Some of my fondest memories of Christmas as a child involve me in the kitchen with my Mama, mixing up candies and goodies to give as gifts to family and friends. Even folks who don’t enjoy cooking other times of the year are quick to crank out any number of goodies during the holidays. Nothing says Merry Christmas to a Southerner more than something from your kitchen, made with care and given with love.
Nowadays it seems more difficult to find the time to get into the kitchen but homemade gifts are appreciated even more as a result. Today I thought I’d bring you some great ideas that to help you have an old fashioned Christmas regardless of how rushed your schedule may be.
Holly Jollies are just about the handiest little Christmas candy you could ever hope to make and they really save the day when holiday schedules get hectic. I whipped these up last year when I was finishing up my book and it ended up being one of the most popular holiday posts of all time on SouthernPlate.com. Simply start with almond bark (sometimes called candy coating) and choose your favorite add-in. I like t make five or six varieties and use different mini muffin papers to differentiate between each type. I make up little gift bags for everyone with an assortment and its always a hit at schools or around the office.
Click here for Holly Jollies Recipe
I have two children in elementary school and they both have big hearts. This is something that I’m proud of as a mother, but it isn’t easy to accommodate when Christmas rolls around and they want to give a gift to every single classmate. S’more’s kits to the rescue! We usually set up an assembly line one evening and the whole family works at assembling the inexpensive kits. My youngest enjoys coloring the labels while my oldest stuffs the bags and I seal them with the customized topper. In no time at all we have gifts for nearly fifty children and with hardly a dent to our budget!
Click here for S’mores Kits instructions and free printable tags
Chocolate Gravy Mix
Folks who know what Chocolate Gravy is light up when presented with the mix to make this decadent childhood treat at home. If you give it to someone who is new to this old fashioned Southern treat expect a puzzled look, but rave reviews once they have a chance to try it. I include a card with instructions for using the mix on one side and the original recipe on the other, because we all know one time of eating chocolate gravy just isn’t enough!
Click here for Chocolate Gravy Mix instructions and free printable tags
Who doesn’t love hot chocolate? Thrill your kids by showing them how to make their own mix at home and then assemble it into these cute little kids to pass out to family, friends, and classmates!
Click here for homemade hot chocolate recipe and free printable Snowman Soup Tags
Fruit Crisp Mix
Who doesn’t love a good fruit crisp? Served piping hot with vanilla ice cream slowly melting into the yumminess, fruit crisp makes the ideal dessert. You can often this mix for sale on the shelves of specialty shops, with an astonishing price tag! I have seen a single recipe of a crisp mix selling anywhere from $5.99-$7.99.
Click here for Fruit Crisp Mix recipe and free printable tags
These little gifts are treasured by the folks that receive them. TY
Christy, thank you so much for the time and effort you spend to enrich and bless so many lives. You are like a daily dose of sunshine for me and to many others.
Just made your Smores for my daughters classmates. Thanks for such a fun and inexpensive idea!
Thank you for these recipes! My 8 year old son loved making up bags of snowman soup for his 24 classmates. His friends loved the gift and they were so cute! Also, I had a cookie exchange party and was wondering what to do w/the chocolate I had left from the chocolate fountain..I made Holly Jollies! I bought those buckets from Wal-mart and packaged a variety of candies for all the teachers. Again..they were a hit! What fun! Merry Christmas!
Yay! I am so glad everything was such a hit and that you got to have fun making it all with your son!
Christi. I know what fried apples are but where do you buy fried apples in the can. You see I dont live in the south. Do you mean apple pie filling.
I found snowman soup last year and LOVED it…I also know you had a recipe or directions for frozen cookie dough that you gift wrapped and gave out – I can’t seem to find it now…help?