Archive for December, 2011
Congratulations to the A Personal Touch Blog’s “My Favorite Christmas Cookie” Recipe Contest winner, Jackie Stillion!
Jackie submitted a delicious recipe she used for her own Christmas Cookie Exchange with friends for Chocolate Gooey Cookies!
Here is her submission for all of you to enjoy:
- 1 (8-ounce) brick cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 stick butter, at room temperature
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 (18-ounce) box moist chocolate cake mix
- Confectioners’ sugar, for dusting
In a large bowl with an electric mixer, cream the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Beat in the egg. Then beat in the vanilla extract. Beat in the cake mix. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours to firm up so that you can roll the batter into balls. Preheat oven to 350°F. Roll the chilled batter into tablespoon sized balls and then roll them in confectioner’s sugar. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake 12 minutes. The cookies will remain soft and gooey. Cool completely and sprinkle with more confectioners’ sugar, if desired. Makes about 2 dozen cookies!
“I made these cookies for a Cookie Exchange my friends and I did over Christmas. I had to email the recipe to the host and now I am forwarding to you! They turned out YUMMY and were a major hit! Have a great New Year! ~ Jackie Stillion”
Thank you to Jackie and for all the PersonalizationMall.com blog readers for sending in your mouth-watering recipes! We hope you enjoy making these Chocolate Gooey Cookies!
Time is running out to find the perfect Christmas gifts for everyone on your list! Right about now it’s crunch time and things are getting pretty stressful. You have to deal with finding last minute gifts, wrapping, baking or cookiing for the big day, etc. That’s why this is a good time to stop, take a breath and go over your Forget-Me-Not Shopping List and Shopping Planner so you can make sure you have everything organized and you don’t miss anything.
But if you happened to see our Forget-Me-Not-Shopping list and realized you still need a little something for some of those people, don’t panic – we’ve got some great last minute gift ideas for you!
PersonalizationMall.com is a firm believer that last minute gifts don’t have to be impersonal. They can still have that special personal touch that leave a lasting impression on your family and friends! So here are a few ideas to help you still hold on to the title of “Best Gift Giver” without going over budget!
The Happy Holidays© Personalized Photo Gift Tin is the perfect way to add a personal touch to a last minute gift to a group of people on your Christmas Shopping List. You can fill them with your freshly baked holiday cookies, candies, or brownies and give them to your doctors office, Church, or even your local Fire and Police departments! You can personalize them with any color or black & white photo and we’ll custom personalize the lid with any personalization above and below, for an extra-special personal touch that they’ll love just as much as the treats!
And if you’re afraid you’re running out of time before Christmas, you can always personalize your tins with a Happy New Year message and drop them off next week! These popular tins are available in various quantities with prices ranging from $13.95 – $17.95 each, depending on the number of tins ordered.
For the individual people who are still on your list, you can fill bags with homemade treats and decorate them with the Classic Christmas© Personalized Gift Stickers so your gift is extra special and unique. The exclusive design features an elegant red pattern and the words “From the Holiday Kitchen of” in a beautiful font that is followed by any family name or first names that you choose. The self-adhesive labels are sold in a set of 72 for only $14.95! Another way to add a personal touch with your Classic Christmas Gift Stickers is to make your own instant coffee and hot cocoa mix to share with your loved ones! We’d like to share one of the A Personal Touch staff member’s family recipe for a festive drink mix that everyone on your list will enjoy:
- 2 cups instant hot chocolate mix
- 2 cups non-dairy powered creamer
- 1 cup instant coffee
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 1-teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon nutmeg
Combine all ingredients in bowl, mix well. Store in air-tight
container. Mix 3-4 teaspoons with 1 cup HOT water for each serving.
With the nutmeg and cinnamon, who wouldn’t love sipping on a cup of this warm blend and being instantly brought back to your childhood Christmas memories?!
