Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sweet Treat Gift Idea



I love to give a little gift to neighbors, mail carriers and favorite teachers at Christmas.
Something thoughtful and sweet but not too expensive.


The usual homemade cookies are always a fun idea 
but this year, I was thinking something a little different.


 While shopping the Dollar Tree the other day picking up pretty white candles
I bumped into a couple things that inspired this years sweet treat gift.


A fun glass container filled with 
a favorite cocoa mix and peppermint sticks.


Here's what you need:

 $1.00 glass lidded jar (Dollar Tree)
.69 cent chunky peppermint stick (Dollar Tree)
 Cocoa either in a mix -$2.00 for 2 boxes- grocery store
(or you can mix your own if you would like using cocoa)
pretty Christmas ribbon and a tag

After cleaning the jar
Simply fill it with a favorite dark chocolate cocoa mix
I also placed a candy cane inside for a peppermint stirring stick

These candy canes are huge and chunky and about 8" long. 
Totally love them.
I decided to break them into pieces to give with the mix 
 but you can tie them up with a ribbon and leave them full size too.
(Before I could get a picture of an unbroken one 
a little sneaky candy cane thief made off with it)
;)


Using favorite ribbon or candy cane yarn
simply tie a greeting or gift tag to the jar and it's done/

So simple and easy to put together in about 5 minutes 
and for just $3.69
but such a sweet treat that is perfect for gift giving.


or to just to have on hand to enjoy with a friend while 
chatting and making cranberry garland too.
;)

Hope your weekend is going great!


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37 comments:

  1. Very cute idea, Courtney! I love those chunky candy canes at the dollar store and I think they make a great addition to the hot chocolate mix.

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  2. So beautiful and simple. Thanks for the idea. Where did you find the boxwood wreath? Its gorgeous!

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  3. What eye candy! Your pictures really change my mood from crazy stress to joy and Christmas. Thank you

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  4. Sometimes the simple things really are the best Courtney and I love a handmade Christmas.

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  5. Such a wonderful idea, and as a former teacher, I can tell you this would be such a nice treat after a long day!

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  6. that is totally adorable and who would not like it! It is close to my own idea which I'm going to post about soon too, once I get proper pics taken of homemade muesli in a mason jar....love it! :D

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  7. What a creative and fun idea, Courtney! And, I love the vignette you created with it ... fabulous Christmas chalkboard, too! Happy Thanksgiving, sweet friend!

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  8. What a sweet gift! It is just so darn pretty!!

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  9. Courtney,
    Where did you find the peppermint Lollies? I used to find them at Walmart, but I haven't found them yet this year! We LOVE to use those in hot chocolate....we love hot chocolate parties, too!
    I love your idea....we do that, too!
    Betsy

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    1. The peppermint sticks were at the Dollar Tree for just .69 cents each! :)

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  10. Your vignettes are so heartwarming!

    xo

    Andie

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  11. What a great idea, Courtney and so inexpensive. Your photos are fabulous.

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  12. Thanks for the grat gift idea....sounds super easy and who wouldn't love hot chocolate on a cold winter's night:-)

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  13. Courtney,
    Sweet and THRIFTY gift idea...hope you share it at my party this week. Where did you find the ribbon?

    Blessings,
    Linda

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    1. The ribbon is from our local Ben Franklin ~ love it.

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  14. I love THIS !!!! Being a new blogger myself.. I love inspiration such as yours ..Thank you ..I too love giving the neighbors a little something and this is perfect ...

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  15. Darling idea! I love the dollar tree and have to get those huge pepermint sticks.

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  16. an idea so simple and cute!
    I love the jars decorated, look also my blog
    thanks for the inspiration
    Mari
    http://bricieemicie.blogspot.it/2012/07/good-morning-sunshine.html

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  17. What a lovely idea! It looks fabulous as well!! No problems with getting the peppermint sticks over the pond here!!

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  18. LOVE this...thx for sharing...going to the Dollar Tree for sure!!
    Mariaelena

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  19. Great gift idea for a teacher or a hostess gift too! Thanks for sharing Courtney!
    xx
    Anne

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  20. I was just talking to my sister about something to make for people we sometimes forget about! Thank you so much for the inspiration I needed!
    Toddles- Sarah

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  21. Great idea and a pretty gift, too!
    ♥ Jil

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  22. This is a lovely idea--I love the Dollar Store for inspiration!

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  23. Beautiful thought, Courtney!
    LOVE the chunky peppermint. :-)
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

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  24. Oh, I love this idea! It's so simple but handmade with love! I may have to visit the Dollar Store...
    Angie

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  25. Love this idea, Courtney! How nice to have some on hand for guests to take home with them, too! Looks like I'll be hitting the Dollar Tree soon..... :)

    xoxo laurie

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  26. Courtney, great gift idea. Love the baker's twine, it adds a nice touch. You're a genius!

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  27. This is a darling idea! Fun, too!

    XO,
    Jane

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  28. You're so creative! I love this idea. Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring all year long!

    Holly

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  29. HI I just found your lovely blog I'm now your newest follower. What a great idea just what I need to make for my sons teacher to go with her cake that I'm making her.

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  30. What a great idea. I love fat peppermint sticks!

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  31. Love it, we call it butchers twine here. Fabulous the boxwood wreath. xxx

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  32. What a cute idea, Courtney! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  33. Courtney, What a darling idea! ANd very economical! I'm borrowing this great idea!!! LOVE the little stubby peppermints. YUM!

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  34. The chunky peppermint sticks remind me of my grandfather. He always had tins of them at Christmas.

    I would love to know how you made the box wood wreath. Also the source of the darling peppermint string.

    Your photos are fabulous. You are a great stylist and photographer.

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