Affordable Personalized Gifts

Are you looking for an affordable, personalized gift idea?

Time to bake some cookies!

It may sound old fashioned, but who doesn’t love cookies!  And who gets around to baking for themselves?  Whoever gets real, homemade cookies?

There are so many options when you make personalized cookies.  You can bake them for a pretty low cost and still make them totally personal!

  • Decorate them with the recipient’s name/initials
  • Add your favorite holiday saying to the cookies
  • Package them in cellophane or a beautiful box with parchment paper
  • Gift them your cookie cutters
  • Print off the recipes in this post in color!
  • Wrap them with a cute cookie plate – there are so many seasonal plates in the stores – choose something that you know the recipient will love!!!
  • Fill a unique mug with those personalized cookies!

I have two favorites for Christmas…

The first recipe is for Christmas Sugar Cookies. 

My kids and I spent hours icing and decorating them when they were growing up.  Yes, it would turn my kitchen into a disaster, but none of them have ever forgotten how much fun it was!  Not to mention that the cookies tasted fantastic, no matter how much icing they put on them (or licked off the spoon – whoops)!

Click on image for printable recipe

The second recipe is Whipped Shortbread – but with a couple of additions…

A friend of mine gave me some shortbread cookies with rosemary and lemon and I loved them!  So, I added both ingredients to my Mom’s whipped shortbread recipe and they are amazing!

These are easy to personalize with an icing pen!  They don’t have to be perfect – there is no perfect in nature, so why do we expect perfection? 

I added a sprig of rosemary to the cellophane bag and decorated it with pearl candies – I glued them on.  Yes, once the creative juices get going you never know what you will come up with!

Click on image for printable recipe

The holidays can be expensive but the gifts that are remembered are the one that were created out of love…

My Mom used to create baskets full of cookies for all of us.  Each basket was personalized with our favorite cookies!  It became a tradition. 

Do you have some ideas for affordable gifts?  Please share!

Happy Baking!


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