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Christmas Gift Idea: Filled Holiday Mugs

Updated on December 12, 2010

Are you looking for a low-cost holiday gift option for co-workers, teachers and others that you want to share the spirit with this holiday season? If you don’t want to spend a fortune, but you do want to spread holiday cheer, filled Christmas mugs are a great option.

Fill Christmas Mugs with Tasty Treats for Gift Giving

Simple, seasonal holiday mugs can be converted to special, thoughtful gifts with the addition of a package or two of cocoa, tea, coffee, instant soup, or other seasonally-appropriate beverage or food choice. There are many options for filling holiday mugs with tasty treats that the lucky recipients are certain to enjoy.

A few items you may want to consider include:

  • Gourmet Coffee
  • Hot Chocolate Mix
  • Instant Coffee Granules
  • Instant Soup Mix
  • Mocha Mix
  • Tea Bags
  • Spiced tea mix

Simply place the item (or items) that you choose inside a Christmas mug, place the mug in a clear or decorated gift bag, top off with a bow or a few strands of curing ribbon, and you have a lovely gift to share!

Selecting Christmas Mugs for Holiday Gift Giving

While not all Christmas mugs are inexpensive, there’s no reason to purchase the most expensive mugs to use to create filled mugs for holiday gifts. It’s not hard to find attractive Christmas mugs for very low prices – often for one dollar or less.

Shop for your mugs at store where bargains are the norm, such as “Everything’s a Dollar” or “Dollar General” retailers. If you plan to continue giving these types of gifts year after year, take advantage of after Christmas sales and pick up a stockpile of mugs for future use for half price – or even less.

When shopping for Christmas mugs that will be used to create filled mugs for holiday gift giving, keep in mind that mixing and matching is fine. Each recipient will receive a single mug, so you don’t have to purchase matched sets of mugs. The odds and ends – that are often marked down to very low prices – are perfect for your purposes.

It’s also important to keep in mind what types of fillings you’re likely to use to create the gift. For example, if you’re including instant cocoa or coffee granules that can be prepared in the microwave, be certain that you select mugs that are not rimmed with metallic paint. Such features render mugs unsafe for use in microwave ovens.

It’s also advisable to select mugs that are safe to be cleaned in an automatic dishwasher. While hand painted mugs can be quite pretty, they aren’t a good choice if they require high maintenance care.


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    Fiddleman 7 years ago

    Great idea and I do love my special mugs for hot coffee, mulled cider and cocoa. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas.