Instead of stressing yourself out going from store to store to buy holiday gifts, stay at home and try making holiday gifts out of your favorite desserts.
I came up with this solution several years ago, after getting so burned out over holiday gift shopping. Once I spent several hours going around in a department store trying to figure out what to buy. And after all that time I still didn’t get what I wanted. I vowed to never go through that stress again. The way I have managed to have stress free holidays, is by transforming some of my dessert recipes into holiday gifts.
One of the first gifts I made was a holiday brownie box. Inside the box I placed brownies made out of several different flavors. These flavors included chocolate fudge, peanut butter, and butterscotch. Each box contained six medium sized brownies, covered with cellophane paper. I also wrapped each box with a colorful ribbon. I purchased the boxes and ribbon from the dollar store. I received a lot of compliments on my brownies, and some people even copied my idea.
Another dessert holiday gift I make is my holiday cookie jar. I purchase medium sized glass jars from the dollar store, and fill them up with homemade cookies. I put a silver and gold ribbon around the top of each jar. One year I filled the jars with homemade oatmeal toffee cookies, and another year I filled them with vanilla cookies topped with white chocolate chips. This year I plan to make two different types of cookies, peanut butter fudge and chocolate chip raisin. If you want the jars to look extra festive, line them with red or green napkins.
A friend of mine used this idea last year. She filled her holiday cookie jars with peanut butter cookies and mini peanut butter cups. She tied chocolate colored ribbon around the top of her jars, and placed a large cellophane wrapped peanut butter cup on top. What really made these cookie jars so special (besides the homemade cookies), is that the peanut butter cups were also homemade. A lot of people noticed that, because they tasted so much richer and creamier than the ones you buy from the store.
You can also make great holiday gifts with homemade fudge and toffee. Take a pan of fudge and cut it up into squares, and place the squares inside a sheet of clear cellophane paper. Next pull the edges of paper together to form a mini-bag, and tie it with a red ribbon or gold ribbon. I recommend using glass jars for the toffee, because the sharp edges may cut through the cellophane paper.
I hope these gift ideas are helpful, and I wish you happy holidays.