December 22, 2015

5 Excellent (Last Minute) Edible Christmas Gifts

Edible Christmas Gifts - Anna Johnston -

This year I decided I’d spoil friends by giving edible Christmas gifts, because I think handmade anything are the best kind of gifts! Much more than a small gesture – it’s a personal one, showing the best sentiments of the season and loaded with love.  

Have you got Christmas in the bag this year? Fruit cake baked, menu’s written and presents bought, wrapped and under the tree? Not me…. if Doona diving was an option, I’d be all over that! But Santa will be in here in just a few days and my edible Christmas gifts needed to be completed. If like me, you are looking for some delicious (last minute) stocking stuffers and super easy gift ideas, then these recipes are for you. They are all simple to make, take around 10 minutes each to prepare and are cost effective too. 

Curried Lentil Soup

Edible Christmas Gifts - Curried Apple Soup Mix (Vegetarian) - Anna Johnston -

Christmas coloured dried lentils and seasonings layered into a jar to create this inexpensive, one-of-a-kind edible gift.


  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 cup green lentils
  • 1 cup risoni
  • salt & pepper
  • 6 tbsp dried onion
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup dried apple rings
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley leaves
  1. Layer ingredients as you wish. Seal jars and store at room temperature for up to 1 month.

Write or print out these instructions on a thick piece of paper and attach to gift jar: “Place lentil soup mix in a pot with 8 cups of water. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 20 to 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.”

Hot Chocolate

This jar comes with plenty of hot chocolate powder and marshmallows, and has that little extra something, something.  They call this a naughty but oh so nice cuppa, and it’s super simple to make.

Edible Christmas Gifts - Hot Chocolate - Anna Johnston -

I secretly love the Cadbury chocolate mix — but when the doc said… No more sugar, I decided to quit buying the prepackaged stuff and start making my own. The fabulous thing about making your own hot choccie mix is that you have free control over what goes into it (and what stays out of it). You like it super chocolatey? No problem. Want to take down the sugar and add a bit of cayenne spice and cinnamon? Do it! 


  • 3 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon table salt
  • Mini bottle of Patron, Kahlúa or Baileys 
  1. In a large bowl, combine sugar, cocoa, and salt, and whisk to combine well. Pour the mixture into the jar, layer with chocolate buttons and marshmallows. Any remaining mixture, store in an airtight container and use within 3 months. 

Cajun Dirty Rice

Edible Christmas Gifts - Dirty Rice - Anna Johnston -

Do you have friends or family who are vegan or vegetarian? If you answered yes,  this is the perfect vegetarian friendly, homemade edible Christmas gift! This Cajun dirty rice mix in a jar takes just minutes to put together, and is very affordable too!


  • 1 cup brown rice. (You can also use white rice, but reduce cooking time to 10-15 mins in the instructions)
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 large stock cube with its wrapping
  • 1 chipotle chili
  1. Cut a rectangle piece of paper. Place the paper in the mouth of the jar to form a funnel, this will make pouring the ingredients through the funnel into the jar easier and a lot less messy.
  2. Layer the ingredients one at a time into the jar in this order – half the rice, paprika, garlic powder, oregano, thyme, remaining half of rice, wrapped stock cube. Fit the lid on the jar and screw it on tight. 

Write or print out these instructions on a thick piece of paper and attach to gift jar: “Bring 2 cups of water, the chipotle chili and stock cube to a boil in a large sauce pan. Stir so the stock cube dissolves. When the water boils, add remaining contents of the jar. Stir. Reduce heat to low. Cover the pan with a lid. Simmer for 30 minutes or till the rice is cooked, but not mushy. Serves 4 as a side dish.”

Coconut Curry Popcorn 

Edible Christmas Gifts - Coconut Curry Popcorn - Anna Johnston -
Talk about easy, all this recipe requires is adding the coconut curry spice mix to the popcorn once it is cooked.
  • 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut, can be toasted or raw
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons ginger powder
  1. In a small bowl, combine the desiccated coconut, curry & ginger powder. You can lightly toast the spice mix, even cook the spice mix in  coconut oil if you like a more traditional buttery popped corn.

