Easy To Create Stocking Stuffers And Gifts

Snowman Soup Gifts And Stocking Stuffers

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Frustration was oozing out of my pours.

Everyone was making crafts for the boutique. I have fond memories of making crafts or at least thought I did before this adventure started.

It's summer and the thoughts of Christmas are a long way off. Well maybe not.

The manic crush of creative activity was contagious. The first work day they said, "Bring your sewing machine. We will have projects if you don't have one of your own". I didn't have a project. They said the would have some.

I loaded my sewing machine into my bike trailer and went to the preparation for the annual Christmas boutique. The first project was putting a quilt top together. The last time I made a quilt was during a class, when my 26 year old was about 9 months old. I finished quilting it watching him play soccer, when he was five.

The quilt I put together during this work day came out beautifully, but I no thanks to me, I had to miss a day, my friend backed it and did the machine quilting. She sews like a race car driver. Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!

She machine quilted 3 quilts the day before the boutique. I am nowhere near her league.

Surely there has to be something I can make to contribute to this boutique.

Table Favors Or Stocking Stuffers Your Choice

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These days, the only place my fingers work well is the key board. I should have quit after the first work day, but work days have been fun luncheon affairs. Who can pass up lunch?

There were other projects that didn't excite me, as a matter of fact they frustrated me- The delicious lunches have helped with the frustration, but still I really wanted a craft that was nice and I could make.

More frustration! During this time the cabinet doors were being re-finished to add to my frustration . I kept trying to shut the doors that were not there. Without the doors the disarray of the cabinets drove me crazy. The cookbook section was a crazy mess. Sifting through the cookbooks, trying to make them look pleasant, I found the solution to my crafting dilemma. This recipe for Snowman Soup.fell out of a pile. Here was something I could do, my frustration abated and the fun began.

Cleaning my cabinets really paid off.

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Step One Shopping For Non Food Items

The first step for mass producing these delightful gifts is a shopping trip for gathering the components. All items can be acquired from Walmart.

Here is your shopping list:

  • Loot bag, decorated holiday plastic bag or brown bag.to decorate. This time of year fancy bags for wrapping homemade goodies are everywhere. I found my bags at the Dollar store. (The bag is used whether you are making the gift, party favor or stocking stuffer.)
  • Ribbon or raffia
  • Card stock for printing recipe.
  • Additional craft supplies or stickers for decorating recipe tag
  • Box snack size zip lock bags or sandwich bags


Step Two Shopping For Food Items

  • Cup for gift. If you are making this for a gift you need a cup. The Dollar Store, Ross, the grocery store even had nice red cups that would work. Michael's and Hobby Lobby carry Christmas cups as well as second hand stores especially upscale resale stores.
  • Package of instant Hot Coca mix (Plain)
  • Package Hersey's Hugs (Plain)
  • Package Hersey's Kisses (Plain)
  • Package of Candy canes
  • Package of tiny marshmallows

Step Three Creating Gift Tags

Type recipe then print recipe on card stock. Use computer software to decorate the card and be done with the card or print plain recipe and decorate with stickers, or crayons. Doing this craft with children is great fun. Let them do the decorating help them place stickers or drawer pictures with crayons. For this I used a snow flake hole punch for the hole.

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Recipe Gift Tag

Snowman Soup

Fill cup with hot water

Add hot cocoa mix

Add a hug and a kiss

Stir with the candy cane

Top with snowballs. (Mini marshmellows)

Serve hot

Soup

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Step Four Prepare The Assembly Line

Place all the items on a counter or table. Organize them in the order you want to use them.(There is no right or wrong way). Assemble the snowman soup packages. Tie a ribbon around the bag when all the ingredients are in the bag. Tie ribbon around the neck of the bag and attache the tag and you are done.

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Mugs For The Gift

Mugs don't have to be expensive. You can buy reasonably priced mugs at Walmart, the Dollar Store, Ross or upscale retail stores. Once you have your baggie filled with Hot coca mix, hugs, kisses candy cane and marshmallows stuff the whole thing into the mug. Top it off with pretty ribbon. There you have it, a nice gift requiring little work or cost.

Snowman Quiz

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Snowmen Work All Winter

As long as it is snowing and cold outside Snowman soup makes a wonderful party favor or inexpensive gift all winter. Let your imagination take you away.

