Budget Christmas food gift recipes

Give a thoughtful present without breaking the bank this Christmas. Our collection of budget-friendly food gift ideas has something for everyone.

These wallet-friendly edible gift ideas include easy treats to bake with the kids, like peppermint creams, fudge and Christmas biscuits.

Foodie family members will love a bottle of homemade chilli oil or chutney. These budget food gifts also make great presents for secret santa, teacher gifts, Christmas fairs, or treats for friends and neighbours.

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Wine jelly

Preserves recipes

Wine jelly

Debora Robertson’s wine jelly is a versatile condiment to have on hand at Christmas and can be made and stored...

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Passion fruit snowball truffles

Christmas chocolate recipes

Passion fruit snowball truffles

Just four ingredients are needed to create these pretty snowball truffles, boasting the tang of passion fruit and the rich...

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Mulling-spiced apple biscuits for cheese

Biscuit recipes

Mulling-spiced apple biscuits for cheese

Oats, parmesan and apples are given a heady mulling spice kick to create a seriously good cheeseboard biscuit. They’re buttery,...

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Orangettes (chocolate candied orange peels)

Chocolate orange recipes

Orangettes (chocolate candied orange peels)

If you’ve never made orangettes, they’re a fantastic gift for the Christmas season. They make a gorgeous after dinner snack,...

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Lemongrass, apple, lime leaf and chilli jelly

Apple recipes

Lemongrass, apple, lime leaf and chilli jelly

Cherie Denham’s zingy jelly is naturally set with the pectin present in the apples, resulting in a beautifully clear finish...

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Syrup-preserved pears

Pear recipes

Syrup-preserved pears

Subtly spiced with cinnamon and cloves, these pears are preserved in a light sugar syrup to lock in and enhance...

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Squash, apple and date chutney

Chutney recipes

Squash, apple and date chutney

Pumpkins and apples are the stars of autumn. If you’re growing either, or both, or you simply want to capture...

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Homemade tomato ketchup

Tomato recipes

Homemade tomato ketchup

Tomato ketchup is so worth making from scratch. Not only can you really taste the fresh tomatoes but you can...

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Dark chocolate bark with sea salt, rosemary, pistachios and candied citrus

Easter dessert recipes

Dark chocolate bark with sea salt, rosemary, pistachios and candied citrus

Close your eyes and feel the Mediterranean sun beating down on you as you take a bite out of vegan...

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Armenian pakhlava with pomegranate syrup

Filo pastry recipes

Armenian pakhlava with pomegranate syrup

“A pakhlava lies at the heart of Armenian baking, from a dish to bring a little joy on Lent days...

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Paul A Young’s vegan chocolate truffles

Christmas chocolate recipes

Paul A Young’s vegan chocolate truffles

“These dark chocolate truffles taste wonderful – intense, rich and smooth without being too strong. And they contain no dairy...

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Cocoa and vanilla cookies

Biscuit recipes

Cocoa and vanilla cookies

Irina Georgescu shares her recipe for Romanian cocoa and vanilla cookies. In Romania, these pretty swirled biscuits are enjoyed with...

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Cinnamon spiced peanut butter

Peanut butter recipes

Cinnamon spiced peanut butter

Peanut butter is a fabulous medium for all sorts of flavourings and ingredients. This warming version makes breakfast worth getting...

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Sea salt caramels with grapefruit and black pepper

Caramel recipes

Sea salt caramels with grapefruit and black pepper

You don’t need expert know-how to make sweets at home. These tangy sea salt caramels are easy to prepare –...

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British plum umeboshi

Plum recipes

British plum umeboshi

Umeboshi are Japanese pickled ume plums (actually a type of apricot), which give a complex, salty-sweet-sour kick to dishes. Can’t...

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Vegan chocolate chip oat bars

Easy vegan recipes

Vegan chocolate chip oat bars

These better-for-you vegan bars are made with roasted pumpkin, oats and dark choc chips. Cut into slices ready for lunchboxes...

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