To celebrate the season of giving and sharing, particularly when it comes to swapping recipes, we have the ideal holiday gift for neighbors, coworkers, and friends—do it yourself (DIY) holiday gift jars.

Gifts of food in classic mason jars that contain our all-time, cherished family recipes can be created on a budget, and they encourage family and neighbor togetherness for baking, sharing, and creating new memories…

1. Grown-Up Hot Cocoa Jars

Give the gift of warmth this holiday season—all in one jar! This grown up hot cocoa is filled with all of the traditional musts including hot cocoa mix, marshmallows, and chocolate. However, it comes with an extra special treat: a mini bottle of Baileys tied up nice with a Christmas ribbon.



2. DIY Toffee Blondies Jar

Nothing says sweet like a jar of ooey-sticky-sweet toffee blondies in a DIY mason jar.  This gift is a perfect combination of sweet—thanks to the heath chips, vanilla, and chocolate chips; and crunchy—thanks to the pecans and toffee bits.  Just attach a recipe card to your jar with a nice ribbon or some bakery twine.

Source: Christmas Your Way

3. Mulled Wine DIY Jar

‘Tis the season to spread some good old fashioned holiday cheer! No better way to clink glasses with neighbors than by giving a DIY mulled wine jar with all of the essentials for a fragrant, spicy brew. This jar contains mulling directions, a bottle of red wine, plus a combination of earthy, holiday spices—including cinnamon sticks, star anise, allspice berries, cloves, cardamom, and zippy black peppercorns.

Source: Buzzfeed

4. Chocolate Brownie Mix in a Jar

A token of layered love never looked, or tasted, so sweet! This lovely gift of DIY chocolate brownies contains all the necessities for a delightful batch of homemade brownies. Layer your jar tightly with chocolate chips, brown sugar, flour, cocoa, and walnuts (optional), along with a pretty recipe card with instructions to add just the right amount of butter and eggs.

Source: BBC Good Food

5. DIY Jarred Coconut Granola

The ideal and appreciated holiday gift for the busier people in your life, this wholesome coconut granola offers a hearty few breakfasts or snacks—no apron required! A healthy mélange of toasted oats, shredded coconut, coconut oil, chopped almonds, and pepitas sweetened with a touch of pure maple syrup.

Source: Two Peas and Their Pod


6. DIY Merry Christmas Cookies

Everyone has a talent among their family and friends. And if yours just happens to be baking genius than give the gift of Merry Christmas cookies in an adorable jar. You can choose a classic sugar cookie recipe or mom’s famous shortbreads—but regardless you’ll be giving the gift of sweet baking love!

Source: Crazy Life of Us

7. DIY Meat Rub in a Jar

Dad might not be into a cookie recipe and Grandpa probably won’t appreciate a jar of banana bread for the making, but both would be really wowed over a custom-blended DIY jar of meat rub. This particular recipe is considered all purpose for poultry, beef, fish, or pork. It’s a tangy-savory blend of dried basil, oregano, kosher salt, thyme, garlic, onion, and ground black pepper just begging for barbecue season.


8. Homemade DIY Dog Biscuits Jar

Now I have trouble buying for the humans who love their animals more than other humans. That was before I tracked down this thoughtful DIY dog biscuit recipe in a jar. It includes everything Fido will roll over and shake a paw for—including peanut butter! Kind of gives me the warm fuzzies all over!

Source: Made By Marni


Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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