Christmas Gift Baskets – Part II

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In my previous post “Ideas for Christmas Gift Baskets” I talked about my ideas for gifts this year. Today I am going to show you what I actually did for my Gifts and Gift Baskets.

 

The baskets themselves were made using this pattern, and the material I used was from sheets I found at the Thrift Store. They came out amazing. I can’t wait to make a few more to store items around the house.

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I also used the fabric to make coaster sets to go in the Gift Baskets

 

I wanted to add ornaments to the gifts, but thought I should do something other than just sew all week. So I found the recipe and made these cute and easy ornaments.

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For a few of the Gift Baskets I bought a package of candles at the Dollar Store and wrapped them in tissue paper and lace. Easy, cheap, cute.

 

I made this easy trail mix to add to the Baskets. It was cheap and barely took any time at all.

1 bag of off brand chex mix

1/2 bag chocolate chips

1/2 bag mini marshmallows

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I purchased a package of 25 Snowman plastic bags at the dollar store and used those to divide the trail mix and caramel candies into.

My caramels came out much better on round two. Absolutely to die for! A bag of these were also added to the baskets. Recipe

My husband wanted to also make fudge and hot cocoa mixes. They came out amazing!

His fudge recipe:

1 cup peanut butter (we used Nutella this time around)

1 cup marshmallow fluff

1 Tbs Vanilla

3 cups sugar

2/3 cup milk

Mix peanut butter and marshmallow in bowl until smoothly blended. In another small bowl pour vanilla. Spray glass 9×13 pan with cooking spray. Set all 3 aside, yet close to the stove. Mix sugar and milk in large pot on stove. Stir over high heat until it begins to boil. Time for 2 min 15 sec. Immediately turn off heat and stir in vanilla and peanut butter/marshmallow mixture. Pour into glass pan. Will set very quickly. Let cook and cute into pieces.

Hot Cocoa

We used dark and milk cocoa to make several varieties of Hot Chocolate Mixes. He mixed and tasted to get the right consistency, but if you don’t have the pallet or patience for that I did find a pretty good recipe. We also added mini marshmallows to our mix as well as a variety of chocolate chips including: cinnamon chips, white chocolate chips, Andes mint chips, butterscotch chips, and crushed up candy canes.

I tested each one and they were delicious!

Now not every gift basket was the same and some of the gifts were given with other items or jut by themselves to people. There was no perfect science. There was however a happy satisfaction of returning to the way things, I feel, should be around the Holidays. Giving gifts of personal touch and handmade. Spending time with the ones you love baking and having fun. My husband and I watched classic Christmas movies as we made a mess of the kitchen and overdosed on chocolate. That meant more to me than any amount of money or random store bought gift.

I hope you enjoy your Holidays and are able to get away from the commercialism and spend time doing the things you love with the ones you love.

 

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