The holidays are a natural time of the year to host gatherings, open up your homes, and share in the season together. When invited, it’s an opportunity to bless your hostess with a thoughtful gift. And I have some great ideas for homemade or handmade gifts to give this holiday season.
They are no stress, no fuss, and ultimately great to give and receive!
Everyone loves a mug. In fact, its truthfully one of my favorite things to collect when I travel. Get a mug and get a Christmas tree ornament to remind myself of the adventure, the location, and the memories shared there.
Pick out an adorable mug, the ones pictured above are the Monogrammed Mugs from Anthropologie, and stuff them with some tea bags, a hot chocolate packet, a chocolate bar or truffles, tie on a cute decorative spoon, and then add a glassine bag full of thin tea cookies or sweet biscuits for extra flair.
I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t love this gift!
I love the idea of this gift! Especially for those bakers out there that are famous for their Christmas cut-out cookies, and those that need a little extra inspiration!
Pick out a festive oven mit and fill with a wooden spoon or spatula & a package of cookie mix… because everyone needs a little extra help when the season gets crazy. Maybe add some sprinkles inside the mit as well and tie on a cookie cutter for flourish. Now they have all they need to be ready for Santa and his reindeer’s visit Christmas Eve night.
The “Breakfast Bundle”, as I have named this, is one of the most thoughtful gifts of all. Buy a basket from your local craft store and line it with a tea towel. Inside the basket, you can be as creative as you like! A loaf of your favorite homemade bread wrapped in wax paper or cling wrap so it remains fresh & moist, a little pot of flavored cream cheese or lemon curd for serving, Coffee beans, a Tea tin, a package of grits, and some oranges or clementines for color. It will bless the hostess and her family the following morning and give them time together around the table. What could be a better gift than that?
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Platter.
I saw this idea on Reluctant Entertainer’s website last holiday season and thought it was a revelation! Sandy was given this as a hostess gift at one of her parties from a friendly neighbor. It was a beautiful platter filled with rounded scoops of ready-to-bake chocolate chip cookie dough. It was wrapped up and topped with a red bow with the instructions to “Bake at 350 degrees from frozen for 18 minutes.” Place in your freezer and pull them out whenever you need a last-minute sweet treat.
After giving this, you will be invited back again and again. This is definitely what I would call Invite Insurance.
Homemade Simmering Potpourri from Hometalk.com
This is the perfect quick holiday gift using just a few simple ingredients, a glassine plastic bag, and some decorative holiday ribbon. You can even make a cute little tag!
So, what’s in the bag? One whole orange, a cinnamon stick, a few whole cloves, a large sprig of rosemary, & a few fresh cranberries.
Hot Chocolate Truffles from YourCupofCake.com
Everyone loves hot chocolate throughout the holiday season. In truth, I love it all year long!
These little make-ahead jewels get prepped, scooped, rolled in delicious assorted toppings such as crushed candy cane, mini marshmallows, cocoa powder, or even cinnamon sugar, and then get wrapped up and can stay in the fridge until you need them. Then, when ready, present them in a cute little gift bag with a tag telling the hostess to “Add these truffles to 1 1/2 cups of hot milk and stir until totally dissolved.”
Absolutely stunning and certainly something the entire family can enjoy.
Homemade Apple Butter
It’s apple season, and there is no better thing to make with an abundance of fresh, crisp apples than applesauce or divine apple butter. This recipe from Baking Addiction is made entirely in your slow cooker. You plop all the ingredients in there, set it for 10 hours, and forget it! Puree it until smooth with an immersion blender or in a food processor until smooth, pour into sterilized little glass jars or containers and it can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or you can freeze.
Hope this gives you some inspiration! Spread the cheer…