Edible Holiday Gift Ideas

Looking to get a jump on holiday gift giving? Other than beating the crowds, sometimes the biggest challenge is how to tackle the tastes of people you need to acknowledge but don’t know very well. Like your super friendly neighbor who always seems to save you on trash day, or that colleague who surprised you with a gift last year – you want to reciprocate, but maybe with something a little more creative than a Starbucks gift card. 

Time to channel your inner Martha Stewart and think about homemade edible gifts. Not only will they show you off as the thoughtful resourceful person that you are (mm hmmm) but they can be incredibly easy to make! Bonus? The recipes are often written for large batches, so you can take care of a whole slew of people in one afternoon spent in the kitchen. And with our amazing array of specialty food shops like Fastachi and Russo’s, you can find all the ingredients you need, right here in Watertown! 

From savory to sweet to boozy, we’ve found some great ideas for you – take a look: ROSEMARY PECANS – We’ve always been into the whole spiced nut thing, with no clue as to how to get started. Well we’ve cracked the code with this recipe from Real Simple; it’s super easy, takes 20 minutes to whip up, and serves 8! If you’re feeling extra generous, pair a gift bag of these with a bottle of sparkling wine. 

CRANBERRY VODKA – Yes, there is such a thing, and it’s AMAZING.  And the easiest thing ever to throw together. Heads up - you’ll need a week for the vodka and cranberries and yummy flavors to soak in, but trust us, it’s worth it. You can find the recipe at Pop Sugar.

HOMEMADE GRANOLA – Who doesn’t love waking up to this, or better yet, snacking on it all day long? Food Network fave Ina Garten has the best recipe we’ve found, packed with yummy dried cherries, apricots, and figs – plus it’s gluten free! Head here for ingredients and instructions. 

GINGERBREAD CARAMEL SAUCE – Dreaming of gingerbread houses? No need for the hassle with his super easy and delectable sundae sauce. Bottle it up with a pretty ribbon, and pair it with a pint of Rancatore’s ice cream. Holidays handled! Find the recipe at Martha Stewart

CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES – Here’s the ultimate holiday treat that will make them think you went to culinary school. Nope – all you need is three simple ingredients, a few hours to chill the batter, and you’re in business. Plus the truffles can be made up to a week ahead! Head to Bon Appetit for this super easy recipe.