Michael’s mom is an expert many, many things, one of which is making and dipping chocolates. She makes her own fondant fillings and can expertly temper her chocolate so that it doesn’t “bloom.” And if you don’t know what it means for chocolate to bloom, then you can understand how I felt the first time I tried to help her. Each year, she makes dozens of plates of beautifully decorated homemade chocolates and a humongous batch of the family recipe for delicate, buttery Swiss pressed cookies called bratzles.
My mom makes these incredible Soft Ginger Cookies dipped in white chocolate and a super incredible Sweet Chex Mix that’s loaded with coconut and almonds to give. People rave about it and every year, people ask for her recipes.
Clearly, I come from an incredible stock of impressive ladies in the neighbor Christmas gift giving department.
We loved giving out treats for a couple years, but one year after someone gave us some, we stumbled upon the idea of giving soap for Christmas instead. I love that it’s not a sweet thing (I hate it when you have a countertop full of sweets that are getting stale before you can enjoy to them). And, in my years of changing diapers and chasing after little ones, I do a LOT of hand-washing. One of my favorite treats is to have nice-smelling soap in the house.
As the holidays approach, I keep my eyes open for sales and stack coupons on top of them to come out with a pretty inexpensive but fun and festive Christmas gift to share with neighbors, teachers, Sophie’s therapists, and friends. Some years we’ll have tags printed at an online shop (like Shutterfly), but this year, I designed some myself and it makes gift-giving a cinch!
If you’re looking for something a little bit different to give this year, I totally recommend going this route. It’s a “treat” you can enjoy for a few weeks every time you wash your hands, it won’t add to anyone’s waistline, and will allow more stomach space to enjoy all the other treats coming their way this season. All plusses in my book.
I’ve created a PDF of my gift tags. I printed mine onto scrapbook paper (I put the patterned side up in my printer) which meant the backs had a little pop of print. If you’re not going that route, you’ll probably want to choose heavier weight paper, though regular copy paper will work just great, too.
Click here, then print: We Wash You a Merry Christmas Labels
To print your own tags, click on the image and print. Then cut, punch a hole in the top, and tie them on with a ribbon or twine. Done!
What do you give for neighbor or teacher gifts?