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A great handmade gift on a low budget!
I have alot of people to buy for (big family)..So I came up with this idea..It cost me about $50 for 20 finished mugs. I bought all of the mugs from a local thrift store for 50 cents each! I like the fact that the money I spent at the thrift store goes to help people in need also. I hope you all enjoy my very first how-to..I would love some feedback :D

Posted by Kitty from Okotoks, Alberta, Canada • Published See Kitty's 18 projects »

  • How to make a gift basket. Easy Christmas Gift Mug - Step 1
    Step 1

    Go to your local thrift store and purchase as many mugs as you need.

    While your out shopping, pick up the other supplies. I got my hot chocolate packets at costco in bulk.

  • How to make a gift basket. Easy Christmas Gift Mug - Step 2
    Step 2

    Soak your mugs in hot soapy water.
    Wash and dry them by hand.

  • How to make a gift basket. Easy Christmas Gift Mug - Step 3
    Step 3

    Stuff your mugs with hot chocolate packets and mini marshmallows.

    You can put anything you want in the mugs.. candies, apple cider packets with a cinnamon stick, gourmet coffee.. the possibilities are endless!

  • How to make a gift basket. Easy Christmas Gift Mug - Step 4
    Step 4

    Put the mug into a cellophane bag.

    As you tie the opening shut with the ribbon.. add a candy cane for decoration.

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I have made cappuccino "hugs in a mug" for Valentine's Day. I bought mugs from a discount store for 50 cents each, packets and teddy bears. I placed them in cellophane then in lined baskets that I bought at yard sales this past summer. Thanks for your input!Happy
barbiedoll · Windsor, Ontario, CA
Sweet idea
madd::sunshine · Yuma, Arizona, US · 31 projects
Cute. I didn't even know there was a mug set on the site when I posted mine.
Kristal L.
Kristal L. · Kenora, Ontario, CA
Wicked! I wanna do this for Xmas of 2011 for my family. I got a lot and don't have a lot of cash for gifts you know.
fi p.
fi p.
Great idea for kids teacher presents at christmas too!
Janie R.
Janie R. · Eastern, Kentucky, US · 25 projects
Excellent idea, and so thrifty! I shop at our local thrift store, too; it also helps just looking around there to get ideas-my Mother and I see purses in kids' clothes, hehe. Thanks for the how-to!
Disnerd85 · Bedford, England, GB · 20 projects
You're a genius!! i'm using this idea for Christmas, except my mugs will have cupcakes on! Thanks for sharing ^_^
Catherine G.
Catherine G. · Glasgow, Scotland, GB · 9 projects
Great Idea! Thanx

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