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Christmas time can come at a great price to the environment. I love giving homemade food as edible Christmas gifts because I know the gift can be consumed. For unique gift ideas for everyone on your list, check this out.
There is little that is sustainable about tons of cards, wrapping, packaging, and shipping. I love giving homemade edible Christmas gifts because I can control the amount of packaging I use, I can use packaging that is recyclable.
Edible holiday gifts can be packaged in reusable glass containers such as mason jars. They can also be packaged in minimal packaging such as thin bags that don’t take up as much room in the landfill as other things.
I love using tins, baskets, and other reusable containers to package my edible gifts. Think about what you use to present your gifts, you may be able to think of a less wasteful alternative if you give it some thought.
Edible Christmas gifts to make in advance
So many Christmas gifts can be made in advance and edible gifts are no different. There are a ton of things that will save for later. You can freeze edible Christmas gifts, or make dried mixes and so much more. Check out some of these edible Christmas gifts to make in advance.
- Homemade vanilla
- Homemade lemon, mint, or chocolate extract
- Homemade bread
- Taco soup kits
- Homemade vanilla syrup
Mason jar Christmas gifts-Homemade sauces
I love how gifts look and are usable in mason jars. It’s so homey and friendly and the jars help the gifts stay fresh. You can even freeze mason jars if you leave one inch of headspace in the jar before freezing.
Homemade mixes-edible Christmas gifts to make in advance
These mixes will last for up to 6 months, so you can make them a month or more before Christmas and they will still be fresh for giving at Christmas time. Perfect edible Christmas gifts to make in advance.
DIY edible holiday gifts-Baked goods
Baked goods make great Christmas gifts because everyone needs goodies to take to holiday dinners. A pie or bread would be much appreciated.
Christmas Cookies-edible Christmas gifts to make in advance
I’m a big cookie monster. I love cookies and love giving and receiving different kinds of cookies for Christmas. I’m world-famous for my chocolate chip cookies, so be sure to check out that recipe. Cookies make great edible Christmas gifts to make in advance because they freeze beautifully!
- Monster cookies
- Chocolate chip cookies
- Sugar cookies
- Shortbread cookies
- Peanut butter cookies
- Oatmeal cookies
Homemade Christmas candy
Christmas candy is fun to make and fairly easy. It can be made a little bit in advance most of the time, so it’s a great schedule saver and who doesn’t love candy.
- Peanut butter balls
- Chocolate dipped pretzels or cookies
- Homemade granola
Edible Christmas gifts from the Garden
Another great way to give edible gifts (and even some non-edible) is by growing them yourself. We grow so many great things in our garden, and many of them can be turned into thoughtful gifts.
I love how great this is for the environment. Many can even be given with NO packaging ever involved in the giving or the processing. What a win for our future and the sustainability of our earth!
- Garlic Braids
- Onion Braids
- Dried Herb Mixes
- Herb Vinegars
- Herb oils
- Compound butters
- Dehydrated veggie soup mixes
- Dehydrated fruit treats
- Homemade fruit leather
- Trail mix
- Roasted pumpkin seeds
- Lavender sugar
- Herbal Tea
There are tons of great things that can be made with your own hands. Edible Christmas gifts are thoughtful and show love to those you chose to make them for. People appreciate heartfelt gifts.
I LOVE knowing that my gifts were thoughtful as well as cut down on waste for the environment and leave a better place for all of us to live.
There are so many Sustainable Gifts you can give this Christmas. It will cut down on so much waste going to the landfill in the future and leave the earth in better shape for future generations.
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