These Are a Few of My Favorite Things…

No recipe today.


That’s right. Instead, today I wanted to share a few of my favorite, inexpensive, gift ideas. And…

There’s a giveaway!

Whoop Whoop!

I love giving gifts. I don’t like shopping. I don’t like shopping malls. And I especially don’t like some of the attitudes people get during the holiday shopping season. Many seem to have forgotten the joy of giving in their rush to trample over whoever gets in their way of the 50% off boot rack.


Gifts don’t have to be expensive. They need to be meaningful. They need to show the recipient they matter to you. Here are three of my favorite, thoughtful gifts to give:

A Blessing Box

I personalize 100 of God’s promises with the recipients name. I say a prayer for them with each promise as I fold them into quarters. I place the promises in a pretty box and tie it with a bow and attach a card. It takes a little bit of time but giving the gift of God’s promises can be life-changing to the recipient. His Word is alive and for each of us. If you would like to receive my scripture template with the 100 verses, please email me at LeAnnCooks1@gmail.com. I will be happy to send it to you at no cost.


Homemade Treats

I love to make homemade goodies to give to family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, etc. Love goes into the preparation. Then just package them in a pretty box, on a Christmas platter (the platter would become part of the gift), stack them in mason jars (and decorate the jar), or put them in clear treat bags and close it up with a pretty ribbon. Here are a few links to some yummy treats that work for gift-giving:

Holiday Cookies (both homemade and short cuts for busy bees)

Snack Mix (customize for any holiday by switching up the sprinkles and candies)

Cookies for Canines (for friends with four-legged members of the family)


DSC01851A Personalized Print

This another of my very favorite gifts to give. I have one personalized every time someone graduates from high school or college. Who doesn’t need a reminder that their name is written in the palm of His hand?!

These prints are affordable and quite unique. Perfect for anyone who has everything; someone you have no idea what to get for them; or the person who needs this reminder. Alice has other prints on her site as well. I love them all!

I also really love the artist, Alice. She has such a kind, generous and sweet soul.

If you would like to win a free personalized “Hands” print, please post a comment sharing your favorite gift ideas! I love to hear what my friends are doing so I can “borrow” from your cleverness :)

Please post your comment by Sunday at midnight so Alice will have enough time to personalize your print and get it to you before Christmas.

To see all her prints, visit ARTISTIC MEMORIES BY ALICE

Good luck, and a big cyber hug!

The Loving Kitchen (2)P.S. Is it wrong of me to also add that my book would make a great gift? Hehehehehe! It really would. And it would make my publisher happy :)

The Loving Kitchen is filled with recipes but it’s also filled with stories about my life as well as a section of creative ideas for reaching out to those in need, and gathering in with those you love.

Get yours here:        The Loving Kitchen

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