This post is sponsored by The Quaker Oats Company, all opinions are 100% my own.
The holidays are supposed to be a time of togetherness with your family, but for me, it’s also a time of the never ending to-do list. I am changing that this year by including my children in much more than ever before. Instead of worrying about making picture perfect holiday cookies and gorgeously wrapped gifts, we are making things together from the heart. The best part is all the time together we get while creating these gifts. One of the other challenges we have around the holidays is how quickly the cost of so many gifts add up. This gift idea is frugal, fun and you can do it with your kids, even really really little ones!
To make our gift box, we used our Quaker oatmeal canister, paper, and markers. You don’t even have to be crafty to do this. Did you know that this round canister design is 100 years old? That’s right – this round design was an innovation at the time and it is turning 100! Throughout its 138-year history, Quaker has enjoyed many additional firsts. In 1891, Quaker introduced the first recipe ever on a package – Oatmeal Bread – and in 1908, introduced the first cookie recipe on a package – Oat Cakes. Today’s Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies recipe is one of the recipes we are using, although we swapped out the raisins for peanut butter chips!
My daughter loves cooking or baking with me and while there is so much to learn like measurement and conservation while cooking, there is even more important things to learn about each other. Time in the kitchen is really time for us. The fact that we were making these cookies as a gift for someone special was another lesson in giving which is something that isn’t just taught around the holidays, that’s an everyday lesson.
I think this was the first time I let her really use the controls on the mixer, she did great!
While we waited for the cookies to bake, we grabbed the plain paper and markers. She experimented with holding various markers at once. I loved the result.
I used double stick tape to attach the two drawings, and washi tape on the lid to make it pretty!
I added the ribbon and cookies, now it’s ready to give it to someone special. Time together doesn’t have to mean you have to pause your to-do list, you might just have to chill out and not worry about having picture perfect wrapping, but real family memories are well worth that trade.