Links I'm Loving: Christmas gift ideas, recipes and crafts

It’s very nearly Christmas, and I’m really in the Christmas spirit this year (thanks to snow, surprise cupcakes, loads of Christmas orders, and gifts sent in the nick of time, just to name a few holly jolly things!). So of course this week’s links must have a Christmas theme! There are so many great ideas out there that it’s hard to choose, but here are a few of my very favorite posts this week. Most, if not all, are small projects so it’s not too late to tackle a few without inducing a holiday headache! ; )

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For 5,000 extra bonus Elf points (or just to check out a bunch of really adorable pictures) find out how to make Elf on the Shelf sized cookies at Make Bake Celebrate.

Make string cheese snowmen – a healthy and cute kids’ snack for winter – with No Biggie.

Gather up some stovetop simmer spices and make your kitchen smell amazing. Then give away extra batches as thoughtful and inexpensive gifts – via Shaken Together.

Make beyond-cute (but totally do-able) white chocolate peanut butter cup Christmas cookies with Bake at 350.

Whip up some one-minute Santa hat drink stirrers with Sugar & Cloth.

More fun links…

Rudolph pancakes will be a perfect Christmas breakfast – via I Heart Nap Time.

For lunch, maybe a snowman pizza? – via Creative Juice

Make gingerbread gift tags and garlands with Decorator’s Notebook.

Tired of people knockin’ the Elf? Read “Why We Love Our Elf on the Shelf” at BlogHer.

Then, give your Elf bendy arms and legs (to enable all the more realistic hijinks) with A Bird and a Bean.

Make rustic twig snowflakes with Little Things Bring Smiles (tutorial here).

Craft handprint and thumbprint ornaments – a sentimental, last-minute gift.

Make pretty peppermint bark cutouts (think peppermint bark-meets-gingerbread man) with The Café Sucré Farine.

Take a strand of burnt out vintage Christmas lights and make them into fabulous glittery decor with The Moody Fashionista.

Make the most charming DIY gift bags from an inexpensive cable knit sweater with Shopgirl Maria.

Everything pretty & personalized you need for Christmas! At