Last year I shared with you my holiday gift guide for foodies, and although this list can still help you out when you have some holiday stress about what to buy, this year I wanted to change things up a bit. It can be easier, cheaper, and more personal. I’m a die-hard fan of gifts in a jar. They are the best! I’ve got 10 DIY last-minute gifts in a jar that make great presents for family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, or just about anyone….
DIY Food Gifts
- Homemade vinaigrette
Any salad can become incredible with the right dressing, so give the gift of yummier salads. One that I really love is this ‘’Raspberry Thyme Vinaigrette’’, but then with a little twist on the recipe.
You will need:
- 4-5 fresh raspberries
- a pinch of dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup (or honey if it does not have to be vegan)
- 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup olive oil (avocado oil is also tasty)
Put everything into a jar and shake well. The vinaigrette will keep for 3-5 days in the fridge, but will last longer without the raspberries. You can also use different fruits, vinegars, and oils of course.
- Cherry Chia Jam
Who doesn’t love homemade jam? Strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blueberries…Pick whatever is available to you or use the frozen version. This jam only contains a few ingredients since it’s naturally sweetened. The chia seeds thicken the jam, but also add protein and omega-3 fatty acids. If you want to make things really fancy and festive add some warming spices such as ginger or cinnamon. Or what about some extra sweetness with a pinch of vanilla?
- Homemade Fudge Sauce/ date paste
This is always a pleaser for the ones with a sweet tooth! My recipe for the best sweetener paste ever (date paste). It contains 2 ingredients and takes about 5 minutes to make. Change it up by adding maybe some cinnamon, peppermint extract, a little raspberry jam, almond or hazelnut extract.
- A ”Nutella” Jar
This list would of course not be complete without pleasing the chocoholics too. This healthy version of Nutella is always a good idea. I long for Christmas days just because I know I will be making quite a few jars of Nutella to give away and I will of course not forget to make a few for myself. Or what about these delicious ”Ferrero Rocher” balls? Yum!
DIY Snack Gifts in a Jar
Because who doesn’t love snacks?
- Popcorn kernels with a homemade seasoning blend
Nutritional yeast sprinkled on top of your popcorn is such a good match. You can make a little blend of:
- 4 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt.
It’s very addictive and gives the popcorn a slightly “cheesy” flavor. And this mixture in combination with popcorn is also a true hit!
DIY Breakfast Gifts in a Jar
- Chunky Granola
For those who can appreciate something on the healthier side, give the gift of a healthy breakfast or snack. It’s very versatile and super delicious! Put it in a pretty jar and don’t forget to make a batch for yourself too!
- Breakfast cookies
I had these cookies for breakfast a few times while I was traveling so I know these stay crunchy and yummy for a long time. The perfect gift for a healthy breakfast- and snack foodie.
DIY Beauty Gifts in a Jar
- Lip scrub
The winter holiday season is for most of us a colder season so a good lip scrub is always a great idea and very easy to make.
If you really want to show of you can even make a personal lip color exactly in the shade you want to create for that special person.
- Dry shampoo
If you’re looking for a gift for a holistic beauty queen that is trying to cut down on the chemicals in her life and/or is trying to wash her hair less often, this home made dry shampoo is a great gift!
What are your go-to last minute gifts?
Photos and text by the creator green (c) (copyright) / Raspberry-Thyme Vinegar picture source