With only a few days to go before Christmas, it’s easy to allow a sense of panic to set in. Could you use a rescue? Perhaps a few ideas for doable, desirable gifts? Maybe a stocking stuffer or two? And wouldn’t it be great if you can do all of this without leaving the house? I have a couple of ideas.
Digital Gift Cards
It’s true that Gift Cards come as physical, plastic cards. You can pick them up at supermarkets, stores like Target and Walmart and so forth. And that’s great if you have time. But there is another way to purchase a gift card.
Digital eGift Cards arrive via email, and come with a code the recipient uses online. It’s slick, it’s easy and young people especially love and adore digital eGift Cards.
Members and non-members alike can find hundreds of heavily discounted eGift Cards at Costco.com. If you are a Costco member, it’s easy to set up your online account.
If you are NOT a member, you can participate. Only a few of the eGift Cards at Costco.com are for “members only.” It’s easy to see which are and which ones are available to anyone.
If you are not a Costco member, you will be prompted to join Costco* in the purchase/checkout process. However, that is only an invitation. Just keep clicking thru and at the end you will be charged an additional 5% as a non-member. It’s still a good deal, once you see those $100 restaurant eGift Cards for $74 (reg. $79 but with $5 off thru 12-25), which is just one example.
Looking for a specific store, restaurant, or retailer? Take a look at Raise.com. Instead of paying full price for that store’s gift card, Raise sells and also resells gift cards at a discounted rate—gift cards others have received but want to sell to get the cash instead. And right now, new Raise.com members get an additional 15% discount on purchases.
At Raise.com You can find gift cards for just about any store, available to use almost immediately, as eGift Cards. (I was suspicious at first, but I’ve confirmed that this is legitimate, legal, and completely above board.) You can rest easy because Raise offers this one-year guarantee on all purchases made on its website. Guaranteed online deals.
Last-Minute Delicious Gift
Want the perfect gift for anyone and everyone on your list? I have it. But first, let me tell you where I found it.
I was watching the Kid’s Holiday Baing Championship on the Food Channel. One of these extremely bright children (yes, kid bakers!) whipped up something this child called Bulldog Brittle.
The judges Duff and Valerie, went nuts over this snacky kind of decadent treat. I trust them because both are very experienced bakers, and they don’t typically pull any punches in their judging!
Having only a name for whatever this is, I did a little research, and for sure, yes. Bulldog Brittle is a thing, and apparently much loved by many.
It’s impossible to know where this originated, but supposedly, created by someone in Georgia and named for the state’s beloved Georgia Bulldogs sports team.
This delicious treat is quick, easy, and fun to make and I am certain, a big hit with everyone. Perfect for gift-giving. You can do this now. Today! The ingredients are common and you may have them already.
- Graham crackers
- Margarine (yes you must, no exceptions)
- Pecans or peanuts
(The full printable recipe follows.)
For last-minute gifts you will deliver, put under the tree, or stuff in a stocking you need a tag or some way to present it, right?
Sleeves for gift cards
You can slip a regular physical gift card or fold up a printed eGift Card to fit into one of these very cute “sleeves.”n
I have a few links for you, but you can search for hundreds more online. When you discover the one you want, print it out. Then follow the instructions to cut, fold, and paste/tape it together! Look how clever you are!
- 7 oz honey graham crackers (half of one 14-oz package)
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup margarine no substitute here, please!
- 1/2 cup white granulated sugar can substitute light or dark brown sugar
- 1 cup pecans, chopped or peanuts
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Line a rimmed 10.5 x 15.5 cookie sheet with aluminum foil (10.5 x 15.5 or larger)
- Break the graham crackers into squares.
- Cover the foil with whole graham crackers.
- Chop 1 cup pecans and sprinkle evenly over crackers.
- Melt 1 stick butter and 1 stick margarine (only this combination will do!) into a sauce pan set over medium heat.
- Add 1/2 cup sugar, stirring constantly.
- Once it boils, continue boiling for exactly 2 minutes. Time it!
- Pour or spoon over crackers and pecans.
- Bake at 350 F for approximately 12 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- Break into pieces.
- One 14.5 oz. of honey graham crackers will make this recipe twice.
- You can also try this with chocolate graham crackers.
*Use this link to join Costco, and you’ll get a $10 or $20 Costco Cash Card, depending on your level of membership.
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