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Christmas Holiday Mugs
Mugs make Great Holiday Gifts
I find that Christmas mugs fit many of your small gift needs for the holidays.
They can be filled with small gifts such as candy, small trinkets, or a special drink mix or they can be added to a basket of Christmas treats.
I have used mugs to present gifts to the staff at my Mother's nursing home. One year I filled them with a hot chocolate mix and the next I made cake in a mug.
In this lens I have picked a selection of Christmas mugs that I thought would make good gifts. I have also included my instructions for cake in a mug.
May you have a Merry Christmas!
photo by Mary Beth Granger
Mugs for Gifts
many different presentations
When you think of giving someone a Christmas mug, look for an interesting way to present the gift. The mug is perfect for holding a variety of items that is limited only by your imagination.
Some of the more common uses for mugs are using them to hold candies, chocolates or perhaps a hot chocolate mix.
Mugs make a great container for almost any small gift. For women you might add small sized hand lotions, sewing notions, or perhaps a special Christmas pin. For men look at small tools, golf tees, or even a festive pair of socks. For children small figurines, marbles, a small stuffed animal or stickers work great to put in a festive Christmas mug.
Food and drink items are always welcome and many work well to put in a mug. Some that come to mind are trail mixes, nuts, cheeses, small cookies, and crackers.
For a unique mug gift you might want to try a 'cake in a mug'. I have the recipe listed below.
Special Holiday Mugs - great gift containers
A mug is a nice gift by itself, but add something inside and it can become a special gift. Here are some mugs that would also make great gift containers. Just add you items inside, wrap in some clear wrap and tie and a bow!!
Snowmen are great for the winter holidays, and this one just begs to be filled with your favorite beverage.
This fun mug will delight your recipient filled with a gift just for them.
This is an elegant looking tree mug. By a set of 4 and then separate them for 4 special gifts.
This jolly Santa will delight your favorite child filled with a special gift just for them.
This extra big Rudolph mug would be the perfect container for some holiday treats.
Cake in a Mug
a favorite Christmas treat
Are you looking for a unique small Christmas gift ? This gift would be great for a teacher, mailman, nurse, or someone who you would like to remember with a small gift.
First you buy a Christmas mug, then gather the ingredients for cake in a mug and add them to the mug. Wrap the entire mug in cellaphane and tie with a Christmas bow and a tag with instructions for the cake.
1 box cake mix, flavor of your choice
1 small instant pudding mix (not sugar free), flavor of your choice
1/3 cup confectioner's sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons dry flavoring such as:
orange breakfast drink mix
cocoa or vanilla Powder
instant flavored coffee or cappuccino
Combine cake mix ingredients and blend well. Measure 1/2 cup of mix into a sandwich bag. Label this bag "Cake Mix."
Place the glaze mix ingredients into a sandwich bag. Label this bag "glaze mix" and attach it to the other bag with a twist tie.
Place one bag cake mix and one bag glaze mix in each coffee cup and attach the baking instructions.
Attach the following note to the gift:
Spray inside of coffee mug with cooking spray. Empty cake mix into cup. Add 1 egg white, 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon water. Mix well. Microwave on full power 2 minutes.
Empty Glaze Mix into a small bowl and add 1 teaspoon water. Mix well. Pour glaze over baked cake.
Soup Christmas Mug - mugs are great for soup
There is nothing like a warm mug of soup on a cold winters night. Enjoy your soup in this festive holiday mug. For a special gift you might fill it with a homemade soup mixture that you just need to add liquid and heat. A great gift for the shut-in.
Soup out of a mug is always good.
Christmas Hot Chocolate Mug - gift for the chocolate lover
This beautiful winterberry design mug makes a great gift with chocolates and hot chocolate mixes. Great gift for the chocolate lover on your gift list.
Reindeer Christmas Mug - holiday cheer
This cheerful reindeer mug features a reideer handles.
Santa Mug - wonderful hot chocolate
Here is a mug already filled with gourmet hot chocolate. This would make a wonderful thank you gift for those you'd like to remember with a small gift at Christmas!
I have found eBay to be a great place to buy mugs to use as containers. Just watch for the descriptions to make sure they are new.