If you are like me, you are still trying to finish up those gift lists. I am going to share some fun gifts the kids can make for that mom and friend who loves cooking and kitchen gifts. Here are 3 easy to make gifts in a jar that your kiddos can put together. These make great grandma, friend, and neighbor gifts and are ready to go if you make a few ahead of time.
All Purpose Seasoning in a Jar
I don’t know about you but we season EVERYTHING. And since we have sensitivity I love to put together blends that are homemade so that we don’t need to worry about already blended spices containing MSGs and things like that. Here is a fun all-purpose seasoning that is great on chicken, steak or even vegetables. We love to present in a 4 ounce mason jar with a lovely square of fabric over the top and a ribbon. Super simply and lovely to give.
- 2/3 cup MFine Sea Salt
- 1/3 cup Dried Parsley
- 3 TBsp Paprika
- 3 Tbsp Onion Powder
- 3 Tbsp Garlic Powder
- 3 Tbsp Dried Rosemary
- 3 Tbsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Blend all together evenly. Use a tablespoon to evenly disperse between several 4-ounce Mason Jars. Decorate and give! Great paired with a recipe card for a fun chicken casserole using the spice or even a set of wooden spoons. Here are the spice jars we use for this.
Homemade Taco Seasoning in a Jar
In the spirit of The LEGO Movie (DVD) Special Edition Taco Tuesday, we have been having tacos at home more often. Since many already made tacoseasoning packets contain MSG, we have taken to making our own taco seasoning. Here is a fun recipe for homemade tacoseasoning that you could give as a gift as well. (It is a medium heat so you can adjust with the chili powder and red pepper flakes to your deserved spicy-ness.) You can put in glass shakers like this one or 4 ounce mason jars. Decorate with ribbon.
- ¼ cup Chili Powder
- ¼ cup Cumin Powder
- 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
- 1 Tbsp Onion Powder
- 1 tsp Paprika
- 1 tsp ground pepper
- ½ tsp oregano
- ¼ tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp sea salt
Mix together completely and use measuring spoon to evenly distribute between jars or shake bottles. When ready to use, use approximately 2 Tbsp per 1 lb of meat mixed with a 1/3 cup of water. Include directions on the bottle. You can use fancy printable stickers or just a sharpie on the side or lid. Decorate with ribbon and/or tag. Here are the Glass Spice Jars we use.
Hot Cocoa in a Jar
This is a fun way to spread holiday cheer with your friends and neighbors that the kids can mix up and have ready for gifts. (Don’t forget to set some aside for them to treat them for their hard work!!!)
- 4 Tbsp Baking Cocoa
- 8 Tbsp granulated sugar (or sweetener of your choice)
- ½ tsp salt
Pour all ingredients into an empty glass jar, seal and shake until well mixed. You can also put into a bowl and mix thoroughly with a spoon. Fill 8 ounce glass jar or 2-4 ounce glass jars evenly. Seal with decorative fabric on top. Include tag with instructions. “Instructions: Scoop 2 heaping tablespoons of hot cocoa mix into a mug and fill with once cup of very warm milk. Stir and enjoy!” Pair with a small bag of marshmallows for added fun! Here are the 8-Ounce Glass Jars we use for this.
Do you have fun do-it-yourself gifts the kids can make? I would love to hear more suggestions. Let me know if you change these any way, I’m always looking for new and improved ways to have ready-made holiday gifts.