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10 Creative DIY Christmas Gifts in a Jar You can Actually Make

Are you tired of trying to find the perfect Christmas gift among the tones of commercial products offered in the stores?

You want your gifts to be special, personalized, on a budget and preferably without having to visit those super crowded malls?

Sure, you can do your Holiday shopping online and dig out one of those amazing artists who hand-make miracles, but why not do your own handmade gifts? It’s fun to give and even more fun to make!

Here I have for you a list of 10 homemade Christmas gifts, which they will love to receive and you will feel absolutely amazing making them yourself. All the recipes are easy to make with simple ingredients and have tried myself so feel safe to choose any of them!

1.Hot Chocolate Mix

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OK, name one person who doesn’t like hot chocolate! Even if you are one of those persons who are not huge fans of chocolate desserts, just like me, chances are that you will adore hot chocolate and particularly this homemade mix.

I have tried several recipes and rejected on first sight even more because they were far from what I had in mind. Homemade for me means making something from scratch with real ingredients that ideally contain no additives or preservatives. Surprisingly enough most of the recipes you can find online contain instant chocolate pudding mix which makes me wonder why bother and not get the store bought mix in the first place? Since you are getting into this “trouble” why not offer something that is also delicious and really homemade?

Look no more for this perfect recipe because I have it right here for you coming from The Healthy Cook. My personal favorite was the one with the cardamon seeds and I used uncompressed organic cocoa instead of cacao nibs because it was easier to find. The dose is enough for 20 servings and I would divide it in two jars making two perfect homemade gifts.

2.Infused Honey

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You already know it from a previous post, you already love it, why not offer it as a gift to your loved ones? Herbal or roots infused honey is really up to you and the person you have in mind. What does he/she like? What does he/she need?

How might one use herb-infused honey? The possibilities are endless. Use it to sweeten tea, lemonade, fruit, and baked goods; stir it into salad dressings and marinades; or serve it with a cheese plate. I generally like to create single-herb infused honey, but you can also get creative and prepare a blend – maybe your own signature honey! If you need to know my personal favorites are chamomile for tea sweetener or spread and garlic infused for cooking recipes.

Find everything you need to know about honey infusions, get the recipes from here and start infusing because Christmas is coming and there’s not too much time left!

3.Cinnamon Honey Butter

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Since we are into honey and just because infusing might take some time and time is a luxury we can’t always afford, homemade Honey Butter might be the solution you were looking for.

Honey butter is a great idea to use as a spread, my personal favorite since I was a child, or as a topping for french toasts and pancakes. Add some of your favorite spices or fresh zest to make your friends fall in love with it!

The recipe is too easy not to try. All you need for three 0,2lt jars is :

  • 1 cup Honey
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon or 1tsp lemon zest + 1 vanilla bean

 Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in bowl. Using whisk attachment on mixer blend until smooth and creamy, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  2. Use rubber spatula to pour mixture in to a large pastry bag, cut off tip and squeeze into the jars.
  3. Keep refrigerated. Serve room temperature.

4.Garlic Paste

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You’ve heard of it, you’ve seen TV chefs using it but I am pretty sure that most of you haven’t tried it yet, at least that’s what I get from my friends. That’s what makes it even better as a choice for a Christmas gift! Real homemade roasted garlic spread is something you will easily make but will be hard to give away.

Yes, it’s just garlic (with a little olive oil and a touch of sea salt and maybe some dried thyme), but it’s so not just garlic.

It’s sweet, nutty, and mellow, and spreadably creamy with the consistency of room temperature butter. It’s also amazing tossed with hot pasta, fresh spinach, Parmesan cheese flakes, and a drizzle of olive oil; spread on a cold poultry sandwich or wrap in place of mayo or mustard; used as a condiment for burgers, grilled steak, or pan-seared chicken; or made into salad dressing that will make you want to eat salad for every meal of every day for the rest of your life. And here’s how you’ll prepare it:

