Until I got this book (Gifts from the Christmas Kitchen)
wherein I found this recipe for simple homemade cocoa.
In a large bowl, mix
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 C cocoa
3/4 C nondairy creamer
1 C sugar
2 C dry milk
To serve: pour 3/4 C of boiling water over 1/4 C of cocoa mix in a cup or mug. Add marshmallows or whipped cream and chocolate shavings if desired.
Now how easy is that? The book gave me the recipe. The cheap and easy gift presentation came from a website. I put the mix in quart-sized bags (which easily held 12 servings) and put the plastic bag in a lunch-sized brown paper bag. I used a publisher program to create postcard-sized directions for serving and taped the cards on the bags.
You have a table full of gifts ready for delivery before the early-setting sun drops below the windowsill.
Full confession time. For me, the progression over the last couple of decades of life has been: give gifty things that are far too expensive but (hopefully) impressive, then pay painfully for a year; next, gift nothing as the realization hits that this gifting thing is more than I can consistently climb over; and finally...gift simply because it really is the thought that counts.