Dec 6, 2014

Popcorn Treat Christmas Gift

Are you on the search for a fun little gift for your neighbors this holiday season?  Well, you are in luck.  I've got a great idea for you.  First though, here's a little back story.

(Miss M affectionately hugging her popcorn, because well - it's just that good)

I live in a pretty cool town.  Fort Collins has this great part on the northern end called Old Town.  It's full of quirky shops, great restaurants, fun music festivals, and all kinds of charm.  We head up there quite often to do photo shoots in the back alleys and sometimes to just roam.  

A few weeks back Fort Collins kicked off the holiday season by having a lighting ceremony.  It's when they turn on all the beautiful holiday lights that outline the trees down the main road and in Old Town square.  It's charming, it really is. Miss M and a friend headed out to enjoy the festivities and when she returned she had a bag of the most amazing kettle corn I have ever had.  I'd like to tell you that we had great restraint and only ate a handful but that would be a lie, a big one.  It was so good. 

Needless to say, we wanted more and now are dedicated fans of a local small business called A-Maize'n Kettle Corn.  So, when it came time to find some thank you gifts for some friends who helped us move last week, it was a no-brainer.  Kettle Corn!  Of course, Kettle Corn!  

We bought bags of popcorn as thank you gifts however with Christmas coming up, I thought this would make a great idea for neighbor gifts too so I'm passing along the idea.

Now, I know the majority of my readers don't live in Colorado and you can't come buy fresh kettle corn in Old Town, however, the idea could still be used.  Maybe you could make your own or find a popcorn place in your own town or if you want the good stuff, you could ask them to ship some to you.  (Miss M sent some to a friend serving a church mission in California and it shipped great and stayed fresh)

So, here's what did, are you ready?  It was super easy.

1 - I bought the popcorn (love buying from and supporting a local family business)

2 - I made some tags with a clever little saying

3 - I attached the tags using cute ribbon in holiday colors

and then...

 4 - I delivered the goodness to my friends

Super quick, super easy. It saved me a ton of time as I didn't have to bake anything myself.  

If you are thinking this idea might work for you, here are some popcorn themed sayings that you could put on a little gift tag.  Think friends, neighbors, co-workers, the mailman, me - who wouldn't love getting some?

- This might be the CORNY-est way to say it, but Merry Christmas!
- When we think about special friends you POP right into our minds
- Just POPPIN' by to wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year
- To my most POP-ular friend, Merry Christmas
- Merry Christmas & Happy New Year, from your CORNY friends


p.s. - tell me what your favorite gift to give to your neighbors is.  I'd love to know.