Nov 10, 2009

Tipsy Tuesday - Homemade Christmas! Gifts to wow friends, family and strangers!

Sorry this is SO late... but here in California, it is still Tuesday.

Continuing from last week's post, I have a couple more ideas that include little or NO cooking.

Candy Cookie Mix in a Jar

Layer each ingredient in the jar, trying to pack it down (use a spoon, especially near the glass, you can also "stack" ingredients to the sides to make a bigger layer - i.e. putting all of the brown sugar against the glass)

2 Cups flour
½ cup brown sugar firmly packed
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ cup sugar
1 cup candy bar chunks (peanut butter cups, chocolate candy bars, MnMs or chocolate chunks)

Attach the following instructions to the jar:

Candy Cookie Mix
1 package Candy cookie mix
1 cup unsalted butter or margarine, softened
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla (if you use powdered vanilla - you can add it to the jar)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine all dry ingredients from in a medium bowl. Whisk the ingredients together until they are evenly distributed, making sure all brown sugar lumps are crushed.
In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the butter until it is smooth. Add the egg and vanilla, and continue beating until combined. Add the Candy cookie mix  and blend on low just until the cookie mix is incorporated. Form the cookies into 1 ½ inch balls and place them 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake of 10 to 12 minutes, until golden on the edges. Remove from oven, and cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Makes 3 dozen cookies

Hot Cocoa Mix
Everyone will love sipping on this rich hot chocolate!
For a hot cocoa twist, try different flavored coffee creamer, or add crushed peppermint candies to the top.

5 cups powdered milk
2 cups powdered coffee creamer
1 1/2 cups cocoa powder, sifted *
3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
miniature marshmallows, optional
With a wire whisk, thoroughly mix dry ingredients together. Layer in marshmallows. Divide mix into containers.

Attach these instructions to jar: To enjoy, fill mug one third full of cocoa mix and then stir in hot water.

(PS - I've done this before, but just bought the BIG can of Nestle Hot Cocoa, and put it in jars... cheap? yes, but I KNOW they'll like it!)

Now, there are hundreds of these out there on the web... and there are even whole BOOKS of "Gifts in a Jar".  This is not my original idea, but it is SO MUCH FUN!  Easy to do with your kids and shows thoughtfulness.

One more YUMMY gift idea is "Moose Munch".  My SIL and I got together one year and made bags and bags of this super good treat, we made it, put it in "Christmassy" bags and attached this tag:

I will be giving directions for THIS ONE next Tuesday, so come back and visit, ya hear?  If you have any questions about making tags or decorating your jars, I have dozens of great ideas!  I will take the time to answer you! :0)

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What's the BEST homemade gift you've ever received??



  1. Those are great ideas!@ A quilt my sister made me was the best one I ever got! :)

  2. Fun ideas! The best homemad egift I ever got...wasn't for friend made a photo CD of my baby girls first year for me. She had taken lots of photos when I was just too busy with the little one.


  3. I love gifts like that. My kids think I am crazy because I would rather have something that someone made than Gift cards to a store. My son said "But Mom, gift cards are like cash!". Gotta love kids...


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