It’s crunch time friends…last minute shoppers unite! I don’t know about you, but running all over town in search of the perfect gifts can really kill that holly jolly spirit. I was thrilled to check everyone off my list at JCPenney this year, leaving more time for things like making and delivering cookies with my kids, and the fun stuff we want to be doing. In collaboration with JCPenney, we want to help you check everyone off your list, and sometimes it’s about adding just one more to your list, because that’s #JoyWorthGiving.
We made a fun Christmas video doing one of our favorite Christmas traditions…making (super soft gingerbread) cookies together. Sure you can buy the pre-made cookies…I’m all about whatever works for you, but it’s fun to know something delicious made from scratch was baked in our oven…not to mention the warm delicious scent that fills your home! You can find the gingerbread cookie and frosting recipes here. See my tips below for success when making cut out cookies with kids in the kitchen.
Sometimes the best gift you can give to the ones you love most is simply your time. Time together making memories doing those cherished holiday traditions…like making gingerbread cookies! Less running all over and more time together…that’s the true joy worth giving. It’s so important to help kids feel the joy that comes from giving. Even if it’s as simple as making and delivering cookies to friends and neighbors…maybe a lonely neighbor or a widow, spreading the joy and leaving no one out. It’s what the season is all about.
When it comes to doing cut out cookies with the kids, it helps to make the cookie dough and the frosting the night before, allowing for more time on the creative part…rolling and cutting the cookies out with cookie cutters, baking and decorating.
You know what’s cuter than a gingerbread boy cookie? A bitesize mini gingerbread boy cookie…lots of them!
It doesn’t hurt to have a cute colorful KitchenAid mixer to mix the dough and frosting just right too. Have you seen how many colors they have now?! I’ll take one of each please!
We packaged up our frosted cookies and dropped them off to a few we love.
If you’re still on the hunt for the perfect Christmas gifts for a few on your list, here’s some of my top picks from JCPenney.com, classics you’ll want to wear all year.
1.The perfect gold tone hoop earrings in a pretty satin finish…they’re simple and classic.
2. A soft a.n.a. long sleeve Crew Neck in pewter foil with the perfect amount of sparkle for holiday parties.
3. The perfect V-neck tee in Deep Ruby by Arizona…darling under a cardigan.
4. A colorful KitchenAid Mixer in the happy Aqua Sky color
5. The Sharper Image Basket Ball Hoop…my boy is going to be thrilled to open this!
6. The perfect plaid shirt with an adorable 3/4 length sleeve by Arizona. You can see my daughter wearing this in the video above.
7. A classic Arizona button down long sleeve woven shirt for boys…you can see my son wearing this in the video too.
8. The perfect length and the most sliming fit Midi BodyCon Skirt in black…great for holiday parties or dressing up for church.
Did you know JCPenney has a lowest price guarantee? Yep! If you find a lower price on any item available at JCPenney, just bring in your ad within 14 days and JCPenney will beat that price by 5%!
You can find great gifts for any price too, be sure to checkout all the Gifts Under “$5, $10, $15, $20 and $25”
My boy has found a new love for basketball, and I’m so excited to see his face Christmas morning when he unwraps this!
Join us by sharing your gifting photos on Instagram by using the hashtag: #JoyWorthGiving.
*This post is a collaboration with JCPenney.