Easy Gift Idea: Breakfast in a Can

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As a coffee drinker, I love it when I have friends or family members who also enjoy a good cup of coffee. It’s not unusual for me to give these friends gifts for Christmas that focus around coffee and this year is no exception.

This year,  I am giving one of my friends (who will remain nameless for obvious reasons), a gift of Peet’s Holiday Blend Coffee, as well as some breakfast items that I think she’ll like.  Breakfast is her favorite meal of the day and it ALWAYS includes coffee, so I think this is a gift she’s going to love!

Rather than putting these items in a basket, I’m going to put everything in an big, bulk-size can, which I’m going to make all cute and stuff. It’s super easy to make, and very frugal. You’ll be so amazed that you’ll want to find ways to fit all your Christmas gifts into cans. 😉  Here’s how to do it…

Your first step is to find Peet’s Holiday Blend. It’s only available for a limited time, so now is the time to go get it. I found it at Von’s, but you can also do a search on their store locator here. You can read about my entire shopping experience here: Easy Gift Idea: Breakfast in a Can #PeetsCoffee. You’ll also want to buy anything else you wish to include in your Breakfast in a Can — I bought Belgiun Waffle Mix Classic Belgian Waffle Mix and Fresh & Easy Vanilla Bean Vermont Maple Syrup for my gift.

Next, you will need to have a big metal can that has been cleaned well and has been dried. You’ll also need wrapping paper or scrapbook paper that is big enough to go around the can.

Measure and cut your paper so that it will fit around your can. I find it looks better if you cut a larger-than-needed piece, and then fold the top and bottom of the paper so that it’s sized perfectly for the can.

Your can will need holes made on the top portion of the can to hold the handle. My husband drilled a hole on one side and then he drilled another hole directly on the opposite side. You could also use a tool designed for that purpose or use a nail and a hammer. You’ll need an old hanger or wire to create your handle. I used an old, red plastic covered hanger.

Wrap your can with your paper and glue the edges so it will be secured on your can (I recommend using Elmer’s CraftBond Extra Strength Glue Stick). Punch a hole (with scissors, a pen, whatever you have) through the paper near the holes in your can. Untwisted the neck of the hanger (if you are using a hanger) and make it into one long piece of wire. I wanted my handle to have a spiral look to it, so I  wrapped the wire around a long metal skewer. Attached your hanger or wire to the holes on the can.

Now you are ready to fill your can with your breakfast items. I realized after I got home that this Fresh & Easy Classic Belgian Waffle Mix canister takes up too much room in my can.

Okay, so not what I expected, but I can work around this. I grabbed a gallon-sized zipper plastic bag and a paper bag. I poured the waffle mix into the plastic bag and sealed it.

In Photoshop, I opened a digital scrapbooking tag from a Christmas kit I designed and typed out the instructions for making the waffles – copying it directly from the package. Then, I printed this on cardstock.

Next, I cut out the tag. I placed the plastic bag of waffle mix into the paper bag and tied the instruction tag onto the bag with a piece of red ribbon.

Now we’re ready to assemble our gift…

You can line the can with a piece of fabric or tissue paper, if you wish. Place everything into your can and it’s ready for gift giving!

Now for the giveaway!

Peet’s Coffee is giving one of my readers a $75 Gift Card! I’m sure you can find something to spend $75 on!

Required entry: Leave me a comment on this post with what you would give to someone with a bag of Peet’s Coffee. Would you add Flavored Syrups? Creamers? Cookies? A Coffee Mug? Or??

Extra entries:

You can have up to 3 extra entries into this giveaway if you do one or more of the items listed below. Each item you do counts as one entry. If you already do one of these things, it counts! Leave me a separate comment for each of the items you do below:

1. Follow @HomeCookMemory and @Peets_Tweets on Twitter and tweet the following (and come back to this post and leave a separate comment to say that you have done this):

Enter to win $75 #PeetsCoffee Gift from @Peets_Tweets! Enter here: http://su.pr/4A0na4 via @HomeCookMemory #giveaway

2. Like Home Cooking Memories on Facebook and come back to this post and leave a separate comment to say that you have done this.

3. Like Peet’s Coffee on Facebook and come back to this post and leave a separate comment to say that you have done this.

Please note:

  • Giveaway ends Monday, December 19th at 11:59 pm PST
  • Giveaway is open to USA residents only
  • Multiple bloggers are also holding this same #PeetsCoffee giveaway, so feel free to enter at each blog, however only one $75 gift card can be won per person during the entire #PeetsCoffee Holiday Giveaway.
  • Winner will be selected via random.org. Winner will be notified via the email you provide with your comment.
  • Winner will have 72 hrs to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen.

Good luck!

Note: This #PeetsCoffee shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias All opinions are, as always, 100% my own.

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  1. Whitney Lindeman says

    I love the idea of putting it in a coffee can wrapped in Christmas paper! I’d probably also stick a mug and some cookies in, too.

  2. says

    I love your breakfast in a can idea – so creative & cute! Since I’m not quite that creative, I’d probably package up the coffee with a nice mug and some flavored syrups. Plus a pretty bow, of course!

  3. purplelarkspur says

    I would add some homemade biscotti. Its my favorite combo: coffee and biscotti. Yum!!
    larkspurpurple (at) gmail.com

  4. Heather H says

    Along with Peet’s coffee I would give a creamer, coffee mug, and some holiday candy/cookies to add some goodies.
    hendymartin1 at yahoo dot com

  5. George Comstock says

    I’m a longtime Peet’s fan and follow their FB page (as george.comstock) and also entered their Celebrate and Savor giveaway on Facebook.

  6. George Comstock says

    A coffee gift basket is a wonderful gift all my friends would love. Depending on the recipient, I’d add some homemade cookies, a mug, a Peet’s gift card and perhaps a wee dram of spirits or pouch of pipe tobacco.

  7. says

    With a bag of Peets Coffee I would add three different types of homemade cookies. A peanut butter cookie with a Reese’s peanut butter cup in the middle, chocolate chocolate candy cane, and a spicy ginger snap. These cookies would go along really well with the delicious smooth chocolate flavor of the 2011 Holiday Blend :)

    Go Peets!