Holiday Gift Ideas- Bread, Honey Butter & a Printable Tag

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With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, my brain is on overdrive as I create holiday gift ideas, recipes and printables.  Does time seem to go in warp speed for you once that weekend comes around?   I’m hoping this year I can get everything checked off my list early so that I can spend more time with my family.

Gift Idea for the Holidays - includes bread and honey butter recipe and cute printable from www.thirtyhandmadedays.comI jumped online trying to find some ideas at West Elm Market and I got sucked into the vortex of amazingness.  They have so many great products but a few things stood out to me.  I ended up with some loaf pans, Weck jars and an awesome “Shut your lid and can it” tote to put this gift idea together.  It’d be the perfect gift for a neighbor or friend.

Holiday Gift Ideas: Printable Spread Joy tag with bread and honey butter

By now you know I’m a little pun obsessed, right?  Well I ordered a butter dish and unfortunately it was back ordered.  Sad sad face.  It’ll get to me eventually.  For now I came up with plan B to use the term “Spread joy” – get it? Butter…. spread…… ?
You can download a sheet of “Spread the Joy” printable tagsFor personal use only.  Thank you!

There are tons of recipes out there for quick bread and honey butter.  These are the ones that I tried that my family gave two thumbs up for.  I’m adding them to our holiday family recipes.

Basic Quick Bread
  • -2 cups all-purpose flour
  • -1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup mild or non-flavored oil, like canola
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to moderate 350ºF.
  2. Grease a loaf pan with butter. (or use paper loaf pan)
  3. In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking soda and salt to combine.
  4. Make a well in the center and set aside.
  5. Lightly whisk buttermilk, egg, oil, and extract to combine.
  6. Pour into well and stir until just mixed into a batter.
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  8. Bake for 40-50 minutes.
  9. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes.
  10. Remove from pan and cool completely before slicing.

After I put the bread in the oven, I whipped up some honey butter and filled up my Weck jar.  Have you heard of Weck jars yet? They are a German based company that dominate in Europe.  I kinda feel a trend in using these jars more than our beloved Ball jars.  I love the look and feel of them.

Honey Cinnamon Butter
  • ½ cup butter -- softened
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Mix ingredients in bowl until light and fluffy.
  2. Store in the refrigerator and to harden.

My family especially loved the honey butter.  There’s nothing quite like warm bread smeared with sweet butter.  Mmmmmmm……..

Holiday Gift Ideas: Spread Joy Printable tags with bread and honey butter

Seriously how cute is that tote? The perfect gift on it’s own for the hard-to-shop-for Mom/sister/teacher/friend.  I think it just pulls the whole gift together.
—–>West Elm Market is offering 20% off all tabletop items until November 26th.  You guys!! Go over there and shop.  I want one of everything.  For reals.    And if you sign up on their email list,  you can get a 10% off coupon.

Have you started on your holiday gifts yet?


  1. says

    I do consider all of the ideas you’ve offered to your post.
    They’re very convincing and will certainly work.
    Nonetheless, the posts are very short for beginners. Coukd you please prolong them a bit from
    next time? Thanks foor the post.

  2. Tanya K says

    Love this idea! We want to try gifting these as mini loaves – any idea what kind of adjustments would I need to make to the recipe/baking times to bake these as mini loaves? Thanks in advance!

  3. Brandi says

    This is sounding like the perfect (last minute) gift for me to make for some of my neighbors. Does the bread recipe make just one loaf? And how big of a loaf pan is it?

  4. Kay says

    Such a cute idea and printable! Can you tell me what fonts are used in the printable? These are going to be little gifts for all our school teachers, swim instructors, team parents, etc. Love it!!!

  5. Jacob Henriksson says


    How long would you say that the bread would keep being fresh? I’m thinking of doing this for my girlfriends parents for a christmas gift.

    • says

      First of all- MAJOR props and brownie points for this comment. What a lucky girl to be so thoughtful of her parents! Secondly- if it’s wrapped up in saran wrap or cellophane it should last up to a week. But the fresher the better. ;) Nothing beats warm bread and butter. Thanks for the comment Jacob!

  6. says

    That cinnamon butter looks divine! I think bread is so much better with a good, flavorful butter. Love the things you picked from West Elm!

  7. says

    SO making this!!! What a great idea! We have a secret santa thing at my church and we’re supposed to stay under a certain budget so this will be perfect! Pinning!

  8. says

    This post is awesome! Guess what? I’ve got a West Elm post up today too with a bread recipe and printable neighbor gift tag. I guess great minds think alike. :) Mine’s a different twist though.