Christmas is just a few days away from us now and so there is a great pressure to choose right gift item for everyone. Christmas in itself is really a big present that God gave the world about 2000 years ago but still we have the custom of giving and receiving presents on Christmas to remind us of the presents given to Jesus by the great three Wise Men: Frankincense, Gold and Myrrh. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed and on coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Lord Jesus gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.

All over the world, families and friends give presents to each other on this festival as symbol of love and care.Exchanging stuff as gifts or economic transactions and reciprocating those exchanges in a socially acceptable way is a practice found in every culture of the world. The rules and scope of the exchange of gifts may be very different, but the fact of them is universal. According to someone system of gift-giving is not just about gifts, but they also carry legal, economic, spiritual and moral significance. In today’s societies items given as gifts take on the spiritual significance of the giver. The value of the relationship is embodied in the things given as gift. If you don’t give gift then you risk losing honor, moral authority and wealth.

Giving gifts is the most stressful moment in the holiday season. Reason for this stress may be regarding taking out time from busy schedule to purchase gifts, selection of the right gift for everyone according to their age, liking, disliking etc. But what one should believe is the main reason for stress is huge expense that needs to be incurred for purchasing these gifts. You also need to choose gift very wisely because selection of wrong gift item can create wrong image.

Gift exchanges is not just about individuals but also about the groups we belong to and our actions are understood in that context.

As expenditure is a great concern for purchasing gifts so I have brought here a help for you by giving you some options of Mason jar food gift items which you can make easily at home at cheap rates as compared to market.

Strawberry Coconut Cookie Mix:

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It can be made by mixing strawberry moist supreme cake mix and flaked coconut, then pour coconut on the top of it before closing the lid of jar to decorate. Wrap some fun ribbon around the silver lid to make it look beautiful.

French Vanilla Cocoa Mix:

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It is made by combining Nonfat Dry Powdered Milk, Powdered Sugar, French Vanilla Flavor Non-Dairy Powdered Coffee Creamer, Nesquick and Instant French Vanilla Pudding Mix. Fill it into Mason Jars then top with Regular Mouth Lid and tie a pretty ribbon around the lid.

Red Velvet M&M White Chocolate Bark:

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It is made by melting White Chocolate baking chips and spreading out evenly on foil-lined cookie sheet and sprinkling M&M’s over it. It is then placed in refrigerator to let harden. After that it is broken into pieces and then packed in jar. After that jar can be decorated using ribbons.

Heath Toffee Cookie Mix:

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It is prepared using Betty Crocker Butter Recipe Yellow Cake Mix and Heath English Toffee Bits Milk Chocolate. Put cake mix in quart-sized wide mouth Mason jar and pour in the Heath Toffee Bits. Then screw on the jar’s lid and wrap twine around the silver lid, and affix with a dab of hot glue. Use letter stickers to print word ‘Cookie Mix’ on the jar.

Crock pot Cranberry Sauce:

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It is made by combining Fresh Cranberries, Smucker’s Orange Marmalade, White Sugar, Cinnamon and Water. For making it cook on high until cranberries begin to pop and once they begin to pop, gently smash cranberries against the side of the crock pot to help the rest pop while stirring. Then cook on High for 30 minutes without the lid and its ready to be packed and gift to your loved ones.

Spicy BBQ Sauce:

It is made by combination of light Brown Sugar, Ketchup, Water, White Vinegar, Chili Powder, Cayenne Pepper and Garlic Salt. Just boil all these until sugar completely dissolves, then turn to low and simmer for 5 minutes and it is done. Pack in Mason jar and keep in fridge for later. When want to gift take out jar from refrigerator and decorate the jar using ribbons or packing jar in some wonderful style.

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Butter:

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It is made by combining Butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. Why top your rolls with regular butter when this cinnamon brown sugar butter recipe will have your taste buds smiling.  It tastes just like incredible butter and that makes it a good food item that can be packed and gifted during Christmas.

Burger Seasoning

This Burger Seasoning gift item will smack your burgers with some serious flavor. It requires only couple of minutes to put together and but is an easy way to impress someone by giving this lovely thing. It is made by just combining Sea Salt, Black Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder Paprika Smoked Paprika Basil, Mustard Powder and Cayenne Pepper. Once you mix all well transfer to empty spice container. Now pack the jar nicely and gift it to anyone.

Pumpkin Pie Spice:

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It is like making others life easy by gifting Pumpkin Pie Spice which turns to be the perfect substitute for any recipe calling for Pumpkin. It is so quick and easy to make, Just mix Ground Cinnamon, Ground Ginger, Nutmeg, Ground Allspice and Ground Cloves and your spice is ready. Just put it in jar and pack it to gift.

Gluten Free Cheerios:

Gluten Free Cheerios Recipe is a perfect response to the snack attack that every one of us faces. Not only are these yummy always for breakfast, but also they work great for both kids and adults as both love it. This snack mix is simply delicious and healthy. It is combination of Cheerios, Frosted Cheerios, Honey Nut Cheerios, Raisins, Peanuts and Milk Chocolate Chips. As the name itself tells all the ingredients should be Gluten-Free. Now you just need a mason jar and fill this into it and your gift is ready.Decorate the jar for giving it attractive look.

