Sara’s peppermint brownies
Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies
Tim Riggins Brownies
Candy Cane Kiss Cookies
Cinnamon bun popcorn
Peppermint Park Popcorn
Garlic Bread Seasoning
- Vanilla Extract–Try packaging a bottle of vanilla with a bag of chocolate chips and this oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe card.
- Citrus Extract–Same idea as vanilla, just use citrus peels instead
- Mint Extract–a handful of mint leaves instead of fanilla
- Bag of chips and a jar of homemade salsa or pico de gallo
- Rice socks–these also make great service projects. Fill up a bunch and go caroling at a nursing home or deliver them to a hospital (check with the people in charge to make sure that’s okay first). Can use a drop or two of essential oils if you like that stuff. Then just attach this printable.
- Buttermilk syrup
- Hot Fudge Sauce (with a pint of ice cream is even better!)
- Disposable oven-safe pan an of artichoke dip and a loaf of bread or a bag of tortilla chips
- Jar of homemade granola
I love to use cups to package lots of smaller gifts.
In these big, clear cups, you can buy some smaller items you know the person will love–lip gloss, nail polish, gift cards, etc. are all great choices. Then add some mini chocolate bars and bury the items in the chocolate. Top with the lid and tie with a bow!
Or you could give them a Dirty Diet Coke (or their favorite cola) kit. Same thing–big clear cup, fill the cup with limes, then package it with a bottle of coconut syrup, fun sizes of their favorite cola, and a small container of half and half.
Because it’s Christmas, these reusable coffee cups are also a great choice. You can get these year-round at Amazon, but you can also find some really cute ones in the dollar spot at Target for quite a bit cheaper.
In the first one, I’ve rolled up a pair of cozy socks and added a bottle of nail polish (because we all still want cute toes, even in the winter), some lip balm, and a Starbucks gift card.
The second one is for your hot cocoa lover. I’ve filled the cup with individual serving packets of really nice hot cocoa and then packaged the cup with a canister of those tiny marshmallows (I find mine in the hot chocolate/coffee section of Walmart).
You could also package a loaf of great bread with a cute serrated knife and a bottle of Our Best Bites dipping oil.
Or make a pasta kit–fill a cute bowl or colander with pasta, a loaf of bread, and a bottle of Our Best Bites garlic olive oil.
Another fun idea is to give them a pancake kit. Whip up the following recipe from America’s Test Kitchen:
America’s Test Kitchen Better-than-a-Box Pancake Mix
2 c all-purpose flour
2 c cake flour
1 c non-fat milk powder
3/4 c malted milk powder
1/3 c sugar
2 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp salt
12 Tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2”³ pieces
1. Process all ingredients in food processor until no lumps remain and mixture is texture of wet sand, about 2 minutes. Use immediately or freeze in airtight container for up to 2 months.
Cook’s Country Better-Than-The-Box Pancakes
makes 8 pancakes
2 c Better-Than-The-Box Pancake mix
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 c buttermilk
oil for greasing pan or griddle
1. Whisk together pancake mix, eggs and buttermilk in large bowl until smooth. Pour ¼-cup portions of pancake batter onto lightly oiled large nonstick skillet or griddle and cook over medium-low heat until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining batter as desired. Serve.
Then package the mixture into jars (really, if you give each person a single batch of pancakes, you could get three gifts out of this recipe.) Include one of these tags:
and bundle the jar of pancake mix with a bottle of nice maple syrup (or OBB Buttermilk Syrup) and a cute pancake turner (check out World Market and Hobby Lobby for some great options.)