With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time to begin thinking about fun, creative and most importantly, delicious gift ideas!
Be inspired by these homemade edible holiday gift ideas that will have your recipients’ mouths a-watering and their eyes a-poppin’!
Photo via Lynlee’s
Merry and Bright reindeer cupcake
Cupcakes are often thought of as a super simple gift to hand out, especially during the holidays, due to the ease of baking a larger quantity of individual-sized treats. But in the instance that you are searching for an extra special treat that will truly stand out, consider adding an ornate fondant embellishment to your cupcakes, such as this Merry and Bright reindeer tutorial featured in the book Sweet and Unique Cupcake Toppers! You can easily incorporate this topper design into your festive cakes and treats this Christmas season.
For instruction on the basics of modeling three-dimensional creatures, be sure to check out the Craftsy course Cake Topper Techniques: Fondant Animals with Sharon Wee to learn techniques for creating sugar toppers such as this!
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Mr. and Mrs. Claus cupcakes
Wouldn’t these precious Mr. and Mrs. Claus cupcakes by Craftsy member capri.shu2497105 make an adorable Christmas gift? Made in the Craftsy course Global Cupcake Design with Sheryl Bito, the designs were created with fondant and accentuated with accessories and hand-painted details to recreate this beloved holiday couple. Get creative and supplement them with elves and wrap them up in boxes with two or more holders for the cupcakes.
Couple the precious cupcake designs with scrumptious cupcake recipes offered in the course The Perfect Cupcake with Jennifer Shea to ensure your gift recipients are delighted with the cupcake, both inside and out!
Photo via Craftsy member Mini-Gateaux
Christmas wreath mini-cake
In addition to cupcakes, miniature cakes can also serve as a great holiday gift, such as this beautiful Christmas wreath mini-cake by Craftsy member Mini-Gateaux. Sweet and simple designs provide a charming presentation to bring a smile to anyone’s face, but will also allow you to make numerous mini-cakes, if multiple gifts are necessary!
Learn tips to efficiently make a variety of mini-cakes in the course Mini-Cakes, Many Occasions with Rachael Teufel, along with additional small-sized treats like tiered and shaped cakes, along with petit fours.
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Sugar Christmas tree cookie
This innovative Sugar Christmas tree cookie made from royal icing piped onto sugar cones from Craftsy member Bobiesbaking provides such a festive and different spin to the traditional holiday cookie! The leaves were given a two-tone effect with the use of multiple pastry bags and green icing tones, while additional adornments and shine finish off the design. Follow the full sugar christmas tree tutorial to create festival trees of your own.
Photo via Craftsy instructor Autumn Carpenter
Mini gingerbread houses
Gingerbread houses are a staple of the holidays, so why not shrink them down and make delightful Mini Gingerbread Houses like these adorable displays by Craftsy instructor Autumn Carpenter?! The house components were decorated with techniques from Autumn’s course Decorating Cookie Essentials: Designer Cookies, then constructed with the use of royal icing as an adhesive, creating tiny houses measuring at a mere 3-inches. Entire snowy scenes were created with additional shaped cookies, producing perfectly customizable gifts!
Photo via Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats
Frosty the Snowglobe cake pop
Looking for an imaginative and fun gift this holiday season? Look no further than this super cute and creative Frosty the Snowglobe cake pop by Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats! The adorable snowman is a cake pop, decorated with chocolate and candy, while the trees made from ice cream cone tips. Sugar snow and snowflake sprinkles completed the scene, finalizing this irresistibly sweet holiday gift.
Want to learn how to make cake pops? Try the free Craftsy course The Wilton Method®: Creative Cake Pops with Valerie Pradhan to learn how!
Photo via Firefly Confections
Peppermint mocha caramels
Homemade caramels are exquisitely delicious and can serve as the perfect substitution to the traditional gift of fudge. Give them a yuletide twist, such as these delicious Peppermint Mocha caramels by Sandy Arevalo of Firefly Confections. This holiday recipe, along with additional classic and inventive flavors, such as eggnog and french toast with bacon, is included in her newly released book Artisan Caramels, providing a myriad of gift possibilities!