Best of Edible Holiday Gifts: 10 amazing vegan & gluten-free recipes


One of my favorite movies is Elf.

I love Will Ferrel, but many of his characters are just plain raunchy. But in Elf (as in Stranger than Fiction), he’s fantastic. So funny (although his character in Stranger than Fiction is not outright funny like in Elf, just interesting, & the humor is a bit more understated).

 {elf quote repinned from cande pop to my holiday board}
buddy the elf quote

Elf encompasses the goodness of Christmas & it’s just fun to watch.

And glory be, it’s one of those “kid” movies that I can actually sit through. I think the thing I love most about Buddy the elf (played by Ferrel), is that he is incredibly generous & giving (after all, he’s an elf). I think that’s the best part of Christmas–it helps bring out our generous & giving natures.

One of my favorite ways to give & show love is through food. Everyone needs to eat, & who will complain if you give them something sweet/savory/tasty? Nobody, that’s who.

This weekend the kids, Joseph & I will be making more of our mint chocolate sugar drizzled popcorn to send to our friends & relatives with our Christmas card. It’s light, therefore cheaper to ship than say, fudge. But for my local friends, I’ll be making some of these tasty treats.


10 delightful edible holiday gifts

— guaranteed to please your vegan & non-vegan, gluten-free & non-gluten-free family, friends & relatives!

All recipes are gluten-free, soy-free, & vegan, with many also being grain-free.

A note on pinning etiquette: Feel free to pin the top image (it’s mine) from my site, but for all the recipes below, please click on the recipe name below each image & it will take you to the direct site where you can pin the image & recipe. Thank you, you’re a dear. 

Want more inspiration?
Check out my holiday or festive foods pinterest boards.


pumpkin truffles Deliciously festive, & gorgeous chocolate coconut pistachio truffles.
from Jeanine at Love & Lemons


SONY DSC Fudge is kinda a holiday essential–Ricki does it justice with her carob fudge.
from Ricki Heller


double-chocolate-candy-cane-cookies Candy canes are an instant Christmas boost to any treat.
I adore Allyson’s double chocolate candy cane cookies–pretty & festive.
from Allyson Kramer


Chocolate Salted Almond Bark Love, love the simplicity of this treat–& who can resist chocolate covered almonds?
chocolate salted almond bark
from Heather at Yum Universe


orange thyme jam Dana posted this  orange thyme jam as a “spring” recipe. I think it’s perfect as a holiday gift–festive & bright, & I don’t know about you, but I’ve always associated oranges with Christmas morning.
from Dana at The Minimalist Baker


peanut brittle Christmas without peanut brittle? No way!
deliciously classic peanut brittle
from Sarah at The Sweet Life


sweet and spicy candied nuts Spiced nuts are a snap to make, & always a hit.
simple sweet & spicy candied nuts
from Gena at Choosing Raw


cinnamon-roll-nut-butter-intro-2 Save this recipe for your absolute fave people–such an indulgent (yet healthy!) festive treat.
cinnamon roll flax almond butter
from Leanne at Healthful Pursuit

{Also from Leanne is an amazing collection of 10 gluten-free, vegan (& paleo) Christmas desserts in her ebook: Christmas Dessert Freedom (affiliate link). Some of the recipes include standby faves like: tiramisu, peppermint patties, shortbread, no-bake pecan pie bars, peppermint bark, rum balls, & gingersnaps. Available for instant download for only $10–get your copy here.}


chocolate-mint-drizzled-popcorn-from-bring-joy My mint chocolate drizzled popcorn–one of our family’s fave Christmas food traditions.


gingerbread granola Who says edible gifts are just for desserts? Put this gingerbread granola in a mason jar, tie with some baker’s twine & add a pretty gift label.
from Beth at Tasty Yummies


Now for the labeling.

Here are a few free printables–just click on the accompanying link which will take you directly to the site where you can pin, print, & peruse.

gift tags eat me before I eat you

♥ From tamiko graphic designthese gift tags for edible gifts are adorable! Don’t you think?


ChristmasLabelPrintables ♥ From lia griffith, these are probably the best Christmas food gift labels I’ve found–gorgeous, classy, & you can customize the text with your name & the person/family you’re giving it to–awesome!


wishing you a sweet holiday ♥ From Ellen, at the Long Threadthis label is simple, adorable.


delicious labels ♥ from delicious., these are colorful & bright & would pair perfect with the gluten-free labels below.

gluten free labels ♥ Lastly, these gluten-free labels from the sweet briar sisters, are awesome–just print on letter size label paper & cut out & add to all your gluten-free treats.

Are making & giving edible gifts part of your holiday tradition? What are your favorite things to make to give?


  1. Joya
    on December 4, 2013 at 8:39 am said:

    I will be making the carob fuge for sure. Trying to cut back on the chocolate, and my Mom doesn’t eat it at all so I always try to make her some type of carob treats for the holidays:0)

  2. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies
    on December 1, 2013 at 7:06 pm said:

    Lovely round-up! I always try to make a few homemade food gifts every Christmas and that mint chocolate drizzled popcorn looks perfect!

  3. Emily C.
    on November 30, 2013 at 9:38 pm said:

    Elf is so silly at times, but I love it and feel like a kid when we watch it! Thanks for compiling a list of gorgeous and delicious edible gifts including some non-sweet treats… and sharing the giveaway news–great way to wrap up the weekend!

  4. Ricki
    on November 29, 2013 at 11:38 am said:

    So many beautiful things! Can I have one of each, please? 😉 Thanks so much for including my fudge! And that chocolate-drizzled popcorn looks insanely delicious. Happy belated Thanksgiving! 🙂 xo