Gifting Homemade Holiday Joy
The holiday season is a special time of year; a time for family, snowman-building, caroling, and eating delicious food. As much fun as it is to receive gifts this season, it is the time of year that gives us a great opportunity to show the people we love how much we appreciate them. Yes, I am sure that you’ve found that perfect gift for your mom and a gift that will make your brother smile, but what about those other important people in your life? Use this wonderful time of year as a time to show your neighbors how much you care! Nothing says “happy holidays” like a homemade gift.
Step 1: Choose a Treat
When gifting baked goods, it is best to follow a few simple rules:
- Choose a tried-and-true recipe. This is not really the best time to experiment with a new treat. Choose something that you have made before and loved. Some of our favorites include: Rolo Pretzel Delights, Oreo Peppermint Crunch Cookies, or Christmas Crack.
- Keep it simple. Remember that you will most likely have to double or even triple the recipe, so be sure the treat that you choose is simple enough to do that with.
- Keep allergies in mind. With food allergies on the rise, it may be best to make sure your treats do not contain nuts. Since you are gifting these to people you live near but may not know very well, it is always better to err on the side of caution and make a treat that everyone can safely enjoy!
Step 2: Make Your Recipient List
Figure out how many neighbors you plan to gift your baked goods to! This will help you to figure out how much of your ingredients you will need. In addition to neighbors, this would be a great gift for your neighborhood USPS Worker or your child’s teacher/tutor/sports coach.
Step 3: Enlist Help for the Baking
Spending time in your kitchen can be fun and festive! Crank those Christmas tunes and completely clear your workspace before you begin. If you have children, this is the perfect opportunity to get them into the gifting spirit! If your little ones are helping, make your life a little easier by setting up all of your ingredients beforehand and grab all of the necessary materials so everything is ready to go. Find a stool for them to stand on, and make some holiday memories in the kitchen together!
Step 4: Package Your Treats
Packaging your treats is a fun step because you get to use your creativity. For neighbors who are also close friends, place the baked goods in one of our winter themed welcome totes! This is a great option because the tote can be used long after the baked goods have been enjoyed. Check out our evergreen tree design, snowflake design, or even our skiing themed bags!
Step 5: Spread the Holiday Cheer
What is the most fun part about making and packaging all of these treats? Giving them away! Nothing beats the surprised smile on your neighbors’ face when you wish them a happy holidays and hand them something homemade. This season is all about giving, so strap on those boots and deliver those goodies. Then, go back home and enjoy a few of the treats you kept for yourself!