Mini Grasshopper Pie:

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This No Bake Mini Grasshopper Pie Recipe is perfect for parties, holidays, Saturday afternoon. But it also makes a wonderful gift item when packed in sweet little mason jar. It is a combo of chopped Oreo cookies, mini marshmallows, milk,Crème de Menthe, whipping cream and chocolate shaving. Grind chocolate cookie in a saucepan, melt the marshmallows with the milk over low heat. Then chill the mixture, until mixture begins to set.Once set, stir in the Crème de Menthe. Whip the whipping cream until soft peaks form. Then fold the whipped cream into the mint mixture. Now evenly spread the cookie mixture into the bottoms of 5 mini mason jars, then pack it down.Add the mint mixture on its top evenly spreading it. Top the mini pies with a little dollop of whip cream, and some chocolate shavings and grated semi-sweet chocolate.

Raspberry Cheesecake:

Raspberry Cheesecake filling is a little tart and sweet pecan crust adds a delicious depth. For making it add melted butter and sugar to pecans and combine well. Then transfer mixture in bottom of mason jar and refrigerate .Now make cheesecake filling by mixing Cream Cheese, Yogurt, Vanilla and Powdered Sugar and blending until smooth. Remove crust from refrigerator and add cheesecake filling and return. For the Raspberry Sauce, blend berries Sugar and puree. Then pour the raspberry sauce on to top of the cheesecake. And your gift is ready.

Spring Burst Cookie Mix:

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For making this gift, empty content of cake mix package into Mason jar. Then layer morsels in the jar and then screw jar’s lid. Tie a bow and add some paper flower embellishments .You can also use Sticker Letters or print message you want to give.

MM Gift in a Jar:

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This is easy to make and everyone will love this as a gift. For making this gift sort M&M’s by color and add each layer of color to the jar until it’s all filled up. Screw on the lid and tie a pretty ribbon around the top and you have your gift ready.It is so easy and cute little gift in a jar.

A Jelly Bean Prayer Gift:

This is another food item which can be packed and gifted easily. For making this gift what you need is just jelly beans of different colors. Sort jelly beans by color and layer them in jar in the order they are listed in the Jelly Bean Prayer Poem.Place silver topper piece on jar, then place a cupcake liner upside down, and affix the ring on the jar’s lid.Tie a pretty ribbon around the jar’s lid, and don’t forget to write the Jelly Bean Prayer with this fun Gift in a Jar.

Jelly Bean Prayer Poem

Black is for sin ~ all the wrong things we have done.

Red is for the Jesus Blood~ He shed for everyone!

White is for a clean heart ~ washed as white as snow.

Gold is for the Heaven streets ~ how lovely they glow.

Green is regarding growing ~ hide His word in your heart.

Trust Jesus, God’s Son, give your life a brand new start!

Chocolate Peanut Butter MM Cookie Mix:

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This Chocolate Peanut Butter MM Cookie Mix in a Jar is perfect for the cookie lover… and comes together in just a few minutes.Carefully pour the contents of the cake mix package into Mason jar, and gently pat down the top.Now open M&M’s bag and layer them by color in the jar. Put the silver jar topper on top, place a round scrap of scrapbook paper on top and then screw on the jar’s lid. Wrap ribbon or twine around the silver lid, or around the middle of the jar to decorate it.

Snicker Doodle Cake Mix Cookie:

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Packing these yummy cookies in a Mason jar and gifting is very appropriate for Christmas. For making cookies combine Cake Mix, Eggs, and Oil, and beat well.Chill dough and carefully shape dough into 1 inch balls, then roll around in Cinnamon-Sugar mixture until well coated. Next place the dough balls on ungreased non-stick cookie sheet, allowing room to spread.You can flatten dough by pressing down slightly on top of each dough ball using the bottom of a glass.Bake until done. And your cookies are ready to be served and also to gift. You can stack some of them up in a wide-mouth jar, and give as a fun Gift in a Jar to your near and dear ones as Christmas gift.

Snowflake Mix:

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In this salty meets sweet as cereal, pretzels and peanuts get a coating of melted white baking pieces.For its preparation combine cereals, pretzels and peanuts and pour melted chocolate over cereal mixture. Stir gently to coat and cover. Once coating is done spread it on a large piece of waxed paper or parchment paper and sprinkle chocolate pieces. Then cool it and break into pieces. Once it is done, pack it from the kitchen in lovey airtight Mason jar. After that just seal the jar and use ribbons, bows etc. to decorate it.

Winter Orange Pomegranate Iced Tea:

You can make a gift-giving splash with this quick and easy tea which will take just 10 minutes from your busy schedule to be prepared. To make this yummy iced tea combine water, orange slices, cinnamon and cloves in a medium saucepan and bring it just to boiling.After that remove the mixture from heat and add tea bags to it. Then let it stand covered, for 5 minutes. Later remove tea bags and discard them. Once all this is done strain tea mixture through a fine mesh strainer and discard orange slices and spices. Now your mixture is ready so take a glass pitcher and combine strained tea mixture, orange juice, pomegranate juice and sugar and keep stirring to dissolve sugar properly. After sugar dissolves completely take a lovely shape glass bottle and put the mixture of iced tea into it. Then cover the bottle and decorate it by using ribbons or bows. Then you can pack the bottle in a piece of shining net for giving it a gift kind of look. Now keep the bottle in refrigerator to chill. You can anytime take this packed bottle out of your refrigerator and gift it to anyone may it be your friends, colleagues, relatives, neighbors or any other person.

Serving Tip for Iced Tea:Place 2 orange wedges and 1 lime wedge onto each skew and serve tea in glasses filled with ice cubes. You can also add fruit skewers to each glass for better look.

Go for these easy to make gift items which will serve the purpose in a smarter way. If you have some ideas then implement them and if possible then mix them with the ideas given above to create your own gift.

MERRY CHRISTMAS.