Homemade edible Christmas gift ideas

Surprise loved ones this Christmas with our delicious edible gifts and homemade packaging ideas.

DIY hot choccie

Jam-packed with goodies from mini marshmallows to candy canes, this DIY hot chocolate is sure to go down a treat.

1. Clean your chosen jar and sterilise it by filling with recently boiled water, swilling and emptying, before drying it well.

2. Place four squares of grated plain chocolate into the jar. Then layer over 2 tbsp of demerara sugar and 3 tbsp of cocoa powder, being careful to not mix the ingredients together.

3. Place three 12g candy canes into a sandwich bag and crush into a coarse powder. Spoon 2 tbsp of the crushed candy into the jar.

4. Top up the jar with mini marshmallows and close the lid.

5. Write out instructions onto a gift tag:
“Pour into a heavy-based pan with 600ml (1pt) milk and bring to the boil, stirring continually. Pour into two mugs and enjoy!”

Fasten the gift tag to the jar using ribbon.

Mince pie pops

Everyone’s favourite Christmas classic in miniature form is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Bake a batch of them and dish them out to the neighbours to spread some festive cheer.

Use a classic mince pie recipe, but make a couple of adjustments:

1. When you’ve rolled out the pastry, cut-out an even number of circles or shapes with a cookie cutter.

2. Lightly brush the middle of half of your pastry circles with water, place the end of a lolly stick in the middle and add a little pastry over the top to secure the lolly stick.

3. Place one teaspoon of mincemeat in the centre of each pastry circle and on-top of the lolly sticks. Lightly brush the edges of the pastry circle with water.

4. Gently stretch the remaining pastry circles by a millimetre or two and drape over the mincemeat, pressing down to seal the edges. Use the prongs of a fork to crimp the edges.

5. Bake as the recipe says, leave to cool then dust with icing sugar and enjoy.

Painted biscuit tins

Transform empty biscuit tins into beautiful gift boxes with just a print-out template and some coloured spray paint. The only downside is you’ll have to eat all of the biscuits first…

1. Paint your biscuit tin and lid using a spray paint or acrylic paint – this will be your base colour.

2. Fold plain paper and cut out a snowflake design, then tape or glue into place on the tin and carefully spray or paint the tin again in your second colour.

3. Once dry, remove the stencil, and fill the tin with presents.

Snowman prezzie pots

Turn terracotta pots into adorable snowman gift boxes for an exciting twist on your usual Christmas stocking. So easy to make, why not get the little ones involved decorating their own family of snowmen?

1. Start by painting a small terracotta pots with white paint.

2. Once the white paint has dried, paint the rim of the pot blue for his hat. You may need to apply a couple of coats.

3. Once the blue paint has dried, add blobs of black paint for the eyes and mouth, and orange paint for a carrot nose.

4. Make sure the pot is completely dry, then fill with goodies.

Tip: you could try painting the snowman design on empty jam jars too.

Glittery star biscuits

The festive season is all about putting your feet up with a cuppa in front of some cheesy Christmas telly. Treat loved ones to a batch of these star-shaped biscuits, dusted with edible glitter and perfectly shaped to sit on the edge of a mug, ready for dunking.

1. Using a regular biscuit recipe, such as these tasty vanilla shortbread stars, form a dough from your ingredients.

2. When the dough is ready, use a small star cutter to cut shapes out from the dough and place them on a baking sheet lined with non-stick baking paper.

3. Use a knife to cut a small rectangular indent between two points of the star – this is how the biscuits will sit on the side of the mug, so make the indent roughly the same thickness as the lip of the mug.

4. Bake the biscuits until the tips of the points are turning golden and the centre is still pale.

5. Cool the biscuits, then lightly dust them with edible glitter.

Hang the biscuits on mugs of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate to serve.

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