The Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers

I can’t believe it, but today we’re wrapping up The Gift Guide for this year, and we’re talking about stocking stuffers! Currently these retailers all still have shipping options available to get you your goodies in time for Christmas. That said, most of these are also available locally if you want to snag them in person. Stocking stuffers are my favorite gifts to give and receive. They’re just those awesome little extra gifts that are so fun to open. Stockings are the perfect place to stash the gifts that are bit more quirky, unique or humorous. They’re also perfect for hiding away tiny little luxuries that you know your family will love. There are picks here for the ladies, the gents, kids and teens. Of course, don’t forget the orange in the toe! In our house we honor that classic Christmas tradition and the kiddos know to expect it each year. So, spill the beans. What are your favorite stocking stuffers to give or receive?

The Gift Guide: Stocking Stuffers from @cydconverse


p.s. If you missed them, be sure to check out my picks for hostess gifts, fabulous gifts for inlaws, awesome gifts for guys, pretty gifts for girls, fun gifts for boys and lovely gifts for her!

[Stocking Stuffers | 1: Henri Bendel earbuds | 2: Kate Spade iPhone case | 3: Too Faced Melted lipstick | 4: Naked 2 Basics palette | 5: Kiehl’s Men’s Starter Kit | 6: Coal gum | 7: Sriracha 2Go | 8: Steakhouse rub | 9: Sephora mini eye brush capsule | 10: Star earrings | 11: Mobile charger | 12: Eos lip balm | 13: Geometric Band-Aids | 14: Yeti socks | 15: Bamboozler puzzle | 16: Elastic hair bands | 17: Mixology dice | 18: Burt’s Bees lip balm | 19: Travel tumbler | 20: Tattly floral temporary tattoo set.]

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Recently Pinning: Christmas Cheer

Just opening the Pinterest app on my phone these days is about all it takes to make me smile. My feed is just full up of beautiful holiday imagery from decor to wrapping ideas to recipes and cookies galore. I’m in heaven! Naturally I’ve been pinning up a storm over the last month or so and my Christmas board is filling up by the day. Or by the hour. Don’t judge me. Today I’m sharing just a glimpse of the things I’ve been pinning and loving recently. I’m loving a classic country, European Christmas vibe this year for sure. If you’re going coocoo for all things holidays at the moment, too, you can follow me over there, because this train shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.

Recently Pinning: Christmas Cheer by @cydconverse


[Row 1: Emma Dime | Ernie Enkelaar | Row 2: Joanne Pio for Freutcake | Pop and Soda | Row 3: Tu Eres el Chef | Sincerely, Liz from The Glitter Guide.]


10 Best Holiday Peppermint Recipes

10 Best Peppermint Treats from @cydconverse Tis the season to indulge in all things peppermint! Or so it seems anyway. And I’m certainly not complaining. I love just about all the peppermint things, which is why today I’m bringing you 10 of the best peppermint recipes. Peppermint cookies, peppermint cocktails and even peppermint donuts! We’re talking Christmas approved peppermint treats that your friends and family will love. Tuck them into pretty little jars to give your friends at the office or put out a spread at your holiday gatherings. Either way, I promise these are guaranteed to be a hit.

Ready to start drooling? Click through for 10 totally festive and delicious peppermint recipes!


The Ultimate Christmas Cookie Gift Basket

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Christmas Chocolate Truffle Cookies by @cydconverse

Friends, today is a good day, because we’re talking about three of my favorite things: baking, chocolate and Christmas gifts. Hooray! One of my favorite gifts to give during the holiday season is a great gift basket. Today we’re making the ultimate Christmas cookie gift basket! Loaded with yummy treats, a few pretty little baking accessories, baking mix, and a favorite cookie recipe, it makes a perfect hostess gift or an amazing present for a co-worker or neighbor. So let’s do this, shall we?


