Meet the Sullivans: Holiday Gift Wrapping Tips & Cookie Recipe

November 2, 2015

Holiday Gift Wrapping Tips & Cookie Recipe

The holidays are right around the corner and I'm in a rush to get as much done as I can before December hits!

I've ordered wrapping paper and gift tags, started checking some gifts off our lists and decided on a simple cookie recipe to give as little gifts for people like neighbors and Keith's co-workers. I'm happy to say that I feel like I might actually have it all under control.

I'm a huge believer that a beautifully wrapped gift makes a gift, no matter what's inside! Not only does it show that you took some extra care, time and thought into the gift, but it's also really fun to be presented with a gorgeously wrapped gift.

Here are my best tips for holiday gift wrapping: 

| Purchase the right materials | Every year I pick one or two coordinating wrapping paper patterns and ribbons that can be used interchangeably for men / women / children or anyone. This year I chose Merry Woodland Personalized Gift Wrap from Tiny Prints for our wrapping paper and bought some plain ribbons at Costco. This way I never run short on supplies and I don't have to think twice when I'm in a groove wrapping gifts.

| Make it personal | Use personalized gift tags, gift wrap and extra little accents to make each gift special. Tie small trinkets like a little bell, an inexpensive ornament (Target sells them in sets for just a few dollars), a pine cone or even rosemary to the gift for some extra flair.

| Think outside the box | I love using mason jars of all shapes and sizes to package up gifts like gift cards, nail polish, body scrubs, socks nuts or desserts! I've also seen people use linen or velvet drawstring bags to hold small gifts!

| Collect the essentials | Before you start, make sure you have all the things you'll need like wrapping paper, scissors, tape, gift tags, a pen, ribbons and bows.

| Make a gift station | At Christmas I like to keep them all in one place, usually on the dining room table, so whenever I need to wrap a gift I don't have to go around collecting everything each time.

| Clear space | I like to have plenty of space when I'm wrapping a gift. I really think not having to shuffle things out the way constantly really contributes to making the process quickly and stress free.

Like I said, I like to have at least one little kind of go-to gift for neighbors, co-workers, etc. In year's past I've made body scrub and cinnamon rolls, and this year I'm going to make cookies, and possibly cinnamon sugar nuts.

Peanut Butter Blossoms are a favorite in our family and they're simple to make, which you know I love. Below you'll find the recipe I like to use!

Peanut Butter Blossoms

48 Hershey's Kisses 1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup Creamy Peanut Butter
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup additional granulated sugar for rolling

1. Heat oven to 375°F. Remove wrappers from chocolates.
2. Beat shortening and peanut butter in large bowl until well blended. Add 1/3 cup granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg, milk and vanilla; beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into peanut butter mixture.
3. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Roll in granulated sugar, if desired; place on ungreased cookie sheet.
4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate into center of each cookie; cookie will crack around edges. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. 
Makes about 48 cookies.

I love these festive and cheerful Holiday Goodies Personalized Stickers from Tiny Prints for packaging up cookies. They fit perfectly on the lid of a mason jar!

We just love Tiny Prints for their beautiful designs, high-quality and fantastic service! Not only do they offer many options for personalized gifts, but you can also order birth announcements, invitations and Christmas cards. We can't wait to order our Christmas cards from them!

What's your go to gift for neighbors and co-workers? Do you have any great gift wrapping tips to share? Share them  in the comments below!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Tiny Prints through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Tiny Prints, all opinions are my own.

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