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DIY Christmas Gift Basket

christmas gift basket
This Christmas gift basket was so easy to make and would make a perfect gift for a family member, neighbor, or friend.  Recently, the basket was donated to a local fundraiser event to benefit the disaster relief in Puerto Rico. I thought the basket turned out so adorable that I wanted to share the contents with you and let you know that you can make one of your own with very little effort.  
Contents:
  • Personalized Christmas stockings for a family
  • Reindeer food
  • "Cookies for Santa" plate
  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix in a jar 
  • The "Santa Clause" movie
Christmas stockings...
I picked out some of my favorite stockings and wrapped them neatly with twine. then added them to the back of the basket.
Reindeer Food....
    To make the reindeer pretend food, I took a plastic sandwich bag and added Quacker oats and some gold sugar (sprinkles from the bakery aisle). I folded over the top of the bag and stapled this tag to the top.  There are many free printable tags available. Here is a link to one. The tag is a little different, but it's the same concept. 
    reindeer-food-poem
    Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar....
    Next, I made Chocolate Chip Cookies in a jar. Instead of buying a whole carton of Mason canning jars, I found just one jar at my local dollar store. It was a near perfect quart size. It wasn't actually a mason jar, but was a nice glass jar with a lid. Inside I added the following ingredients in the order listed, padding down the contents as tight as possible. Here is the recipe that I used. You can also visit the website.   In a Quart size jar add the following:
    First mix the flour, baking soda and salt then pat firmly to the bottom of the jar. 
    • 1 3/4 cup flour
    • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
    Next layer add 3/4 cup of packed brown sugar, then on top of the brown sugar add 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, lastly add 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. 
    Attach the following tag to the jar:
    chocolate-chip-cookie-in-a-jar
    Cookies from Santa Plate...
    The "Cookies for Santa" plate, I actually purchased online from Walmart.  For only $13.00 you get a set of six of these plates.   
    santa plate
    I also added one of my favorite Christmas movies, "Santa Clause" with Tim Allen and a Gooseberry Patch Christmas Cookbook. So, there's my Christmas gift basket. There are fun things that you can add to the basket like...Santa's bells, The Night Before Christmas book, Santa's key, etc... Have fun with it!


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