Christmas Gift Making Party Ideas

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Christmas Gift Making Party Ideas

Tis the season for gift making and gift giving. One of my favorite things to do is make homemade goodies to give out to family and friends. This year I’ve put together some fun ideas for a Christmas gift making party. Gather some friends around, put on some crock pot hot chocolate, and make some gifts for your friends to pass out to their loved ones.

One of my favorite snacks to bust out during the holidays – and a family tradition – are the Planters mixes. From their Brittle Nut Medley to their Winter Spiced Nuts, there’s a combination for everyone.

I still remember many Christmas Eve’s over at my grandmother’s house reaching for the Planters mix. Such fond memories! And now I’m sharing those memories with my friends. But in a slightly different way! 

Christmas Gift Making Party Ideas - hot cocoa snowmen making station

Christmas Gift Making Party Ideas - hot cocoa snowmen

Hot Cocoa Snowmen

These hot cocoa snowmen are so easy to make and such a fun way to give a little festive fun as a gift. With the perfect little decorations and these cute bottles I picked up from the local craft store, these are good to give as soon as we have the need.

Here’s how you make them:

What you need

  • hot cocoa mix
  • mini chocolate chips
  • peppermint pieces
  • mini marshmallows
  • red ribbon
  • black and orange sharpies
  • glue dots
  • scissors

What you’ll do

  1. Fill bottles with hot cocoa mix
  2. Top with mini chocolate chips, peppermint pieces, and last the mini marshmallows
  3. Put cap back on
  4. Add a piece of ribbon like a scarf and secure to bottle with a glue dot
  5. Using sharpies, make snowman’s face
  6. Repeat with other bottles

These little guys are so easy that even kids could assemble them! And I’m sure they’d love decorating them as well.

Christmas Gift Making Party Ideas - candied nuts

Homemade Candied Winter Spiced Nuts

Now I have to confess… sometimes recipes do NOT go as planned. But that doesn’t mean that I didn’t want to share this recipe for Candied Winter Spiced Nuts with you.

Originally this recipe was supposed to be for nut brittle. But after following the recipe here to a t I ended up with a bunch of crumbled pieces of candy and nuts. Instead of throwing everything away I tried the mix and loved what it tasted like! You could totally buy some brittle and create the same spread.

For labels, check out my template here. They work perfectly with Avery #22814 labels and include the template to print both the candied nuts and the trail mix.

Christmas Gift Making Party Ideas - trail mix station

Homemade Nut Medley Trail Mix

A fun and simple gift is this delicious Nut Medley trail mix. Simply mix the following ingredients together in a bag:

  • Planters Brittle Nut Medley
  • Planters sunflower seeds
  • Cranberries
  • Marshmallows
  • Pretzel sticks

Once you’ve created your trail mix, use one of the labels you’ve printed out from the candied nuts (linked above).

Christmas Gift Making Party Ideas spread

Planters now has a fun interactive app through Blippar. After downloading and opening blippar, you can scan (or blip) one of the Planters seasonal nut items. A mobile site will populate and provide a menu bar with the following choices:

  • Take A Selfie: Take a Selfie with Mr. Peanut
  • Holiday Products: Browse a list of seasonal Planters items
  • Peanut Gallery

After downloading it I was able to browse all of Planters seasonal items and share them with my friends. A few of them had quite a bit of fun with the selfie option with Mr. Peanut.

Planters Blipar App #GoNutsForNuts

You can find the Planters products featured in this shop and more at your local Walmart. Just look for the Planter’s sleigh display and pick up your favorite holiday varieties!

Planter's Sleigh Display in Walmart

If you need more inspiration for the holidays, check out the Cooking Up Good website. They have recipes, sweepstakes, loyalty programs, coupons and more! What’s not to love? If you’re looking for a new dinner idea or a chance to win some awesome prizes, be sure to check it out!

What do you love to make for gift giving?

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  1. Such cute ideas! My family loves nuts and I can’t wait to put together this trail mix! It looks yummy!

  2. That is a very fun idea. This would be a fun family activity or even a girlfriend evening of fun. Thanks for the idea. I like to give goodies to my friends and family too, and this inspired some great ideas.

  3. We’ve done the hot chocolate in a jar thing a couple times. Each time it end up more marshmallows and less cocoa!

  4. Such a great idea, I’m loving everything about this. I’m going to see what i can come up with.

  5. For years I couldn’t afford much during the holidays so I would make tins of cookies and fudge for holiday gifts. I would have a setup like this just for fun with friends and family! #client

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