Ginger Ninja Cookies

Edible Christmas Gifts - Gingerbread Cookies - Anna Johnston -

Christmas time calls for gingerbread, make the kick butt version with ninja cookie cutters. 
  • 2 ½ cups plain flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 125g softened butter
  • ½ cup Golden Syrup
  • 1 egg yolk
  1. Layer all the dry ingredients in a 500ml decorative glass jar. Tie a gingerbread cookie cutter to the jar with a special note and instruction tag.
Write or print out these instructions on a thick piece of paper and attach to gift jar:“Simply beat 125g soft butter with ½ cup golden syrup and 1 egg yolk until creamy and smooth then add the contents of the jar and mix until a soft dough forms. Knead into a ball, wrap and chill for 20 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 170c and line two baking trays with cooking paper. Roll out gingerbread dough to about 3mm (if its sticky roll between two sheets of baking paper or cling film) and use the cookie cutter to make little people shapes. Transfer to baking trays and cook for 10-15 minutes until golden and set. Ice and decorate when cold.”
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Hannah - January 19, 2016 Reply

These are the best ideas!
Especially the popcorn one 🙂

You are so smart! I wanted to do mason jar cookies for Christmas however i couldn’t work out the right proportions… Math is HARD!!!

    Anna - January 19, 2016 Reply

    Thank you. Glad you like the popcorn too.
    Mason jar cookies is such a fun idea. 🙂
    Hahahahaha…. Math is so HARD!

Sue - January 12, 2016 Reply

Anna I missed this post but I shall remember it for next year. I love this idea for presents. I think even I could manage them. 🙂

    Anna - January 12, 2016 Reply

    I thank you for stopping in now to check out my nifty gift ideas. And yes, I reckon you could totally manage them. 🙂

Jean | Holy Smithereens - January 12, 2016 Reply

These are very creative, I love the curried lentil soup! Though I didn’t receive any creative gifts like this, I thank you for the recipe, it will be handy during winter 🙂

    Anna - January 12, 2016 Reply

    Oh it really is a gift that keeps on giving, glad I was able to help with a recipe for winter. 🙂

THE HUNGRY MUM - January 11, 2016 Reply

I would be uber excited to be given any of these – but the naughty hot choc is the most ‘me’. Hope your Chrissy was fab x

Jem @ Lost in Utensils - December 28, 2015 Reply

Really fantastic ideas Anna…and not just for xmas (clearly I’m reading it after the fact lol). I would just love that beautiful hot chocolate right now 🙂

    Anna - December 28, 2015 Reply

    They really worked out a treat, and yes, I agree, they are perfect gifts for any time. 🙂 And come on over girl, I’ll whip you up a cheeky hot choccie now. 🙂

Mandy - December 28, 2015 Reply

How cool are you darlin! Such awesome ideas. I have been away from the computer the past while so have missed wishing everything a Merry Christmas. Trust you had a beautiful and happy day sweet Anna.
🙂 Mandy xoxoxo

    Anna - December 28, 2015 Reply

    Haha…. Sooooooooo cool! 🙂 Why thank you indeedy! The gift ideas went down wonderfully and yes, I have had an amazing Christmas and holiday with my family. I do hope your Chrissy has been wonderful too. Wishing you a wonderful last week of 2015. Biiiiiiiiiig hugs and loves. xox

Agness - December 28, 2015 Reply

Although I am a big fan of hot chocolate, I would go for curried lentil soup this time. Looks so amazing and quick to make! Did you girl have a nice Christmas? Wishing you all the best!

    Anna - December 28, 2015 Reply

    The curried lentil soup jar was very popular, I gifted my colleagues and they all decided we would be able to have a really fun night if we combined them all. Ha! 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed, wish you lived closer so I could make you one.

