Holiday Gift Set: Homemade Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows

Homemade Hot Chocolate Gift Set

Homemade hot chocolate was a winter staple in our home growing up. Topped with mini marshmallows and a graham cracker for dunking, a mug of hot chocolate was the perfect way to warm up from a day of sledding or doing chores on the farm. Sadly, it has been awhile since I’ve made a batch of hot chocolate to enjoy, but when I was racking my brain for Christmas gift ideas I decided to dust off the family recipe.

Homemade Hot Chocolate Gift Set

Since the recipe makes a fairly large batch of hot chocolate mix you will have enough to gift as well as keep some for yourself! Paired with homemade marshmallows, you can bundle the hot chocolate up into a mini gift set! If all this isn’t enough, feel free to completely spoil your recipient and add a coffee mug into the mix. This gift is sure to knock the socks off anyone on your holiday list!

Homemade Hot Chocolate Gift Set

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Nestle Instant Chocolate
  • 2 cups non-dairy coffee creamer
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together and store in an air-tight container
  2. To make the hot chocolate, mix ¼ cup mix with 2 cups warm milk. Stir until well combined.
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Anthropologie Inspired: DIY Monogram Tumblers

Anthropologie Inspired DIY Monogram Tumbler

Turn on the Christmas carols and pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate! It’s time to sit down and get cozy for a holiday craft!

Every year I find it difficult to shop for the men on my list. They fall into two extremes:

  • Their wish list is non-existent
  • Everything on their list is way out of my price range

Anthropologie Inspired DIY Monogram Tumbler

Therefore, I’m left racking my brain for a gift they would enjoy, but never think to put on their list. Last year I chose to go down the food route with Chocolate Covered Bourbon Oreos. Because let’s be real, you can never go wrong with food! But this year I was in the DIY mood and wanted to switch things up a bit.

Anthropologie Inspired DIY Monogram Tumbler

Therefore, I bring you these Anthropologie inspired monogram tumblers! They were surprisingly simple to make and only cost a fraction of the retail price! They would be perfect as a stand-alone present, but if you want to go all out you could package them up as a mini cocktail gift set.

Here’s how you can make them at home:

Anthropologie Inspired Monogram Tumblers

You will need:

  • Glass tumblers
  • Gold Ultra Gloss Air Dry Enamel paint
  • Sponge brush
  • Alphabet stencils

Directions:

  • Wash your glasses with warm, soapy water and let dry
  • Tape your stencil in the middle of the glass and use a sponge brush to apply a thin layer of paint
  • Once dry, apply a second coat of paint
  • After an hour, gently peel away the stencil
  • Set aside to cure for 4 days

Care:

  • Tumbler can be hand washed with soap and water

Strawberry S’mores

Strawberry S'mores

Best way to end a summer night? Roasting marshmallows by a fire and making s’mores! This was by far one of my favorite things to do growing up. My whole family loves s’mores and if we were having a fire before my Dad was done milking cows, one of us would run a s’more down to the barn for him to enjoy.

Strawberry S'mores

Now that Ian and I live in an apartment, our s’more days are limited to when we visit my family. To make these evenings even more special, I tried my hand at making my own marshmallows. I experimented with a few flavor infusions and settled on these strawberry swirl marshmallows!

Strawberry S'mores

Once they are lightly toasted and sandwiched between a piece of chocolate and two graham crackers you can dive into a delicious s’more that tastes like a chocolate covered strawberry. Pure perfection! Just be warned, they can be a bit messy!

To make your own strawberry swirl marshmallows at home, follow this recipe. Once you have the marshmallow batter poured out into your container, dollop a few spoonfuls of strawberry jelly on top and drag a wooden kabob skewer through the batter to create a swirl effect.