Homemade Christmas gift ideas

Save money on Christmas shopping with our ten edible gift recipes. From gingerbread biscuits to chocolate truffles, these tasty treats are also great for getting kids in the kitchen.

Iced gingerbread stars with stained glass effect sweet centre

Enjoy a relaxed day baking some DIY treats with your kids during the Christmas holidays. These biscuit, chocolate and sweet recipes can all be created with the help of little hands and make the perfect festive gifts to give to family and friends. Wrap them up in pretty paper parcels, or place them in decorated boxes with a handwritten label for a personal touch. The effort and special thought you put into customising each gift will be well appreciated. So whip out the festive baking aprons and prepare to get messy in the name of giving.


1. Funfetti biscuits

Box of round biscuits with funfetti sprinkles in them

These colourful cookies are sure to bring a smile to somebody's face and they're super simple to make. Just combine funfetti or rainbow sprinkles into a basic biscuit mixture for a stunning speckled effect.

Funfetti biscuits


2. Snowy chocolate crackle biscuits

Box of mini round chocolate biscuits coated in icing sugar

Achieve a cool 'crackle' effect by rolling balls of chocolate biscuit dough in icing sugar to make them look like snow-topped pine cones when baked. These crunchy bitesize treats will keep for up to a week in an airtight container – just wrap the box in colourful paper for a pretty gift.

Snowy chocolate crackle biscuits

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3. Gingerbread stained glass biscuits

Piping icing onto gingerbread stars with a stained glass sweet centre

It wouldn't be Christmas without gingerbread biscuits. The impressive stained glass effect here is easy to create by placing a hard-boiled sweet in the centre of each cut-out biscuit shape. This will melt and spread while in the oven to form a 'window'. Decorate them further by piping white icing around the edges, then display your edible ornaments by hanging them from the Christmas tree – that is, if you can resist eating them first!

Gingerbread stained glass biscuits

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4. Christmas truffles

Box of chocolate truffles, coated in various sprinkles

A box of chocolates is the ultimate gourmet gift at Christmas. Kids can get creative by choosing what coating to roll them in. We've gone for cocoa powder, sprinkles, edible lustre, icing sugar, or chopped nuts, but you can have fun experimenting.

Special tip: Handling the truffles is less messy if you have cold hands, so rinse them under a cold tap first if you don't want chocolatey fingers.

Christmas truffles

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5. Bourbon biscuits

Bourbon biscuits with colourful centre in a pot and on a plate

Add some festive hues to classic bourbon biscuits using a spot of food colouring. Little ones can get involved with piping the filling in pink, white and chocolate, or whatever colour takes their fancy. These Neapolitan-style biscuits take only 10 minutes to bake and can be finished off with a dusting of sugar. They will soften after a while so are best eaten the day they are iced.

Bourbon biscuits


6. Cheese & rosemary biscuits

Long boxes of biscuits

Sweet treats are often in abundance during the Christmas holidays, so if you're craving something savoury, we have the perfect homemade snacks. These moreish cheddar and rosemary biscuits are likely to be gobbled up before you can even place them in gift boxes! With a simple, elegant design and satisfyingly tangy flavour, they'll also go down well as part of the cheese course at a dinner party.

Cheese & rosemary biscuits


7. Reindeer & snowman chocolate bark

Chocolate bark pieces with reindeer face design

Kids will love decorating chocolate bark with cute little reindeer and snowman faces. The swish swirled bark effect can be achieved by pouring melted milk chocolate over dark and stirring them slightly. For the toppings, we've used Smarties, marshmallows, pretzels, jelly laces, sprinkles and icing pens. Make an easy gift to give to classmates or family by snapping the bark into shards, popping in a bag and tying with a pretty ribbon.

Reindeer & snowman chocolate bark


8. Polar bear peppermint creams

Polar bear peppermint creams on a tray

Make these adorable minty treats using only four ingredients. The bear faces are shaped from a sweet dough made from icing sugar, egg white and a few drops of peppermint essence. A little chocolate button nose completes the look. You can have these cute bears bagged up in just half an hour, making them a super simple last-minute gift. Alternatively, if you want a more classic cream, just coat small pieces in melted dark chocolate.

Polar bear peppermint creams

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9. Chocolate stirrers

Chocolate stirrers on lollipops with a pot of hot chocolate

Give your favourite winter drink the gourmet treatment. Just as good or even better than you'd find in a shop, these hot chocolate stirrers make a quirky foodie gift. Let your kids experiment with adding different flavours and ingredients like nutmeg, pistachios, raspberries and orange – they will be mini chocolatiers in no time! Wrap up the lollipops gently and attach a label that reads: ‘Stir me into hot milk’. Store in a cool place until needed.

Chocolate stirrers

 

10. Apple pie cookie kit

Two jars with layered cookie mix, topped with apples.

 

Capturing the comforting flavours of apple pie in a jar, our festive biscuit mix is the ideal present for all cookie monsters! Layer the dry ingredients, topping with your loved one's favourite cookie fillings; for example, raisins, Smarties or chocolate chunks. Then, all they have to do is add the wet ingredients and bake, giving them an easy shortcut to something fresh, warm and delicious. Simply write out the instructions or attach our printable label outlining the final steps for their festive baking session.

 

Apple pie cookie kit

 

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