    I had an amazing Christmas, I was totally spoilt, and being able to slow down and enjoy some much needed family / down time has been amazing. Hope you had an amazing Christmas, sure looked like you had a fun time with your Momma in Amsterdam. Thanks for the well wishes, right back at cya giiiiirl! xox

Liz - December 27, 2015 Reply

Such wonderful gift ideas! I give a homemade treat to the 12 gals in my book club each year—this year, I made limoncello again b/c I couldn’t come up with any other ideas! It may be your hot chocolate in 2016—it looks amazing!!!
P.S. Thanks so much for letting me know you enjoyed the roasted veggies. Hope you had a marvelous Christmas!!! xo

    Anna - December 27, 2015 Reply

    Limoncello is a wonderful idea, I may make your gift for friends next year. Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂
    The hot choccie recipient was over the moon, especially with the cheeky bottle of booze attached. Ha!
    And THANK YOU…. the roast veggies went down a treat, at both meals.
    Marvellous and fun filled Christmas my end, I do hope yours is going smashingly too. xoxo

Denise Browning@From Brazil To You - December 27, 2015 Reply

I bet the recipients of each of those edible presents got thrilled to receive them… I hope you had a very Merry Christmas, Anna! I wish you and your family an amazing New Year.

    Anna - December 27, 2015 Reply

    They really were Denise, all the edible gift recipients were stoked. 🙂
    Had a marvellous Christmas, was so spoilt with presents and delicious food and some much wanted family time.
    Thank you so much for your support this year my friend. I do hope you and yours are enjoying all the fun, food and festivities of the season, can’t wait to see what you cook up in 2016. xox

Krista - December 26, 2015 Reply

Such fun ideas, Anna! I especially like the dirty rice one. Yummers!

    Anna - December 26, 2015 Reply

    They really turned out beautifully, it was fun to gift my friends with the jars of deliciousness, totes going to make it a Christmas thing now. 🙂 Hope you had a beautiful Christmas my friend. Lotsa love headed your way. xox

Ala - December 25, 2015 Reply

Ermigawd, I love this SO much. You have such lucky friends!!! I also love gifting edibles treats, but the DIY-in-a-jar idea is incredibly cute. I especially appreciate the ninja cookies, hehehe.

    Anna - December 26, 2015 Reply

    Oh I so wished you lived closer Ala, I would love to be able to deliver you a jar filled with deliciousness. 🙂

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - December 24, 2015 Reply

What great ideas – I love the hot chocolate one the most! Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas 🙂

    Anna - December 26, 2015 Reply

    Thanks Tandy! I do hope you and yours had a magical Christmas, and are enjoying all the fun, food and festivities of the season. <3

M.L Kappa - December 24, 2015 Reply

Hi Anna,
Love the blog, and I think these gift ideas are great! Very original too, I would never have thought of soup in a jar!
My only comment is, it’s boring to have to write out your name etc if you want to leave a comment, especially if you are subscribed to,the blog. Just a thought. Xx Marina

    Anna - December 26, 2015 Reply

    Hey Ya Marina! The gifts really went down a treat with my friends, especially the soup, the colours of the lentils looked so pretty. 🙂

    Wow…. Thank you so much for subscribing and for taking the time to read my blogs, it means the world to me! 🙂 As a first time commenter, you do unfortunately need to take those few extra steps filling out your name etc, but next time you visit (as long as you do from the same IP address) it should autofill. Thanks again for stopping by, I look forward to getting to know you.

    Hope your Christmas is/was amazing and you and yours are enjoying all the fun, food and festivities of the season. xox

Rachel (Rachel's Kitchen NZ) - December 24, 2015 Reply

Oh, sure lovely ideas – Anna – happy holidays and enjoy the merriment of the festive season xxx

    Anna - December 24, 2015 Reply

    Thanks heaps Rachel! 🙂
    Have an amazing Chrissy and a fun filled New Years.
    Lotsa love and hugs headed your way. xox

John/Kitchen Riffs - December 24, 2015 Reply

Edible gifts are the best kind, and what we always suggest when people ask what we’d like. Good stuff here! Happy Holidays, and see you next year!

