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Banana bread is a super frugal gift to give! You can use up bananas that are about to go bad and it only takes a few other ingredients that you likely already have on hand. You can buy discount jars when they go on sale after the canning season to help you prep for the holidays too!
Cake is a total comfort food! Don't have time to make an entire cake? These mug cakes are a perfect gift idea! This mug cake in a jar does require some dry ingredients but it fits in a 32oz mason jar! Plus they can make it in the microwave!
When giving baking mixes as gifts in a jar, you're giving them all the dry ingredients they need to make the baked good. These cookie mixes can be whatever your favorite cookie it! All they have to do is pour, stir, and add the non-dry ingredients, and bake! (The shelf life of a jar cookie mix is about 3 months.)
Who remembers sand art? It was so cool to make all kinds of designs with it! Now you can do that with mason jar food gifts like this Brownie Mix! All they have to do is add eggs, stir everything together, and then bake!
Hot cocoa is a must during the cold weather! This is a great gift idea if you're unsure if they like coffee too. This recipe calls for 9 dry ingredients that you can then separate into batches for the jars. It doesn't take much to fill the jars so you can make a lot with one batch.
You can make your own chex mix or used the pre-made bagged version from the store for this easy holiday jar gift idea. (You can even make a gluten-free version too). A quick snack they can grab at any time like this easy-to-make chex mix is perfect!
One great thing about baking items is you can make quite a few gifts from one batch! If you have the smaller mason jars you can make up a ton of these peppermint bark gifts! candy bark is a super easy baking project that doesn't take long and it doesn't require that many ingredients to actually make. Customize your bark with different colors and flavors to make it extra special.
You only need FOUR ingredients to make this honey butter recipe! This is an entirely homemade butter recipe which is great if someone you know has to limit their store or processed ingredients but still loves toast/bread with a sweet taste to it.
This is a cold-stored mason jar dessert recipe. You will need to keep these cold as it contains a pudding layer. Remember not to take your mason jars from hot to cold or cold to hot too quickly as it may cause them to break/crack as well. It only takes about 20 minutes to make up a batch of these S'mores desserts!
What's great about these is it doubles as decor! The white chocolate-covered pretzels are used to add to the winter theme of the Snowman jar and can be kept on a cool (temperature) table during the holidays! You can make your own chocolate-covered pretzels easily and cut down on the cost of this Christmas food gift too!
Know someone who can drink their weight in chai tea? Introduce them to a new chocolate version with this adorable Chai Tea Latte recipe you can make into a jar gift! You can make your tea mix into as big of a batch as you prefer and then place it into the mason jars. It only takes 3-4 tablespoons per cup so they can get a lot out of one jar!
This mason jar food gift is made with Reese's Pieces but you can really use any candy you'd like. Create a mix of their favorite candies, make your own homemade candy, or focus on just one specific candy for this one. Quick, easy, and thoughtful gift idea for the holidays!
This easy-to-make pancake mix only needs 5 ingredients! You mix the dry ingredients together and then place them in the jars! Based on the amount of dry ingredients you can make 5 servings with just one jar!
Chili and soup pair prefect with cold weather! This Three Bean Chili Mix recipe doesn't require much at all to make (you're combining all dry ingredients!) and most of the supplies you'll need are seasonings, which you can stock up by using coupons and sales at dollar stores! A frugal gift that promotes frugal eating without cutting taste!
Add a seasonal taste to a classic snack with this gingerbread caramel popcorn recipe! One round of ingredients and baking (that takes about 1.5hrs) will make 20 cups! Depending on your jar size you can make quite a few gifts!
The Friendship Soup mix is a classic gift idea that's been around forever! It's easy to put together and makes a great soup, perfect for a cold day! Plus you're giving them something they can eat and reuse the jar later! Half the ingredients needed are beans!
This Lemon Infused Honey is the kind of gift people need and they don't even know it! You know at least once during the cold months you end up with a sore throat, right? This is the gift you reach for that's useful! Plus it only takes three ingredients to make it!
Know someone that loves to eat popcorn? You can create a custom popcorn gift that is stored in jars! You can customize this to their tastes like spicy, sweet, and more! Each set costs less than $4 to make (cheaper if you can get supplies from dollar stores).
Do you have a special seasoning you use that everyone loves? This is a perfect way to gift it during the holidays! It's a personal gift that won't take you much cost-wise to create and it's one that's in demand! Make your seasoning in bulk and then separate OR make the mix in the individual jars.
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