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Simple Christmas Gift Ideas that won’t break your budget!

Christmas is coming! I know it’s shocking..

First of course is Halloween, and since I am not fond of that “holiday” I tend to just skip it in my mind. Then there is Thanksgiving, I tend to couple that with Christmas for some odd reason. Like  a prelude to Christmas.

The fun part is Thanksgiving will be at our house this year. We had Christmas here last year, and I loved it.  Personally I really enjoying hosting these events.

I’ve been slowly thinking about Christmas. I am reminded each time I go on Pinterest, as there is a pin about it somehow lately.

Here are a few Christmas gift ideas that seriously won’t break ANY budget! I love the first one, and will never buy Brownie mix again.


Simple Christmas Gift Ideas that won't break your budget!

Easy Homemade Brownie Mix

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Cocoa
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Powder

Write on the container or on piece of paper attached to package:

Add: 2 Eggs, 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil, 1 teaspoon Vanilla. Bake @ 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.


Simple Christmas Gift Ideas that won't break your budget!

Quick bread in a bottle

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips

Write on container or note paper:

In large bowl mix ingredients of container.

In a small bowl, beat 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, 2 large eggs, and 1/4 cup melted butter.

Stir wet mixture into dry ingredients just until evenly moistened (batter will be lumpy).

Scrape into a buttered and floured 9- by 5-inch loaf pan (with a 9-cup capacity), and bake in a 350° oven until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50 minutes.


Simple Christmas Gift Ideas that won't break your budget!

Cowgirl Cookies

  • 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup & leveled
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cooking oats
  • 3/4 cup m&ms
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup chopped pecans

On container or paper attached:

Mix all ingredients in large bowl

Om small bowl mix:

1 slightly beaten egg
1/2 cup butter (melted slightly in the microwave)
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients together

Roll  cookie dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, place on a parchment covered baking sheet or non-stick baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes in a preheated oven on 350


I love these, and can totally see a little modification to the bread and cookies would probably be fine to make different recipes. Somehow I think even making these up ahead of time just to have it ready for when we want brownies, bread or cookies. :)  Not to mention they are SO much better then the box mixes!


  1. says

    Hey there! Great ideas! We make things like this for teacher gifts and gift exchanges. Much nicer than a $5 generic gift from the store.

    My extended family started a name exchange a few years ago. The grandparents, kids and grandkids (our family is fairly small — only 12 of us in three generations), exchange names and we buy a $25 gift. It’s so much nicer to buy a few desired gifts instead of trying to find the funds to buy a gift for everyone. :)
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    • says

      We do that very same thing! :) We draw names and spend about 25 on a gift. How funny! It is a great idea I think. We have a pretty small family as well.

      What I loved about these was making them up ahead of time for an occasion when you just want cookies or bread or brownies. In fact I made the brownie mix. WAY to easy! Can’t believe I didn’t do this before. haha :)

  2. Mom says

    I have seen these in the stores and always wanted to make them because they seemed simple, now I have the recipes and I just might give it a try. :O) Thanks, Sarah :O) When you cook up the brownie mix I will help you eat them ;O)

    • says

      I would love to receive one of these! A year ago, maybe not so much as I wasn’t much into cooking, but now I would seriously love these as gifts. :)

      I am sure your friends and family love them. :)

  3. April says

    Thanks for sharing the great gift ideas… especially for those people that already have everything! Who can resist sweeties like these?!

    • says

      I did too! While all the ingredients weren’t my favorite, I can see a little modification and viola perfect!

      I have seen these things in the store, and often thought making them would be fun too. :)

      What’s a Snapfish calender??

      • says

        Oh Sarah, snapfish calendars are wonderful! Go check out Look through their products. Any photos you have stored on your computer can be uploaded to their site and you can create all kinds of great photo gifts…everything from keychains to mousepads to blankets to coffee mugs. There’s even a recipe book you can create with family recipes and photos. You can also customize your own calendar with photos of your family on each month and add in everyone’s birthday’s on the day of their birthday. I create a calendar for family that lives far away and doesn’t get to see us very often (my mom, my dad, and brothers) every year. In fact we even make one for my mother in law and we see her all the time. Everyone always loves the calendar gift. :-) Oh, and one of my favorite coffee mugs has pictures of my kids all over it.
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