It’s not the big gifts that get me frantic each holiday season. It’s all the little ones.
You know what I mean: The Secret Santa exchanges, the gifts for crossing guards and teacher’s assistants, the little something for the postman and UPS guy, the neighbor gifts and oh yeah, I need to pick up a treat for my hairdresser!
There are literally hundreds of people in my life that I would sincerely like to give a “little something” to, but there are only so many Starbucks cards I can afford, and so much time I have to craft and bake.
A few years ago when my kids switched to schools that involved switching classes throughout the day, we went from one or two teachers and aides to ten to fifteen teachers and aides (times four kids!) and I started baking gifts in bulk. I developed a few go-to gifts that never fail to please, including this one: Rocky Road Pumpkin Bread!
I try to keep it simple for these gifts. The holidays are already full of pressure and stress. I don’t expect most of my creations to go viral on Pinterest. They may not be magazine quality or worthy of a photo shoot. But they do taste delicious, and look pretty cute. They are clearly gifts from the heart.
I always insist on involving the kids in the holiday gift baking production when the gifts are for the people in their lives, so they can feel the pride of accomplishment and joy of gifting.
One of our favorite gift go-tos are mini loaves of “Rocky Road Pumpkin Bread”. This treat is a Casa De Chaos house special that my kids love to eat as much as they love to gift. Extra loaves never last. We start out with boxed Pumpkin Bread mix which saves us a little time and guesswork.
Rocky Road Pumpkin Bread Recipe (makes 10 mini loaves)
- 2 Boxes of Pumpkin Bread Mix – or enough for two 8 inch loaf pan loaves
- 3/4 c chocolate chips
- 3/4 c chopped toasted almonds or your favorite nut
- 3/4 c mini marshmallows
Gift Packaging Supplies:
- Mini crocks to bake the loaves in. I purchased them for $1 each at a local craft store — a nice and affordable touch. You could also use disposable paper or aluminum mini loaf pans.
- Cellophane to wrap the gifts
- Ribbon to tie the cellophane
- Manilla tags to decorate
- Colored Pencils, craft punches and markers to decorate the tags.
See how our Rocky Road Pumpkin Bread gifts turned out here: