Broc’s Unique Homemade Gift Ideas in a Jar

December 06, 2021
Christmas pumpkin chocolate granola jar. Homemade Christmas gift. On blue wooden background

Homemade gifts are personal, thoughtful, and can be inexpensive. You will save money and time by giving a homemade gift. Gift Jars allow you to make multiple presents at one time for anyone on your list. Include your children in the activity makes holiday memories that can last a lifetime.  This activity will give everyone a break from the TV or phone screens. Turn on some holiday music, take some deep breaths, and dive into this artistic adventure! 

Being creative can serve as a small self-care activity that reduces stress and gives you a feel-good vibe.  Use the chart below to create gift jars that are focused on an individual’s favorite food item or make use of items that you already have in your pantry.  The chart has ideas for food gifts that you can make ahead of time and share in a decorated container.  The second column has ideas for layering two or more dry ingredients and includes a recipe for a thoughtful and creative present.  These caring gift ideas are like sharing a big hug from your very own kitchen!

 

Pre-Made Gift Jars

Pairs Well With:

Some Assembly Required:

Pairs Well With:

BREAKFAST

 

 

 

Bread Loaves

Jams & Jellies

Cappuccino Mix

Mug

Biscotti

Coffee & Cocoa

Hot Cocoa Mix

Mug

Granola

 

Chai Tea Mix 

Mug

Jams & Jellies

Biscuits

Muffin Mix

Muffin Liners

Coffee Mug Mixer Spoons

Mug

Pancake and Waffle Mixes

Whisks

Applesauce

 

Oatmeal/Bulgar Jars*

Dried Fruit

SNACKS

 

 

 

Whole Wheat Seeded Crackers*

Cheese Spreads

Apple Crisp Mix

Eggnog

Cereal Snack Mix 

 

S’mores in a Jar

 

Trail Mix

 

 

 

Spicy Cocktail Pecans

 

 

 

Coconut Roasted Almonds

 

 

 

Energy Balls*

 

 

 

CONDIMENTS

 

 

 

Hummus*

Pita Chips

Seasoning Mixes 

Popcorn

Marinated Olives

Cheese Wedge

Spice Blends

Olive oil &Whole Wheat Breads

Infused Olive Oils

Whole Wheat Bread

Lemon Infused Honey

Tea

Salsa*

Tortilla Chips

Homemade Vanilla Kit

 

Marinara Sauce

Bowtie Pasta

Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Coffee

Pumpkin Butter

Biscuits

 

 

Pesto*

 

 

 

MEALS

 

 

 

Chili & Cornbread Parfait w/sour cream and chive toppings

 

Beans & Rice Fajita Casserole Kit

Ladle Spoon

Taco Salad Jar*

Tortilla Chips

Hearty Lentil or Pasta Soup Mix*

Ladle Spoon

Ramen Noodle Jar*

 

Three Bean Chili Mix

Ladle Spoon

 

 

Gift Jar Preparation

Jars can be purchased at department, hardware, or grocery stores. Canning jars are also known as Mason jars. They come in various sizes (8 ounces to 64 ounces) that range in price.  Simply add a tag with the recipe or the food item name using some ribbon and top it with a decorative bow. These gifts are perfect for anyone you’d like to appreciate this holiday season: family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, teachers, bus drivers, coaches, or mail and package delivery drivers. They can even be used as hostess gifts when attending holiday gatherings.  

Tags could say “From the Kitchen of..”, “Made Just For You by..”, “Have a Sweet Holiday” or “Whisking you Holiday Joy.”  You could include a “made-on-this-date” note or any allergy warnings.

              

 

Festive Jobs for Your Little Elves

Include your children in the creative process or the baking experience. When you involve your child in the kitchen, you introduce them to new vocabulary, help them figure out how things work, increase their life skills, develop new motor skills, and create precious bonding time and memories.  Children who are included in the preparation of foods are also more apt to try new foods.  Some simple activities could be: assisting in the kitchen with measuring, mixing, stirring, and layering the ingredients, washing jars and lids, adding bows or stickers to the jar tops, tying the ribbon on final product, designing the tag, and writing out the recipe or gift tag. 

 

mall Jar Seasoning and Spice Gifts

 

Say “Seasons Greetings” with these seasoning mixes you can make on your own, link here-

https://extension.umass.edu/nutrition/recipes/make-your-own-seasoning-blends.  You will find recipes for an array of flavors such from Italian to Soul Food mixes. Other Festive mix ideas include Cajun, Chili, Jerk, Mediterranean and Smoked BBQ Rub.  Spices have compounds in them that provide many types of health benefits.  These include lowering blood sugar levels, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  Check out this Holiday Pumpkin Pie Mix. It can be used in a variety of recipes including spiced nuts, muffins and pancakes and you can even add a dash to your morning cup of java! 

Holiday Pumpkin Pie Mix:

Ingredients:

  • 4 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons of ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon of ground nutmeg

Directions:

  • In a small bowl, whisk all ingredients together
  • Store in a small mason jar in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.

 

Spending time with children and making unique gift jars is an easy activity to enjoy this holiday season.  Together you make memories and special gifts for those you love.  The holiday season does not have to be hectic or stressful.  Hopefully, these ideas bring you joy and warm tidings!  Happy Holidays from Broc!

Books to Extend Children’s Learning

Fiction- Feast for 10, by Cathryn Falwell, 2003, Ages 0-3 years

Recipe Book-Little Helpers Toddler Cookbook: Healthy Kid-Friendly Recipes to Cook Together, by Heather Wish Staller, 2019, Ages 1-4 years

Fiction-Little Chef, by Matt Stine and Elizabeth Weinberg, 2018, Ages 2-6 years

Fiction-Look, I’m a Cook, by DK (48 pages), 2017, Ages 3-7 years

Recipe Book-My First Cookbook, by American Test Kitchen, 2020, Ages 5-8 years

Recipe Book-Kids in the Holiday Kitchen: Making, Baking, and Giving, by Jessica Strand and Tammy Massman, 2008, Ages 13+