Let’s Make Christmas! Ten fabulously easy, simple and inexpensive ideas for indulgent Christmas food treats to package up and give to friends and family. Homemade is so much better than shop bought!
It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas round here! Oooh I love this time of year! In the run up to Christmas every year I get really excited about what food gifts to make for my friends and family. I especially love making things that are festively cute, and can be easily packaged up into pretty bags and tied with a Christmas ribbon!
Since you don’t have much time this time of year (or any of the year, who are we kidding!), I thought I’d save you time by bringing you a round-up of my favourite Christmas food gifts. I have a few criteria – they must be easy to make, but impressive, and the ingredients can’t cost a fortune. The best value gift is probably the Chocolate Snowballs, and you could easily add a bit of rum or kahluha to make them even more delicious…
Click on the headings to go to the recipes!
Chocolate bark is one of the easiest, yet most impressive food gifts out there! It’s simply melted chocolate (you can do white, milk, or dark, or a combination / layers) which you spread out on a sheet of parchment paper on a baking tray. Dot your recipients favourite things on top – whether it be cut up bounty bars and maltesers, booze soaked raisins, or peanut butter cups (I went for cookie dough and pretzels in the bark above!). Or for an extra festive version, use red and green M&Ms and Christmas sprinkles. Cool, cut into large pieces and package in a gorgeous bag. They will think you went to loads of effort, but we’ll know the truth!
Just as easy to make as bark, I LOVE the festive colours of this strawberry white chocolate version. Gorgeous and delicious! I’ll be making something similar for New Year’s eve to share with you all – I can’t wait!
I just love these brownie pops by my creative friend Liana at My Sugar Coated Life. This would be such a lot of fun to do with kids! You could wrap two or three up and secure a bag around the base of the straw – voila, a gift bouquet of brownie pops!
I made these last Christmas as a food gift for my friends (if you know me in real life you will always, always get an edible gift from me!) and I just loved them. They are so ridiculously easy to make, would be great to do with kids (there’s really no way to mess them up) and they’re cheap to make too! Plus they look like snowballs. Oh, and they taste like a delicious bounty truffle!
Oh my gosh. These cookies are just so adorable. They’ve been on my to bake list for a couple of Christmas’s and I really need to get around to them soon! They’d be easy to make if you have some different sized circular fluted cookie cutters like these, and the delicious lemon and pistachio would be really fresh and yummy.
This easy foolproof fudge recipe is just my favourite. You can use the base to make any kind of flavour you like – Bounty fudge, S’mores fudge, white chocolate gingerbread fudge, baileys fudge, the possibilities are endless! Oh, and it takes about ten minutes to make!
Oh oh I love these cookies. They’re so easy and tasty and you could use the same idea to make christmas star, snowflake or stockings in the middle of the cookie. Adorable!
Really the easiest of the easy, these are simply jumbo marshmallows dipped in white chocolate and sprinkles! The oreo’s are a little more involved – lollypop sticks are popped into oreo’s and they’re then dipped in chocolate and topped with Christmas sprinkles. SO cute.
Give these as a Christmas gift and your friends will love you forever. They are the MOST chocolatey thing I think I’ve ever consumed. Definitely a must for any known chocoholics in your life!
These are a little more effort, but they taste SO good! Aromatic gingerbread cupcakes are paired with fresh, creamy cream cheese frosting, and each one is topped with a mini gingerbread man! You could buy the gingerbread men from the supermarket if you prefer to make things simpler.
Packaging your treats!
This year I’m using these snowflake print bags from Lakeland, and their selection of Christmas ribbons to tie them. They have plain ones too which I usually use (like when I made my friends wedding favours back in October!).
I’m also using these metallic sharpies to write out my tags and cards. Does anyone else still get super excited about pens, but specifically, metallic shades? Just me?!
I love working with Lakeland, and I was really excited when they offered me three of these Fairy Tale Village Moulds for my readers! Aren’t they just so cute?
You can use them to make amazing gingerbread houses, either with biscuit, or with chocolate. They are absolutely adorable! Just look at the amazing chocolate Christmas house my friend Liana of My Sugar Coated Life made last year (and she’s making more and doing a tutorial this year, hurrah!).
I’ll just wait here while you gasp in awe! Could it be any more beautiful? Probably not right. Although I bet a few people will be making Frozen versions this year…
Lakeland have been kind enough to give me three to give away, worth £11.99 each! To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post and tell me which of these festive treats you’d love to receive this year! Be sure to include an email address you check often so I can contact you if you win!
Giveaway runs until Tuesday 2nd December at midnight, after which time I’ll pick three commenters at random – you have to have your mould well in time for Christmas! Thanks to Lakeland for their generosity!
Please note – the giveaway is only open to people in the United Kingdom.
Need more Christmas baking inspiration? There’s about a lifetimes worth here!
Happy festive baking, friends!