  • A small basket
  • Lindt LINDOR Milk truffles
  • Assorted mason jars
  • Christmas Chocolate Truffle Cookies with Lindt LINDOR truffles (recipe below)
  • Kraft paper and a fine point marker
  • Wooden mixing spoon
  • A recipe card with cookie recipe
  • Wooden measuring spoons
  • Small candles, paper straws, an ornament, or other small trinkets

Christmas Chocolate Truffle Cookies by @cydconverse

Begin by picking out a pretty little gift basket. I love finding them at Michael’s this time of year where they’re often 40% off. Next, pen the recipe for my Christmas chocolate truffle cookies on a pretty recipe card and tuck it into the basket. Bake a batch of Christmas chocolate truffle cookies. Made with Lindt LINDOR truffles they are irresistibly yummy! That smooth, melting chocolate center just takes these cookies over the top. Once cool, place several in a mason jar for including in the basket. In a separate mason jar, measure out the dry ingredients from the recipe. Then label each jar by cutting a piece of kraft paper to fit the lid and labeling each with a marker. Tuck the mason jars and a bag of Lindt LINDOR Milk truffles into the basket.

The Ultimate Christmas Cookie Gift Basket by @cydconverse

Next, add a couple of pretty baking accessories like a wooden spoon and a set of wooden measuring spoons. (These are from Pier 1 Imports and they make such a nice gift!) Finally, add a couple of fun sparkly trinkets like a couple of pretty votive holders, a Christmas ornament, or a bundle of striped straws. I love adding a little something unexpected just to make the gift’s recipient smile.

Christmas Chocolate Truffle Cookies by @cydconverse

And it’s that simple, friends! A pretty and super-thoughtful gift basket that’s perfect for just about anyone on your list this Christmas season. Bonus! It’s loaded with yummy treats and features an easy cookie recipe that’s insanely delicious. The cookie recipe is actually adapted from one of my mom’s recipes that has been a favorite of mine since childhood, so it’s entirely tried and true. Adding the Lindt LINDOR truffles on top only makes them that much more delicious!
Enjoy and happy gifting!

Christmas Chocolate Truffle Cookies by @cydconverse


Makes 30 cookies

  • 15 Lindt LINDOR Milk truffles
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup white sugar, reserved for rolling

Christmas Chocolate Truffle Cookies by @cydconverse

Preheat oven to 375°. Then, in a mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt.

In a separate large mixing bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer), cream together the white and brown sugars, peanut butter, egg, vanilla, milk, and shortening. Add the dry ingredients to the creamed sugar mixture and mix until well combined. Form the dough into small balls by rolling it in your palm. Then roll in white sugar to coat evenly. Bake for 10 to12 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown. Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool.

While the cookies are baking, unwrap the Lindt LINDOR truffles. Then cut each one in half to form two small domes of chocolate. Once the cookies are baked and still just barely warm, place a truffle half on top of each cookie. Make sure your cookies aren’t too warm when you place the truffle on top or they’ll melt completely, which results in some pretty messy cookies. (Although they’re still super delicious!)

Christmas Chocolate Truffle Cookies by @cydconverse

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[Photos, recipes + styling by Cyd Converse.]

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The Gift Guide: Gifts for Her

Is anyone else completely freaked out by the fact that we’re now officially under two weeks until Christmas? I still have a ton of shopping to do compared to this time last year, and I don’t even have the house fully decorated yet. Craziness! But that’s ok, because I’ve got another installment of the gift guide for you here today so we can all try to get back on track with our shopping. Today we’re talking gifts for her! For your best friend, your sister, your mom. Or, heck, add these picks to your own wish list! I did a little something different with this year’s guide for the ladies, focusing on a few different genres of gifts, moving from the ladies who love to cook at the top, to gifts with more of a boho vibe to gifts for the totally glam lady in your life. Either way, there are lots of pretty things here!

The Gift Guide: Gifts for Her from @cydconverse


p.s. If you missed them, be sure to check out my picks for hostess gifts, fabulous gifts for inlaws, awesome gifts for guys, pretty gifts for girls and fun gifts for boys.

[Gifts for Her | 1: Apron | 2: Mixing bowl set | 3: Silicone utensils | 4: Vanilla bean flake salt | 5: Pepper cutting board | 6: Gold bracelet | 7: Splatter tote | 8: Makeup brush set | 9: Too Faced eyeshadow palette | 10: Chanel Chance Eau Tendre | 11: Lipstick stain mug | 12: Bliss sweater | 13: YSL Lip Gloss | 14: Sugar tinted lip treatment | 15: Pouch wallet | 16: Charcoal candle | 17: Brass key ring | 18: Rose geranium citrus bath salts | 19: Porcelain measuring spoons.]

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