I really love the challenge of coming up with relevant, practical gifts at Christmas time, and enjoy sharing my ideas with you each year! This year for a gift exchange I threw together a Christmas baking kit, and I think it was one of my favourite ideas yet. (See last years ideas here)
I know...this post is so totally after the fact. But it doesn't just have to be used for Christmas...this would make a fantastic gift for a wedding, bridal shower, or the birthday of a friend that likes to cook.
The idea started with these potholders and oven mitts. I thought the gingerbread theme was fun, and what does gingerbread make you think of? Baking! Okay, and eating...
These cupcake papers were gingerbread men as well, so I grabbed a package of those and a few other "bake-y" items. I included cookie mix, a small bag of flour, frosting, and shortening. Lets face it, that cute little bag of flour is just plain fun.
To round out the gift I grabbed a Food Network holiday magazine full of recipes and ideas.
Had I been prepared, it would have been fun to get together all the ingredients needed to actually make gingerbread men...but I was working on a spur-of-the-moment decision so that didn’t happen. Maybe next time!
Here is a quick budget breakdown. There are Canadian prices, so you can probably do better than this in the States!
Crisco - $2.27
Flour - $3.18
Chocolate chip cookie mix - $2.27
Frosting - $2
Potholder set - $3
Oven mitt - $1
Baking papers - $2.47
Food network magazine - $5.50
Don’t you just love buying gifts for the people or events in your life? Do you have any suggestions for the readers as to what to buy for gift exchanges? How about hard-to-buy-for people? What was your favourite gift to give or receive this year?