Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Ashley M. www.cobornsblog.com
Ashley M.

I can’t believe Christmas is right around the corner! Even though I try to get my shopping done early, there always seems to be a need for last minute gift ideas. Running out to the store isn’t always an option, so here’s a couple gift ideas that I was able to make with things around the house.

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Last Minute Homemade Christmas Gifts

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Ashley Maurer www.cobornsblog.com
Ashley Maurer

 

 

Last Minute Homemade Christmas Gifts

With Christmas right around the corner, it is officially time to stop procrastinating. Let’s face it, those gifts aren’t going to buy themselves! There always seems to be a last minute party to attend or an extra person coming to spend the day with the family that you weren’t planning on. Not to worry though! I’ve got a few last minute ideas that will make those last minute plans feel like they had been planned all along. The best thing is that you can get most, if not all of the things you need at your local Coborn’s!

 

Snowman Chocolate Bars www.cobornsblog.com
Snowman Chocolate Bars
This is my personal favorite and a good craft to make with the kids. I picked up some extra large candy bars and a couple pairs of gloves from Coborn’s. I used plain computer paper to wrap them in, pulled the open glove over one end of the wrapped chocolate bar and tie some ribbon around it to tighten the top together. Then use crayons to draw the snowman features on. Add one more ribbon to make the scarf and that’s all there is to it. It’s quick, easy and fun to make. Plus they make great stocking stuffers or would even be cute as place settings for the kids’ table!

Snowman Hot Chocolate www.cobornsblog.com
Snowman Hot Chocolate
Who doesn’t love hot chocolate on those cold winter nights? Make hot chocolate even more fun by building a snowman to give it in. This is a great project to make with the kids and I love being able to reuse baby food jars to make it. You can mix and match jar sizes too! Don’t have any baby food jars laying around? A quick visit to Coborn’s can solve that. That’s what I had to do. Don’t worry, I didn’t waste the food, my sweet niece ate it up for me!

Make sure to peel the labels off, wash and sanitize the jars. Paint the lids black and use paint to make the face and buttons of the snowman on the outside of the jars. Use hot glue to hold the jars together in a stack. Fill each of the jars, one with mini marshmallows, one with hot chocolate (or cappuccino mix works too) put peppermint candies in the last one. I had scrap fabric laying around that I used to make the scarfs but you could use ribbon for that too. Simply adorable!

Candy Whisk www.cobornsblog.com
Candy Whisk
Making a candy filled whisk is very fast and easy. Plus it can be made for less than $10! Buy the candy and whisk, fill the whisk with candy. It’s really that simple. Click here for a free printable tag to add to it as well.

Pot Holder Bouquet www.cobornsblog.com
Pot Holder Bouquet
This is also a super easy gift to put together. All it takes is one trip to your local Coborn’s store and you can get everything you need. Spend some time going through the kitchen aisle and mix and match to your liking. Grab a pot holder and make sure all the utensils you picked out will fit inside. When you get home you can add some tissue paper, bows or ribbons to top it off. This works great to give as a hostess gift for those last minute Holiday parties.

Giving homemade gifts can be fun, personalized and meaningful. These were just a few of my favorite gift ideas. If you want to see some more crafty creations check out Lynell’s blog for more fun ideas you can make yourself.

Happy Holidays!
Ashley Maurer
Coborn’s Inc. Graphic Designer
Homemade Made Easy

Weekly Ad Recipe – Garlic Shrimp And Pasta

Weekly Ad Recipe - Garlic Shrimp And Pasta www.cobornsblog.com

I tried this recipe the other night when having last minute company stopping over. It was a hit! The recipe was so easy to make and took less than 30 minutes. So, if you are in a hurry but still want to impress your guests, this is the recipe for you! Enjoy….we did!

Jayne,
Coborn’s Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Garlic Shrimp And Pasta
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 9 Oz. Linguine
  • 1 Lb. Shrimp Peeled, tails removed and deveined
  • ¼ Cup Chicken Broth
  • ⅓ Cup Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese
  • ½ Cup Milk
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, chopped
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Dried Oregano
Instructions
  1. In 5 quart Dutch oven, heat 3 quarts water to boiling; add linguine and shrimp.
  2. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until linguine is tender and shrimp is pink.
  3. Drain and return to Dutch oven; cover and keep warm.
  4. In large skillet, heat chicken broth, cheese, milk, garlic and salt to boiling over medium-high heat.
  5. Reduce heat; simmer 2 minutes, stirring constantly, or until slightly thickened.
  6. Add linguine and shrimp to sauce in skillet; toss to coat.
  7. Stir in oregano just before serving.
Notes
Suggested Wine Pairing Estancia Chardonnay

 

Weekly Ad Recipe – Blue Cheesesteak

Weekly Ad Recipe - Blue Cheesesteak www.cobornsblog.com

I love Blue Cheese and it’s even better when it’s on a nice juicy steak! The tangy flavor of Blue Cheese pairs so well with any kind of steak. When you get home late from work, or are in a hurry, this is a great recipe to throw together last minute. It’s one of those 30 minute meals. Enjoy….I did!

Jayne,
Coborn’s Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Blue Cheesesteak
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 4 Oz. Blue Cheese Crumbles
  • 1 T. Mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1½ Lbs. Boneless Beef Top Sirloin Steak
Instructions
  1. Heat gas or charcoal grill.
  2. In small bowl, mix cheese, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce and garlic until blended; set aside.
  3. Place steak on grill.
  4. Cover grill; cook over medium-high heat 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, until internal temperature of steak reaches at least 145 degrees.
  5. Remove steak from grill.
  6. Spoon cheese mixture over steak; let stand 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is slightly melted.
Notes
Suggested Wine Pairing Cline Ancient Vine Zinfandel