Oops, I forgot! Easy holiday gifts to keep on hand
Have you ever been in one of those situations where someone had a thoughtful gift for you, but you didn’t have them on your list?
Or the darling UPS man showed up delivering goodies from the North Pole but you didn’t have anything to give to him?
It happens. The holidays have a way of grinding already busy and stressed folks into mincemeat! And, of course, everyone has to draw the line on gift-giving somewhere.
Happily there are a few very easy things you can do using items you already have on hand to whip up a batch of “emergency gifts” just for these kinds of moments.
Option 1: Dress up some tins and bake
I don’t know about you, but I have somehow amassed a rather large collection of tins. Some boring. Some Easter themed. Some generic. None were good enough package holiday cookies. So, this weekend, while my best friend was over with her three daughters, we organized a little craft-fest. We grabbed some spray paint and gave 80% of my sad tins a makeover. Then decorated the tops and filled them with cookies I had already baked.
Voila – now I am ready for any gift emergency. And entertained 5 children on a rainy Sunday. Win-win-win!
Option 2: Add some pizzaz to unused planters
If you happen to collect planters like I do (yes, I have a black thumb), you can put them to great use as emergency gifts. Just paint the body of a planter with chalkboard paint, write a sweet message on it, and you have a lovely gift ready to go.
Links for the Slide Show
Melt in your mouth 15-minute English Toffee recipe & tutorial via: the coterie blog
Easy homemade chocolate-dipped candy canes via: food-fitness-fresh air
Nifty chalk painted planters tutorial via: a golden afternoon
Free printable set of Holiday gift tags via: buttoned up