If you've just found out someone bought you a gift, you may be scrambling trying to figure out what to get them. If there is no time to shop and you don't know them very well, try one of these simple solutions. Each one is fairly quick, pretty easy and will serve a wide recipient demographic. They also happen to be reasonably inexpensive. Even if you don't need a last minute gift yet, you can make the first two now and stockpile for future emergencies.
What You Need: Canning jar, Ribbon, Glue, Felt tip marker, Unlined Index Card, Recipe/Ingredients
What to Do: Using your favorite cookie recipe, layer the dry ingredients into the jar, regardless of the order of their appearance in the recipe. You want visual impact, so consider a color and texture order similar to flour, then chocolate chips, then sugar, then brown sugar, substituting whatever ingredients your recipe uses. Seal the jar, using balls of wax paper or extra chocolate chips, if necessary, to fill any empty space. Write the recipe on the index card, then glue the card to the jar and the ribbon to the lid.
What You Need: 1 Yard of patterned fabric, Thread, Stuffing, Lace, Sewing machine, Scissors
What to Do: Match the thread to the main color of the fabric. Cut out two squares of the fabric, 13"x13" each. Place the fabrics right sides together with lace in between the layers along all four edges, sew around three and a half sides. Turn the pillow right side out and stuff. Tuck in the edges and sew down the last few inches.
What You Need: Heavy cream, Chocolate chips, Cellophane bag, Ribbon, Wax paper
What to Do: Heat half a cup of cream in a medium sized bowl in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, until hot. Gently stir in 1 cup of chips and stir until they are completely melted and they combine with the cream into a thick mixture. Chill for 1 hour in the fridge. When the mixture is chilled, melt another cup of chips in a large bowl, 30 seconds at a time, until just starting to melt. Scoop the chilled mixture out by spoonfuls and roll into balls. Dip each ball in the melted chocolate and cool on wax paper. Add all to bag and tie with ribbon.
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