger and almond Florentines (Image: Nadiya Bakes/Michael Joseph)
Nadiya Bakes/Michael Joseph

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Gingerbread men and reindeer

These adorable biscuits don't take a lot of time to make and will be a fun activity for the whole family to do together. You'll need gingerbread men cookie cutters and writing icing for decorating as well as a nice box to put them all in. You can make the reindeer by turning the gingerbread men upside down.

Gingerbread men and reindeer (Image: Waitrose & Partners/loveFOOD)
Waitrose & Partners/loveFOOD

Christmas apple pickle

A perfect accompaniment to cheese and crackers, this Christmas apple pickle has perfectly balanced sweet and bitter flavours for those who'd rather gorge on a cheeseboard than chocolate. Present in a jar with a personalised gift tag and festive ribbon.

Christmas apple pickle (Image: Kolpakova Svetlana/Shutterstock)
Kolpakova Svetlana/Shutterstock

Orange, almond and cardamom madeleines

Small enough to enjoy with a tea of a coffee after a big meal, these aromatic madeleines are great for when you need a little something to give as a gift. They're also really quick and easy to make, you'll just need a special madeleine tray.

Orange, almond and cardamom madeleines (Image: Bazaar/Mitchell Beazley)
Bazaar/Mitchell Beazley

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Salted brown sugar caramel chocolate truffles

A good truffle is a joy to eat. These decadent chocolate truffles are flavoured with salted caramel and will just take about an hour to make. They're a brilliant present for someone with a serious sweet tooth.

Salted brown sugar caramel chocolate truffles (Image: Liliya Kandrashevich/Shutterstock)
Liliya Kandrashevich/Shutterstock

DIY chocolate chip cookie mason jar

A trend you might have spotted in supermarket stocking filler aisles, DIY chocolate chip mason jar is a fab little gift for Christmas. You'll need a cute mason jar and all the dry ingredients needed to bake the cookies – think flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder and chocolate chips. Scoop the ingredients in distinct layers, then add instructions to a gift tag and finish with a festive ribbon. Use our best-ever chocolate chip cookie recipe as a guide.

DIY chocolate chip cookie mason jar (Image: yari2000/Shutterstock)

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