Friday, November 4, 2011

10 Christmas Gifts in a Jar


Do you need some inexpensive Christmas gifts? Of course you do. Don't we all? I'm always on the lookout for gifts that are easy and quick to make. Just like the Autumn Pea Soup I made last month, you can put some great gifts in jars. I was planning on making one of these, but I couldn't decide which one. So here are the links to some great jar gifts.

Quart and pint size jars are easy-to-find, but I love these different shapes and sizes.

Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bread from Sunset


Peppermint Stick Cocoa from Sunset



Mocha Cocoa from My Recipes

 
Downloadable labels are included with this cookie recipe. I found the smooth quart mason jars at Hobby Lobby.

Cowgirl Cookies from Bakerella


Here are two great ways to bottle homemade vanilla. Both blogs have the labels to download. If you want to give vanilla for Christmas get it started this weekend.
 
Homemade Vanilla from Style Me Pretty

Homemade Vanilla from Whipperberry


This uses the same recipe as the Cowgirl Cookies, but just changes the M&M colors. 

Cookies for Santa from Make It Do


Not all gifts that come in jars are food-related.

Sewing Kit in a Jar from Frugalicious Me


Three different fun gifts along with labels. Plus 5 other ideas.  

Pampering, Energy, or Refreshment in a Jar from The Gunny Sack


Here is a great gift for someone who crafts or paints.

Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub from Under the Table and Dreaming


I decided...I may make them all. I already have a batch of vanilla ready to divvy up, so I'll start with that.

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73 comments:

  1. Hi Sallie,

    What a great gift idea, I have always seen these and would like to try them...
    Thank you!
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  2. I love all of these ideas. They would make great gifts for coworkers.

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  3. These are all wonderful ideas for any gift giving occasion. My Christmas shopping just got easier. :)

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  4. Great ideas, and so pretty! Thanks for sharing. I came across your blog via Pinterest and I love it.

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  5. love them all! thanks for sharing

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  6. Hi Sallie!

    Stopping by for the first time and loving all you have here! So many great ideas and projects and a very friendly blog :) I have been perusing many of your posts!

    Kindly, Lorraine

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  7. wow! what a great collection of gift in a jar! thanks for sharing!

    i actually have a batch of homemade vanilla in the works! inspired by whipperberry!!

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  8. I love gifts in a jar...I have been making cakes i a jar for over 15 years and this year trying vanilla!

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    1. Do you have any ideas other than this

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  9. These ideas are all sooo adorable! The presentation too is stunning. What a great idea. Love it.

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  10. WOW -- this is one great gift round-up!! Thanks for sharing these ideas!!

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  11. Thanks so much for posting this! I had found the idea for the cocoa mixes in a Sunset magazine, but I guess I missed ripping out the page with the recipes before I threw away the magazine. Love the other ideas here too!

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  12. Wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Thanks for the feature! I'm so glad you like my idea!

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  14. I just bought a ton of mason jars, so I'm ready! Thanks for all of the great ideas.

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  15. What a fun compilation of nifty treats! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. Hello! These are so great! I posted this on my Facebook page. I am also a new follower. Would love for you to come stop by. Have a great day!

    Alissia
    http://momsfatpurse.blogspot.com

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  17. The cowgirl cookies with the pink M&Ms would also be a great idea for a breast cancer benefit/sale.

    You could just add the pink ribbon and the words...

    Cookies For A Cure!

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  18. LOVE these! Was looking for perfect home made gifts to give this year and *boy did you deliver on the inspiration! Thank you! :)

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  19. Love your site! These ideas are fantastic! Thank you so much!

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  20. Love your ideas! Perfect gifts!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Leticia

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  21. I Love it all thanks for sharing.
    Great ideas for Christmas Gifts.

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  22. Love all these ideas! Thank you for the great post (that I found via Pinterest). ;!

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  23. love these ideas!! i'm a college student and these, especially the "mocha cocoa", would be perfect gifts for my roomies! thank you :)

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  24. Wow.. who knew you could make a plain jar look this fancy. My grandmother would love the sewing kit jar.. and I would take the energy one! Gourmet popcorn would be a great add to this jar collection.

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  25. This is so cute, I pinned it and would love to have you share it at my Christmas crafts and recipes linky! http://3boysandadog.com/deals/2011/christmas-crafts-and-recipes-link-up/

    Kelli

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  26. Just found you through Pinterest. Any idea what the cost is per jar? I know if you buy in bulk it divides up quite nicely but I am concerned about how much I would need to spend in order to make a few gifts. Maybe I need to make the gifts in bulk too :)

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  27. Michelle, since this is a compilation of other's ideas, I have no idea what each would cost. I imagine the least expensive ones would be the recipe ingredients in mason jars. Just decorate them with fabric and ribbon and add a simple label.

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  28. I just purchased all the materials to make sewing kits for presents for my bridemaids and the total cost I spent for all materials was 30.00 making each one costing $6.00 each. I went to the Dollar Tree, JoAnn's then to Michael's. I used coupons as well and looked for deals. This is a fantastic, and practical gift. I love it and it goes perfect with my wedding theme. Thanks

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  29. Love your website. I do have a question...when I clicked on the Lemon Sugar Scrub, I do go to another site, but the recipe for this is not availabe.......am I doing something wrong? I even did a search for it on that site. I would really love to find this.
    Thank you.

