Who wouldn’t love receiving a personalized mug with hot chocolate for the holidays?  Last year I went a little off the deep-end and made these gift sets for over 20 teachers at our sons preschool.  Despite the number I made, they were surprisingly easy to make and very well-recieved.

I went to Goodwill and stocked up on white mugs for $1 a piece.  I found a few sets of 6 mugs and then I rounded out the group with a few individual mugs that were high quality.  I washed all the mugs to get them ready for personalization.

Hot Chocolate on a Stick gift

To personalize the mugs, I used a Pebeo porcelaine marker designed for decorating ceramics.  I printed each letter onto full sheet label paper with my laser printer.  I cut out each letter.  I stuck the letter on the mug, then I “traced” each letter with dots using the porcelaine pen.  I removed the letter sticker before the ink dried.  I baked the mugs all together according to the directions on the pen to set the ink.

Personalized Mug

I followed this amazing hot chocolate on a stick recipe from the Giver’s Log.  It worked out perfectly.  AmberLee shows a variety of molds to use for the chocolate.  I decided to keep it simple and use mini muffin tins.  When I released the cooled chocolate from the tin, I set each hot chocolate on a stick into a mini cupcake wrapper.

Hot Chocolate on a Stick gift

I got these clear cellophane bags at Michaels.  I loaded each one up with the personalized mug, two hot chocolates on a stick, a candy cane, and a tiny bag of marshmallows.  For the marshmallows, I used smaller clear cellophane snack bags filled with small marshmallows.  I ran some ribbon through my Xyron sticker machine to create seals for the marshmallow bags.  To seal the larger bag, I designed and printed simple labels on sticker paper.  The labels included directions for making hot chocolate and a spot to put To and From.  I folded the top of the cellophane and then applied the labels over the fold.

P.S. If you don’t want to make the chocolate yourself, AmberLee opened a shop called Ticket Chocolate where you can buy a variety of chocolates on a stick in beautiful packaging :)

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6 Responses to Hot Chocolate on a Stick

  1. sherry says:

    Jackie, I would love to receive a gift like this… I’m sure the recipients will really appreciate it.

  2. Lisa says:

    I’m sure your kids’ teachers love your homemade gifts. I’ve been trying to think of what to give my son’s daycare staff and I’m loving your idea. I’ve saved your post so I can follow your instructions. I’ll let you know how it turns out.

  3. I LOVE the personalized mugs … and I already have white mugs .. oh, oh, this sounds like it may be a diy in my household. Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Helen says:

    Pinned and can’t wait to try for Christmas!! Thank you so much for sharing this ;-)

  5. Helen says:

    Hey! thank you so much for this post. I’ve featured it on my Top 10 list of Handmade Gifts.

    thanks again!!

  6. Fran Raymond says:

    So simple to make, very colorful and inexpensive! Everyone in family will get the mug for the big present reveal!!

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