Eat, Drink and Give Merrily

Creative Ideas for Edible Gifts

‘Tis the season to give gifts and eat delicious food—so it makes perfect sense to combine the two! Edible (or drinkable) gifts are an inexpensive way to thank all your holiday hostesses.

Here are some fun gift ideas that will satisfy everyone’s holiday cravings.

  • Wine is obvious choice when it comes to hostess gifts. Make your bottle stand out from the rest with a personalized wine label. At sites like, you can create holiday-themed wine labels starting at just 50 cents. Personalize their templates or create your own, and even add a picture.
  • You may need a baby in the house to pull this one off, but a hot cocoa snowman is sure to delight. Take three baby food jars, fill one with peppermints, one with cocoa mix, and one with mini marshmallows. Hot glue them on top of each other to create a snowman. Paint on a face, use ribbon to create a scarf and hat, and glue on buttons to finish it off.
  • If your hostess is more into savory than sweet, create homemade BBQ rubs. This requires no cooking, all you have to do is find a recipe online and mix together the spices. You could even make three different kinds (one for pork, beef and chicken) and turn it into a macho snowman.
  • You can’t go wrong with ooey, gooey, delicious popcorn balls, especially when you transform them into edible ornaments. Use the recipe of your choice. Once they’ve cooled, drizzle with melted chocolate and sprinkle with crushed peppermint or the candy of your choice. Use a greased skewer to create a hole in the popcorn ball, then stick in a candy cane until just the hook is showing.
  • Spending the night with family or friends? Bring along breakfast in a basket. After a busy day of cooking, cleaning and entertaining, the last thing a hostess needs is to  worry about what to serve in the morning. Line a basket with a holiday-themed towel then stock it with homemade scones or muffins and coffee, tea or the makings for mimosas.
  • It’s okay to take shortcuts, especially this time of year. Buy a refrigerated sugar cookie dough and you’ll have more time to spend on the best part— decorating! We love these melted snowmen cookies.
  • Give your hosts a hoot with Santa hat brownies. They’re bound to be popular with the kids and the bright pop of red will bring out warm holiday feelings. Vegan Strawberry Santa’s are another yummy and easy treat that fit the season.

Final Tip: If your hostess has little ones, give them a cookie decorating kit. Put together a basket with plain gingerbread or sugar cookies and all the fixings—sprinkles, icing and little candies. It will keep kids entertained during the party and provide another option for the dessert table.