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.

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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.

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.

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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

whole wheat bread maker bread

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.

Taco soup in a jar

Tomato Sauce

Flavored honey

Maple butter sauce

Chocolate sauce

Blueberry sauce


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.

Taco Seasoning mix

Ranch dip mix

Chili seasoning


Pancake mix

Cookie mix

Brownie mix

Vanilla sugar

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. 

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-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! 

Pumpkin cookies

homemade pumpkin cookies made from homemade pumpkin puree, glazed and on a plate.

Monster cookies

Chocolate chip cookies

Sugar cookies

Shortbread cookies

Peanut butter cookies

Oatmeal cookies

cooling racks of monster 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.

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.


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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.

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  1. 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. 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!!

  3. 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.

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