I love making homemade gifts during the holidays. Not only is it more personal than something store-bought, but it’s a budget saver as well. One of my favorite quickie gifts to make is hot cocoa mix. With mason jars being all the rage, this gift in a jar is the perfect neighbor or teacher gift for the holidays!
- 4 tbsp cocoa powder
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 8 tbsp powdered milk
- 1/2 cup mini marshmallows
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
- 16 oz pint sized mason jar (I used a wide mouth jar)
- sandwich bag
- scrap fabric
Combine powdered milk, sugar, and cocoa mix in a large bowl until well blended. Pour mix into a mason jar. If necessary, wipe down the inside of the jar to remove any mix residue on the top half of the jar.
Add marshsmallows and chocolate chips to the sandwich bag. Squeeze all excess air out of the bag and twist to form a “ball” of marshmallows.
Carefully place the marshmallow bag on top of the cocoa mixture with the excess plastic at the top so the lid will conceal it. Be sure to add your bag slowly so that you don’t cause the cocoa mix to spill.
Cover the mason jar top with fabric. It’s a fast and easy way to make the packaging look a little more “fancy!” Simply cut a piece of scrap fabric slightly larger than your top.
Place the fabric and top on the jar and use the canning ring to secure it in place. Tie a ribbon around the top to finish it off! Gift with the instructions to add 3 tbsp to 8oz of hot water.
Do you like to make homemade gifts as well? What are your favorite DIY gifts to make or receive?