If you’re worried about having the time to bake treats to fill the tin and bags, here are a couple more budget-friendly personalized gift suggestions for those people on the Forget-Me-Not-List that can be hard to buy for:
We suggest something that is fun and something they can actually use, too … like the popular Personally Yours© Personalized Coffee Mug which is usually $12.95, however if you shop now you can personalize one while ithey’re on sale for only $8.70! You can make it fun and colorful by adding any full or single name and then choosing any 2 color combinations from our 12 background and accent colors. They can leave it on their desk at work and since you will have personalized it with their name, they won’t have to be worry about mixing up their mug with any other coworkers again!
If your coworker isn’t a coffee or tea drinker, we suggest you think about personalizing a You Design It© Quote Calendar Mouse Pad for them! The mouse pad is usually $13.95 but is on sale right now for only $9.90! Created exclusively by you, we’ll create the calendar with any starting month in any 2 colors from our 12 color options. Then you can personalize it with their name and any of our 35 quotes or you can write your own and we’ll personalize any name, company or business name, too! They’ll think of you every time they use it – which will be every single day!
The #1 Coach Personalized Whistle is a great gift that any coach would be truly touched to receive! Quality crafted in a shiny non-tarnish finish, we skillfully engrave any name, title team name or year in the handsome block letter style for a winning keepsake on both sides of the whistle for just $24.95!
The coach on your list will know how much he or she and their work mean to the team when they see how you took the time to personalize this special gift just for them!
So there, you see!? It is possible to give last minute gifts that have meaning! Just head on over to PersonalizationMall.com now to get yours before time runs out!
Happy Holidays from everyone at PersonalizationMall.com and A Personal Touch!
It wouldn’t be Christmas without Christmas Cookies! Baking and decorating Christmas cookies with friends and families is one of those fun holiday preparations that help get everyone into the Christmas spirit.
Nowadays more and more people are having Christmas Cookie Exchange parties where everyone brings a set amount of their best batch and everyone can sample, mix and match all the different types of cookies before taking home an assortment of their favorites. Here at PersonalizationMall.com’s gifting blog, A Personal Touch, we love this idea and we also love the idea of making a batch to give out as gifts, too! But we’re looking for a new fresh recipe to try out that is not only tasty, but creative, too!
That’s why we’re launching our newest contest, the “My Favorite Christmas Cookie” Recipe Contest! We want you to share your favorite Christmas cookie recipe for us to try out!
To enter, all you have to do is send an email with the subject line “Christmas Cookie Contest” to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Your full name and email address for where you’d like to be contacted at if you are the winner. (If you have a picture of your finished cookies we’d love to see that too!)
- The name and recipe for your favorite Christmas Cookies
And that’s it! Just make sure you submit your recipe before the contest ends at midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 28th, 2011. The A Personal Touch staff will select the winner who will win their very own set of Classic Christmas© Personalized Gift Stickers, which they can use to add a personal touch to their special batch at the next Christmas Cookie Exchange they attend!
We will announce the winner and contact them by email within a week of the deadline. We can’t wait to read all your yummy recipes!
We love to hear about the family recipes that have been passed down, or recipes that include unique ingredients you wouldn’t expect to use. The more unique and tasty the better!
Good luck to everyone and Happy Holidays!
Here is the entry Michelle submitted to the contest:
“The Personalization Mall gift that would be the best for my sister-in-law, Denise Shorter, would be the Winter Wonderland tree skirt (product # 6313). I have one of my own and it’s already become a favorite part of the holiday decorating for my family. It’s a beautiful and classic design and is high quality and I look forward to using it every year and eventually pass it down to my children. My sister-in-law has 5 children…yes 5! Including 2 year-old twin boys. She works very hard to be a great mother to my niece and nephews. A simple item like this would be loved in her home and it would be an item that would be passed down to my nephews to become part of their holiday decorating and will remind them of the wonderful childhood Christmas memories that my sister-in-law helped create for them when they were young. Personalized items such as this are the type of product that become so treasured in families as it is passed down. The quality of the product as well as the timeless design leave me little doubt that this would become a treasured holiday item for future generations in our family.