Ingredients
  • 4 whole garlic bulbs (medium size) unpeeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • some dried thyme (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 180C
  2. Slice the top ¼-inch off of each head of garlic, leaving the bulbs intact.
  3. Place the garlic bulbs cut-side-up on a large piece of foil; drizzle the oil on each bulb, and sprinkle with sea salt.
  4. Tightly wrap the bulbs in the foil, and bake until the garlic is completely soft and light caramel in color, about 45 minutes.
  5. Cool to room temperature, and then remove the garlic from the peel. You can either peel away the garlic paper to keep the cloves whole, or you can push the cloves out like toothpaste by squeezing up from the bottom.
  6. To make the roasted garlic into spread, just mash the cloves together with a fork.
  7. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Or, you know, it’s also pretty perfect eaten off a spoon. 🙂

5.Cocoa Body Scrub

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Not only is it incredibly easy and fast whip up a batch of homemade sugar scrub for yourself, jars of homemade sugar scrubs make great inexpensive gifts for any occasion. This homemade sugar scrub recipe is something you’ll want to take note of for the upcoming holiday season, but don’t forget to pamper yourself once in a while too!

To make a batch of this, dreamy smelling and nutritious for your skin, homemade scrub you’ll need just a few ingredients:

-1 cup raw brown sugar
-2 1/2 Tbs cocoa powder
-2 Tbs honey
-8 Tsp coconut (or almond) oil
-a healthy dash of cinnamon

I have been making this recipe for ages and I love it both for it’s delicious smell and it’s nutritious benefits for my skin. Dark cocoa is especially rich in antioxidants and can help to keep your skin firm, resilient and smooth as you get older.
Some of the key benefits of using it combined with honey and a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, in skin care products and body treatments include:

  • Nourishes and softens dry skin
  • Acts as a deep moisturizer
  • Antioxidants may help reduce free radical damage
  • Can calm and heal irritated skin
  • Can promote the skin cell renewal process
  • Rejuvenates the skin from inside out

What more can one ask from a homemade gift?

6.Bath salts

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Since we are into pampering ourselves, nothing beats a relaxing bath at the end of a long week, and what makes a bath more enjoyable than bath salts?

Ever since I found this recipe for homemade bath salts from The Frugal Girls I loved it. I have tried it in many essential oil combinations and I must say I cannot make up my mind for my favorite even if my life depended on it. If you decide to make it as a Christmas gift for your friends I would recommend to choose essential oils like patchouli or sandal wood to make it even more festive.

You will find everything you need to know about making the most perfect homemade bath salts here.

7.Salted Caramel Sauce

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This one should actually be called addictive salted caramel sauce because once you open the jar there is no way back and I am not even a huge caramel fan!

Salted caramel sauce is a huge discovery that for ever changed my opinion about caramel and the world of sweets. You don’t even need ideas on how or where to use this sauce. You just open the jar and eat it with your spoon. I am pretty sure you will be tempted to lick out the inside of the jar too.

I found the best recipe for my beloved salted caramel sauce from Recipe Girl and I am happily sharing it with you!

Remember to keep some for your friends too 😉

8.Vanilla Extract

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Well I know what you are thinking. It’s too late for vanilla extract! The time needed for a proper extract is at least 6 weeks and given the fact that the more is stays in the bottle the better it gets makes it a poor choice when Christmas is less than a month away. You have a point there but to my opinion there is nothing wrong about giving a perfect little bottle of homemade vanilla extract as a gift, telling them that they will have to wait for another 2 weeks before they use it as it gets better in time.

Think of it, when Christmas is gone, when all the lights are off and all the other gifts are nothing but a memory, your friends will have their homemade vanilla ready for some delicious baking! It will be like opening a late Christmas gift. To me that’s a very good reason to start making my vanilla extracts!

I know it’s a jar gift post, and actually I made my vanilla extracts in small jars, but this year I fell in love with bakeat350.blog idea of using those little bottles. All you’ll need is vanilla beans, vodka and those little bottles. For more information on how to make this amazing vanilla extract in small bottles, visit bakeat350.blog and I am sure you will love it as much as I did.

