Friday, December 3, 2010

We're-Happy-To-See-You Gift

Constant use will not wear ragged the fabric of friendship.  ~Dorothy Parker

It has become a tradition in our family to take a few days -- with our friends, Mark and Eleanor -- to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Holidays.  Their daughters, Katie and Kayla, are Emily's best friends and we love being with Mark and Eleanor so it's a win/win situation.  The tradition was started to celebrate Katie's birthday.
Katie was married in October; she and her husband, Ivan, live in North Carolina.  Past years we have gone to Chicago, and since we weren't willing to give up Katie being along, was an easy pick to decide on Gatlinburg.  A 3-hour trip for them and 6 for us.

We rented a cabin that sleeps ten, complete with fireplace and game room.  We're having the best of times.  I wanted to take Katie a We're-happy-to-see-you gift.  My mother and I brainstormed and came up with baking-in-a-can.  It was fun getting it all together.  I found a youthful tin and matching Christmas tea towel. Gingerbread and sugar cookie mixes, peppermint crushed candy, holly sprinkles, cup cake picks and polka dot napkins...  with a fun Christmas spatula tied on top.  It made an adorable gift -- and giving gifts to Katie is so much fun becasuse she gets so excited about every little thing. 

Another idea for the tin: cookie cookbook (I wanted one but couldn't find one to fit in the tin).

I love giving gifts in a sort of random way --  without the celebration of specific holidays.  Do you know a newlywed who would love a baking tin?  What would you include? 


Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

What a great idea, Pamela. When I got married my mum gave me a notebook with all her recipes that she'd written in it for me!

It's one of my most special things even now.


Anonymous said...

Oh Pam I love the idea! I'm going to use this one. I hope that's ok??!!

Pamela said...

I love people using my ideas!

Sarah, That would be a treasure. I scrapped family recipes for my daughters and nieces.

Esther Asbury said...

Who wouldn't LOVE to get a gift like that?! So yummy and cute!
I did baskets up like this for Mother's Day one year. That year we honored two grandma's in our congregation (that faithfully bring grandkids to church!).
I called them "Grandma Baskets" and included several cookie mixes, brownie mix, sprinkles, icing, and a few other "fun at grandma's house" things. The ladies loved them, and I thoroughly enjoyed making them!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

What a great idea, my son lives in another state and I am always sending him care packages!


Tricia said...

What a great idea. I love how you packaged it in that cute tin :)

KimMalk said...

That's so cute. I like things you put together yourself, so much more meaningful.

Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder said...

What a fun gift to get!

Niki Jolene said...

Oh I love that! Even people who aren't really bakers can pull of something yummy with that neat package!