Don't tell ANYBODY, but here's what I was making all those bags for last night:
Little holiday gifts of yummy goodness--hot chocolate mix in a cup with a candy cane topped with a chocolate dipped marshmallow. Want to know how to make them?
I won't explain step by step on the bags, but I made little bags about 4-1/2" x 3-3/4" and sewed the center of an 8" length of ribbon into one of the side seams about 1" down from the top to tie each of the bag closed.
I found a pretty good hot chocolate mix HERE, and I put a little less than a half cup of mix into each zipper-topped plastic snack sized bag, which I then tucked into the fabric bags and tied closed.
For the candy canes, I peeled the plastic covering away from about 1-1/2" of each of the straight ends and stuck them into large marshmallows. In the microwave, I melted semi-sweet chocolate baking squares and dipped the marshamallow end of each candy cane into the melted chocolate and rolled them in colored candy sprinkles.
I made the tags using a digital download I'd bought on Etsy and mounted them onto paper shipping tags; I added instructions for making a cup of hot chocolate to the tags. Finally, I made a trip to the thrift store to purchase a nice assortment of microwave-safe mugs--most were 49 cents each.
Oh, and the most important part? See that Santa mug? That's my own personal mug. (Not 49 cents at the thrift store either.) I taste tested the recipe out on myself. Yum! I think these little gifts are going to be much appreciated!