Since we have not been able to do very much Christmas decorating, baking, or creating this year, I’m still needing to come up with a few ideas of quick and easy gift ideas for some friends and neighbors to let them know how much we love and appreciate them. That’s getting more difficult every year, it seems, because everyone has not only pretty much everything they NEED, but most of us have way more than we WANT . . . and lots of us are trying to minimize the amount of unnecessary stuff in our homes. That’s a good project, but that’s for another blog post.
For right now, I’m thinking that I want to put together some of these cute gifts in a jar for a couple of reasons. One, I don’t have the time, energy, money, or space right now to come up with big, expensive gifts. Our house is still awaiting the contractors to come and finish putting things back together following our flood at the end of October, so things remain kind of topsy-turvy around here which makes it difficult to launch new projects. Including getting the Christmas tree up and wrapping gifts. I hope we can do that this weekend. Better late than never, I guess.
And because of all these necessary home repair repair projects, some of them we are doing ourselves to save money, we have very little time, energy, or money left-over this year for anything else. That’s when I decided that I’m running out of time to do anything super-duper spectacular for Christmas and started looking for a few ideas for simple DIY gift ideas – but also something that won’t sit around collecting dust for the next several years. I know! Make something edible! That’s when I remembered all of the creative ideas for putting together cookie, cake, and brownie mixes in a jar. There are even some soup recipes that can be put together in a jar with a ribbon tied around it and POOF! You have a thoughtful gift for someone you love, without a ton of stress, expense, or time involved.
So if by chance you are in a similar situation this Christmas, give this a try. I’m going to be putting together several of these next week for a few of our neighbors and friends. Here are just three that I came across that I wanted to share with you, but there are so many more ideas out here!
Gingerbread Cookies in a Jar from DIY Projects for Teens would be a fun gift to make for a special teenager in your life, but it would also be fun to make WITH your teenager. And since I have two teenagers right now, I’m thinking this is definitely one we are going to make next week. For the complete recipe and instructions, visit DIY Projects for Teens.
from Cul de Sac Cool
Well, this one looks like an amazing cookie recipe, besides the fact that it is really pretty in the jar, too! Cranberry Winter Cookies in a Jar from Cul de Sac Cool includes printable recipe cards that you can include with this DIY Christmas gift in a jar. We might just make some of these here at home while we’re at it!
Afternoon Baking with Grandma . . . now that sounds like fun! Stop by and visit Grandma where you’ll find recipes and instructions for making all three of these gifts in a jar, including Oatmeal Scotchies, M&Ms Cookies, and Granola Muffin Mix. Guess I better get busy making some gifts in a jar, because Christmas is just around the corner!
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