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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Christmas Gifts in a Jar




Do you have some "hard-to-buy-for" people on your Christmas list?  Are you looking for gift ideas that don't create clutter for the recipient?

One of my most popular posts year round is Gifts in a Jar.  In that post I showed how our kids make jar gifts for their teachers.  Their teachers love receiving these jars because they are unique and clutter free!

Today, I want to show you the Christmas jars we made last year.  Hopefully it will help you fill in a few ideas on your Christmas gift list!

If you're not familiar with the concept of cookies in a jar, read my previous Gifts in a Jar post (and some of the comments) to see what I'm talking about.

First, we started out with some empty jars.  Here are the two we used.


The one on the left is a regular mason jar that I bought.  And the Christmas lid was a Freecycle find.  I love Freecycle!  The one on the right is actually a cute plastic container that we had in the house.  We measured to make sure it had enough space to hold the ingredients and it did.

We chose to make Sand Art cookies from a book we have called Gifts in a Jar: For Kids.



You can find it online or possibly even at your local library.

Here's my daughter helping measure out the ingredients.


{Please excuse the mess and bottles of medicine in the background... I was sick for most December last year... which is why this post didn't get written then!}

One of the reasons we liked this recipe was that we could easily customize it to make it more Christmasy.  All the typical cookie ingredients are included (sugar, oats, brown sugar, flour, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chips) but the recipe also called for M&M's and crisp rice cereal.  We used the red and green Christmas M&M's and the Christmas Rice Krispies so that these jars (and eventually the cookies) would be more colourful and festive.

This recipe is a tight fit for a standard mason jar so we made sure we packed the ingredients in tightly. Here's my daughter packing the brown sugar with the back of an ice cream scoop (it works really well with a narrow opening jar!).



Pouring in more ingredients...


And more ingredients...



She did most of the work last year!  Here's how they turned out.


I love how the pretty the layers of ingredients look in the jars.  You can be as crazy as you want to be to make the layers level but I think the unevenness adds to the charm :)

The next step was to add a tag.  There are tags included in the book, but I wanted to make prettier ones to attach to the jars.  I created these in Word (just typed up the directions and added a border and some holly clip art) and then printed them on cardstock.


Here they are attached to the jars with some Christmas curling ribbon.


All ready to give away!



If you're looking for an easy-to-make, thoughtful, unique, clutter-free gift this Christmas, consider making gifts in a jar!

There are tons of recipes available online or you can probably even adapt a recipe you already love.  Just layer all the dry ingredients and then create a tag with a list of the wet ingredients that the recipient needs to add and include the baking directions.

You don't have to make cookies either.  I've seen recipes for muffins, brownies, squares, and even soups.

I haven't chosen our recipe(s) for this year, but we're planning to make jars for the kids' teachers again.  These would also make great hostess gifts.  Or you can give them to those friends and family members that "have everything".  They're even fun for a white elephant gift exchange with co-workers.

Be creative and have fun!



What do you give to the hard-to-buy-for people on your list?  Have you made gifts in a jar before?  What kind did you make?


Happy organizing!



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21 comments:

  1. I love receiving gifts like these and they're fun to make too. Pinning!

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    1. It's a win-win for the giver and the receiver Leanne! Thanks :)

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  2. How much would you estimate each jar would cost when all is said and done?

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    1. Nate and Ashley, it really depends on what recipe you make and how you grocery shop. I bought a case of jars at Walmart and they came to less than $1 each. We do a lot of baking around Christmas so we have a lot of the ingredients on hand already. For this recipe if I was to estimate the cost of the amount of ingredients for one jar I'd guess around $4-5 and that's mainly because M&M's aren't cheap. Overall it's a pretty good value for a gift. Hope that helps :)

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  3. I love these! I am so liking all the gifts-in-a-jar that I have been seeing lately. So creative! Plus, oh so cute! Haven't tried one yet, but definitely feeling inspired right now.

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    1. Glad to inspire Sharon. You'll love making them!

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  4. Hey Hilda! It's Deonna from the Child at Heart blog! Thank you so much for linking up at the Merriest Blog Hop! I can't wait to see all of your holiday ideas...These jars are really great for anyone. Thank you for the recipe! I love the name of your blog and I want you to know you have my dream job. I wish I could just organize all day! I'm done with my house and want to move on to other people's :)

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    1. Thanks Deonna! Have fun making some jars. Organizing is a great job...if you're serious about becoming a professional organizer you should check out yesterday's post because I gave tips on how to become one. Thanks for hosting a great party!

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  5. Do you have a list of all items that go in jar & amounts?

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    1. Sorry, I don't want to infringe on the copyright of the book Britney by giving a detailed recipe. But there are lots of recipes available online or you can find several books on Amazon, including the one I used. Have fun making some jars!

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  6. Just stopping by to say thanks for linking up at The Merriest Blog Hop! This post was great and I hope we'll see you again for the next party!

    Happy (early) Thanksgiving!
    Alicia

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    1. You're welcome Alicia! Thanks for hosting the party. Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

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  7. I love this idea! I've seen similar items in stores (for ridiculous prices) but you make it look pretty fun and easy to make our own. Now you've really got me thinking!

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    1. We do have a lot of fun making these Janet! And it's definitely much cheaper to make them ourselves than buy pre-made ones. Plus I think people enjoy gifts that have been made by the giver.

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  8. I love this idea Hilda, we always make homemade gifts for teachers gifts, but we have never gone this route. Maybe we will try this.

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    1. You'll love it Jill! The possibilities are endless and teachers definitely appreciate it :)

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  9. Hi Hilda,

    What an original idea for teacher gifts that get the children involved!

    Christine

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    1. Thanks Christine! I think it makes it that much more special for the teachers, knowing the kids put time and effort into making their gift.

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  10. Love this idea! I took it to an even simpler step this year and filled my jars with already made chocolate covered pretzels. So easy and so appreciated!

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    1. Oh that's a great idea Ellen! I'll have to talk to my kids about maybe switching it up this year :)

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  11. Great idea! I really like jar gifts. My daughter and I make them every year for gifts for my clients and family/friends. This year, we made sewing mason jar kits. I added the link if you want to view it. Thanks for sharing.

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