9.Sweet Christmas Pickles

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This is a family recipe and a family favorite. It’s the first Christmas gift in a jar I ever saw, decades before pinterest was invented. My mum always made these pickles in huge jars for the family but also made a couple of smaller jars to give away to our visiting relatives. They are so beautiful they could actually be part of your kitchen decor. But on the other hand, these pickles are so delicious that you really need to try them.

Don’t be intimidated by the list of the ingredients, they are all easy to find and I bet most of the you already have at home. For ten 0,5lt jars (aprox. 1 pint) you will need:

  • 6 cups white vinegar
  • 3-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons canning salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seed
  • 2 small heads cauliflower, broken into small florets
  • 4 large carrots, sliced
  • 4 celery ribs, sliced
  • 500gr pearl onions, peeled and trimmed
  • 4 large sweet red peppers, cut into medium thin strips
  • 4 chili peppers, seeds removed and thinly sliced
  • 10 bay leaves
  • 30 whole peppercorns
  • 10 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. In a large stockpot, combine vinegar, sugar, water, canning salt, oregano and fennel seed. Bring to a boil.
  2. Add cauliflower, carrots, celery, and onions; return to a boil. Remove from heat and add peppers.
  3. Carefully ladle hot mixture into 10 the jars, leaving 1-2cm (1/2 inch) headspace. Add a bay leaf, 3-4 peppercorns and a few slices of garlic to each jar. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture or a few tablespoons of olive oil. Wipe rims and close tight the lids.
  4. Place jars into canner or just a pot with simmering water, ensuring that they are 3/4 covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 10 minutes. Remove jars and cool.

10.Orange Cinnamon Stove Up Potpourri

make-your-own-cranberry-orange-stove-top-potpourri-holiday-gift-jarsThese orange stove top potpourri gift jars are the perfect smell good gift. Using all natural ingredients, you can fill and decorate these cute jars and hand them out to friends, teachers, or bring one to a holiday party. Gift recipients will simply simmer the contents on the jar on the stove top and their home will be smelling like orange-cinnamony goodness in no time!

I loved the Christmassy idea of honeyandlime of adding cranberries into the jar and printing how to labels to decorate the jars. Find the exact recipe and decoration ideas here and make a couple of those for your own home too 😉

Happy crafting everyone, and remember love and happiness are homemade!

 

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28 thoughts on “10 Creative DIY Christmas Gifts in a Jar You can Actually Make

  1. I love this post. What great ideas! Homemade gifts are truly special. I don’t knock those who buy store bought, especially in today’s busy world. But if one has time, a homemade gift touches the recipient’s heart. I am definitely going to try to make some of these and definitely making the hot chocolate gift. Thanks so much for these tips and your detailed recipes and descriptions. ❤

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    1. Of course Nancy, not all people have the time to make their own gifts for everyone and the stores must make a living too. This year I have all the time to hand-make some gifts (space might be a little issue) and since we met many wonderful new friends but have to stick on a tight budget I dag out my favorite jar recipes. I am thinking of making 2-3 jars for each. I think the hot chocolate would be the first to try too hahaha it’s too delicious to ignore! As I recall you have a Mediterranean origin so I would encourage to also make the Christmas pickles (I’m sure you had something similar at home) and the garlic spread! Again thank you for being supportive, your opinion means a lot to me ❤

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      1. Thank you. I will if I can. I am only out of bed once a week. I have to get my aid to agree. But, Mondays, I can get up before she comes and I really, really want to make some of these gifts for my best friends who happen to be my aid, physical therapist, and nurse! I know they will appreciate that I took the time to make them. I have to save the link to that post so I don’t lose the recipes. Thank you again! 🙂

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        1. Thank you Nancy for being so supportive. I think it’s a wonderful idea to surprise them with something you made yourself. I’m sure they, most of all, will appreciate it! If you need any further details don’t hesitate to ask 😉

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  2. Hi Connie! What a fantastic post! I love every one of your ideas and want to try them all and prepare them for family and friends at Christmas. We recently made infused butter and it was very fun and delicious. The cinnamon honey butter in your post looks absolutely divine! I’ll have to try each idea, starting with the cocoa body scrub which is very tempting! Congrats on another awesome post!

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