Jennifer BravoComment

Holiday Cookies for Gift Giving

Jennifer BravoComment
Holiday Cookies for Gift Giving
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My fondest childhood holiday memory is gifting cookies on festive tin trays to our neighbors and friends.

Each year we would pick out a different holiday tray, prepare dozens of cookies, and add some favorite store-bought treats (like Ferrero Rocher, mmm). My mom would set up an assembly line around the dining table for me and my sister to carefully place our designated cookies down in the exact right spot, one after the next. Meanwhile my mom wrapped each finished tray in plastic and tagged each with festive holiday tags. The next day we would carefully stack them in the car and drive around town, gleefully cheering "Merry Christmas!" as we handed each tray over.

One of the many reasons this tradition is so special to me is because it taught me to always add a little extra thought into each gift I give, no matter how big or small. That's something really important to me, and it's one of my love languages. So this year I decided it was time to start the holiday tradition in my own house, with my daughter.

This year I wanted to put a little bit of my own personality into the cookie packages. And as most things happen these days, I was rushed for time and needed everything now, and yet with no time to physically go out and shop. So I did what I've been doing best these days and sat down in front of Amazon Prime and searched general keywords until I was inspired by what I was finding. I have a general rule of thumb that I follow whenever I'm gifting smallish things. It must be pretty, useful, and enjoyed either now or later (double points if it's both now and later). These holiday cookies definitely check all three (and four). Of course cookies can be enjoyed now, the glass parfait jars can be useful in the kitchen or anywhere in the home, and my favorite part of it all is the gift tags because they can be enjoyed later. The tags are wildflower seed bombs that can be placed under a thin layer of soil and enjoyed for springs to come. And it's way better than a small tag that just gets tossed away or stored in a dark shoebox. Now, if you have about 50 people on your list, the seed bombs are great, but the glass jars are probably not the most cost-effective. So I created two more pretty packages for you to choose from. One wrapped in cheesecloth, and another in a simple white paper baker's bag. For everything, I foraged fresh greens and red berries (special thanks to my mother-in-law for all her help on this one!). Foraging is by far the best way to get greenery because it's local and thus relevant for whatever story you're trying to tell. 

I've linked all of the items I bought on Amazon below so you can recreate these easy and inexpensive gifts for your teachers, neighbors, coworkers, and friends. Trust me, this is a feel good tradition that everyone likes to give and receive.

For the Recipes:

Ginger Molasses Cookies

Cranberry Walnut Shortbread

All photos courtesy of Mariah Cropley Photo

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