5 Super Simple Gifts in a Jar

At this time of year we start thinking about all the gifts that we need and the people that perhaps we forgot to add to the list, but don’t panic. I am a firm believer that Christmas is supposed to be fun and magical so let’s leave stress out of it. If you have no idea what to give your kids’ teachers, your next door neighbours or the name you pulled in the Secret Santa at work I think I have some ideas that are super easy to throw together and not very expensive either. Hopefully you feel inspired and will be well ahead of schedule so no last minute gift mania has to set in.

1. Peppermint Body Scrub

This smells great and leaves your skin baby soft making it the perfect pampering gift for loved ones and is okay to give to those that you may not know as well too.

3 Tablespoons coconut oil
2-3 Drops peppermint oil
1-2 Drops food colouring (optional but it does give it a fun festive colour)
1/4-1/3 Cup white sugar

Combine in a small bowl until fully mixed. The scrub should not be too wet—add more sugar if needed.

2. Homemade Hot Chocolate

I love hot chocolate on a cold day and when I have received this type of gift I have loved it. I have to come up with my own recipe to share with friends (and enjoyed the taste testing process).

1/4 Cup powdered milk
1/2 Cup powdered sugar
1/2 Cup cocao
1/4 Milk chocolate chips
1/4 Marshmallows
1 Finely ground candy cane (optional)

Mix the powdered milk, icing sugar, cocoa and ground candy cane (if you are using it) together and place in the bottom of the jar. Top with the chocolate chips and marshmallows. The recipe is delicious without the minty flavour of the candy cane but if you are looking for a more unique flavour it is a fun addition.

3. Happy Feet

It was a little difficult to see all the things once they are in the jar but basically it is all things to make feet feel loved. I put some fuzzy socks, intense dry skin lotion, a pair of clippers and some nail polish into the one I made.

It looks so fun when it is all done up.

4. Sooth the soul

This time of year can be hectic so why not fill a jar with things that feel good for the body and soul. I have a flavoured chap stick, a couple of single serving hot chocolates, and a face mask in this one. You could also include coupons for spa treatments, bubble baths, or fancy tea bags depending on the recipient. Think about the things that the person you are giving it to likes to help them unwind and then put a jar together specifically to help soothe their tired mind.

5. Christmas Trail Mix

Not exactly a healthy snack to take on a hike with you but a fun and festive surprise to whip up for the people that are notoriously hard to buy for.

Per Jar:

1/2 Cup frosted Shreddies
1/4 Salted peanuts
1/4 Red and green M&M’s
1/4 Mini marshmallows

Toss together and pour into the jar.

I hope that these inspired you and will help your holiday gift giving be a little less stressful. Please share if you try any of them and let me know what creative ways you made them your own.



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