Nov 162010
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Welcome to the Handmade Christmas Kitchen – a very special segment of Handmade Christmas 2010.  While we are all making final decisions on what to make for our loved ones holiday gifts, I thought it would be a great opportunity to hear from some special guests. I’ve asked a few of my favorite blog-land bakers to share a bit of their own holiday traditions found folded into batter.  I expect we will hear about love rising in the oven and extra kindness mixed by hand in the early morning.  Be prepared to tie your apron and be inspired to spend some time in your own Christmas Kitchen.

Hello friends! My name is Gracie, and I blog over at Girl Meets Life.

I want to let you in on a little secret: buying people gifts for Christmas is so 2009.

Okay, I kid. There’s obviously no harm in buying that scarf that you know your best friend would love. But – I don’t know about you – I’d much rather skip the mall and make gifts from my cozy, Christmas-decorated house. I also personally love receiving handmade gifts from others. So in an attempt to a) save money b) embrace my inner Martha Stewart and b) provide my loved ones with thoughtful andtasty gifts, I decided to take the handmade route for this upcoming holiday season.

Well…semi-handmade, at least 🙂

I can’t say I pride myself as being incredibly savvy in the arts & crafts department, but I have found some ways to fake it when it comes to giving thoughtful, semi-handmade holiday gifts. Since I love baking and have yet to meet a person who doesn’t love cookies, that seemed like a natural way to go.

My favorite cookie recipe when it comes to baking for others is Michelle’s Montana Whoppers.

These are the epitome of a crowd-pleasing cookie – primarily because they include just about everything but the kitchen sink. They’re loaded with peanut butter, oats, chocolate chips, M&M’s…the whole nine. They also just happen to be wheat-free. In other words, you just can’t go wrong with Montana Whoppers.

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Next: the packaging. My favorite stop for baking accessories and decor is Michael’s. Not only do they have a great selection, but it’s also quite inexpensive. I got all of these festive packaging goods for under $10.

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The proof:

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You’ll hear me mention that deal about a million times in the video below too. I like a bargain, what can I say? 🙂

Here is a step-by-step video tutorial for how to make quick and easy Christmas treat bags.


The finished product:
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See? Making (semi)handmade Christmas gifts doesn’t have to be difficult, expensive, or time-consuming. But it sure is thoughtful, festive, and FUN!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, to one and all 🙂

xoxo G

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  5 Responses to “Handmade Christmas Kitchen: Girl Meets Life”

  1. This is what I’m doing this year too! Only, I found this AMAZING gingerbread recipe that was a total crowd pleaser last year (even to people who don’t like regular gingerbread cookies).

    Thanks for the cute bag idea. I love it!!

  2. So cute and so easy. Love that you are going to snack on the cookies while making the bags. That’s the best part about cooking for gifts 🙂

  3. Thanks so much for including the Montana Whoppers in your post, Gracie! They really do make a great holiday cookie. Especially if you use the holiday M&M’s!

  4. […] of holiday gifts, check out my guest post for Handmade Christmas at Then Heather Said! November 16th, 2010 […]

  5. great post! I’ve been looking for some pretty uncomplicated and inexpensive ideas for handmade gifts, and those little gift bags are a great idea 🙂

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