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When it comes to the holidays, I enjoy making and giving edible gifts and I don’t mean cookies on a holiday paper plate kind of edible gift. I mean beautifully wrapped, colorful, and thoughtful. Wrapping a store-bought gift or a homemade gift in a beautiful way really makes a difference. It shows someone that you care, that you put more time and thought into their gift and it makes them feel special. Is there anything better than that?

My go to store for all things pretty in Los Angeles is Paper Source. I went to stock up on lots of goodies and walked away with shiny, red and gold things that make me smile. When you get home, play around with different variations of all your wrapping and ribbon. I went with red dessert boxes, red and gold ribbon, a gold embossed stamp that says, “made with love” on the box, gold flecked tissue paper for the inside, mason jars for the granola tied with red baker’s twine and gift tags.

When I was younger, my mom, sister and I would bake all week before Christmas and then wrap up all our goodies and go visit our family and friends on Christmas Eve to give them our treats that we baked with love. It was crazy, hectic, tons of fun and a time for us all to bond. Around the holidays I always reminisce about this week we would spend together. Which inspires me to get in the kitchen, bake up a storm and go visit loved ones to let them know I am thinking about them. For me, creating these edible gifts is a way to celebrate the season with loved ones, let someone know that I am thinking about them and that I cherish them.

This year I am making chocolate peppermint bark, dark chocolate fudge with marshmallows, pretzels and peppermint chips, chocolate walnut cookies, chocolate dipped pretzels, chocolate fudge with peanut butter and chocolate truffles. Do you see a theme here? I express my love through chocolate. I will throw in some other things like cherry pecan granola and shortbread cookies for good measure (and non-chocolate lovers).

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Here are my must haves for wrapping: click each name for link

Red Ribbon
Gold Ribbon (thin)
Heat Embosser
Heat Embossing Powder
Stamp + Ink Pad. This season I went with a “Made with Love” stamp and embossed it with gold powder.
Red & White Baker’s Twine
Recipe Cards to write in your favorite recipe you feel like sharing
Cute Gift Tags
Parchment Wrapping
Dessert Boxes
Gold Flecked Tissue Paper

Here are my go to edible gift ideas: click each name for link

Chocolate Peppermint & Marshmallow Bark
Cherry & Pecan Granola
Coconut Ganache Bourbon Balls
Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies
Mini Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods
Holiday Nut & Fruit Brittle
Classic Chocolate Fudge
Hot Cocoa Dry Mix in a mason jar + instructions to make
Dark ChocolateTruffles

Written and photographed by Jacquilyn Anderson

Read more about Jacquilyn and her recipes on her website Jacquilyn in the Kitchen.