Looking for nomtastic DIY holiday edible gifts to make and give to your friends, family, colleagues, teachers, neighbors, and all the other people in your life? These homemade gifts are easy to make, paleo-friendly, gluten-free, and super tasty!
If you’re starved for holiday inspiration, I’ve created a roundup of my classic giftable edible holiday treats. All of them are a cinch to make together and you can drop them off or ship them to all of your pals!
Sweet Edible Holiday Gifts
Matcha, Chocolate, or Vanilla Mug Cake Kit
I love quick and easy paleo mug cakes and I bet your pals will, too! To make someone’s holiday a little sweeter, measure out the dry ingredients for one mug cake and package the mix in a clear cellophane bag tied shut with a pretty bow. Attach a printed recipe card and let the lucky gift recipients know that all they have to do is whisk in the wet ingredients before cooking the individual cakes. No matcha? The recipe also includes instructions for chocolate and vanilla mug cakes!
Tuck a bag (or three) in a brand-new coffee mug and voila!
Chocolate-Dipped Pistachio Cookies
My chocolate-dipped pistachio cookies are crunchy, tender, salty, nutty, and perfectly spiced with cardamom and lime zest.
These paleo thumbprint cookies are the jam-filled treats from your childhood, remade to be gluten-free and grain-free!
These adorably delicious raspberry financiers are mini almond flour cakes crowned with a tangy berry.
Nom Nom Chocolate Truffles
These paleo and dairy-free chocolate truffles are a cinch to make, yet look extra fancy! If your kids are looking for a cooking assignment, this fab recipe is it!
Coco-Nutty Dark Bark
I love making Coco-Nutty Dark Bark ’cause it’s drop-dead simple and infinitely customizable. To be honest, I feel embarrassed even calling this a recipe: all you do is melt the best dark chocolate you can find, and top it with your favorite add-ins.
You can change the toppings to suit your taste, though in my humble opinion, the crowning trio consists of toasted coconut flakes, tangy dried cranberries, and salty roasted macadamia nuts. I’ve even provided some fun printable labels that’ll make your packs of chocolatey goodness look legit.
Grain-Free Dark Chocolate Cherry Scones
The homemade scones are crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside, and dotted with dried cherries and dark chocolate. Your friends will love them!
My Liar Balls—delicious and healthy paleo energy balls—are the perfect on-the-go snack for your friends and family! You can make these no-cook vegan treats with your kids and customize the flavor with your favorite nuts or seeds!
“PB&J” Energy Balls
If you’re gonna roll up a bunch of Liar Balls, you may as well make some “PB&J” Energy Balls, too! These peanut-free “PB&J” Energy Balls are made with just nuts and fruit (and a pinch of salt).
Chocolate Cherry Paleo Granola
Warning: it’s hard to refrain from munching on this fabulously crunchy, nutty, and maple-syrup sweetened gluten-free treat, so package it up and give it away before you eat it all yourself!
Tropical Paleo Granola
This grain-free Paleo granola is crunchy, not too sweet, and infused with tropical flavors that remind me of my favorite fruity beachside drinks!
The World’s Easiest Cookies
Yes, these delicious crunchy almond flour cookies are the world’s easiest cookies to make and they happen to be paleo, vegan, gluten-free, and grain-free!
Savory Edible Holiday Gift
Magic Mushroom Powder
If you gift someone a jar of my Magic Mushroom Powder, they will be your friend of life. Sprinkle this umami-packed, Whole30-friendly seasoning salt on anything to make it delicious—it truly is the secret weapon in my kitchen arsenal.
Too busy to make it yourself? My Magic Mushroom Powder—in giftable tins!—are available at ALL Whole Foods Market locations nationwide! If you can’t find them, ask customer service to order it or restock it!
Happy gifting and eating! Don’t want to bother making homemade gifts? Check out my Holiday Gift Guide!
[Originally posted on December 14, 2020. Updated with new details and photos on December 22, 2021.]
Looking for more recipe ideas? Head on over to my Recipe Index. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPhone and iPad app, and in my cookbooks, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2013), Ready or Not! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2017), and Nom Nom Paleo: Let’s Go! (Andrews McMeel Publishing 2022).80
Haven’t visited this site in forever and you’re still as awesome as I remembered! Love these ideas, too. I made the truffles a few years back for a Christmas party and they were spectacular.
Nutrition You Can Use says
DIY gifts are so cool. People tend to appreciate them more and they can be fun to make too. The one catch is that they have to be decent or the process isn’t worth the effort. The ideas on your list all look like they would be extremely popular.
Sandra Shields says
Great recipe ideas for gifting and taking to Holiday gatherings without starch, so I can eat them too. Thanks!