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5 easy homemade Christmas gifts

Taking the time to make some sustainable gifts for your loved ones at Christmas is a thoughtful and inexpensive way to show you care. There's something for everyone in these sweet and savoury edible ideas.

5 easy homemade Christmas gifts

There's nothing like a handmade present at Christmas, especially an edible one made with delicious organic ingredients. Here we've gathered together 5 of our favourite recipes, suitable for gifting to friends and family this year.

This Spiced pear jam is like Christmas in a jar. Easy to make and totally delicious slathered on toast or spooned over ice-cream for a quick festive pudding.

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without gingerbread. These can be served as biscuits or you can make a hole in the top before baking and string them up on the tree. Either way, some wobbly icing is a must. They'll keep for 2 or 3 days in an airtight container, if you can make them last that long!

These sweet treats are so packed with festive flavours that each one feels like Christmas in a mouthful. They taste far more intricate than they really are and are ideal for making with the kids. After 15 minutes of prep, leave to set in the fridge for a few hours.

Preserves have a reputation for being tricky, but this one couldn’t be easier. You will need some vinegar-proof jars, which either have a rubber seal and flip-top lid or are screw top jars with rubber-coated seals in the lid. These little jars make perfect gifts and go well with a well-stocked cheese board or a chunky slab of roast ham.

These truffles are proper grown up treats with rich, dark chocolate and strong flavours. They are super quick to make and pretty much guaranteed to delight anyone lucky enough to receive them!

If you're short on time but still want to give a thoughtful and sustainable gift, why not pop to your local zero waste store armed with some re-purposed glass jars? Organic, plastic-free coffee, tea, olive oil and more make lovely presents. Find a store near you, on this list by Pebble Magazine.

We hope these five simple ideas go down well with the lucky recipients - don't forget to make an extra batch for yourself so you can enjoy some organic treats too this Christmas! For more festive inspiration, browse our recipes which are packed with great ideas for making the most of organic food and drink.

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