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Last minute Christmas gift idea

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Last minute Christmas gift idea

If you're like me, you've probably left your Christmas shopping to the last minute and now you're panicking. But don't worry I have found a great gift idea that you can whip up quickly, even on Christmas Eve just before you leave for a party. I hate going to the malls at this time of year, it makes me anxious. So I tend to craft a lot of the gifts I give to friends and family. Plus, I think making gifts gives it a special touch. This year I made my friends DIY Hot Chocolate Mix, which is a delicious recipe from the lovely Canadian Living Test Kitchen. If there's one thing I've learned while working at Canadian Living, it's that the Test Kitchen recipes are guaranteed crowd pleasures.  Here's how I adapted the CL recipe for my gift. Instead of using a mason jar, I found these adorable plastic mugs with striped straws at Winners. I was actually given the mug as a gift and thought they were so cute that I had to hunt down some more for gifts.  I cleaned out the mugs and got all my ingredients together. Since I put the mix in a mug, I knew it would be hard for people to mix the ingredients up before using it. So I had to adapt the CL recipe. You'll notice in the CL recipe that they do three layers, one of cocoa, one of sugar and vanilla and one of chocolate chips. I decided to make thin layers of each ingredient, which would make mixing easier because you could stick a spoon in and get all the ingredients in one scoop. It's easiest if you separate the sugar and cocoa with a layer of chocolate chips so people can actually see all the different layers. I had a bit of extra space at the top of my mug so I put in some marshmallows. Then I added more marshmallows in a plastic Santa Claus bag because you can never have too many marshmallows. Finally I added a gift tag with instructions. My colour printer wasn't working otherwise I would have used these adorable mason jar labels. Now I have gifts for everyone and my holiday panic is dissipating. Except now I have to make these amazing brownies for Christmas dessert. I'm not sure my baking skills are up for the task. Wish me luck. What Christmas gifts have you made this year?
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