Thoughtful Christmas Treasures from Personalization Mall

 
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There is something extra special about giving and receiving gifts that are uniquely yours. I have found this to be especially true for our middle son and daughter whose names are not in the least bit common. Having their name on things is an instant win as far as gift giving goes! I’ve also found this novelty to not just be true for little ones, but pretty much everyone.

Opening a gift that was so obviously created just for you, is as heartwarming as gift giving gets (say that three times fast). Personalization Mall makes gifting one of a kind presents easy and affordable.

On our YouTube channel, I recently shared our new family tradition of gifting those on our list a custom ornament. This was a big “a ha!” moment for me who has long struggled with finding meaningful and budget-friendly presents. With over 800+ ornaments to choose from, Personalization Mall offers style and customization options to easily find the perfect ornament for everyone. I especially like the preview feature on their website so you can clearly see what the ornament will look like before you order. Check out our video and see the selections we chose for the special people on our holiday list this year.

Not only does Personalization Mall offer a wide arrange of ornaments, but they have a hugely impressive variety of home decor, children’s products and seasonal decoration - all available for personalization.

Product Selections

As I mentioned in the video, we were spoiled with lots of holiday goodies from Personalization Mall. We now have touches of unique decor all throughout our home which has created such a sense of cozy festiveness. All the products we received came extremely well packaged, in perfect condition and the quality was honestly, even better than I expected. The items below make beautiful gifts for your home and everyone else’s.

Monogram Sherpa Blanket

Measuring 50x60’ this blanket provides warmth and coziness to share! We have truly enjoyed having this blanket. It’s a beautiful, classic design that looks wonderful displayed in our living room and has quickly become our new go-to for snuggling to watch a movie (the sherpa is as soft as it comes).

Such an easy choice for a family gift!


Santa Bag

These are tucked away for the big morning! We have one for each of the children and we’re so looking forward to their reactions Christmas day when they find their own Santa bag. I was really impressed with the quality of materials - the canvas is a lot thicker than I was expecting and the drawstrings synch without tying. This is a new tradition in the making!

What a great way to package big gifts year after year!


Christmas Wreath Wooden Frame

There are certain decorations that when they come out each year bring an instant smile to your face; I know this will be one of them for our family. I love the classic look of the holly design which perfectly matches our style! The "Cozy By the Fire” saying couldn’t be more true for us as it really is where we’re all happiest. Our names at the bottom are a simple, yet meaningful touch. We have ours displayed on our mantle, but this wall hanging would look beautiful anywhere!

A great gift idea for another family!


Set of Two Santa Kitchen Towel Set

It’s all in the details! This set of two Santa kitchen towels is such a fun and festive touch. The towels themselves are exceptionally soft and plush (confession, I actually have them in our bathrooms!).

The option to personalize the towels make for a great present, especially a hostess gift!


Cozy Cabin Magnetic Garden Sign

Coolest idea ever! I love the versatility of this outdoor garden sign. The magnetic sign can easily be swapped out based on the occasion and season. We’re waiting for this most recently snow to melt a bit before we put our sign in the ground, but it’s too awesome to not display in the meantime. So, I put it in one of our planters (which still looks great in my opinion). The garden stake is extremely sturdy and made of rust-free solid iron. It makes for a welcoming greeting and beautiful addition to the front of any home.


Wood Ornament Stand

The perfect solution for all those exceptionally heavy, special and annual ornaments. The white wash look of the stand creates a timeless piece to showcase all your ornaments each year!

A great add-on gift idea!


Santa Tree Topper

This is just, fun! I love the child-like feel of this Santa topper. It’s such a creative and unique alternative to a star or similar. Having the option to customize the hat with your family name or any other phrase, makes it that much more unique.

I have to especially point out the plushness of this hat. I was expecting a single layer, with basic detailing - but this is the nicest Santa hat I’ve ever seen!

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Easy Holiday Baking Ideas

 
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There is something about homemade sweets that, for me, is an essential ingredient to the makings of a perfect Christmas. Without a variety of baked goods in the house, the holidays just aren’t the holidays. However, while I may possess this nostalgic sense of tradition, I am not a baker. Not even a pretend-your-way-through-it kind of baker. I’m not much of a cook either, but we’ll save that confession for another day!

Despite full admission of my lack of baking skills, I still try. I suppose it’s not so much about the final products being perfect as it is the effort, love and memory-making that goes into whipping up at least a few things. When I have some goodies in pretty Christmas tins, it’s officially Christmas in the Young house.

Over the years of Googling and asking friends/family for “easy Christmas recipes” I have culled a list that works really well. Some recipes I’m able to do in as little as an hour, while others take a bit longer, but make for a great activity with kiddos.

If you’re looking for some ideas for your baking list, I hope you find some inspiration below!

Easy Christmas Baking Recipes

NUTS & BOLTS

I shared this recipe a few years ago and it proved very popular. The ‘Best Nuts & Bolts’ is compliments of a friend who graciously shared this family recipe and if I don’t make anything else for Christmas, this is it. It’s also a great activity for baking with little ones.

Find the recipe here.


 Photo by Kraft

Photo by Kraft

TWO BITE CHEESECAKES

These ‘Two Bite Cheesecakes’ are a crowd-pleaser anytime of year, but I find them especially great for Christmas. I can make a lot of these with minimal time and effort required (my kind of baking) and they’re a huge hit! Also a great recipe to enjoy with kids.

Find the recipe here


 Photo by Show Me the Yummy

Photo by Show Me the Yummy

CHRISTMAS CRACK/SALTINE TOFFEE

Christmas Crack, Christmas Saltine Toffee, Christmas Toffee Bark… call it whatever you want, because all that matters is that this recipe is easy and beyond delicious! I typically make 2-3 batches because the first batch is usually fully consumed by the time I’m done with the second and third. It freezes well, makes for an easy gift and treat to bring to parties. You can also get creative with the final garnish of candy, nuts or sprinkles.

This recipe can be found all over the internet, but I like this one the best because I love a coordinating video tutorial!


 Photo by Julie Blanner

Photo by Julie Blanner

CHRISTMAS CINNAMON BREAD

Simple, yummy and totally gift-able. This recipe requires only staples; so even last minute, it’s easy to pull together. I tend to make 3-4 of these each year and always freeze at least one to have on reserve (because there is always a last minute invite somewhere).

Find the recipe here


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Photo by Spend with Pennies

CHOCOLATE CRACKLE COOKIES

These are a throwback to my own childhood. My Mum made these on the regular and they’ve never lost their appeal. Another easy recipe that lends itself well to baking memories with your children, but also yields an easy cookie to freeze, gift or just indulge in (it is the holidays after all!).

Find the recipe here

While these recipes are awesome, I’m always eager to try new ones. If you have an easy recipe that works well for holiday baking, please share!