Edible Christmas gifts made easy

Impress your mates this Christmas with one of these edible presents, all inspired by local foodies. You could choose a couple of recipes and combine them into a festive hamper, fashioned together out of a recycled cardboard box.

Apricot and cardamom cookies 
Pack a batch of these cardamom-spiked oaty biscuits by Bristol blogger, Katie Taylor - A Fanatical Foodie.

Present them in a decorated recycled cardboard box to win over family and friends this year, or bring them into the office as a change from shop bought mince pies.

Rum and raisin fudge
Blogger Bristol Bakestress has a tradition of making brownies for friends who’ve just had a baby.

Whether destined for those around a new manger or just as a decadent addition to a Christmas hamper, both her hazelnut, raisin and chocolate brownies or her version of Dan Lepard’s rum and raisin fudge will bring joy and happiness this Christmas – plus well-deserved glory to the baker. 

Chocolate honeycomb 
Three ingredients. One pan. Five minutes.

We’re persuaded already.

These gorgeous little chocolate honeycomb bites were made by Bristol writer Lottie Storey last year as a homemade Secret Santa gift for the editor of a craft magazine no less.

They keep for about two weeks – if you can last that long!

You can’t buy Italian flair, but you can sure bake up a batch of something resembling it in the shape of these classy florentines from Westcountry bakery Hobbs House.

Quick and easy and packed with pistachios, mixed peel, and almonds, these would make a great grown-up stocking filler or last-minute gift.

You could ring the changes and use dried cranberries, figs, or stem ginger too.

All wrapped up
Finally, if you need some show-off wrapping paper to give your homemade gifts the edge, look to Somerset blogger Jo Middleton - Slummy Single Mummy.

Her delightful robin redbreast wrapping paper is easy as anything – coordinate with gift tags and cards. Cheap cheep.