Homemade gifts in a jar are easy and fun to make, especially if you do them with your children or a friend. The possibilities are endless! Common sweet treat jar gifts include ingredients for muffins, breads, brownies, bars, and cookies. But, some of your recipients may not have a sweet tooth or might be dieting; in that case make soup, beverage, spice or dry rub mixes. Bath and body products are another wonderful idea for a gifts in a jar, and you don't have to worry about them contributing to the waistline!
Another great advantage to making gifts in a jar is that they have a long shelf life so you can easily make them a few weeks prior to the holidays and save yourself a lot of stress that this time of year usually brings.
You don't have to be real crafty to make these gifts, either. Simply fill the jars with the ingredients according to the recipes, seal, cover the top with a circle or square of pretty fabric and ribbon or raffia and attach a gift tag. If you like, make a label and glue it on the front of the jar, like those on old-fashioned jam jars. For a nice added touch consider adding a wooden spoon to cookie mixes or a ladle for soups. If you make bath or body products consider attaching a scrunchy or tea light candle.
Most jar mixes require that the recipient add something to the dry ingredients to complete the recipe. Beverages and soups often just need water. Some chili or stew mixes will require the addition of meat. Sweet treats may require butter, eggs or milk. Be certain to list the additional ingredients needed on the gift tag.
It really is that simple but the gifts look so beautiful, especially if you layer the ingredients by color. Your family, friends or even co-workers will love the thoughtful gift!
Here are a few more tips for assembling your gifts in a jar:
If you are shipping a care package far away (all of that glass is heavy and breakable!) or your favorite recipes just don't fit into a standard jars, don't despair! You don't have to limit yourself to jars to use this idea. Simply use heavy-duty plastic freezer or cellophane bags. Once you've filled the plastic bags with the mix, there's an endless variety of ways you can dress them up for gift-giving:
Check out some of our recipes! Some even include free printable tags that you can use to decorate your jars or bags.
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