What do you do when you want to get someone a thoughtful present for the holidays, but have no clue what they like? We’ll tell you. Homemade edible gifts. These recipes are the perfect excuse to put on some festive music, roll up your sleeves, and make something from scratch to show someone you care.

From our most popular Christmas cookies to traditional Jewish rugelach, raw vegan truffles to extremely buttery shortbread; it’s easy to choose a recipe that will suit everyone on your list. Try make-ahead biscotti that will last for weeks or gluten-free scones that will get snapped up in minutes. Your sister-in-law, a co-worker, that really helpful yoga teacher — make their festive season a little sweeter with edible gifts they’ll love.

Homemade Edible Gifts That Are Perfect For The Holidays - A stack of homemade speculoos cookies on a plate beside a mug.

Speculoos Cookies

Traditionally baked in early December, Speculoos are thin, crunchy Belgian cookies with a caramelized, almost-but-not-quite-gingerbread flavor. A perfect edible gift for the coffee lover in your life; these cookies were absolutely made for dipping.

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Homemade Edible Gifts That Are Perfect For The Holidays - A plate of chocolate truffles.

Chocolate Truffles

A delicious and easy no-bake recipe for dark chocolate truffles with a variety of toppings. This recipe uses crushed pistachios, cocoa powder and flaked coconut, but you could also try them with sprinkles or drizzled with caramel.

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Homemade Edible Gifts That Are Perfect For The Holidays - Icing sugar dusted homemade rugelach.

Rugelach

“Rugelach” is a Yiddish word that means “little twists”, as these sweet pastries are twisted into bite-sized delights. This rugelach recipe uses croissant pastry stuffed with chocolate, raisins, and walnuts. Serve them with a homemade hot drink for bonus points.

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Billionaire's Shortbread

Billionaire’s shortbread —the perfect gift for that friend that’s always strapped for cash. Buttery shortbread, smooth caramel and a crunchy chocolate topping, all topped off with a generous sprinkling of sea salt.

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Simple Shortbread Cookies

You can’t go wrong with a simple shortbread as a homemade edible gift. When you’re short on time for a last-minute present, this 4 ingredient recipe can be ready in an hour – arrange a batch in a cute tartan tin and you’re done.

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Homemade Edible Gifts That Are Perfect For The Holidays - Homemade sticky cranberry ginger bread dusted with icing sugar, beside a knife, on a platter.

Sticky Cranberry Gingerbread

Planning on baking your holiday gifts in advance? This festive recipe will taste just as good 2 days after baking as it does on the same day. Sticky, spicy and full of cranberries, this gingerbread is perfect to give as a wholesome DIY present.

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Orange & Oat Scones

These hearty orange and oat scones are perfect with butter and jam on a chilly morning. If you’re spending the holidays at your in-laws, arriving with a batch of these for breakfast will go down a treat.

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Ayo's Chocolate and Peppermint Sugar Cookies

These delightful chocolate and peppermint sugar cookies are the perfect sweet treat or edible gift. Whether plain or decorated, they make beautifully simple holiday presents and travel well once set.

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Homemade Edible GiftsThat Are Perfect For The Holidays - Homemade raw vegan raspberry truffles topped with dried, crushed raspberries on a silver platter.

Raw Vegan Raspberry Truffles

Looking for an alternative to vegan Christmas cookies? Impress your vegan friends by making these raspberry truffles as a unique present. Filled with a creamy cashew and agave mix and coated with a vegan chocolate shell, they look absolutely lovely in a simple brown box.

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Homemade Edible Gifts That Are Perfect For The Holidays - Homemade iced gingerbread cookies in the shape of people.

Gingerbread Cookies

Bake a batch of classic gingerbread cookies for your Secret Santa this year. These chewy, spicy ginger-scented cookies are perfect for cutting into shapes and decorating with Royal Icing. Choose a cookie cutter that reflects something your Secret Santa loves for a personal, unique gift.

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Homemade Edible GiftsThat Are Perfect For The Holidays - Cheddar & Sage scones on a white serving plate.

Cheddar & Sage Scones

Hands up if you would take cheese over chocolate any day. These delicious scones are made with fresh sage, cayenne and black pepper for a soft and cheesy scone with a peppery hit.

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Cranberry Almond Hazelnut Granola Bars

Rich and chewy granola bars packed with oats, toasted nuts, seeds, and cranberries and sweetened with date syrup and honey. Perfect as a make-ahead healthy homemade gift!

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Homemade Edible Gifts That Are Perfect For The Holidays - Homemade white chocolate dipped gingersnaps.

White Chocolate-Dipped Gingersnaps

Our 2016 Holiday Recipe Swap brought us these white chocolate-dipped gingersnaps from Lena Geller. Easy to make, and festively flavored with ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. They make adorable homemade gifts; simply dip in white chocolate before finishing with some dainty piped holly.

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Gingerbread Baked Doughnuts

Delight someone with a batch of festive baked doughnuts this holiday season! These apple-gingerbread spiced mini doughnuts with a smooth maple syrup glaze make a unique alternative to holiday cookies.

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Cranberry, Pistachio & Cornmeal Biscotti

Crunchy and flavorful, these homemade biscuits make charming holiday presents. Biscotti are the ideal make-ahead homemade gift, as thanks to their crispiness, they are naturally resistant to mold. Store in an airtight container to help them retain their crunch. 

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Homemade Edible Gifts That Are Perfect For The Holidays - Flour dusted gluten-free berry scones on a slate.

Gluten-Free Berry Scones

A gluten-free homemade holiday gift recipe that takes just half an hour. Light, tender scones with sweet bursts of raspberry for a wholesome gluten-free treat.

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