Every year around Thanksgiving and Christmas I bake up a storm. Literally a storm. It looks like a tornado went through my kitchen for a couple of days. No matter how much 409 antibacterial cleanser I spray or how often I wipe down the counter tops, they inevitably just get loaded down with flour, sugar, cooling racks, hot pads, and chocolate chips. It’s a never ending cycle. Well, never ending for those few days. And then I take a couple days off, and do it all over again.

This year I made some gift boxes of my baked goods. Have you ever seen someones face light up when they receive a gift of HOMEMADE baked goods? It is a much different excitement then receiving commercially baked goods. They know that not only has tons of time and effort gone into the treat, but it also doesn’t have any of the chemical preservatives to keep it fresh for months.

Have you thought about making baked goods as gifts? No matter what your skill level in the kitchen, just go for it. Try to make a homemade batch of cookies or peppermint bark. The recipients will love it! To give you an idea of what to make for the boxes, here is what I made and put in my gift boxes this year:

Gingerbread Loaf Cake
Mocha Loaf Cake
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Pound Cake
Peppermint Bark
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Eggnog Cranberry Bundt Cake

I wrapped each item and tied a festive ribbon around some of them. They were so cute! I bought the white boxes at Staples and the tissue paper and filling Target. Michael’s has a great selection for ribbon and baked goods gift boxes. I had to shop at a few different stores to get everything I needed, but it was worth it.

When you pack them in boxes like this is makes them easier to transport and they can even be shipped. So as much as gift baskets can be pretty with all the fancy ribbon, bows and wrapping, they aren’t as practical or cost effective. In case you don’t know, I am EXTREMELY practical. Almost to a fault. So of course I go for the route that saves time and money. Don’t we all look for that route though?