Saturday, December 20, 2014

Blogmas Day 20: Last Minute Gift Ideas

 
I have a quick spell to check in and try to get a little blogmas time before some family arrive. I should have more time to catch up tomorrow and will go around and catch up with everyone and I also have some pics from a nice luncheon I hosted yesterday (& fun recipe to share), so please come visit me tomorrow!
 
For today what came to mind for quick last minute gifts is probably the most obvious: gift cards of some kind. I think a really fun one to give is for a movie theater and you put the card in a popcorn bucket with some movie candy!
 
Of course making up homemade certificates is always sweet. You could make a little booklet for a friend offering to babysit their kiddos. Or for a  loved one make "coupons" they can redeem for a back rub or chores around the house.
 
Here's a fun thing that popped in my head and I remember doing for someone. Make some homemade hot buttered rum mix (yummy!) This recipe is from Taste of Home
 
Hot Buttered Rum Mix Recipe
 
 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract
  • ADDITIONAL INGREDIENT (for each serving):
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  •  Directions
    • 1. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add the ice cream, cinnamon, nutmeg and extract. Transfer to a freezer container; freeze overnight. Makes 3-1/2 cups mix.
    • 2. To prepare hot drink: Dissolve 3-4 tablespoons of mix in boiling water; stir well. Yield: 14-18 servings
     
    You can give the mix in a little plastic container or bucket (that can go in freezer) and wrap up some fun Christmas mugs to go with it.

Just a few quick ideas! Time to run but I will visit everyone tomorrow and have a post up again then!
Linking with Sandra from Diary of a SAHM


8 comments:

  1. Great ideas! I hope you had a great time with your family. Happy Christmas! xx

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    1. Thx Amy! I LOVE this time of year for that reason - bonus family time!!

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  2. YUM the hot buttered rum sound delicious! LOL I too am a gift card girl, but love your idea for home made ones. Have a great visit.

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    1. Thx Tamy - we had a wonderful time and more family celebrations to come! yay!!

      The hot buttered rums are really yummy - must give it a try. But I agree...nothing beats homemade from the heart.

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  3. Great ideas Carrie! Hope you have a great Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    1. Thx my dear sweet Doreen! And hope you do as well.
      xoxo

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  4. Ooh, great little recipe! Have been so busy with preparing for Christmas that I've hardly had any time to check blogs.... :( Hoping you're well, enjoying these few days of 'run up' to Christmas....if I can't check back in before the big day, HAVE A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS!!!!

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  5. It's been busy here too Helen - but having fun! Hope you are too. Merry Christmas to You & your Littles. XO

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