Christmas gift baskets are expensive. To keep costs low, use these tips to put a DIY spin on your holiday present and save while showing loved ones you care.Holiday gift baskets are an easy way to cater to your friend or coworker's tastes, but they can come with a high price tag. Here's how to get similar gifts for less than a quarter of the cost.
For example, Starbucks' Cocoa Kit is comprised of eight packs of hot cocoa mix, eight marshmallows, eight peppermint sticks and shaved chocolate curls, but it costs $18.
That's not bad if you're only buying the gift for one person, but if you're looking to spread holiday cheer to multiple people -- coworkers, teachers, neighbors -- it can get pricey. To save, try making your own, equally delicious hot chocolate kit.
What you'll need:
- Twelve 1-quart mason jars ($9.99)
- Five 20-ounce cans of generic hot cocoa mix ($3.95 each or $15.95)
- Two bags of mini marshmallows ($1 each or $2)
- One 12-ounce bag of generic chocolate chips ($2)
- Four boxes of 12 count candy canes ($1.29 each or $5.16)
Simply layer each jar with 1 cup of cocoa, 1.6 oz of marshmallows, a thin layer of chocolate chips and four candy canes broken into little pieces. Twist the lid on and secure a gift tag using red and green ribbon. Make a bow around the top of the jar. For a total cost of $35.10 you'll have 12 gift-worthy cocoa kits.
That's just $2.93 each, which is 84 percent cheaper than the original Starbucks kit. So, if you're looking for a sweet present to give to your friends, try making these DIY hot chocolate kits. You'll be able to save while adding a personal touch to your holiday gifts.