Easy Hand-made Gifts

Well Christmas is right around the corner and lately I have been hearing from a lot of people that they are interested in creating hand-made gifts! Which is a wonderful way to share from the heart. Additionally, handmade gifts is a great idea if you have a strict budget during the holidays.

Here I listed a few easy crafts you can do for gifts for all ages:)

Coins wrapped up like candy! Coins are a perfect gift for quite a few people, kids love them for the arcade. The college student loves them for laundry, and if you know people who use public transportation this is perfect for the bus, and for parking meters:) It is very simple.

You simply have a roll of coins and you can wrap it in wrapping paper, if you don’t have candy stripped wrapping paper, you can simply wrap it in a white sheet of paper and wrap ribbon or colorful string around it and tape at the bottom. I then wrap it with cellophane and tie the end with a red bow.

Personalized Notepads – The next hand-made gift is so simple and so cute. You might have a blank notepad around the house, and if not, they are very inexpensive at your local paper store or any other store you have nearby (staples, officemax, target, walmart) Notepads typically are already adhered to each other, which makes it simple to write on the sides, if your is not adhered, simply grab a thin rubber band and hold them together like below. With a thick marker you or a child can write a message for any loved one (mom, dad, grandparents)

The last quick gift idea is food. Food always makes a wonderful gift. Its easy and everyone loves it! Glass containers are quite inexpensive and can be found in many places: dollar stores, craft stores and many other places. If you cannot find glass containers, then I recommend boxes or metal tins lined with wax paper or tissue paper. Give someone their favorite cookies, or a mix of chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal and sugar cookies. If you don’t have time to make them, you can always buy the cookies in large bags and make more than one hand-made quick gift:)

Yummy Santa Appetizers : Crackers

I am always looking for yummy and quick holiday appetizers. This year I am making these Santas out of  crackers.

All you need is:
-Pre-sliced Pepperoni (for hat)
-Cream Cheese or ricotta (for beard and hat fluff)
-Celery (for mustache)
-Capers or any other small round treat (for eyes and nose)

To make:
-Use kitchen scissors to cut a pepperoni hat attach to cracker with a dab of cream cheese or ricotta.
-Spread on a ricotta beard.

-Add celery slices for mustache

-Add Capers or for eyes and nose.
-Cover bottom of hat with more ricotta for fluffy trim.

Holidays : Coconut Snowman Treat

Happy Holidays! This is my favorite time of year.

Why not make this yummy ice cream snowman, which is perfect compliment to a nice hot chocolate drink.

He is made of vanilla ice cream rolled in coconut.

His eyes, mouth, and buttons are licorice candies, his carrot nose marzipan, and his hat a toasted marshmallow on top of a chocolate cookie.

To make this yummy coconut edible snowman (makes 4) you will need:

-2 1/2 pints best-quality vanilla ice cream
-Two 7-ounce packages coconut

-carrot, toothpick, be creative!
40 Sen Sen licorice candies or chocolate sprinkles:)
4 marshmallows
4 chocolate wafers
Sifted confectioners’ sugar

-Line a baking pan that fits in your freezer with parchment paper.

-Scoop the vanilla ice cream, rounding scoops as much as possible, until you have 4 of each size, and place on the prepared baking pan.
-Place the pan in the freezer to harden for 15 minutes.
-Remove the ice cream from the freezer, and roll in coconut.
-Return to pan, then return the pan to the freezer.
-Remove 1 small scoop of ice cream at a time from the freezer, and make faces using the licrorice/sprinkles for eyes and mouth and carrot for the nose.
-Return to freezer until ready to serve.
-Remove middle-size scoops from the freezer one at a time
-Remove remaining scoops from freezer, and stack to create snowmen, pressing slightly to adhere. Return snowmen to freezer.
-Make the top hats by roasting marshmallows on skewers over a gas burner.
-Alternatively, place marshmallows on a baking sheet under the broiler, and cook until browned, rotating every few seconds.
-Place the toasted marshmallow on the chocolate wafer, and dust with sifted confectioners’ sugar.
-Place the hat on the snowmen just before serving.