The Value of Homemade Gifts.

Now that I have all the frosting cleaned off my hands and face | I couldn’t help myself! | I can finally share with you guys on the Friday night I had, baking. Yes, you read that right. I spent my Friday night baking Christmas cookies and I’m so glad I did!

Christmas cookies are great for reasons I don’t have to explain. But here’s why I’m making them this years valuable gift.

“The gift that keeps on giving.”

Next year I’d like to travel, a lot more than I have been able to before. This means saving money has been a top priority of mine this year. So, spending roughly $28 (if that) on the supplies needed to bake these cookies didn’t seem like such a bad idea compared to the money I normally spend on a Friday night. Along the lines of saving money, Christmas cookies, I considered would also be awesome gifts ideas. Who doesn’t love getting Christmas cookies?! Especially ones that are homemade.

Now, I know what you’re probably thinking. Okay, but won’t giving Christmas cookies as a “gift” seem a little…cheap? Ahhh, maybe. Nevertheless, I can think of two people whose idea of cheap are way different than what that word means to you and me today.

Grandma and Grandpa. Like cookies, are also great for reasons I don’t have to explain.

If most grandparents are like the grandparents in my life, then it’s safe to say they value personal homemade gifts over any store boughten ones. Showing up to your family gathering with adorably wrapped boxes filled with tasty cookies will in no way seem cheap, only extremely thoughtful.

Homemade Gift ideas

Usually, it’s my sister who makes the cookies, her own frosting and owns the 100+ variety shaped cookie cutters. This year, contemplating how to spend my Friday night, I decided to get a head start on the cookie making. This was my first time making the dough, which turned out to be not as hard as I thought.

If you’re looking for the simplest way to make these, I recommend using this recipe! (Thank goodness for Pinterest!) Click the link to see all the rest of my Pinterest favorites!

I took the easy way out and bought the icing (shhhhthe decorating icing at Walmart was a lifesaver when it came to adding another color and design to the cookie. Trust me, you don’t want to see the snowman decorated without it.

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Taking the time to create something for someone else is rewarding any day of the week but especially on a day where you’re looking for something new to do. If you’ve never made (homemade) Christmas cookies, put it on your list of things to try, trust me the end result is worth trying!

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