About three weeks ago, Christmas music started playing all day on the radio stations. That’s usually about the time when I start realizing how little I’ve gotten done in the way of Christmas presents. Usually a frenzy of crafting and sewing ensues but this year I opted for some easier options. Yup, I’m releasing myself from my self-imposed sew/knit/craft pressure and have happily purchased gifts from (mostly) local sources and artisans.
Here are a few favourites of mine for pleasing gifts with a range of price points.
The next 6 pictures are all from the artists/vendor sites as listed – they are not mine.
Jewellery from MoonRox, Toronto
Bags and planters from Crown Flora, Toronto
Fitzy Leather, Toronto
A big pot of warmth made easy with soup kits from Soup Girl, Toronto.
Mustard Seed Holiday Bags – solid burlap bags filled with local Halton and Caledon yumminess.
This is also the one time each year where I think about baking. And once again it’s Smitten Kitchen to the rescue with the Browniest Cookies. If you’re still looking for things to bake, make these.
We also had some messy fun in the kitchen with Alton Brown’s marshmallow recipe. Homemade marshmallows are easy to make and paired with little jars of hot chocolate mix from Serious Eats homemade hot chocolate recipe, they make great gifts. If you’re in a hurry – just make the mix and skip the marshmallows as they need to sit over night before finishing.
Left to do on my list are some stilton and pecan shortbread, two more work days, and then a lot more of this…
What’s left to do on your holiday list?