'Tis the season for all things gingerbread. From dioramas to sweet treats, these gingerbread recipes will have your house smelling like Christmas in no time.
No ugly sweater party is complete without these themed cookies! The gaudier the better, so let the kids' imaginations run wild with endless candy and colour combinations.
Get the recipe: Ugly Sweater Cookies
This impressive gingerbread house is a treat to decorate. Use any leftover dough to make gingerbread people, animals and other decorations for your house.
Get the recipe: Gingerbread Diorama
Use silver dragées (hard edible candy decorations) to add a classy touch to these show-stopping ornaments.
Get the recipe: Elegant Gingerbread Ornaments
These sparkly ginger owls are an adorable take on gingerbread men. We've chosen to decorate with snowy colours, but there's enough icing for you to play around with different shades.
Get the recipe: Snowy Ginger Owls
Soaked in rum and layered with juicy cinnamon apples and vanilla custard, spiced gingerbread steals the spotlight in this holiday favourite.
Get the recipe: Gingerbread Apple Trifle
You will need a 23- x 17-inch (58 x 43 cm) cake board or other sturdy surface for the base. Having a few cottages means three sets of little hands can personalize their own houses, making it a great family project!
Get the recipe: Gingerbread Cottages
The combination of molasses, ginger, cinnamon, cloves and cream cheese icing gives these blondies an unmistakable gingerbread flavour, without being overly rich or sweet.
Get the recipe: Gingerbread Blondies
Designed to resemble crafty felt gingerbread men, the recipe yields half white and half brown cookies. Decorate with candies to resemble buttons, eyes and hearts as desired.
Get the recipe: Buttery Gingerbread Men
These ornaments are not only fun to prepare but also make beautiful gifts and decorations for the holidays.
Get the recipe: Stained Glass Gingerbread Ornaments
Enjoy these spiced confections on their own or take the flavour a step further by topping your latte with them—instant treat!
Get the recipe: Gingerbread Marshmallows
These gingerbread house façades are an easy alternative to the traditional gingerbread house. Decorating sugar adds sparkle to simple snow-covered rooftops, and candies add a fun pop of colour.
Get the recipe: Gingerbread House Cookie Ornaments
Buttery shortbread gets a warm hug from spiced gingerbread dough in this mash-up of two favourite holiday cookies. A nutty brown butter glaze brings the two flavours together.
Get the recipe: Two-Tone Gingerbread and Shortbread Cookies
These small surprises will make the people on your list smile—no matter their personality—and won’t break your budget.
Enamel pins, $8 each, pennypaperco.com.
Snowball maker, $4, ebay.ca.
Terra Delyssa Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil Infused With Garlic, $5, terradelyssa.com.
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick Duos, $17 each, sephora.ca.
Nadège Thé Vert Grand Cru Chocolate, $10, nadege-patisserie.com.
Happy Holidays Squish Mix gummy candies, $8, squishcandies.com.
Philosophy Hands of Hope Ornament, $14, sephora.ca.
Mini lint rollers, $12, meetflint.com.
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Here's how to make your own shower bomb with essential oils for a whole new level of relaxation.
If you enjoy a hot shower or bath to help you relax at the end of a stress-filled day, you'll love these quick DIY shower bombs that allow you to add a soothing essential oil blend to your shower's steam. Essential oils have long been used to aid everything from sleep to energy.
Now Solutions created this recipe to help you get the benefits of essential oils through inhaling the scented steam of your shower—it's like your own home spa treatment. When these scents are diffused through steam, they reach the nerves in the olfactory cavity, which go right to the brain, so you're likely to feel the calming effects right away.
How to make your own shower bomb
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a mini-muffin tin with foil liners. Mix 1 cup of baking soda with 1/3 cup of water to form a thick paste. Pour by tablespoon into the mini-muffin cups. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Top with several drops of essential oils.
For a shower bomb that will help you relax and unwind, Now recommends a blend of one drop of chamomile oil, two drops of lavender oil and two drops of sandalwood blend oil. But you can make your own blend, too. Clove essential oil is also soothing and comforting, as is ylang ylang. Or, if you're looking for a pick-me-up to start your day with, basil essential oil is known to be energizing, and bergamot and lemon are both uplifting scents.
When your shower bomb is ready, place it on your shower floor and enjoy the relaxing vapours.
Want more ways to destress? Check out these eight stress-busting habits.