The best edible Christmas gifts

Looking for a cost effective way to boost workplace morale in the runup to Christmas? Edible gifts are thoughtful way to spread a little joy around your team during this dark, cold season.

The good news is that you haven’t got to be an expert in the kitchen to make these treats. All you need is a simple recipe teamed with some fun and festive finishing touches.

Here are our recommended edible gifts that can all be made in batches, and then transported to the office in an airtight container.

Mince pies
You can’t have Christmas without mince pies. Most offices will work their way through a few boxes of shop bought mince pies throughout the festive season, so why not go one better and bring your own homemade treats? The recipe can be adapted to suit your colleagues’ different tastes and diets, such as gluten free or dairy free.

Christmas cookies
Cookies are a firm favourite all year round, so homemade Christmas biscuits are sure to please the crowd. Use seasonal flavours and festive cutters for the ultimate treat. You can serve these in cute jars or gift bags, or tie each one with a ribbon so it doubles up as a decoration.

Cheese straws
Christmas is a busy time of year, which is why we recommend making these savoury favourites. Cheese straws can be prepared and stored in the freezer for up to one month, then baked fresh just before serving.

Gingerbread
Gingerbread is timeless classic, and it’s easy to make, too. If you really want to impress your colleagues with your creativity, then offer them a selection of gingerbread men cut-outs, decorated with icing and sweets, or why not go the whole hog and make a festive gingerbread house?

Fudge
Squares of fudge presented in cellophane bags, tied up with colourful ribbons are perfect for Christmas gifting. Experiment with different flavours, textures, and shapes for the ultimate wow-factor.

Sausage rolls
Everyone loves a good sausage roll, and they taste even better when homemade. Simply season your sausage meat with mixed herbs and wrap in delicious melt-in-the-mouth pastry. The recipe can easily be adapted to suit individual tastes and requirements such as vegetarian or gluten free.

Cake pops
Cake pops have taken the baking world by storm in recent years and these would make a wonderful morale-boosting Christmas treat. You can either keep it simple with plain coloured icing and decorative sprinkles, or make fun festive characters such as reindeers and snowmen.

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