Christmas Sweet Treats, Wrapping Tips, Free Printables, and More!

I’m sharing two of my favorite and (easiest) Homemade gift ideas+free printables and tips on wrapping those sweet treats for all your loved ones!

Hello, sweet friends!!

Can you believe there is only one week left until Christmas?

I don’t know about you all, but I’m not quite ready yet for Santa to come to town.

There is still wrapping to do, a bit more baking, and oh yes about my house.

It’s a tad ‘messy’ (understatement) right now, so I suppose a good cleaning will be needed before friends and family stop by next week!

But on a positive note, I do have most of my gifts wrapped and under the trees, and all the goodies for our gift baskets are done, which means we can deliver them a bit earlier than usual.

As you might know, I’ve been making these homemade goody gift baskets for many years now.

It truly warms my heart to know that many of our dear friends and neighbors actually look forward to these gifts from our kitchen and tell us so every year.

And since I have been doing these baskets for so long, I figured it might just be about time to share some of the tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way.

So today I’m going to do just that!

 

My #1 Tip is to choose familiar- quick and easy recipes.

Do what you know. Now is not the time to be trying new recipes. Trust me. Like the baskets, I’ve been making this fudge for years!! It’s so easy I could do it blindfolded. SERIOUSLY! All you need is a bowl, three ingredients, and 15 minutes.

Label any allergens

This Cranberry Almond bark falls under tip #1-because it’s SUPER easy to make, but it also has nuts in it, and although obvious, I still attach a note listing them just in case. ***You could also attach the recipe and highlight the nuts.

Get creative with the wrapping without spending a lot of money

Making Homemade goodies to give to loved ones can be a bit expensive since many of the recipes use good quality ingredients like chocolate and nuts. So to cut down on the costs, I usually buy most of my wrapping and gift basket supplies at our local Dollar Store. They have everything from wrapping paper to festive bags and boxes to put your goodies in. I also buy some plain and colored raffia, bows, ribbon, tape, cellophane bags, and labels too.

Canning jars are perfect vessels to hold my Cranberry Almond Bark, Peanut Brittle, or English Toffee. You could also fill one with homemade cocoa mix, or use a large one to layer your favorite cookie recipe’s ingredients!

Even inexpensive saran wrap can be used in a pinch. Make it a bit fancy with some colorful ribbon and a pretty label!

Puffy Lux

Speaking of labels! I have three NEW free printables for you today!!

Just click here to download them! (You can find the password at the end of your weekly newsletter for those already signed up. For those who aren’t please do, we’d love to have you join us!!!)

(Note: You can print these on regular printing paper and cut them out. Or, the first gift tag easily prints on 2″x 3 1/2″ Printable Tags and the second and third print on 2″ round labels.)

And if you’re looking for quick and easy recipes that your friends and family will LOVE to be gifted look no further!!

Let’s start with my recipe for Fabulous Fudge!!

Fabulous Fudge

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword fudge, candy
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 25

Ingredients

  • 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • chopped almonds optional

Instructions

  1. Grease an 8x8x2 inch baking dish. In a large microwave-safe bowl combine all ingredients except nuts. Microwave until chips are melted. Stir once or twice during cooking time. Stir in nuts. Pour into buttered baking dish. Refrigerate until set. Cut into squares.

And don’t forget to grab this one for Cranberry-Almond Bark!

Cranberry Almond Bark

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword candy
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 24 oz almond bark
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. Add almond bark to a double boiler or a large bowl over a saucepan. Warm over low heat until melted. Remove from heat and stir in cranberries and almonds. Pour onto waxed paper and let cool completely. Break into pieces and store in an air-tight container.

You can find more gift basket ideas here and here.

 

I hope you enjoy the sweet treat recipes in today’s post, as well as some wrapping tips and of course, those three fun & free printables!

 

Christmas Sweet Treats, Wrapping Tips, Free Printables, and More!

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8 thoughts on “Christmas Sweet Treats, Wrapping Tips, Free Printables and More!”

  1. Cranberry almond bark sounds amazing and that fudge looks awesome too. Your baskets sound like a bright light to the receiver and love the printables you’ve added to dress them up. Your blog has been so fun to visit this holiday season, love your heart for doing good and sharing with others. Hugs!

    1. Thank you so much, Carole! Your kind words mean a TON to me, as does your support! Being Santa for a day gives my heart much joy and I’m so blessed to be able to share my love of baking! A big HUG to you for always being in my corner! Wishing you and Robert a joyous and productive weekend!

  2. The fudge and bark sound amazing!! Putting these into baskets is a great gift idea. I love that you add an allergy note. I never would have thought of doing that. The printables are so cute!

    1. Thank you so much, Michelle! We have a dear friend who has allergies to pretty much everything so that note comes in handy! 🙂 I’m so glad you like the printables. They are so much fun to create!!!

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