Old English Proverb states that the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I firmly believe that you can win over anyone’s heart with some home baked love. My great grandmother firmly believed that a home cooked meal or fresh batch of oatmeal cookies from the oven was the way to heal all wounds. To this day, when my heart is aching, I like to bake to help soothe that wound. Baking for another person is a great way to show just how much you love and care for them and they will thank you in between big gooey bites of love and frosting.
With Christmas nearing and the economy struggling, many people are looking for unique Christmas gifts to give their family and friends without breaking the bank. Baking a sweet batch of Christmas cookies and gifting them to a loved one is just what my great grandmother ordered. Christmas cookie gifts are a great way to save some money this holiday season and show your loved ones just how much you care.
When gifting Christmas Cookies, using a decorated container will not only provide protection for the cookies, but add a little touch of seasonal cheer to your gift. The possibilities are endless. These are just a few of my favorite containers for Christmas cookie gifts.
Plan early and search the Christmas clearance sales when Christmas has ended. You can pick up containers that have adorable Christmas scenes already on them. Use a few pieces of tissues paper (which can also be found on the Christmas clearance shelves) and you have a very simple and very affordable container for your Christmas cookie gifts next year.
If you didn’t scour the after holiday sales, be sure to scour the after summer lawn and garden sales. You can pick up ceramic and terra cotta plant holders very inexpensively. You can decorate them with craft paint or create a mural from old Christmas cards and mod podge on the sides. You can also tie a ribbon and bow around the outside or wrap the container in Christmas wrapping wrapper. Be sure to clean the pot well and wrap your Christmas cookies in plastic or tissue paper before gifting them.
Another great and inexpensive way to plate your Christmas cookie gifts is right inside your local thrift store or Dollar Store. Many local family thrift stores and Dollar Stores carry plates, bowls, and mugs of all different sizes. Pick up a few of these and decorate as you wish. Plates and other dishes make it easy to pile up your Christmas cookies, cover with some plastic wrap and transport to your friends. Your friend may even return the plate to you filled with her own Christmas Cookies gift.
Now that we have some great ideas for packaging, it is time to fill those vessels with some baked pieces of love. Again, the possibilities for gifting Christmas Cookies are endless. You can stick to old favorites like chocolate chip, gingerbread men, or a batch of chocolate fudge. Or you can get adventurous and try using peppermint chips and peppermint extract instead of chocolate chips and vanilla extract. The cookies are delicious and have a very “wintery” taste to them. Another great switch up is to use Craisins, or another dehydrated fruit instead of raisins in your oatmeal-raisin cookies. If your loved ones are fans of brownies, try this little trick. As soon as the brownies come out of the oven, take a Rolo candy (chocolate covered chocolate candy) and gently press it half way down into the warm brownie. It will melt as the brownies cool and provide a delicious caramel center to the brownie.
Don’t forget to add a note. A sweet note attached to a Christmas cookie gift is a great final touch. The recipient will appreciate the time, effort, and taste of these delicious Christmas gifts. Keep the holiday spirit alive by gifting Christmas cookies to everyone on your list.