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Subject: Holiday gifts
Date Posted: 11/24/2012 8:09 AM ET
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I usually try to give homemade food as gifts to acquaintances - work colleagues, neighbors, etc - in order to save money and because it's fun. I usually do cookies, but I had a baby this year and I just don't see when I am going to find the time. I've been thinking about doing easy stuff, like chocolate covered pretzels or "jar" gifts (cookie recipe in a jar, hot chocolate mix in a jar, etc). Does anyone else have any ideas for easy holiday recipes as gifts?
Date Posted: 11/24/2012 9:14 AM ET
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This is one of my favorite homemade things to give and get.  You can do so much with these from sweets to bath salts.  I have given a lot of jar "fixin's" for use with leftover turkey like bean or pasta with seasonings and spices to make turkey soup.  Hot chocolate mix and flavored coffees and teas are usually well received too.  Here are a couple of links to help -

Homemade Gifts in a Jar

Bean Soups in a Jar

Dry Soup Mixes In a Jar

Gifts in a Jar - Coffee, Cocoa and more - scroll down the page

Have fun!!


Subject: Gifts in a jar - thanks
Date Posted: 2/24/2013 3:58 PM ET
Member Since: 10/5/2010
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I know this is something I try to come up with every year as well so thank you to Carole (cratnut) for the links! Great ideas!!


There are some books in the cookbook sections of PBS that are called Gifts in a Jar too. I haven't ordered any yet, so I am not sure how good they are, but thought I would let you know. There are several versions of this book!


Good luck and thanks for the post!! Great share!



Date Posted: 2/27/2013 7:00 PM ET
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Stephanie, those Gifts in a Jar books are not worth the credits.  They are mostly labels that you tear out to use on your gifts.  There are only 6-8 actual recipes in them.  I know because I got rid of mine.   The links above have a lot more recipes than those books.

Here's another website with some cute ideas for clever sayings to add to inexpensive items - like Snickers Candy Bars in a Whisk with the card saying "We 'WHISK' we could do more, but don't 'SNICKER', just be glad you got something!"

Date Posted: 5/1/2013 3:52 PM ET
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Date Posted: 5/3/2013 5:09 PM ET
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Between my daughter and myself, we usually make several kinds of cookies and some candy for holiday trays. Sometimes we make different size muffins and quick breads. Other things that don't take alot of time to make are snack mixes.

Date Posted: 5/4/2013 9:13 PM ET
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Love soup mixes in a jar or a bag!! I