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Monday, December 14, 2009

Holly Bloggy Christmas Bash: Homemade Gifts


Welcome to Day 1 of the Holly Bloggy Christmas Bash! Today Jen at Tater Tots & Jello is hosting our Homemade Gifts Event! So head on over to Jen's place and link up. We can't wait to see your homemade gift ideas!

Also, don't forget to stop by A Baby Changes Everything tomorrow as Teresa hosts our Christmas Tree event!

For my Homemade Gift post I'm sharing the Christmas Candy Boxes I made last year. I just love making Christmas candy, but I admit it can be a hassle sometimes. Fortunately I was able to select a "menu" of items that weren't too difficult to make and easy to multitask and make together.

I basically spent an entire evening making and baking everything---that's not too bad considering the amount of stuff I made, and considering that I did it all by myself. And in all, I believe I spent about $20 on all the ingredients, plus 6 containers. (And I had a lot of candy left over...probably enough to do 3-4 more boxes if I'd wanted.) So it's an awesome value for the money and time I put into it.

Everyone liked them so much that I'll be doing it again this year (except with different treats). Here are the recipes I included in last year's Christmas Candy Boxes:

-Rocky Road Candy

-Cake Mix Cookies

-Rice Krispy Treats

-Chess Cake (Recipe will be posted here on Thursday for the Christmas Recipe Event!)

I started with these lovely plastic containers. I got these at Wal-Mart for $1 each! And then I just lined them with red tissue paper I had on hand.

Before stuffing the containers, I made all my sweets so I could get an idea of how to divide it all out equally. Here's my dining room table covered with all the goodies:

Put the goodies and the festive containers together, and you have a lovely package that's perfect for gift giving!

For my assortments, I included 3-4 pieces of chess cake, 4 pieces of Rocky Road Candy, 3 Rice Krispy Treats, and 6-8 Cake Mix Cookies.

After dividing out all the goodies, I finished the project, placing name tags and bows on top of the containers.


I'm also sharing this post for TMTT at Blessed with Grace, TT at Beauty and Bedlam, Newlywed's Holiday Treat Week and WFMW at We Are That Family.

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