50 Edible Holiday Gifts-Sustainable Giving

I love getting homemade gifts from my friends. It feels special to put your heart into your gift. There are so many holiday gifts to make from your garden.

Christmas time can come at a great price to the environment. 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, and I know the gift itself can be consumed rather than end up in a landfill someday.

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 in. 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.

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50 Edible Christmas Gifts-Sustainable Giving

Edible Christmas gifts to make in advance

Homemade vanilla

Homemade bread

whole wheat bread maker bread

Mason jar Christmas gifts-Homemade sauces

Tomato Sauce

Flavored honey

Maple butter sauce

Chocolate sauce

Blueberry sauce


Homemade food mixes edible Christmas gifts

Soup mix

Taco Seasoning mix

Ranch dip mix

Chili seasoning


Pancake mix

Cookie mix

Brownie mix

DIY edible holiday gifts-Baked goods

Pumpkin pie

Apple pie

pumpkin pie baking with kids

Devil’s food cupcakes

Zucchini bread

Banana bread

Pumpkin bread

Apple bread

cute packaging for homemade bread-edible Christmas gifts

Christmas Cookies

Pumpkin cookies

Monster cookies

Chocolate chip cookies

Sugar cookies

Shortbread cookies

Peanut butter cookies

Oatmeal cookies

Monster Cookies, yum

Edible DIY holiday gifts

Vanilla sugar

Homemade Christmas 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

Seeds you saved yourself for the receiver to start their own garden next year

Homemade fruit leather

Trail mix

Roasted pumpkin seeds

Lavender sugar

Herbal Tea

Homegrown luffas sponges

Lavender wands or sachets

Headache pillows

Pressed flowers on cards or notepaper

Grapevine wreaths or garlands

Cut flowers

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.

Clutter-free 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.

Check out these awesome ideas from some of my blogging friends.

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50 Edible Christmas Gifts-Sustainable Giving


  1. Judy says:

    I love giving homemade gifts. And spending time with my grand kids making some of them. Hot cocoa mix and marshmallow dipped spoons are their favorites.

  2. Valerie says:

    These are my favorite kind of gifts.

  3. That homemade bread looks delicious!

  4. So many choices, and packaged so pretty. We try to make a few edible gifts to give to neighbors and friends each year. (We have already been given hints about what they would like this year!!

  5. Kayla says:

    As a recipient of many of these delicious gifts, I can say this is a great list!

  6. Ummm I might have to move closer so I can be a recipient of some of these awesome gifts! These are wonderful ideas! I can’t wait to finally have a garden going so I can make some of these as well πŸ™‚ Pinning for later πŸ˜‰

  7. Laura says:

    I love the list of gifts from the garden, but I would be excited to receive any of these!

  8. These are great ideas, many I hadn’t even considered! I’m definitely going to try a few.

  9. I love my homemade vanilla! And yes, it makes a wonderful gift that can be used all year long. The homemade bread in the pretty pans is a good idea too. Who wouldn’t love to receive these great gifts! I need to make myself some homemade taco seasoning. I’ve been meaning to do that forever.

  10. Great post! It’s so cool to see all the different ways we can give gifts sustainable!

  11. What a great list! I think that edible gifts are a great option. Everyone eats! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

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