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Homemade Holiday Gift Ideas

Bake the Perfect Gift

Home baked goods are the perfect gift for those people on your list that already have everything! Go on and bake the traditional holiday cookies, then give them a festive touch with:

  • A glittering ornament that will add sparkle to their tree;
  • A CD of holiday music to set a festive mood;
  • Mistletoe, pinecones or fresh snips off a holly or evergreen bush that give off a wonderful seasonal fragrance;
  • Cinnamon sticks are a delicious way to add a subtle holiday flavor to their favorite hot beverage;
  • Festive ribbon adds the finishing touch.
Cranberry Nut Cookies

And most importantly, don't forget to include your recipe so they can bake and share with friends, too.

Holiday Recipes:

Cookie Pies

Apple Cinnamon Cookie PieHere is an easy holiday party dessert recipe inspired by a favorite Friday night delivery. Pizza pies — make way for Cookie Pies! Start off with shortbread cookie dough, then add various toppings. Bake, drizzle with glaze and cut into slices for everyone. We've shared three topping varieties, but you can have fun with your own favorite toppings:

The pizza pie also serves as inspiration for a way to carry and present your cookie pies as gifts. Not only will bringing one of these to a party ensure you keep getting invited back, but they really are as easy as pie! To carry and decorate your Cookie Pie, you will need:

  • 12" x 12" new pizza boxes
  • 12" x 12" scrapbooking paper with holiday patterns
  • holiday ribbons, stickers and gift tags
  • glue stick and tape

Visit your local pizza restaurant and ask to purchase a 12" x 12" pizza box - some may even give one to you. Since the box is 12" x 12", the scrapbook paper will easily glue over the box top. Glue scrapbook sheets to the inside top and as a liner to set your pie on. Decorate the outside of the box with ribbons and stickers, then add a gift tag to label your cookie pie.

Homemade Cookie Dough

Homemade Cookie DoughThis Holiday Season couldn't we all use a little more dough?

Give your family and friends the gift of time along with delicious homemade cookies with Florida Crystals® Holiday Cookie Rolls. A sprightly wrapped roll of ready-to-bake cookie dough is a simple, low cost gift that is packed with lots of thought and flavor.

Perfect for the busy mom with no time to bake from scratch, or for families with children who would love cutting shapes out of cookie dough without the mess of measuring and mixing. You'll notice our cookie dough recipe is made with egg-substitute, making it perfectly safe to eat right after mixing. Your friends and family can enjoy it alone, or even add it to their favorite ice cream!

Important Note: Cookie dough must be kept refrigerated. This gift is best when you are going straight to the recipient's home where they can place in the refrigerator right away.

Attach these Instructions with your Cookie Dough Gift.
Gift tags for Cookie Dough

Think Outside the Basket

Baskets are always an easy, attractive and recyclable container for your baked treats. But why not try some of these other inspirational ideas to hold your homemade desserts:

Gingerbread Men in Sled
  • Decorative ceramic bowls
  • An empty planter
  • A casserole dish
  • A mixing bowl along with a wooden spoon
  • Vintage tins found at flea markets and antique shops
  • A ceramic loaf pan
  • A serving platter
  • A bed tray
  • A small fruit crate
  • Hat boxes

Don't forget, a roll of brightly colored cellophane or plastic wrap and a large bow helps to hold everything together!