Every Christmas I struggle with what to get my friends and family for Christmas. I dread the holiday crowds at the mall and hate buying expensive gifts I’m not sure they’ll love. This usually leaves me looking for gifts at the last minute. These gifts can be made quickly and inexpensively while leaving your family and friends with a personal gift they’ll love. From infused liquors to sewing kits this list has a gift to please everyone!
10 Free Christmas Gifts in a Jar
1. Christmas M&M Cookie Mix
I love Christmas cookies and many of my relatives gift my family with delicious trays of Christmas cookies. The problem? The cookies go stale before we have the chance to enjoy them! I love the idea of sharing a favorite cookie recipe to be eaten after the holidays AND with only four ingredients this recipe is quick and frugal. Find the full Frugal Girl’s Christmas M&M Cookie Mix Recipe here.
2. Just the Marshmallows
Know someone who loves Lucky Charms? Well we all know that what they really love is the marshmallows. This may be the easiest gift to make on this list. Simply pour a box of Lucky Charms onto a baking pan, pick out the marshmallows, and place into your mason jar. Woo-Lah! Your gift is ready! Find full instructions here.
3. Mason Jar Sewing Kits
This is a little bit of a craftier project but that’s what makes it so perfect for your craft-loving friends! Start by making your own pin cushion (it’s simpler than in sounds) than fill your mason jar with pins, thread, extra buttons and what ever sewing supplies you can find on sale. Go here for the full instructions.
4. Shake and Pour Pancakes
Who doesn’t love a stack of warm buttermilk pancakes in the morning…especially Christmas morning! This shake and store option makes cooking homemade pancakes a cinch and you includes FREE printables. Find the full recipe here.
5. Cinnamon Honey Butter
The best part of this gift is that it can be made with ingredients that you have in your pantry! All you need is butter, cinnamon, honey and powdered sugar to make this sweet treat. Your friends will thank you for this gift even if their waistlines don’t! Find the full recipe here.
6. Pork Rub
Have a guy in your life that you don’t know what to buy for? This is a great gift for guys who love to grill. This pork rub includes spices that you likely have on hand and takes only a few minutes to pull together. Even better, you can print out that cute label to make this gift even more special. Find the full recipe and printable here.
7. Infused Liquors
What makes infused liquors a great gift? They’re delicious, easy to make, and an item many people don’t normally make or have on hand. Make these a week to a month in advance depending on your taste. The best part is that you can customize your to your friends and family tastes. A few yummy combinations include: Figs + Bourbon, Jalapenos + Tequila or Pineapple + Rum. Find the complete instructions here.
8.Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub
After all the stress of the holidays everyone can use a little pampering. This gift makes for a sweet reminder to take some time for yourself AND it’s easy to make. Combine household ingredients with essential oils to make this festive sugar scrub. Find the full instructions here.
9. Bath Bombs
Who doesn’t love a nice bath after a long week of Christmas fun? These bath bomb are easy to make and MUCH less expensive than normal bath bombs. This can be made and dried within 24 hours. Find the full instructions here.
10. Mulling Spices
Only have a few seconds to put together gifts? These mulling spices are VERY easy to make. Simply take a bag of mulling spices, some rosemary twigs, and cutie (small) or dried oranges and place them in your jar. Decorate with the free printable found here and your gift is ready. Find the full instructions here.