November 11, 2008

A Few More Thoughts for Christmas

Regardless of what approach you take, a cheaper, thoughtful and useful option is always nice. Cheap can be pretty easy. It's the others that are tricky. Here are some starter ideas. Use one, or use them to get your brain moving. :) Happy planning.

  • Lindsay had some great ideas on her blog. I was going to suggest pillow cases and aprons, but she included those. :) However, my kids have homemade pillow cases from their aunties and LOVE them! Plus, they are pretty simple to make. You can find cute material that will be special and unique to their favorite things. I want to make my kids aprons this year. Joe loves to help in the kitchen and its just wrong when he wears his sister's pink, lacy and frilly apron.
  • Wondertime has some great ideas of food to make. And in their pictures they always have clever packaging ideas-making food look very cute. (I just really love the picture of the kids ankles paper chained together. :) OK, so they won't let you look at this years ideas on-line yet. You would have to buy the magazine. (Or you may borrow mine.) This month has a recipe for rosemary pecans, which they packaged in a sugar pourer-very cute. I think we will just use a pint size jar, though. (Nourishing Traditions has some yummy nut treats, too!)
1 pound unsalted pecan halves
2 Tbs chopped fresh rosemary
1.2 tsp cayenne
2 tsp brown sugar
2 tsp kosher salt
1 Tbs melter butter

Heat oven to 350 an toast nuts on a cookie sheet, stirring every so oftern, until they're golden and toasty, about 10 minutes. Combine the other ingredients in a large bowl, then toss in the nuts to coat. (Catherine Newman, Wondertime Magazine. Dec 2008)
  • My husband is planning on roasting coffee for our family members, but that only works if you have a roaster. However, for $10 (I think?) Starbucks has mugs you can put pictures of Grandma's most favorite people on the planet in. A portable boast book that can hold coffee!
  • Blurb is a little spendy, but not nearly as much as you would think. Especially if you can give it to both Grandma and Grandpa and have it count for both of them. Picture books start at 12.95 depending on what size and how many pictures. We did this last year and it was a big hit. It wasurprisingly easy to make it look good!
If I get more inspirations I will send them your way. :)

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