Ok friends, one full weekend before Christmas and I’ve got some cute and fairly simple ideas if you want to add a personal touch to a Christmas gift.
You may recognize these from…last year…cause well, they were pretty great and I’m feeling pretty lazy. This is a bit of a do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do post because other than 1 batch of red velvet snowballs, 3 banana breads, and 6 Christmas breads I’m not making anything for anyone this year.
Hope there’s something here to inspire you…
While I adore finding the perfect gift for the perfect person, something that says “you probably won’t buy this for yourself but you deserve it”; I also love adding something homemade. A little handmade touch shows the little extra time, the little extra love. DIY ornaments as a gift tag or tied to a gift in gorgeous, flowing ribbon may just be my favourite. (maybe this year I bought cute ones from Sugar Paper for Target; if I get my shit together one year I’m totally making some ornaments.)
From the archives: DIY gold glitter bulbs.
Cookies and baked goods are usually easy and quick to make and with a little cellophane and a big bow, look lovely to receive. My goal was only finding you easy recipes that don’t require any strange ingredients and don’t need a degree from Le Cordon Bleu to ensure these are perfect.
christmas bread; a Christmas morning staple in our house
soft snickerdoodles, love anything with cinnamon
brown butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies; love the chew from the oats
cake mix chocolate fudge crinkle cookies; or lovingly referred to as CaCookies (cake-mix cookies). If you have time for only one cookie, make these! They are so easy and elicit endless compliments. This is the basic recipe, feel free to add whatever you fancy to the dough…like mint chocolate bar chunks. So good.
orange spiced gingerbread with a cranberry glaze; ’tis the season for gingerbread
totally fun and unexpected, cake batter bark. (other delicious combos: dark chocolate, orange, and almond; chocolate with crushed pretzels; white chocolate with cranberry and pistachio)
salty + sweet: peanut butter pretzel chocolate chip bites
small batch, 2 ingredient fudge. Please make chocolate-orange.
ps: don’t forget the playlist