Come all ye tasteful! Homemade edible and drinkable gifts

For the ultimate original gift, try these homemade edible (and drinkable) ideas by YOU food editor Eleanor Maidment.

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Hot sauce

The simplest of hot sauces but it packs a mighty punch with a nicely rounded heat. You can add a dash of ground cumin or sweet smoked paprika into the mix too.

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Toasty coconut granola

Granola offers a nutritious way to start the day after the weeks of Christmas excess.

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Hazelnut liqueur chocolate truffles

Gorgeously nutty and hard to resist, these truffles are best stored in the fridge until ready to serve. You can use your favourite liqueur: amaretto, Baileys or even a spiced rum all work really well.

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Blackberry and apple gin

It only takes a couple of weeks to infuse this fruity magenta gin that has a subtle hint of liquorice from the star anise. It makes brilliant cocktails or can be sipped, chilled, just as it is.

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Caramelised carrot and onion seed chutney and rosemary and poppy seed crackers

Slightly sweet and lightly spiced, this is a glorious chutney to serve with cheese. It makes a knockout cheese on toast, or will elevate any Boxing Day sandwiches. These snappy little crackers along with the carrot chutney will be a great addition to any festive cheeseboard.

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Orange shortbread stars

For an extra festive hit, you can add a pinch of ground cinnamon or mixed spice along with the flour.

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Food styling: Sarah Hardy. Prop styling: Max Robinson