short and sweet


i’m having/had another open house today (and tomorrow). even thought it’s a bit early, our town turns on all their holiday lights tonight (it’s called light up night) and local business offer special, snacks, holiday cheer, etc. so my post is a little short, but i had to share my new little creation.

remember i showed you the hot chocolate mix i made? well, i found these little plastic vials (i got the 50 ml) online.  they hold exactly enough mix for one cup of hot chocolate! genius. so i made about fifty of these single serve vials for the shoppe and my baskets.

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aren’t they great!? i had to share because i think they’d make super sweet gifts for people that you want to wish a happy holiday … but don’t really want or need to by them a gift.


you could get some vials and fill with hot chocolate mix, candy, coffee creamer, dip mixes, anything really… even homemade bath salts or lotions. they make great gifts to past out to people like the post man, co-workers, ups and fed-ex people (mine defiantly deserve a treat [maybe all 50 of these vials] for the amount of stuff they deliver here) or even an extra treat for a special waitress/waiter… lots of ideas!


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cute, right? whataya think? have a great weekend everyone!


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  • Jen@Notes From the Heartland at

    Genius!! What a wonderful gift idea!! Thanks for sharing Michael!

  • Kim @ NewlyWoodwards at

    Clever idea. For our wedding, we gave homemade hot cocoa cones, but I totally like this better.

  • foodies at home at

    Great idea to spread some holiday cheer! I want to come visit your town! Sounds festive!

  • Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs at

    Sweet idea, Michael 🙂

    Are they allowed to call it Light Up Night? The town where I am from (Ligonier, PA) had called it that for many, many years and ended up getting a letter from the City of Pittsburgh saying they weren’t allowed to call it that 🙁

  • Cindy at

    Hi Michael,
    Thanks so much for coming over and checking out my blog.
    I am going to have a good look at yours, I love “meeting” new people.
    I love your idea of filling little vials with gifts, how great is that? I am going to make cookies to give to my neighbors this year. We have four close ones that are great and a new one behind us.
    How nice to live in a town so Christmas oriented, I would LOVE that!
    PLease come back and see me some time and I will do the same.
    Hugs, Cindy

  • Grace @ Sense and Simplicity at

    Adorable. The packaging is half the fun in making a token present special.

  • jen @ homeinthecountry at

    Those are so cute – love the packaging & little card. Thanks for the idea! 🙂

  • Esther@fleurcottage at

    COOL! 🙂

  • Amanda @ Little House on the Corner at

    I LOVE this idea! They would also make cute little add-ons to tie onto a wrapped present. You could really have some fun with the little personalized gift tag too.

  • Naturally Me Creations at

    A cute idea indeed! I did the same thing (mostly) for this last xmas, as an Xmas goodie bag filler – you can see it here if you want!

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