Last year for small Christmas gifts I made vanilla extract and sugar. I had to create them well in advance of the holidays and it ended up working out really well. This year I decided to make hot chocolate mix in a jar. It seemed even easier than the vanilla extract, but I underestimated how busy I would get during the holidays and how messy loose powder can get. I bought 16 ounce jars from Specialty Bottle. If I did it again, I would definitely go with the 8 ounce size, mainly due to the amount I gave out – it was a lot of ingredients. I used the recipe from this website, with the cayenne pepper and cinnamon. I loved the taste of it! I should have made a jar for myself!
I created the tags using my Quickutz dies and printer. A little Stickles made them glittery. And you cannot see it in this photo, but I packed each jar with marshmallows for the top. It helped keep the powder down in the jar and made it cuter. I saved some (empty) jars for next year so I can do this again. I do recommend it if you are looking for a nice gift, just keep your quantities low and do it well in advance of the holiday madness!