The second payoff. While the cabinet doors were off our small group got moved to our house. Then unexpected, out of town, company stayed for dinner. The clean cabinets made me feel comfortable even though the doors were missing. Finding the recipe for Snowman soup gave me a craft that everyone was was fun, including me. Once you have the ingredients and print the recipe on card stock making these cheery packages is simple and takes little time to put together. Don't forget to make yourself some of the recipe and relax.

Merry Christmas to all.

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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

Thank you for sharing these neat ideas. Simple but impressive.


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California Author

Ms Dora. So glad to see you today. Thank you for commenting. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.


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FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

Snowman soup. Love that idea. That's a cute teacher's gift.


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thranax 3 years ago from Rep Boston MA

I love getting Christmas mugs as gifts full of all kinds of hot cocoa.


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peachpurple 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

i love yr snowman sou too. Great ideas. handmade gifts are still the best


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California Author

Flourish, Hadn't thought of it as a teachers gift . Good idea.


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California Author

Hi Peachpurple, Delighted you liked this hub. Thank you for visiting


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

tireless.. what a useful wonderful, tireless hub, I loved everything about it... from the right on tale to the choices.. yeah Voted grand!!!!


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California Author

Frank, Thanks for stopping by. I am still blushing from your very nice comment.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Loved it and thank you so much for sharing.

Voting up and wishing you a great day.

Eddy.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Sounds like my kind of soup, lol. Like 101 ways to decorate it too huh? Fun for everyone. ^


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torrilynn 3 years ago

I think that stocking stuffers are great gift ideas and that they are very simple to stuff. a really good gift for anyone. voted up.


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California Author

Jackie and torrilynn, Thank you for visiting. Hope someone on your gift lists enjoys this soup.


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California Author

Eiddwen, Greeting and good wishes this holiday season.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Great ideas and most helpful indeed. You have beautifully presented hub on his title.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Creative and fun ideas...and I loved your "assembly line." Thank you. :-)


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tirelesstraveler 3 years ago from California Author

DDE- thank you for visiting, it was fun to write.

Genna East- If I don't have an assembly procedure I am lost. Thanks for visiting.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

Wow! The snow man soup is delicious, I can almost taste it. Great, creative hub. Thank you for sharing. A very merry advanced Christmas to you! It is never too early to wish a merry Christmas.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

Who ever would've thought of "snowman soup". Not only a great idea but I have a feeling kids would love this, either as giver or receiver. I bet you've started a new tradition with this lovely hub. Your storytelling abilities shine through too! Hope your cabinet doors are back.

Merry Christmas.

Voted up, useful, and interesting.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California Author

Vellur, Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas can't get enough of saying Merry Christmas:)


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Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

I really enjoyed reading this. Useful and a fun family project. It is important that families have fun activites to do during the holiday season. They make great gifts too. :-)

Shared, tweet and Up she goes..++++


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California Author

Jo, I love flying with you. :)


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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

Snowmen are such fun stuff and now you've got me thinking about those table favors… Thanks for sharing your ideas!


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California Author

RTalloni, you got me thinking too. I need to get them done. LoL


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DzyMsLizzy 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

What a clever idea! Simple often wins the race.

Voted up, useful and interesting; pinned and shared.


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formosangirl 2 years ago from Los Angeles

Great ideas that I will try.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California Author

formosagirl, Thanks for visiting. Super simple and you can change it up anyway you want.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California Author

MsLizzy, Would love to claim it was an original idea: I first saw it about 5 years ago. Changed the instructions. Originally it was a poem.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

One could really tailor this to fit almost any occasion and since I am finally getting caught up on my reading and commenting, it would be a nice gift to take to a New Year's party.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California Author

Glimmer Twin Fan, love the way you think. Indeed this would be a grand New Year's party gift. I think I will do just that.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 2 years ago from Sunny Florida

terrific ideas. And I loved the little snowman quiz.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California Author

Thanks KoffeKlatch Gals, those quizzes are getting more fun to write all the time.


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oceansnsunsets 2 years ago from The Midwest, USA

I think this is a cute idea even so long after the holiday. It might be a great time to gather up some items marked way down, like the Christmas mugs! It is fun when the creativity gets flowing. Sometimes I can't force it, it just has to be there or not.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California Author

Good idea.


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PegCole17 13 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Gifts that are made by hand seem so much more personal than those picked randomly from a store display. I like the personalized messages and creative gift tags you made, too. This idea can be applied to birthdays, showers and other celebrations.

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