Easy Ways to Celebrate the Holidays

Get into the yuletide spirit with our Christmas ideas. From decorations to recipes and all the crafting in between we've got you covered this holiday.

Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix and Mug Gift

Give friends and family a comforting homemade hot cocoa mix gift—just add water!

Give the gift of chocolate

Make mix by combining:

  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • 3 cups powdered milk and a
  • Dash of salt

(*This amount will fill two 3½" × 8" bags generously)

To decorate clear cellophane bags (available at paperpresentation.com),

1. Use a snowflake paper punch to cut shapes from white self-adhesive mailing labels.

2. Peel backing from snowflakes and stick them on bags.

3. Place bag inside mug and fill with cocoa mix.

4. Make a bag topper by cutting a rectangle from card stock, the same width as bag and 2" tall.

5. Fold in half horizontally. Fold top of bag down; place topper over fold and secure in center with staple.

6. Using card stock in a contrasting color, cut a rectangle ¾" tall and 1" shorter in width than the bag.

7. Center label on topper and glue in place. Wrap mug in ribbon, and tie a bow.

8. Cut a square out of card stock, and write instructions for making a single serving of cocoa.

9. Tuck inside mug.