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    1. Connie, the Lemon Sugar Scrub recipe is hiding between two photos. Here it is.
      Mix 2 1/2 Cups of Sugar with 1 Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Add 4 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice {or scented essential oils to your liking}. This mixture will make enough to fill a 12oz. Mason Jar {and you'll have just enough left over to clean your hands afterwards too.}
      Mix really well until a gritty paste forms and spoon into a glass container. {Make sure your container has a lid that seals.}

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  30. I love these ideas! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  31. Wow, thank you for posting all these great ideas!

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  32. These are amazing ideas, thank you. Do you know where to get the milk bottles with lids?

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  33. Hi,

    I found your blog through Pinterest and I would love to invite you to share this, and any other posts you would like to, at my Creative Thursday Link Party at www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com. (Runs through Monday each week)

    Have a wonderful day,
    Michelle

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I'll add your link party to my Thursday list.

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  34. Have a jar making party. And trade with friends. So you can get new input for more things to put in the jars. Maybe a great way to make new friends like a block party.

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  35. Wow! Love it! What font did you use for the homemade vanilla extract label on crinoline?

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    1. For information on the vanilla label you'll have to check with the original blog, whipperberry.com.

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  36. These gifts are looking so delicious. Your ideas was also interesting. do you have some more collection of gits for Eid?

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  37. I love all theses ideas! But I think it's funny they call the one "Mocha Cocoa" that means chocolate chocolate. Maybe "Cafe Mocha" or "cafe cocoa" would work better. Sorry I worked at a coffee shop too long and it still bothers me. ;) hehe
    Lyndsey M

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    1. Lyndsey, I didn't even notice when I typed that. Oh well, I love chocolate, so double chocolate is even better. lol Thanks for stopping by!

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  38. Wow these are absolutely beautiful! What a great idea..This is definitely going to help with the Christmas gifts this year!.. Thanks..

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

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  39. Lurrrrve these Christmas in a Jar Ideas top banana! :)

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  40. I have been looking for gifts to make for my family that fit my broke-college-student-trying-to-save-for-an-apartment-penny-pinching-only-thrifting budget! I have a feeling people will like these better than the crocheted potholders I was thinking up!

    Amanda Rose
    http://sewmuchtosay.blogspot.com

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    1. Amanda, if you give away one of the cookie jars, you can attach one your homemade potholders to it. That would make a terrific gift for anyone. Thanks for stopping by!

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  41. Are the recipes anywhere?

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    1. You can find the instructions in the original blog by clicking on the red link under each photo.

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  42. Yay, broke as a joke but these will pull us through. =)

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    1. Oh yea, been there. One year I made homemade spaghetti sauce and included a jar in some cute baskets with pasta and other goodies. Everyone loved them. Remember, it's the thought that counts. No need to spend a ton of money. Hope you have a happy holiday!

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  43. I did homemade vanilla (with nearly the exact same lables!) for my husband and my wedding favors, and I have a ton left and I LOVE LOVE LOVE having them on hand. I use real vanilla in nearly everything I bake now, I just love having it on hand!

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    1. What a great idea for wedding favors! I bet your guests loved them. I always have a bottle of vodka hidden in my kitchen cabinet. Ha! Not for drinking, though.

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  44. I was going to make the homemade vanilla, is there a recipe for that?

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    1. http://www.texascottageblog.com/2011/06/homemade-vanilla-extract.html

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  45. This is so awesome. I already have ideas based off of these. I bead and my nieces love to try so a little beading kit may do the trick. Thank you!

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    1. What a great idea! Thanks, Rachel.

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  46. Ah this was great! Just what I needed for som inspiration! It's loads of snow here in the northen Sweden so I desperatly need the inspiration for some fun presents. Get a bit tired of the snow already.. Have a merry christmas! :-)

    /Sara

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  47. I made the Peppermint Stick Cocoa mix for Xmas gifts, It doesn't tell me how to mix up for a 1 cup or even what to do for the quart. I need to know this as soon as possible. So please let me know so I can put on the tags. Thanks K.W.

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    1. Here is the recipe from Sunset:

      1 cup powdered milk
      1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
      1 cup granulated sugar
      1/2 teaspoon salt
      1/2 cup miniature chocolate chips
      1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy

      Preparation
      Layer powdered milk, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, chocolate chips, and peppermint candy.

      Note:
      This mix will fill a 1-quart jar (12 servings), but if your containers are different sizes, just keep the ratio of ingredients constant. On the back of the tag, write: "Mix contents in a large bowl. For each serving, place 1/3 cup cocoa mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup boiling water. Store remaining mix in airtight container."

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  48. I always give "cookies in a jar" as a Christmas gift to my friends. It never fails! Aside for this, I also give artwork which are elegant, timeless, and beautiful! :) I usually give glass hand blown art from Italy or Russia, and original oil paintings from unknown but talented street artists! I buy my gifts online like ebay, Glasslilies and in art galleries.

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    1. Lizzie, these are all great ideas. I don't think I could buy artwork for a gift unless I know the recipient well. Art seems to be a personal choice. A gift in a jar is a good choice for neighbors, teachers, and friends.

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  49. I love the your ideas but when I click the pictures it doesn't take me to any recipes?? Wondering what I am doing wrong? I'd love the recipes for several of them but one I really want is the Mocha Cocoa.

    Thanks for your help!!

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