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Last-Minute DIY Holiday Gifts

It’s 11 days until Christmas and you still have a list of people to buy gifts for, with no idea what to get them. Fret not! Homemade or DIY gifts have long been considered one of the more thoughtful options for gift giving and they also happen to be super trendy right now. Here are THREE last-minute DIY Holiday gift-giving ideas. 

#1 DIY Peppermint Hot Chocolate in a Jar

Yummy Cocoa mix with a taste of peppermint… a tasty, cozy gift! This absolutely delicious easy to assemble, and prepare Peppermint Hot Chocolate mix is a simple edible gift for your friends, family, or host during this busy holiday season! Add some stylish jars or mugs (like our Anchor Cafe Mug) to drink their Hot Chocolate creation to finish of the gift


  • 1/4 cup powdered milk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup candy cane, crushed
  • marshmallows
Hot coco in jar

Assembly Instructions 

In a 16 oz mason jar layer powdered milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, and sugar packing each layer as tightly as possible. Wipe the inside of the jar with a paper towel to remove any excess cocoa before adding the next layer. Add a layer of chocolate chips and crushed candy cane, and marshmallows. 

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  1. Remove marshmallows and set them aside for garnish.
  2. Shake the jar to mix the ingredients.
  3. In a saucepan, heat 1 ¼ cup milk and add ¼ cup of the hot chocolate mixture.
  4. Whisk until chocolate is melted and flavors are well incorporated. 
  5. Serve with marshmallows. 

#2 DIY Succulent Jars

Plant succulents in jars you have lying around for the one in your life that loves all things green and sustainable. There are many creative ways to display these plants and we think our jars are, of course, the perfect little containers for them.

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#3 DIY Movie Lovers Gift Jar

Brighten your favorite movie lovers’ holiday with a DIY Movie Lovers Gift Jar! More than just a gift card to the local theater you can make this a perfect personalized gift by adding their favorite movie snacks. 

Check out all the stuff you can fit in this 1.5 Gallon Anchor Montana Jar with Black Metal Cover: 

  • tons of paper popcorn bags
  • boxes of movie theater staples like Raisinettes, Reese’s Pieces, Milk Duds, bags of M & M’s, Peanut M & M’s, and Starburst
  • jar of popcorn and three jars of popcorn seasonings and a gift card! 

Basically, everything you’ll need to enjoy a movie at home or at the theater.


The holidays are busy for everyone and knowing what to give the ones you love can be a challenge, but with so many helpful gift-giving ideas, we’ve got you covered. So, pick your favorite, add a personal touch, and your gift recipients will never know you waited until the last minute.


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