Show off your creative side this Christmas with a homemade “gift in a jar”. You have likely seen – and even received – the popular cookie mix in a mason jar. This isn’t the only DIY Christmas gift option you have, though. Consider the following gift in a jar Christmas present ideas.
Dessert in a jar
Of course, there are numerous desserts – from cookies to brownies – that can be presented as a gift in a jar this Christmas. I can personally attest that this Cowgirl Cookies recipe makes some awesome cookies. If you have a favorite recipe for made-from-scratch brownies, pre-mix the dry ingredients in a mason jar, layering them in a way that creates visual appeal, and give them (along with the recipe) to your friends and family.
Soup in a jar
Chicken noodle, bean, and rice: Soup in a jar is another great idea for a homemade Christmas gift. For a hearty, healthy bean soup, layer a variety of dry beans in pint size mason jars: black beans, lentils, split peas, kidney beans, pinto beans, and more. Leave enough space at the top for a bay leaf and a bouillon cube. Remember to include the cooking instructions; find the instructions for cooking this bean soup in a jar at the Organized Christmas website .
Hot cocoa in a jar
Pre-mix the hot cocoa ingredients in a bowl before adding them to a quart size mason jar: 3-¼ cups powdered milk, half of a 5-ounce package non-instant chocolate pudding mix, ½ cup powdered chocolate drink mix, ¼ cup powdered non-dairy creamer, ¼ cup confectioners sugar, and ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder. Include the instructions for making hot cocoa: Combine ⅓ cup cocoa mix with one cup boiling water. Present a candy cane with each gift.
Bath salts in a jar
Give the gift of pampering to a friend this Christmas with a jar of homemade bath salts. In a bowl, combine four cups of sea salt or epsom salt with a few drops of essential oil, such as lavender or eucalyptus. Divide the bath salts between two pint size mason jars. Adjust the recipe to make more or less, if desired. Decorate the lid with a piece of trendy fabric or ribbon.
Beauty in a jar
You don’t necessarily need a recipe to make a gift in a jar. Fill a mason jar with beauty products, such as makeup and applicators, trial-size perfume, fingernail polish, nail clippers and files, cotton balls, and anything useful that might fit inside. If desired, decorate the lid with a bow, ribbon, or anything you like.
Looking for a crafty, unique Christmas present idea? Give your friends and family members a gift in a jar this holiday season.