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2016 Homemade Christmas Gifts in a Jar

There’s nothing better than giving - and receiving! - handmade Christmas gifts. The thought, planning and personalization that goes into a homemade Christmas gift makes it so much more special than a store-bought gift. Even better is when you can put together those homemade Christmas gifts when you have no money and are in a bit of a time crunch. Which brings us to the magic of gifts in a jar.

Homemade Christmas Gifts Cookie Mix Jar Recipes

If you’re looking for homemade Christmas gifts for mom or homemade Christmas gifts for sister, one of these cookie mix jars make a sweet stocking stuffer. And hey, maybe if you stick around long enough after the presents are opened, you’ll get to taste test! 

Triple Chip Cookie Mix in a Jar 

Photo Credit: The Frugal Girls


  • Milk Chocolate Cake Mix
  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Milk chocolate chips
  • White chocolate chips

Who doesn't love triple chip cookies? Nobody, that's who. This recipe turns out great batch of delicious cookies which make a perfect Christmas gift.

Please visit this post on the The Frugal Girls blog for ingredient quantities and step-by-step instructions.

Cranberry Cookies in a Jar


  • All-purpose flour
  • Rolled oats
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Light brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Dried cranberries
  • White chocolate chips
  • Chopped pecans or walnuts

Please visit this post on the My Baking Addiction blog for ingredient quantities and step-by-step instructions.

M&M Cookies in a Jar 

M&M Cookies in a Jar For Christmas

Photo & Recipe Credit: Damn Delicious


  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Old fashioned oats
  • M&Ms
  • Brown sugar
  • Sugar 

My favorite part about this recipe is that it's even X-mas colored. Red and green M&M's plus the white flour makes this a perfect Christmas gift on a budget.

Get the full deets here.

DIY Christmas Gift Liquor Recipes

Who doesn’t love a little liquor around the holiday season?! These homemade liquor recipes will elevate your loved ones’ bar carts to something seriously special.

Now you just have to wait for happy hour! Just remember that liquor infusions need about a few weeks to really get to optimal taste so make them before Xmas! 

Pineapple Infused Rum

Booze In a Jar Xmas Gift

Photo Credit: Grain Changer


  • Fresh pineapple
  • White rum

This may not be the most festive of holiday infused drinks but it's certainly delicious. Two ingredients and five minutes of prep time, it's that easy. 

Check out the recipe.

Apple Pie Bourbon

Xmas Gift Idea Booze in a Jar Bourbon

Photo Credit: Just Putzing


  • Gala apples
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • Bourbon 

Who doesn't like Apple Pie? This bourbon infused booze-y drink is sure to be a hit at your X-mas party or during that awkward family dinner. 

Full recipe here.

Homemade Christmas Gifts Nuts Recipes

Nuts are a definite crowd pleaser and there are lots of ways to dress up basic mixed nuts to something super delicious (and super easy!).

Homemade Cinnamon Sugar Candied Nuts

Candied Nuts in a Jar for the Holidays

Photo Credit: Sally’s Baking Addiction


  • Pecan halves
  • Whole almonds
  • Egg whites
  • Water
  • Granulated sugar
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Salt

PeThese are delicious. They're also addictive, like really addictive so make a small batch or ensure you have lots of friends around to share them with. 

You can check out the full recipe here  

Homemade Christmas Gifts Sugar Scrub Ideas

If you’re looking for homemade Christmas gifts that is not food, there are lots of great beauty options you can make and gift in a jar. So whether you’re looking for homemade Christmas gifts for your girlfriend or homemade Christmas gifts for your wife, look no further than our round-up of these easy Sugar Scrub recipes! 

Simple Sugar Scrub Recipe

Brown Sugar and Coconut Body Scrub

Photo Credit: Perry's Plate


  • Brown sugar
  • Coconut oil

This is such a simple scrub but it'll leave your skin feeling ah-mazing. Check out the full recipe, there are also some other suggestions to add if you want to make it take it up a notch.

DIY Gingerbread Sugar Scrub 

DIY gingerbread body scrub

Gold Mountain Beauty


  • 1 cup Ground Coffee
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Ground Ginger
  • 2 tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil, or coconut oil, sunflower oil etc.

I just made this scrub and love it. It reminds me of Christmas and that's enough to make my morning.

Coffee Body Scrub with Coconut Oil


  • Organic coffee
  • Organic sugar
  • Organic coconut oil
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla

If you're not already aware, organic coffee scrubs are all the rage. And for good reason, they're amazing at treating a variety of skin conditions and issues. Plus there is something about the smell of coffee grinds that always gives me a little boost. Check out the full recipe here.

Homemade Christmas Gifts for Boyfriend

Health and beauty gifts don’t have to be all about the ladies; men need grooming products too! Below, you’ll find two super simple shaving product recipes he’ll definitely love.

The Best Homemade Shaving Cream for Guys and Gals 

Modern Hippie Housewife


  • Oil (olive, grape seed, coconut, etc)
  • Honey
  • Castile soap
  • Pine, rosemary or mint essential oil 

DIY Shaving Oil 

Hybrid Rasta Mama

  • Olive oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Something delicious smelling

Men will love this hydrating, luxe oil to put on before they shave to keep their skin super smooth and their stubble softened.


When you’re thinking about gifting the jars, traditional brown twine doubled with a festive green, red or metallic ribbon makes an excellent wrapping. 

We hope you’ve found some useful inspiration for your next round of Christmas gift giving. We think homemade Christmas gifts in Mason jars are seriously the best; we’ll be making one of each for all of our friends and family!

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