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A Homemade Christmas Gift Idea

A homemade gift is from the heart.

Have you started your holiday preparations? I’ve been making my lists and picking up a few things here and there. This year, I’m putting a big focus on homemade gifts. In the past, I’ve given out homemade beauty products like soaps and scrubs. People love getting handmade gifts because they know that you put your love and attention into making them. For this Christmas season, I’m baking cookies! Everyone loves a yummy Christmas cookie especially my grandma’s recipe for Snickerdoodles.

Snickerdoodles - These Christmas cookies will be an instant hit this holiday season!

If you love the flavours of sugar and cinnamon, you’ll enjoy Snickerdoodles. They are perfectly sweet and spicy. Plus, they are super easy to whip up. It’s a great recipe to get the kids to help you out with in the kitchen.

Snickerdoodles - These Christmas cookies will be an instant hit this holiday season!

John’s family is in New Brunswick so we have to ship our gifts down to them. Just because someone lives far away doesn’t mean that they can’t enjoy your favourite baked good recipe. I’m sending our relatives a batch of Snickerdoodles. Put them in a festive tin to keep them fresh.

Snickerdoodles - These Christmas cookies will be an instant hit this holiday season!

I know when John’s mom opens the tin, she’ll be met with a delicious cinnamon scent. I had to stop myself from eating them all. Trust me, I wanted to!

Snickerdoodles - These Christmas cookies will be an instant hit this holiday season!

Add this cookie recipe to your holiday baking list. Keep some for yourself and save some for gifts!

My favourite tape for wrapping gifts is Scotch™ Brand Magic Tape. I love that it’s high quality and gets the job done with ease. Wrapping presents isn’t something I enjoy doing, but it has to be done!

A Homemade Gift Idea - Send your friends and family a batch of yummy Snickerdoodles and decorate your gift with Scotch Brand Expressions Glitter Tape!

Now, I could just stop there and slap on a gift tag and call it a day. Instead, I took things an extra festive step and added Scotch™ Brand Expressions Glitter Tape to decorate the package. Bridget, my daughter, saw me working on the gift and offered to help me out.

A Homemade Gift Idea - Send your friends and family a batch of yummy Snickerdoodles and decorate your gift with Scotch Brand Expressions Glitter Tape!

Together, we created this cute Christmas-y bow in sparkly glitter. I think it adds a nice, personal touch to the gift. It didn’t take long to create either.

A Homemade Gift Idea - Send your friends and family a batch of yummy Snickerdoodles and decorate your gift with Scotch Brand Expressions Glitter Tape!

As a finishing touch, I added more Scotch™ Brand Expressions Glitter Tape to the gift tag. I wish I was there to see John’s mom and dad’s faces when they open their package.

A Homemade Gift Idea - Send your friends and family a batch of yummy Snickerdoodles and decorate your gift with Scotch Brand Expressions Glitter Tape!

I want to make sure that my gift package arrives safe and sound. I found a sturdy box and wrapped it in brown shipping paper taped securely with Scotch™ Brand Shipping Packaging Tape.

A Homemade Gift Idea - Send your friends and family a batch of yummy Snickerdoodles and decorate your gift with Scotch Brand Expressions Glitter Tape!

I feel better knowing that my package is wrapped up securely and will make it to its destination intact. If you are shipping gifts this holiday season, I highly recommend you pick up some Scotch™ Brand Shipping Packaging Tape to wrap up your parcels.

A Homemade Gift Idea - Send your friends and family a batch of yummy Snickerdoodles and decorate your gift with Scotch Brand Expressions Glitter Tape!

For more fun holiday gift ideas and projects, make sure to check out the Inspiration That Sticks blog.

I’d love to hear what homemade gifts you are sending this holiday season. Do you like giving and receiving homemade gifts?

Yield: 36 cookies

Snickerdoodles

These Christmas cookies will be an instant hit this holiday season!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 tbsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tbsp salt

Coating

  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Stir together coating ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, add shortening, sugar and eggs. Beat on low until smooth.
  3. Stir in cinnamon, flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
  4. With clean hands, shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in coating mixture to lightly cover.ย Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

Disclosure: I am proud to be a 3M sponsored blogger, and as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate 3M products.

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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