Best Edible Christmas Gifts from the Garden your fam will love (homemade jars of jam)
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Best Edible Christmas Gifts from the Garden your Family Will Love

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Looking for a thoughtful and yummy edible DIY Christmas gift? Heck yes, you’re thoughtful. And you like to make yummy things. We’ve got you covered with these best edible Christmas gifts from the garden. Fun to make, creative but simple and everyone loves getting homemade edible Christmas gifts! You can even make most of these food Christmas gifts in advance. Share the bounty of your beautiful garden, and cross off some Christmas gifts on your list so you can relax more when it gets closer to Christmastime!

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Just because you have put your gardens to bed for the winter, does not mean you have to put your gardening minds to bed also. Christmas is a great time to break out the jars of jams and jellies, pickles, and vegetables you canned over the summer to give as homemade gifts to family, friends and neighbors.

Every year my friend, who lives in Arkansas, gives us a couple jars of homemade pickles and jelly as a Christmas gift.

My family looks forward to these simple gifts. Sometimes I even manage to get a taste of the pickles before my daughter devours them (she loves them).

There are many edible Christmas gifts a person can make and give from their gardens. Let’s get into these best homemade food gifts from the garden!

Related post: 5 DIY food gift ideas from your herb garden.

Ideas for Edible Christmas Gifts from the Garden

1. Pumpkin Bread or Zucchini Bread

First on my list is zucchini or pumpkin bread. A mini loaf of either bread wrapped in tin foil with a red bow looks lovely, and tastes great with a cup of hot coffee.

Make ahead? Fresh tastes best, but you can absolutely freeze pumpkin loaves or zucchini bread. Cool completely, wrap in foil, and then use a heavy duty Ziploc freezer bag. Freeze for up to 1 month for best flavor.

Related post: Healthy Pumpkin Scones with Maple Glaze.

2. Edible Christmas Gifts to Make Ahead: Homemade Jam

Any flavor of jam or jelly in a decorative jar is my next choice.

Add them to a basket of homemade herbal bread or muffins and you have one great breakfast basket to give to a loved one.

Make ahead? Yes. Jam sealed properly lasts up to 18 months to 2 years so this is an edible Christmas gift you can definitely make well ahead of time.

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3. Lemon Cookies

Make a batch of lemon flavored thyme sugar cookies shaped from Christmas cookie cutters. Ice them with yellow colored icing and place them in a Christmas tin.

Another delicious homemade Christmas gift idea are these meyer lemon shortbread cookies. They take 5 minutes of prep work, and people just love them!

Make ahead? Yes, and freeze for up to two months.

4. Vegetable Soup

Homemade vegetable soup, canned in your own kitchen is a healthy and nutritious homemade Christmas food gift in a jar.

This creamy broccoli soup is one of my all-time cold weather favorites.

Give this to a friend or family member to heat up on a cold winter’s day. Put instructions on the jar that all they need do is add some cooked beef or chicken pieces (if they desire), heat and eat.

If you’d like to add a loaf of homemade bread to this edible Christmas gift, here are some delicious (and really easy to make) bread recipes:

Make ahead? You can either can/jar seal the garden vegetable soup so it lasts longest. Or you can freeze soup and then add to a jar closer to gift-giving time. The bread tastes best made fresh (same day or day before).

5. Popcorn

Try some homegrown popcorn in a basket with hot chocolate packets (or these cute hot chocolate spoons!) for a home movie night to give to a friendly neighbor.

I have never had fresh homegrown popcorn before, but would totally appreciate this edible DIY Christmas gift. I bet it tastes so yummy and fresh!

For fun movie ideas, check out these best fall movies, and these 50 family movies to watch with your kids.

Make ahead? Yes. Popcorn lasts a long time so this is an edible Christmas gift you can make in advance.

6. Homemade Dip with Herbs from the Garden

Combine your dried herbs from your garden in a small plastic bag with instructions to add contents to a cup of sour cream to make a fantastic tasting dip.

Add this to a Christmas basket with chips and party crackers.

Make ahead? Yes, you can dry and store the garden herbs well ahead of time. You can also make a cute instruction tag to go with it beforehand.

7. Homemade Tea with Garden Herbs

Give a small tin full of bags of herbal teas such as sage, lavender and peppermint to your tea-loving friends.

Easily make your own tea bags here.

Make ahead? Yes. Fully dry the herbs before packaging them in tea bags so they stay fresh the longest.

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8. Homemade Tomato Sauce

Homemade tomato sauce is just so superior to the canned or jarred stuff you get in stores. Tomatoes are one of the most popular garden veggies to grow, and if you have an abundance of this fruit-not-veggie, make some tomato sauce to share as an edible Christmas gift.

You could print off a lasagna recipe where they could use the homemade tomato sauce. Here is a popular meat lasagna recipe and a delicious vegetarian lasagna recipe.

Make ahead? Yes. Homemade tomato sauce (if canned and sealed properly) can last well up to 18 months.

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9. Fruit Pies

Do you grow raspberries, blueberries, peaches, apples, or another kind of yummy fruit? Make a homemade fruit pie for someone special.

Making a pie from scratch is one of the best homemade food gifts because it’s a bit more labor-intensive, and most people don’t make homemade pies anymore.

Make ahead? You can make pie dough ahead of time and freeze it (my mom does this). You can also fully make, cook, and cool a fruit pie and freeze it.

If you want, you can even gift this fruity edible DIY Christmas gift in a pretty pie plate like this one (it comes in a bunch of different colors).

10. Vegetable Pot Pies

Had a zucchini bounty this year? (If you grow zucchinis, you know it’s a bounty every year.)

Take those zucchinis, tomatoes, sweet peppers, herbs, and more, and make tasty vegetable pot pies to give as homemade Christmas gifts from the garden.

Make ahead? Yep. Same as the fruit pies. Make the pie dough ahead of time and freeze it until you need it. You can also fully make, cook, and cool a veggie pot pie and freeze it to gift later.

There you go! 10 ideas on how to use the produce from your garden as Christmas gifts.

Next, check out this popular post on easy DIY Christmas gifts. You could even combine one of those crafts with an edible Christmas gift from this post for someone extra special!

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  1. Those are wonderful ideas, Suchot. For years, my go-to gift for family members was a loaf of pumpkin bread, and everyone really liked it. (The last couple of years, I didn’t really bake much because I was eating too much when I baked!) One year, I made candied oranges for gifts, and one year, I made candied pecans. The pecans were better! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Pam! I love receiving edible Christmas gifts and making them, so this post was really fun to write. 🙂 Your candied pecans sound delicious!

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