Ahh, Christmas. The crisp air stinging your face. The smell of pine over the crackling fire. The midwinter’s glow against a backdrop of powdery white snow. Or palm trees. Maybe you’re in Jamaica right now. How should I know? But who cares! It’s Christmas- the season where generosity and hot cocoa prevail! So you’re looking for last minute gift ideas? And the thought of going to the mall evokes physical pain? Me too. You want to inspire kindness, be practical yet traditional, a little classy and maybe one-up your friends. Just a little. Here are some creative Christmas gifts suitable for a varied budget, and will still have gourmet appeal.
“Homemade” cookie tray.
Here’s a life hack for those who don’t bake. (Ahem, me.) Buy the pre-made cookies and bake them. If they’re too dull, add frosting. And for goodness sake, make your own peanut butter cookies. It’s like four ingredients. Have a little faith! Box them up, slap a bow on it and call it a day.
Hot cocoa kit.
Find a recipe for homemade hot cocoa. (I’m not Wonder Woman, okay?) Mix it in a container of your choice. Okay, wait. Not dollar store plastic storage. You can do better than that. Add marshmallows and some cute mugs. Find a lovely box and wrap it like you’re Santa Clause. Add some gourmet truffles to make it seem like you put more effort into it than you did. You’re welcome.
Wine and cheese, please.
This is for the people you really like. Find a nice bottle of wine, a trendy wine stopper, and some cheese. Package it in some tissue paper and work your wrapping magic. Grab a bottle for yourself while you’re wrapping.
Gourmet snack basket.
I’m not even kidding. This is my favorite gift year after year. Shower me with delicious Christmas-time goodies, and I will consider sending you a Christmas card next year. Who am I kidding? I don’t have time for cards. Putting together a collection of your fav goodies (meats, cheese, nuts, chocolate, wine and beer, jams, and spreads) all encompass the tradition of the Christmas season- eating. Food is life. Food is love. If you’re just honestly too lazy or tired to make your own basket, let the experts do it for you. There are many gourmet food gift collections available.
Flowers say so much. They’re beautiful and full of life. They send a message of warmth and romance, love and kinship. Flowers are a timeless gift, delivered right to your door.
Whatever the gift you decide to give, remember the reason behind it- the generosity of spirit, kinship, the obligatory, under duress gifting to your in-laws. Merry Christmas and cheers to a Happy New Year!