13 Dec 2011 5 Comments
Can you believe Christmas is less than 2 weeks away??? I can’t! I’m feeling a little overwhelmed (I don’t have a lot of my presents ready), but I am feeling better today and am out of school (ahh!) meaning that I’m going to have a lot of time to plan presents, bake, and shop! Christmas is my favorite time of the year and I plan on enjoying every minute of it :)
I compiled this list incase you’re needing some ideas of what to get people on your Christmas list. Or you can send your boyfriend/husband a link to this post if he needs a hint. Or if you need ideas on what to buy yourself ;)
1. Books- I love reading, and maybe someone on your list does, too! Here are some of my favorites/book I’m wanting:
- Kindle- They’re getting cheaper and cheaper! The new Kindle Fire is out, which seems pretty snazzy, but I have a basic Kindle and love it! It’s going to be especially awesome when I go to college next year. You can get it for $79 which is pretty awesome!
- The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins- These sci-fi/fantasy books are good for guys and girls of all ages (although I would recommend 10 and up). They’re really compelling, with their intriguing storyline and captivating characters, and filled with action and a little bit of romance.
- The Inheritance Series by Christopher Paolini- The books in the series are Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance. I’ve read the first three and loved them, and am looking forward to reading the newly released fourth book. These fantasy books are long but have a really gripping storyline. Great for guys and girls of all ages.
- The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver- This book is great for teens and adults. It is about a missionary family that moves to the Congo in order to evangalize the community. It’s, at times, a dark story but is incredibly written and tells an important story. One of my all-time favorite books. I also love The Bean Trees by Kingsolver.
- Black Heals to Tractor Wheels by Ree Drummond- This book, written by the famous Pioneer Woman, is amazing. It’s the [true] love story between Ree and her husband, Marlboro Man. I read this book in one night…I couldn’t put it down! Great for all fans of The Pioneer Woman, and any woman in general :)
2. Cooking/Baking Supplies- Things I love and use all the time, and things I would love to have!
- Kitchenaid Mixer- I’ll just start with the big one. Ahhh I wish I had one of these! Life goes on without one, but I’m sure it makes baking a lot easier. Plus, they’re so shiny and pretty!
- Donut Pan- There are so many recipes out there for baked donuts! I bought a donut pan recently. I haven’t gotten the change to use it yet, but plan on doing so really soon! I got mine on sale for $6.
- Decorating Tips- I want to get a kit like this for when I make cupcakes or cakes to make them all pretty!
- Other small things: Cute cupcake liners, spatula (in a pretty color :), cute coffee thermos, cookie cutters, cute apron like this or this (I want one of these!)
3. Makeup/Lotion/Cosmetic Stuff- These make good stocking stuffers for girlfriends, wives, sisters, cousins, nieces, friends, or your gay nephew ;)
- Maybelline Lasting Drama Eyeliner- I seriously love this stuff! I could never find an eyeliner that would stay on without smudging, or would let me draw a finer line. This eyeliner is easy to apply (once you get used to it), stays on, lets you choose how thick/thin the line is, and the little container lasts several months!
- Bath and Body Works- Seriously, anything from this store is amazing. I love their scented hand sanitizers and hand lotions. I can’t use their body lotions (my skin is too sensitive) but everything smells so good!
Other Stuff: Just because it doesn’t have a cool category name, doesn’t mean it’s not cool.
- Poster of a neat quote, favorite movie/band/actor, etc.
- Jewelry- Earrings, bracelet, necklace. I think this necklace from Etsy is really cute!
- Watch- for a guy or girl.
- Laptop Sleeve- I bought this one from Etsy and LOVE it!
- Cute PJs- I love Target’s PJ selection around Christmas!
- Framed Photo- I give these to all sorts of people. Great for girlfriend/boyfriend, husband/wife, grandparents, parents, siblings, friends. It’s easy but also shows you care.
- Candy or baked goods- how could you go wrong with this one? (Just make sure you don’t give this to your friend with peanut allergies. That’s how that one could go wrong).
- Nutella- For anyone. This stuff is AMAZING. You can’t go wrong with Nutella (unless, of course, the person is allergic to hazelnuts). Or you can make them some Nutella Cookies!
- Crazy Socks- they’re fun.
- USB flash drives- practical, and they come in all sorts of shapes and colors!
- A knitted hat or scarf- homemade or otherwise.
- Coffee mug- There are so many cute coffee mugs, especially this time of year. I got this cute guy from Goodwill for 50 cents!
- Silly Putty- We usually get this in our Christmas stockings. It’s so fun to play with!
So yeah! I hope you’re getting excited and geared-up for Christmas! Or the holiday season in general if you don’t celebrate Christmas :)
Here are some brownie bites I made to take into school the other day. The other brownie bites I’ve shared on this blog have been so popular, especially the Nutella Swirl Brownie Bites, so I thought I would share this super easy holiday recipe! These are fudgey, yummy brownies topped with mint truffle kisses! You can top them with any kind of kiss you want, or just eat them plain :)
Minty Kiss Nutella Brownie Bites
1 family-size box of your favorite brownie mix (I use Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix)
The Eggs, Oil, and Water needed to make the brownie mix
36 Hershey’s kisses, whatever flavor you desire!
36 mini muffin liners
- Prepare the brownie mix according to box instructions.
- Line 36 mini muffin holes with muffin liners (I had to make this in two batches because I only have one mini muffin tin)
- Use a small cookie scoop to put the batter into the muffin liners.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few fudgey crumbs.
- Cool the brownies in the tins until cool enough to handle, then move them to a cooling wrack.
- Press the (unwrapped) kisses gently onto the brownies.
Note: These can be made in regular muffin tins, but I am not sure what the cooking time for those would be.