DIY #2: Holiday Gifts in a Jar

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I can finally say: I have ALL my holiday shopping DONE! This is a huge deal. I’m usually the one scrambling around trying to figure out what to get everyone, while everyone else seems to have me pegged pretty well. Apparently the exact opposite is happening this year. I have gifts for everyone, and my sister and REB are having a hard time figuring out what to get me.

I made a list for them, but it was seriously things I wanted for the house, that I would prefer to buy myself.  I realize how lame that is, but what I honestly want are two things that are way out of any normal person’s price range and I would prefer to get them myself: upgrade my DSLR and buy a new Macbook Pro. There’s no way I expect anyone to get me these items. They’re on my list to do before I’m 30 ;)

However, for those of you who follow me on Instagram have probably seen the posts about what I’m doing for REB: the 12 days of Christmas! This is the first year in the 7 years we’ve been together that I finally can surprise him and not just get something he knows he wants or is getting. Usually when we play the “what do you want for Christmas” game, we say what we want, then we go out together and buy it for each other. It’s pretty lame. The element of surprise isn’t there, but it’s worked! But this year, I got him! I do plan to do a post about all 12 days when all is said and done!

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So, the point of his post? If you’re like me, and want to include a homemade, personal gift in addition to a materialistic gift, then why not a gift of yummies in a jar? I don’t know about all of you, but I love hot chocolate, especially in the winter. I’m also on an incredible peppermint/candy cane kick, so I had to throw those in there too.

Bottom line: it’s quick, easy and face it, it looks cute.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa
 
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All the ingredients needed for peppermint hot cocoa in the convenience of a jar. Perfect DIY gift for this holiday season. Recipe adapted from Tisano cacao, tea & chocolate.
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Recipe type: DIY, Jar, drinks
Cuisine: drinks
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Instant dry milk powder
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (or regular size)
  • ¼ cup white chocolate chips (optional)
  • ¼ crushed candy cane pieces
Instructions
  1. Layer all items in a jar, starting with the dry milk, ending with candy canes.
  2. To prepare:
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Measure ⅓ cup into a cup. Stir in 1 cup boiling water, and enjoy!
  4. Put remaining mix back in jar, seal tight and save for next time!
  5. Recipe adapted from Tisano cacao, tea & chocolate

8 thoughts on “DIY #2: Holiday Gifts in a Jar

    1. Aparna B. Post author

      I hate being stressed! :( But when it’s done, it’s like the biggest accomplishment hehe. Are you thinking of doing the 12 Days of Christmas for your hubby next year? It’s been so fun! REB has been loving all his gifts so far :)

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  1. Emily

    This is awesome! I am OBSESSED with mason jar/gifts (i have about 30 mason jars in my closet right now left over from my bff’s wedding) and I have been wondering what I should put in them for my coworkers. Your cocoa is a fab idea :)

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  2. Shar

    That’s really cute! How did you attach the recipe on how to make the hot chocolate (box-recipe-challenged folks like me need that sort of thing…. Make up a recipe? No-problemo! Baking? Yeah… I need a chemistry set of instructions :-X :) I think it’d be cute if it fit in the round circle of the lid… but when I get gifts like this, they’re usually tied to the bow! I love these gifts, especially because the jars are still useful after you’re done w/ the chocolate!

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    1. Aparna B. Post author

      Yeah! I usually tie a little tag with instructions right to the jar. I had a few for the photos but they looked terrible, so I took some pics without haha. I can’t write legibly sometimes :P

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