Edible Gifts for Christmas: Is It Really Worth It?

Yesterday, I shared some ideas for creating your list of what edible gifts you might be making this Christmas season.  If you are planning on making edible gifts and you did your homework from yesterday’s post, then you might have an idea of what you’re planning to make.  Now is the point where we really have to look at the list and decide if it is a good idea.

The Money Aspect

Every year, even though I know better, I think of edible gifts as a nice, inexpensive option for gift giving.  And, each year, as I’m stocking up on pounds of butter, sugar, flour, and other essentials, I am reminded that it is certainly not inexpensive.

Of course, that is the beauty of homemade edible gifts.  You can make them as expensive or inexpensive as you want. If you are want to make them less expensively, a jar of jam, a baggie of Cake Balls, or a platter of oatmeal cookies is really enough.  Ours gets more expensive because I made many types of cookies, candies, and scones.

However, because our list (that I shared yesterday) can often hit 20 people, I have to keep in mind that even if I just gave each person a $5 Starbucks card (which I did one year), that costs $100.  And, while I love to get a Peppermint Hot Chocolate, I also know that a whole basket of homemade goodies does seem considerably more impressive than a $5 gift card.

So, be sure to go into making edible gifts with an eye toward your budget. You can make this as expensive or inexpensive as you want, based on what you choose to make.

The Time Aspect

Money is not the only thing you will spend on this project.  You may very well spend a considerable amount of time. For me, I often block off one entire day.  And, when I say an entire day, I mean that I start in the morning and then end sometime in the wee hours of the next morning.  It is labor intensive, and each year, that day leaves me saying, “I’m never going to do this again.”  However, each year, I do it again, because I really do enjoy it.

Just like with the money, you can decide how much time you will spend on this project.  If you have a lot of time, you might make a large variety of things all from scratch.  If you only have a small amount of time, a plate of one type of cookies, muffins, or cupcakes might be the perfect choice.

Your homework for today:

Look over what you are intending to make as an edible gift.  Is it worth both your time and money? If yes, then great!  If no, you might want to consider choosing something else that it more in line with the time and money that you have available.

Check out the posts of some of my other blogging friends, who are also writing Christmas themed posts this week:

A Slob Comes Clean – Getting Your Home Company Ready
Feels Like Home – Christmas Traditions
Somewhat Crunchy – Christmas with Dairy Allergies
Spell Outloud – Children’s Books
Mama’s Learning Corner – Children’s Crafts
Many Little Blessings – Edible Gifts
Sunflower Schoolhouse – Decorations
An Oregon Cottage – Christmas Cookies
Catholic Icing – Wishing Jesus Happy Birthday
The Traveling Praters – Traveling
The Homeschool Classroom – Gifts Kids Can Make
Mama’s Laundry Talk – Laundry Gifts

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  1. Beth Jones says

    I’ve always made tons (like over a thousand) of cookies every year, but in the last few years, people either claim “I have so many, I don’t know what to do” or “I can’t touch it, I’m looking after my figure”. Plus coupled with the fact that I gain about 10 pounds each Christmas, I am no longer going this route (although I loved it so much!)

  2. says

    We buy most of our baking supplies in bulk (think restaurant size) so for most things that I would venture to make it is more economical than any other type of gift. I wish I had more people that I could gift edible goodies too. Right now we give gifts to our immediate family and half of those are kids and the other half are watching their weight (but one surprisingly asked for fudge, so I am tracking down a yummy recipe for that).