    Anna - December 24, 2015 Reply

    They really are huh John?! So much more personal and lovely to receive something someone has crafted themselves. Love that you & Mrs KR enjoy them too. 🙂 Have an amazing Chrissy and a fun filled New Years John, see you next year for sure. xo

Elizabeth - December 23, 2015 Reply

These all look amazing, if you have any left over you know where I live! LOL!
These are going in the vault for next year though 🙂 All my local friends got pickles jams and preserves!
Merry Christmas, and have a wonderful time with your friends and family! Liz xxx

    Anna - December 24, 2015 Reply

    They really turned out wonderfully, and it was fun to gift such cool pressies too. 🙂 YARM…. pickles, jams and preserves are amazing, but take a good chunk of time. So well done of being so organised. 🙂
    Wishing you and yours a magical Christmas and a fun filled holiday. Thanks for being in my world this year. YOU ROCK!!! xoxo

Tim UrbanDuniya - December 23, 2015 Reply

Love love love these!! Especially the hot chocolate, and the dirty rice… and the lentils…. Yep, I just love all of them!! Yarrrrrm!!!! <3 Merry Christmas my friend! I hope Santa is nice to you 🙂

    Anna - December 24, 2015 Reply

    Hahaha! I couldnt decide which one I liked most either. 🙂
    Big Happy Merry & fun filled Christmas to you too my friend.
    See you soon. xoxox

mjskitchen - December 23, 2015 Reply

All of these look fabulous! I’m especially partial to the hot chocolate and coconut curry popcorn. The husband and I eat popcorn about 3 times a week. You can bet I’ll be trying your popcorn this week.
Happy Holiday Darlin!!! See you next year!

Melanie @ Melanie Cooks - December 23, 2015 Reply

I love homemade gifts – a rare personal touch in the overly commercialized holiday season! Those gifts look amazing, your friends are so lucky!

Hotly Spiced - December 23, 2015 Reply

These are fantastic, Anna. I love how beautifully presented they are. I really must make the lentil soup gifts – so easy and it’s all so colourful in the jar. Merry Christmas to you and all your family xx

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - December 22, 2015 Reply

Such great ideas Anna! I love the soup in a jar idea especially. I get a bit anxious if I know the shops are closed and I can’t go shopping (never mind the completely full pantry) so this would put my mind at rest that I have a meal ready! 😛

Indu - December 22, 2015 Reply

Hi Anna
Absolutely wonderful ideas! Love each one of them!

    Anna - December 24, 2015 Reply

    Thank you so much Indu! 🙂
    I do hope that you have a really amazing Christmas and a fun filled holiday with your family and loved ones.

Mabel Kwong - December 22, 2015 Reply

These Christmas snacks sound delicious. Best of all, they are quick to make and cleaning doesn’t seem to be too much of an issue from reading the recipes. My favourite would have to be the curry popcorn one. That is something I’ve never heard of. Just yesterday, I bought some nacho popcorn, and it had a whiff of spiciness to it. Bought it from 7-11, and the popcorn was a bit soft but hey, it was a half-decent snack!

I don’t do too much for Christmas. In fact, it is usually another day for me. At least there is time off from work, which everyone likes (except those who work in retail and hospitality unfortunately) and I am looking forward to that this year. Hope you are well big sis, and many hugs your way 🙂

Liz Posmyk (Good Things) - December 22, 2015 Reply

Oh, what clever, clever ideas Anna! Wishing you a peaceful and joyful festive season my lovely friend XXX

    Anna - December 24, 2015 Reply

    Thanks Lovely Lizzy! 🙂
    Wishing you a beautiful Christmas and an amazing festive season with your family and loved ones. Looking forward to seeing you in 2016. xoxox

Susan - December 22, 2015 Reply

I absolutely love these ideas, and, so simple to make. Love your photography too.

    Anna - December 24, 2015 Reply

    Oooooh sooooo simple to make! And went down a treat too. 🙂
    Nawwwh, thanks love, the photos really turned out wonderfully.

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