Are you ready for tons of gift wrapping inspiration? I’m teaming up with some of my favorite blogger friends to share 13 gift wrapping ideas for the holidays.
Now I am by no means a gift wrapping pro. I love me a giant gift bag as much as the next person, especially when I’m running late to a birthday party. And in our house, Santa usually wraps the boy’s gifts in some kind of dinosaur or character wrapping paper so we can distinguish who’s is who. But when it comes to giving gifts to family members or friends at Christmas time, it’s more special when you give a gift that shows you took the time to wrap.
Here are some tips and ideas to make your gifts look more creative and festive this holiday season!
Kristy is a professional interior designer so is always up to date on the latest trends. Her ideas are classically elegant! This woodland theme is adorable. But I love her color scheme for this year going off the coastal trend. Click to see.
Rosy shows you how to make these whimsical gingerbread gift bags. This is such a cute way to gift some Christmas cookies or holiday treats. Check out Rose’s recipe for her homemade caramels, mmm. Click here.
Cindy shows you how to wrap using things you already have around your home like a tea towel, chicken wire or scrap paper. They all look so cute! And I love how she used a cookie cutter as a gift topper! Click here for all of her ideas.
Every time I think of Missy I think of bright, bold colors as that is what defines her style. And her gift wrapping is no exception! I love how she personalized her gift wrapping to her family member’s personalities, makes it feel that much more special! Click here for her ideas.
Susan used cookie cutters to stamp a decorative detail on some neutral brown paper and it is such a cute idea! Top it with some velvet green ribbon and it’s just elegant! I love the color scheme, it’s very rich looking and would looking pretty under anyone’s tree! Click here.
If you like a little extra sparkle and glam, then click here check out these ideas from Jennifer. She used to wrap gifts at a high end department store, so the girl can teach us a thing or two! And that black ribbon is so chic!
Sherri is a designer who loves a good DIY. She’s showing you some of her favorite ways to add a little festive flair to your packages with ornaments from the Dollar Store, and cute little stockings stuffed with a sweet treat. Click here to see.
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These are the best pistachio thumbprint cookies and will easily become a favorite Christmas cookie! Sweet pistachio topped with a cheesecake filling or raspberry jam are the perfect bite and look festive for your Christmas cookie swaps or platters.
And I’m sharing 15 other delicious Christmas treats for you from some of my most favorite bloggers. Scroll down to see all of their recipes.
If you’re coming from Michele at Vintage Home Designs, welcome! I hope you will stick around here and continue to follow along. Also how delicious do her shortbread cookies look?
The best pistachio thumbprint cookies
One of my favorite things that I used to have every Christmas is my grandmother’s pistachio ambrosia. I loved it so much and it just wasn’t Christmas without it. This recipe combines my favorite flavors of pistachio with my favorite Christmas cookie – my sister’s almond raspberry thumbprints.
I made a yummy cheesecake filling for these cookies but you can also fill with raspberry jam too!
1 cup butter softened (I used unsalted)
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1 package instant pistachio pudding mix
2 cups nuts chopped (I used walnuts/pecans)
For the filling
1/2 cup cream cheese.
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
or raspberry jam (optional)
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1.) Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
2.) In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy.
3.) Beat in the eggs, salt and extracts.
4.) Add in the flour and pistachio pudding mix, beating together until combined.
5.) Roll the batter into individual balls, about 1 inch. Roll some or all of the balls into the chopped nuts and place on a prepared baking sheet.
6.) Using your thumb, make a thumbprint in the center of each cookie.
7.) Bake in the oven for about 10-12 minutes. You want to take them out just before the edges start to get golden.
8.) Using a spoon or your thumb, re-shape the thumbprint if necessary as sometimes it changes shape after baking.
9.) Allow the cookies to cool.
10.) While the cookies are cooling, start to prepare the cheesecake filling. In a mixing bowl, cream together the cream cheese and sugar.
11.) Beat in the vanilla and make sure there are no lumps.
12.) Fill in each cookie with either the cream cheese filling or raspberry jam. I chose to do some of each.
13.) In a microwave safe bowl, melt some chocolate chips, stirring at 30 second intervals.
14.) Once melted, use a fork to drizzle some chocolate over each cookie.
15.) Allow the chocolate to cool before eating.
These also freeze really well so you can make ahead of time! I line some parchment paper in an airtight storage container and freeze until the day of.