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


  • 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


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

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

  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.

    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.

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

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

  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!!!!

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