Let's face it, at this point, if you're still in the market for Christmas gifts, there aren't a ton of options outside of facing the insane crowds at the malls, am I right? Well, if you find yourself looking for that last minute gift, but not wanting to settle for just anything, I may have the right option for you.

This Christmas, I decided to go the home-made route for my side of the family. 
I like a gift that says, "hey, I spent time on you."
I mean, who doesn't love cookies? And I wanted to present them in a fun, creative way instead of bagging them up or sticking them in a tin (this might have to do with the fact that I'm obsessed with my new deer stamp.)

So here's what I did, step-by-step.

For The Packaging:
1. I purchased white folding boxes at Staples and constructed them, using packing tape to secure the folds.
2. I wrapped them with brown craft paper from Dollar Tree, making sure they could open without unwrapping. (this was kind of a challenge at first, but I used two pieces which met at the hinging piece which connects the lid and the base).
3. I used a stamp and paint to create the pattern, adding the holly dots with the tip of a small paint brush.
4. Finally, I used a festive piece of ribbon to create a tab pull to help the giftee open the box.

To Package the Cookies

1. I separated the cookies into stacks of 2 or 3 (depending on the thickness of the cookies) and wrapped them tightly with saran wrap.
2. Cut sheets of scrap book paper into a shape similar to this:

3. Use papers (or you could use fabric) to wrap the cookie stacks and secure with a cute label.
4. Write the type of cookie on each and tie up with ribbon (this is just for looks).

Since this gift was for family, I also included a gift card in a separate, colorful box which I laid on top.

If you've got to mail your gift, like I did, you can buy a size larger box also from Staples and insert the smaller box, securing with tissue and paper crinkles.

Ready for the cookie recipes? Here ya go!

Merry Christmas Eve to all of you! I hope you all spend time with Jesus, celebrating His life and what it means to us!