Hot Cocoa Gift Idea


This post presents a hot cocoa gift idea for the holiday season. We show you how to make a cocoa crate and give you ideas for filling it. This hot chocolate gift is easy to assemble and is a perfect gift for your friends, neighbors, teachers or coworkers.   

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As someone who is usually working on refurbishing a piece of furniture, I tend to have variety of extra furniture pieces around. This includes some old drawers! If you have been following me for awhile, you know that I am a big proponent of keeping antique drawers with dovetail corners and finding new uses for them. In this post, I am going to show you how to repurpose an old drawer and to turn it into a hot cocoa gift crate, which is very similar to a hot cocoa gift basket.

These little hot cocoa crates are a great gift idea, especially if you need a last minute gift.  They also make a great hostess gift if you are going to a holiday party or dinner.  Finally, these can be used as teacher gifts, neighbor gifts, or coworker gifts.

I also partnered with Meagan from Decorative Inspirations on this post because she is sharing a post on how to create a nostalgic hot cocoa bar. So definitely hop on over to her post and check it out.

Hot Cocoa Ideas

So with that, let’s jump in and learn how to make them.

Hot Cocoa Gift Idea

The first thing we will need to do is gather our supplies. This project is divided into 2 parts. The first is assembling the hot cocoa crate. The second is filling the hot cocoa crate. 


Most of these supplies for the crate I already had on hand. However, you can buy most of the supplies at a big box store or online. Where possible, I have linked items to online sources. You can buy most of the items used to fill the hot cocoa crate at grocery stores. Also, you can purchase many of the hot cocoa items at your local dollar store or dollar tree.

Part 1: Assembling the Crate

  • An old drawer with dovetail corners
  • 4 wooden finials 
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
Supplies for hot cocoa crate

Part 2: Filling the Crate

  • Hot Cocoa Mix
  • Peppermint spoons
  • Set of Santa Mugs
  • Candy Canes
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Airtight jar to hold the marshmallows
  • Cellophane bag (s) to hold candy
  • Chocolate Santas
  • Sprigs of fresh evergreens

Part 1: Assembling the Cocoa Crate

When creating this project, I would recommend using an old drawer with dovetail joints that is uniform on all sides. Basically, you are looking for a rectangle box that is flush on all sides.  

I also had in my stash a supply of wooden finials and decided to use them for this project. To make the hot cocoa crate, all I did was glue the finials to the underside of the wooden drawer and clamp them in place while they dried. This process took a couple of hours since I had to wait for the glue to dry.

Using an old drawer and turning it into a crate makes this gift unique. Also the crate does a great job of holding all the hot cocoa ingredients. The person you give this cocoa crate to can reuse it for other purposes – such as holding cook books, integrating it into a coffee station, using it to hold spices etc. 

Part 2: Filling the Cocoa Crate

Filling the crate is the fun part! Really, there are so many options for filling the crate. I will share with you what I did and link the products below.  

Hot Cocoa Gift Idea

First, it’s always fun to drink hot cocoa out of a Santa mug! I bought a set of 4 new Santa mugs from Pottery Barn. These cute mugs look very much like the vintage Santa mugs made during the 1950s and 1960s. However, unlike the vintage mugs, these are dishwasher and microwave safe. Alas, these mugs are only seasonally available from Pottery Barn so they won’t last long. I linked them below.

Of course, you can’t have a hot cocoa crate without chocolate! In this crate I added Swiss Miss instant hot cocoa mix.  All you need to do is add hot water to the hot cocoa packets. Alternatively, you could include a pint jar with pre-mixed cocoa (the dry ingredients) that only requires the addition of warm milk.

Hot Cocoa Gift Idea

Then, I added a variety of things to mix into the hot cocoa. This includes a jar filled with mini marshmallows, chocolate peppermint spoons, and some large candy canes. You can wrap the peppermint spoons and candy canes in cellophane bags to keep them fresh.  Just a quick note, you can use any airtight container to hold the marshmallows, including a mason jar. Finally, I added some small chocolate Santas.

Other Ideas

Here are some other ideas for things you could include in the crate:

  • Chocolate chips
  • Hot chocolate bombs
  • Chocolate spoons
  • Ginger bread cookies
  • A hot chocolate recipe / homemade hot cocoa recipe
  • Unsweetened Cocoa powder
  • A mason jar with premixed hot chocolate ingredients/ homemade cocoa mix

The best part is that you can customize this gift to the recipient by hand picking the items to fill the crate. It’s a great way to make an individualized gift.

Hot Cocoa Gift Idea

As a finishing touch and to keep it festive, I tucked in some fresh sprigs of evergreens. 

Voila! You are done and have created a customized hot cocoa crate that can be the perfect gift for any number of people.

Just as a reminder, Meagan from Decorative Inspirations has a great post on creating a hot cocoa bar! So hop on over to her blog to read more about what she includes and how she sets it up.

Cocoa Bar Decorative Inspirations


This is an adorable idea for a holiday gift and is a fun way to celebrate the holiday season. This hot chocolate gift set will keep the recipient warm on a cold night and is perfect for the winter months.

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  1. Oh my goodness, I love this idea! I can’t wait to make a crate like this! Pinning now! Such a great idea to use it for hot cocoa! I’m sure anyone would be thrilled to get this as a gift! You’re Santa mugs are awesome!

    1. Hi Donna! Thank you for the kind words and encouragement! Santa mugs are from Pottery Barn. (They look so cute and vintage)

    1. Rachel I have no idea how you are able to stay on top of everyone’s posts. You are amazing. Thank you for the kind words! Merry Christmas.

  2. In love with the vintage inspired Santa mugs! Using a drawer is a wonderful idea, and those legs are spectacular. I know you meant this as a gift basket, but I think it would be perfect for a cocoa bar. I do not have a lot of room, and a drawer would be the perfect size to contain all of my goodies, especially one as beautiful as your drawer. Thank you for your inspiration.

    1. Hello Cara – thank you so much for your kind words. Yes, I too agree – it would be perfect for a cocoa bar. The drawer is a great size for corralling all the hot cocoa necessities.

  3. This is such an amazing gift idea, Anna! I love the little finials you added on the bottom to make it extra special. Plus, I love that you can use this all year long too. It’s totally fabulous. Big hugs and happy Christmas, CoCo

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