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Updated on July 19, 2015

Snowman Soup Gifts And Stocking Stuffers

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Every Story Has A Beginning

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.

Inexpensive Gift

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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.

Cup With Soup Mix

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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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      Peg Cole 2 years 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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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      Good idea.

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      Paula 3 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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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

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

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      Susan Haze 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

      terrific ideas. And I loved the little snowman quiz.

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      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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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 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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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      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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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

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

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      formosangirl 3 years ago from Los Angeles

      Great ideas that I will try.

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      Liz Elias 3 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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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

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

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      RTalloni 4 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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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Jo, I love flying with you. :)

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 4 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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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

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

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      Mary Craig 4 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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      Nithya Venkat 4 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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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      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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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

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

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

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

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Eiddwen, Greeting and good wishes this holiday season.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

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

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      torrilynn 4 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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      Jackie Lynnley 4 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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      Eiddwen 4 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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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

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

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      Frank Atanacio 4 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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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

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

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

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

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

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

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      Andrew 4 years ago from Rep Boston MA

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

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

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

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

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

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      Dora Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

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