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Skip the holiday shopping frenzy with these rustic, homemade and delicious edible gifts. Inexpensive and guaranteed to please, who knew a simple jar could be so special?

Handmade gifts are certainly the best kind, especially when they are edible! This season, why not be inspired to really add a dash of Christmas cheer and a pinch of love to your gift giving, by making something for your friends and family, that is so much more personal than what they normally might be used to? We have put together four simple, economical and, most of all, delicious ideas for you to try…. complete with FREE printable gift tags!


With dry ingredients layered in a jar and decorated with a handmade instruction label, twine and fresh rosemary, this brownie mix makes the perfect gift for the sweet tooth in your life. All they need to do is make the brownies by adding three basic wet ingredients, then eat the brownies, it’s that simple.


Makes 1 x 1L jar

• 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/3 cup cocoa powder
• 2/3 cup brown sugar
• 2/3 cup white sugar
• 2/3 cup chocolate chips
• 1/3 cup chopped walnuts

In a small bowl mix the flour and salt together. Then begin layering your ingredients into your jar in the following order:

1. One half of the flour/salt mixture  2. Cocoa powder   3. Remaining of the flour/salt mixture   4. Brown sugar   5. White sugar   6. Chocolate chips   7. Walnuts

Once the jar is full, decorate with a custom label and twine or ribbon of your choice. You can download your FREE PRINTABLE INSTRUCTIONAL GIFT TAG here!

* Baking Instructions for your recipient: Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a 9” x 9” baking pan. Pour the contents of the jar into a large bowl and mix well.Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla, 2/3 cup vegetable oil and three eggs. Beat until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake at 180 C for 20-25 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!


Just three ingredients is all it takes to create this divine chocolate sauce that any chocolate lover would love to drizzle over cakes, strawberries, brownies, even porridge! It’s super simple and when jarred up with a complimentery side of berries and a mini wooden spoon, it’s a Christmas gift game changer.

Makes 4 x 125ml jars

• 3/4 cup heavy cream
• 6 tablespoons butter
• 225g dark chocolate, broken into pieces

Heat the cream and butter in a saucepan until the butter melts and the cream just starts to boil, stirring often. Place the chocolate into the hot mixture and stir until melted and evenly mixed through. Allow to cool and pour into sterilised jars. Batch with fresh strawberries, twine and gift away! You can download your FREE PRINTABLE GIFT TAG here!


Fresh cherries are only available for a handful of weeks each year…. how cruel is that!? Cherries are such an amazing little gem of a fruit that we think it would be remiss of anyone to not do all they can with them in the short time each year that they are around, and this little ditty is no exception. Boozy spiced cherries are as delicious and alcoholic as they sound – perfect drizzled over ice cream, topped off with cola for a cheeky cherry bourbon hit or (if one is to be completely sensually self-indulgent), devoured with nothing more than a spoon and a smile. Warning – your gift recipient really does need to be 18+ for this one.

Makes 2 x 250ml jars

• 300g fresh cherries
• 250ml bourbon (use the nice stuff, it makes a difference)
• 1/4 cup caster sugar
• 1 cinnamon stick (about 10cm in length)

Pit the cherries, using a cherry pitter or a simple chopstick. Place the sugar and cinnamon into a small saucepan and pour in the  bourbon. Gently heat to dissolve the sugar then bring to a simmer. Add the cherries and cook for five minutes. Take off the heat and transfer the cherries and cinnamon to a sterilised jar, ensuring that the cherries are well packed. Fill  to the top with the bourbon syrup, ensuring that all of the cherries are completely submerged. Seal and leave to cool to room temperature. Decorate your jar or bottle and show someone you love them ‘cherry’ much with this beautiful handmade gift. If stored in the fridge, the cherries will keep for several months. You can download your FREE PRINTABLE GIFT TAG here!


When sweet meets smoke, this little jar of goodness is a unique taste experience for the true foodie. Sweet and charred in flavour, it can be made quite simply, but you will need a smoker and a little bit of patience. The finished product is different, yet delightful and can be used to glaze ham, or to add an extra dimension to barbecue sauces. Add it to butter or even ice cream, and you really are onto something amazing. It is also incredible as a standalone condiment, drizzled over pears or ice cream or…. oh wow… fried chicken. This honey makes the perfect gift, the recipient will ‘bee’ delighted!

Makes 1 x 250ml jar

• 250ml raw honey
• pinch of salt

Light your smoker fire box, utilising a fruit wood if possible (cherry is an excellent idea, but any will do). Allow the temperature in your cooking chamber to reach, but not exceed, 200F (95C). Combine the honey and salt and once the temperature is steady, pour the mixture into a shallow glass dish (a pie dish is perfect) and place inside the cooking chamber, closing the lid and keeping it closed for approximately two hours. Be sure to keep the temperature steady as overheating will lead to caremalised and unpalatable honey. Once cooled, decant into a sterilised jar and gift with twine, a handmade label and wooden honey dipper. You can download your FREE PRINTABLE GIFT TAG here!