We love the idea of starting family traditions and passing down special keepsakes from generation to generation! Michelle has won the Winter Wonderland Personalized Tree Skirt, which you can see in the background of our contest photo, to give to her sister-in-law Denise!
We would like to thank Michelle and all our readers who submitted entries into the contest … we loved each and every entry and were so touched by your kind words for your loved ones! We hope you all have a Happy Holidays!
Whether it’s a cookie exchange, “Ugly Christmas Sweater Party,” or a nice family get-together – holiday parties are underway!
One of the most important rules of party etiquette is to never arrive at a party empty handed. And instead of bringing a boring bottle of wine like everyone else, we thought we’d offer some personalized hostess gift ideas to help you impress your hosts and to show him and/or her that you truly appreciate being welcomed into their home!
PersonalizationMall.com has an enormous selection of beautiful Home and Entertaining Gifts that make wonderful hostess gifts, but we here at PMall’s A Personal Touch blog thought we’d point out a few favorites in different price ranges to help you with your Christmas shopping (and budget)!
If you were lucky enough to have been invited to several Christmas parties this holiday season, the Holiday Cheer© Personalized Wine Tags are the perfect gift for you to personalize! They come in a set of 24 and since they are priced at only $9.95, you’ll be able to afford personalizing a set for each of your hostesses without going broke! Instead of asking guests to remember which wine charm was assigned to them when they first walked in (which can be hard to do after 2 glasses of eggnog), your hostess will be able to hand out the wine tags you personalized which have a space for guests to write their own name!
With the guests’ names written on the tags, they not only prevent people from misplacing their drinks, they also work as a subtle name tag and ice breaker for the guests who may not know each other! Your hostess will be so touched that you went out of your way to personalize a special gift just for them, and because you helped make their job a little easier! If you’re interested in this unique hostess gift, make sure you check out the rest of our Holiday Wine Tags, too!
If you’re looking for a hostess gift that’s in the $20-$30 range, the personalized Santa Apron is another great option!
Your hostess will love the festive Santa apron because she’ll be able to protect her fabulous party wear while still looking cute! We will embroider any name you choose on the apron’s plush white trim for just $29.95! The apron is made of 100% cotton (Machine wash and dry – yay!), and is accented with real buttons and appliqued belt!
She’ll think of you every Christmas when she gets to pull it out to host her annual party, or for when she makes her Christmas cookies!
Some of you may be having a problem just looking for a gift that your hostess doesn’t already have. Well don’t worry … you’re in luck!
One of our most popular and unique gifts is our You Name It© Bamboo Cutting Board which retails for only $31.95! If she’s one of those women who have all the professional and latest kitchen gadgets she’ll love this personalized cutting board! It is a professional-quality board that’s handcrafted of pressed bamboo with a natural hand rubbed olive oil finish. Since bamboo absorbs very little moisture, does not shrink or swell and is actually harder than most hard woods, it makes the best cutting board material!
We artfully laser-engrave the top and bottom of the board with any 2-line personalization you choose for a signature touch! You can write a sweet message like, “Seasoned with love,” or if she has a sassy streak you could choose something fun like, “I always cook with wine; sometimes I even put it in the food!” Either way, the personalized cutting board is sure to be her new favorite kitchen accessory when you add your own special message. And if you aren’t comfortable writing your own message at the bottom, check out all the rest of our Personalized Cutting Boards. We have other cutting boards that can be engraved with just her monogram, with a cute design at the bottom or you can even have one personalized with a vegetable design at the bottom! Kitchen gifts don’t get much more cool and unique as a personalized cutting board!
Personalized gifts like the three we mentioned above are the best gifts to give because the person receiving them is always touched to know you made something just for them … and it doesn’t hurt that they are unique and something they’ll actually use!
So go against the norm this year and instead of giving a bottle of wine like everyone else, personalize a gift from PersonalizationMall.com and really show the hostess of your holiday party how thankful you are to be celebrating this wonderful time of year with them! Personalize any of our gifts and you’ll be sure to get an invitation to next year’s party, too!