Starbucks Coffee Gifts And Secrets That Will Make Your Life Easier

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Ah, winter break. How we love thee. With the cold weather outside, warming up inside to our favorite winter coffees and hot cocoas. As night owls we enjoy breaks from all must-do activities. From early morning wake up calls,  chauffeuring to/from school and lessons. We can sleep in a bit, bake cookies, paint, catch up on cleaning. Last-minute decorations are going up,  last-minute shopping getting done and coffee gift baskets being made. But, not without a little coffee or hot chocolates starting our days. Today I’ll be sharing a few Starbucks Coffee Secrets that will make your life easier, along with what we are enjoying.

First, a few things we are savoring right now is the season of peppermint mochas and caramel hot cocoa drinks. Do you have favorite seasonal Starbucks coffee drinks? Since Sammie was resting from all the stress of finals I decided to treat her to an afternoon caramel hot cocoa.

Starbucks Coffee

Seasonal Offerings and Insider Secrets

Starbucks Coffee Hot Cocoa Salted Caramel

I grabbed the new package of salted caramel with hot cocoa, heated up some milk and grabbed the whip cream. Have you seen these yet?

Starbucks Coffee Hot chocolate in a cup with a spoon

Once stirred up, I added whip cream and chocolate sprinkles. Then I took it to Sammie’s room to surprise her.

Enjoying a hot chocolate -2

She rolled off the bed onto the floor and I gave her the warm cup of hot cocoa. I remember the days I’d stay up studying to get those good grades. Sammie’s worked hard 4.0 doesn’t come easy.

Bulldog and a girl enjoying Starbucks Coffee hot chocolate

My side-kick had to say hello. He (Rex) loves it when she’s home. When she plays the piano, he goes wild. We tease him to dance, he goes wild. Then we call him a gremlin but, he really is a sweetheart.

Starbucks Coffee Starbucks Via Instant Peppermint Mocha

Next, I decided to join her, whipping up a Via Instant Peppermint Mocha.

Peppermint Mocha in a cup

Heat water, stir and if you have whip cream indulge.

Starbucks Coffee close up of a peppermint mocha

Have you tried the Via lattes and Via mochas? I love them. They are perfect when you can’t make it out to visit Starbucks. Good coffee at home is so easy to make, like using these packets , then adding hot water and whip cream. 


Starbucks Holiday Offerings are perfect for making a coffee gift basket! 

Starbuck Coffee Via Instant Peppermint Latte and Starbucks Cup Gift Item

Do you know what else is perfect? Grabbing Starbucks for last-minute holiday gifts. I love their holiday blend for brewing a big pot of coffee. ” The finest aged Sumatra, then add lively Latin American and mellow Indonesian beans. And every year the result is subtly unique. Specially roasted and blended to bring out even more pronounced flavors from their aged coffee, this vintage fills your cup with deep, intriguing layers of spiciness and sweetness, just right for the season.” A seasonal Starbucks favorite of so many and mine. Pairs perfectly with their cranberry bliss bars. Oh, my!

Starbucks hot cocoa and via instant latee

Whether you are looking for coffees, hot cocoas or gifts. Or a treat to bring to a gathering. You’ll find something for everyone. These are just a few of our favorites –

To Make A Coffee Gift Basket 

  1. Grab a Basket like this

  2. Add crimped paper to the basket

  3. Next, add your favorite coffee products 

  4. Add coffee, gifts like insulated coffee travel mugs, coffee ornaments, and coffee gift cards

  5. You can even add a gift bow to the basket handle if you like!

Starbucks Coffee Starbucks gift basket

It’s so easy to whip up a coffee gift basket or …

Starbucks Coffee Close up of mini Starbucks Peace sign ornament

Grab a Starbucks® gift card and ornament to top off someone’s Christmas. Then grab a coffee for yourself and enjoy the season. All thanks to Starbucks Coffee Company.

Starbucks Secrets that will make your life easier

  1. You can become a Starbucks Rewards Member for free. Then receive free items, discounts after x amount of purchases and on your birthday! Yes, there is also an app. for that!
  2. Level up on your Rewards by collecting stars and receiving even more benefits
  3. Use a re-useable cup save .10 and the environment
  4. Grab a coffee refill during the same visit for .50 (in-store)
  5. Get a Starbucks Subscription: Unique Starbucks Coffees or Order your favorites
  6. Follow Starbucks Coffee News
  7. Discover the drink menu and learn how to order Starbucks (decaf first, iced, size, type of milk, customs) Example: half calf iced grande soy latte with whip
  8. Follow Starbucks Frappuccino on Instagram, perfect for the person who loves frappuccinos.
  9. Follow Starbucks on Instagram
  10. Follow Starbucks on Facebook
  11. Follow Starbucks on Twitter  * by following on social media you’ll find cool photos, fun facts, and occasional offers
  12. Subscribe and stay up to date and we’ll keep you in the know!
  • As a Starbucks Ambassador, I’m happy to share seasonal offerings, coffee news, and new product offerings. I do receive products, keeping me up to date with what’s new.
  • These are my 100% honest opinions, images, and text.

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  1. I’m absolutely in love with Starbucks, and I definitely wish I received one of their gorgeous gift baskets this year! They just have the perfect seasonal flavors!

    1. Hi Kelly, I agree I love their gifts and coffees. They just came out with a new Joy tea. I can’t wait to try it and share how I liked it. Probably that will be on twitter. Hope to see you again soon.

    1. Hi Stacie, Then you’ll love these hot chocolates made with heating milk and the instant lattes & mochas. I love brewing the coffee daily too. Hope you get to enjoy some soon.

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