Warm Wishes Gift Baskets

This year Max and I decided to make homemade gifts for our family and friends. I have to say I really enjoyed giving this year. Rather than aimlessly walking through he mall looking for something to buy everyone or picking up a gift card, we spent a lot of time and put a lot of love into making these baskets.

The kids helped me make Candy Cane ornaments that have the story of how the candy cane was made attached to them.

The Making of the Candy Cane

The candy maker wanted to make a candy to represent Christ. He used a hard candy to represent Christ as the rock of all ages. Then he shaped it to resemble a “J” for Jesus or a shepherd’s staff. He used white to represent the Purity of Christ and a red stripe for the blood Christ shed for the sins of the world. The flavor is peppermint, which is in the same family as hyssop. Hyssop was used in the Old Testament for purification and sacrifice.

The next item we made was Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie mix. I got a brownie mix from a girlfriend last year and loved it. It was so easy to make and such a thoughtful gift. I decided to steal her idea and put it in with the rest of the items. Cookies and coffee or tea sound like a great way to spend a cold afternoon.

In the bottom of the basket we put a rice bag. These are very popular item in our house. The kids love to have one heated up before bedtime to keep them warm as they drift off to sleep. I use one often for my back.
The Rice Bag
This little pillow filled with rice,
Is such a comforting device.
Microwave for 2 minutes on high
And kiss those aches and pains goodbye.
Apply it to the troubled spot,
The heat will ease the pain a lot.
Or warm those little toes so cold,
You'll find this nice to have and hold.
Or freeze it for a little while,
And fix that booboo up in style.
Instead of a compress made of ice,
Use this pillow filled with rice.

I found some cute Christmas mugs of all varieties and filled them with coffee, tea, hot chocolate or hot cider depending on what they drink. I added a couple biscotti and a candy cane to the mugs.

The round basket worked the best for fitting all the items in.

I had four different baskets varieties, three different rice bag fabrics and couples and single baskets. We made 11 in all.

Here is what the final product looked like after adding a little filling, wrap and some ribbon.
We had a great time doing these as a family and it really felt like we were giving to our loved ones as we thought of each of them as we created their individual baskets.


MondaythroughSunday said...

You are so creative! I am sure everyone is going to love them and appreciate the heart and effort put into each gift.

Steph said...

What a great idea! I wish I were as creative as you...and had the patience to do something like this. I'm sure they'll be a hit!

Splaneyo said...

We are loving ours!

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