Lately, I’ve been on the mission to find inexpensive ways for creating holiday gifts but have had a hard time finding crafts that aren’t too time consuming. Time is not really something I have a lot of, being a full-time student, working, and having a family at home. I am sure many of you could relate, being students, parents, full-time workers, caretakers, and so on. So, I was excited after stumbling across the idea of DIY Mason jar gifts. I love these creations because they could be made ahead of time and ingredients can be purchased in bulk. With the added bonus of not having to wrap up these extraordinary holiday treats, I was sold.
Here are a few simple ideas for some creative DIY holiday gifts, including recipes, photos, and free printable tags. Warning- They are inexpensive. They are easy. They are tasty. They are fun. Enjoy!
Peppermint Brownie Jar Mix:
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 cup Peppermint crunch baking chips (or chopped mints)
1 1/4 cup flour (carefully add this layer to prevent sinking into the mints)
A pinch of salt
Layer the ingredients in a Mason jar. The order doesn’t really matter here; just be sure to have separate layers instead of mixing the ingredients. For a festive touch, tie a ribbon around the jar. You can also add a fun cupcake holder to the lid (as pictured). Here are some free printable tags you can attach as well, with the baking instructions included. And that’s it! Doesn’t get much easier than that!
Jolly Jarred Toffee:
50 saltine crackers (approx.)
2 sticks butter
1 cup soft brown sugar
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup M&M’s
- Pre-heat oven to 325°.
- Line 9×13 pan with aluminum foil.
- Spray foil with cooking spray and then line pan with saltine crackers.
- Place butter and sugar in a medium sized pot over medium/low heat.
- Stir until butter is melted. Once butter is melted, bring to a boil for exactly 3 minutes. Stir constantly.
- Once bubbly, remove pan from heat and pour evenly over saltine crackers. Spread mixture with a knife… Try to move quickly during this part so the toffee doesn’t harden.
- Place pan in oven and bake for 7-8 minutes. The mixture will spread evenly over the crackers as it bakes.
- Remove pan from oven and then sprinkle the chocolate chips on top of the toffee while it’s still hot.
- Let the chocolate chips melt for a few minutes
- Then spread the toffee evenly with a spatula.
- Top with M&M’s then refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Once chocolate has hardened, break the pieces off the foil and discard the foil.
- Store the toffee for up to two weeks in a container.
- Separate into Mason jars, add a ribbon for festivity, and you are all set to deliver your gift!
Hot Cocoa Mix in a Jar:
¾ cup dry milk powder
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¾ cup powdered sugar
Mini chocolate chips
Crushed candy canes (or mints)
Instructions: Layer the ingredients in a 32 oz. Mason jar. As with the other gifts, a ribbon will add some extra cheer. Also, don’t forget to attach instructions for cooking, which we’ve conveniently added to these free printable tags.
Salsa in a Jar:
1 can whole Tomatoes (drained)
2 cans diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies
¼ cups Chopped Onion
1 clove Garlic, Minced
¼ teaspoon Sugar
¼ teaspoon Salt
¾ cups chopped Cilantro
1 1/2 TB fresh lime juice
1 finely chopped Jalapeño
Combine all of the ingredients above into a blender or food processor. Blend until you get a nice consistency (approx. 10-15 seconds). Refrigerate salsa for at least an hour. Fill your jars, attach your ribbons and tags, and you are all set! (One batch will fill about 3-16oz. Mason jars).
I hope you enjoyed these quick and easy DIY gift ideas just as much as I did! If crafts just so happen to be a hobby of yours, you should check out some of our online craft courses. We even have a course to help you jumpstart your very own arts and crafts business. This could be just the kick to get you inspired for your next accomplishment in 2015!