This post was sponsored by Hallmark Signature through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write this post, all opinions are 100% my own. #NoOrdinaryCard
Need a gift for someone who loves to bake? Or how about a parent or grandparent who wants a special activity to do with their kids or grandkids? This holiday baking gift is the perfect starter to help them create something sprinkled with fun this holiday season. I made mine for a very special neighbor who has become a part of our family in partnership with Hallmark.
Family is family. But if you’re lucky, you meet a few people who start as friends, colleagues or neighbors and become family. It doesn’t happen overnight and it usually isn’t one big thing but a thousand tiny things which turn a friend into family.
Technically, Jackie is our neighbor. Our kids call her Aunt Jackie, though she’s really like another grandparent to them. When Kayla was born Craig spent the first night as parents with me in the hospital because Jackie was nice enough to take care of our dog. When I went into labor with Blake guess who filled in the gap between my going to the hospital and my parents arriving to care for Kayla? Jackie.
Jackie is a woman who always has an extra egg for last minute brownies. She is a friend to talk to about kids, work and life. We’re a generation apart but have plenty of common ground. Jackie is a shopping companion, an emergency contact, an avid peek-a-boo player and wonderful human. She is a greeting card and wrapping paper connoisseur and a fantastic cook. Did I mention that she officiated our wedding? We are so lucky to have her as our neighbor, our friend and our Aunt Jackie.
Every year, Craig and I give her a gift card to one of a few local restaurants she frequents with her husband (who is like an uncle to our kids.) But this year I wanted to do something a little extra and take the time to tell her how special she is to our family with a beautiful card and the gift of an experience.
It all started with this sprinkle covered card from Hallmark. Sometimes a card is an add on to a gift and sometimes it’s the inspiration for one! In this case the message inside the card which read “Hope your Christmas is sprinkled with fun!” moved me to create my gift.
Immediately I knew I was going to make a holiday baking kit for Jackie to enjoy with her grandson. While shopping one of my favorite stores I spotted this gold wire cooling rack and thought it would be fun to add a bunch of baking accessories to it. I went with mint green and red to match the card and who doesn’t love a little twist on a color palette?
I started with nesting snowflake cookie cutters. It helps to have some smaller cookies when a tiny human asks for one more. Second time mom knowledge! Next came a sweet vintage kitchen timer. I realized it was magnetic and stuck right to the cooling rack so it was meant to be! Next came a pair of silicone spoons for mixing. It never hurts to have an extra spoon. I love silicone spoons and have a ton of them in my own kitchen.
I found these sweet mason jar measuring spoons in red and felt they were perfect. They’re somewhat delicate but don’t you remember grandma having delicate things you had to learn to be careful with? Surely there is a lesson in learning to handle delicate things.
Some peppermint sprinkles completed my gift and tied in the message from the greeting card. I simply tied everything on to the cooling rack with some red and white baker’s twine and that was it! A great holiday baking gift and the perfect card. I can’t wait to see it put to use.
Cards are the finishing touch to any important gift and often times the memorable part that’s left behind for years to come. A decade of holidays have come and gone in our home and I have the stack of cards to prove it. Each one filled with different messages and meanings. All of them unique and irreplaceable.
Think you want to make my sprinkle some fun holiday baking gift? Pin the image below and it will be waiting for you when you’re ready!
Hallmark Signature cards are available in the card aisle wherever Hallmark cards are sold.