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We know that the holidays can be a stressful–and not to mention an expensive–time of the year. But now that it’s down to cruch time, there’s no use in frantically scouring the crowded mall, worrying about finding the perfect gift for someone. We have the perfect solution for you to give a meaningful, tasty gift that you can pull together at the last minute using items you may even have at home!

As we bundle up for the holidays, an all-time favorite beverage that helps us warm up from our head to our toes is a steaming mug of hot chocolate! What better way to show someone you care than by providing a complementary mug with a yummy treat included?

DIY Hot Cocoa Mug


Items Needed

  • Plain mug. (Ceramic is better, but not necessary)
  • Sharpie or paint marker


First, find a plain mug at the nearest store. Whatever style, shape or size you like will work just fine! To ensure the markers doesn’t wear off, we recommend a ceramic mug.

Next, use a Sharpie or paint marker to make a cool design on your mug. Draw mustaches, put cool hashtags or make it festive! The possibilities are endless.

Last, bake them in the oven at ?375 for 45 minutes. To avoid cracking, let them cool down in the oven for about 10–15 minutes, and enjoy your mug!

Now that you’ve got a cute mug to gift (and maybe a second one for yourself), why not make an accessory that’s both cute and delicious? Check out these simple hot chocolate spoon instructions below!

Hot Chocolate Spoons

Items Needed

  • Chocolate chips
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Plastic spoons
  • Plastic wrap
  • A festive ribbon to wrap it up.


First, melt ½ cup of the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute. Stir the chocolate and continue to reheat in 20 second intervals while stirring in between, until the chocolate is completely melted.

Next, dip each of your spoons into the chocolate, flipping them on each side to get them completed covered. Another perk of making this gift is that you can make a large batch all at once, so you will have multiple gifts to pass out.


Set your chocolate covered spoons on a plate, and press as many marshmallows into the chocolate as you like. Place the plate with the spoons into the fridge for 15–20 minutes until the the chocolate can harden.


Once the chocolate has set, wrap each spoon in plastic wrap and tie them off with a bow using your ribbon.

Now you are ready to give a yummy gift to all of your loved ones. And of course, once you’ve finished, don’t forget to share your final product with us on Facebook or Instagram! Happy holidays, Panthers!

  • What are you sending your loved ones this Holiday season? Share with us in the comments below!


  • I made an anime Christmas card for my best friend’s mom. I think it was my favorite gift to send to them. It took me a while to make it look as good as it did. It was a girl wearing Santa’s clothes and receiving a puppy as a gift for Christmas. It was also a pop up card, so I am excited to see what she thinks about it.

    I got the idea from Mark Crilley’s “How To Make A Christmas Pop Up Chibi”, but mine is a little different because I chose a different hairstyle for the girl. 🙂

    Here is the link:

  • Tarianna Ruiz says:

    i love these ideas

  • Karissa Kniss says:

    I love these ideas!! They are great ideas to use in general.

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