Every year, I tend to put off brainstorming teacher gift ideas until right before the holiday. However, since the last day of preschool was over a week and a half before Christmas, I knew I needed to step up my game! I honestly did really good at first – I snagged some cute mini holiday candles at Bath & Body Works in November and felt ahead. But then somehow, I found myself scrambling to finish getting the girls’ teacher gifts together last week before school ended – funny how that happens! Luckily, the second part of their gift was a good one – a homemade hot cocoa jar with extra chocolate chips and marshmallows.
I had really good intentions of letting the girls help me make these homemade hot cocoa jars, too (like I did last year with these cute snowman candy jars) but getting the cocoa, milk powder and powdered sugar layered just right ended up being a better job for an adult! They didn’t mind too much, since they just ate copious amounts of marshmallows while I was focusing on making the jars pretty. 😉 Really, though, this project was so simple and works as a last-minute gift idea for a neighbor, party host, stocking stuffer for family, etc. I even created a simple and sweet gift tag with instructions on how to prepare a mug of cocoa – all you have to do is print it out and attach it to your homemade hot cocoa jar with a piece of ribbon!
- 6 tbsp powdered milk
- 6 tbsp powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup mini Marshmallows
- 1/8 cup dark chocolate chips
- To Make The Jars:
- In a 16oz jar, layer powdered milk, cocoa powder and powdered sugar. Top with marshmallows and chocolate chips. Close the lid and tie a ribbon with gift tag & instructions.
- To Prepare Hot Cocoa:
- For 1 cup of hot cocoa, bring 1 1/4 cup of water to a boil. Remove the marshmallows and chocolate chips from the jar.
- Mix the contents of the jar together. Add about 1/2 cup of the mix and the chocolate chips to 1 1/4 cup of boiling water, whisk to combine. Cook for 1 minute and pour into a mug. Top with marshmallows and enjoy!
Do you have any fun and easy gift ideas you keep coming back to this time of year? Share in the comments!