Need a Last Minute Gift Idea? Here's the Fastest & Easiest Ever!

Mommy's little helper: ready-made cookie dough, oh yeah.

Apparently I’m not the only mom who  has had a little help in the kitchen this holiday season. You might know him as the Pillsbury Dough Boy. A very similar confession was posted at Mommyish this week, Santa’s Little Helper: The Easiest Last-Minute Gift Ever. I couldn’t agree more.

Now some years I do have the time, energy, and budget to bake from scratch and decorate with perfection. I would take trays of cookies to the teacher’s lounge at school and exchange with a group of friends. And of course would always be bearing a huge plate to family at holiday gatherings. But right now I am at the time in my life when my cookies look hideous because they were iced by my three-year-old. And they come from a can. And that’s okay.

So, if you’re scrambling for what to give your neighbors or in-laws this year, open up a can of sugar cookie dough, put ‘em on a pan, toss on some sprinkles, and bake. You could even roll the dough out and use cookie cutters but that is totally not necessary. Deliver them within the hour or two and you’re golden. Atop a decorative plate from a discount store — it’s a great gift in about 30 minutes (gotta let them cool) for under five bucks!

Who doesn’t like cookies? They don’t have to know you didn’t spend all day with flour in your hair. You could actually save your recipient from doing any last-minute baking, and any hostess will always welcome extra cookies to serve to guests. Just don’t let your toddler decorate them.

What’s your last-minute gift trick?

Read Stephanie’s posts at Strollerderby and her personal blog, Adventures in Babywearing.

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