Homemade Holidays: A Recipe For a Sweet Gift

By Mandy Boyle

If you have a strained bank account, this isn’t exactly the most wonderful time of the year. But with bills to pay and gift expenses to deal with, there’s no reason you can’t still give an awesome gift to friends and family. Don’t worry – you won’t have to dig into your emergency fund in order to send the right amount of holiday cheer.

Homemade gifts are becoming more than just a trend; they’re an incredible movement. These aren’t your Grandma’s craft show gifts either. They’re chic and practical, which makes them better than most holiday gifts that are given and received throughout the month of December. Plus, countless blogs and websites are popping up declaring that a DIY lifestyle is the best way to go for giving a gift that’s eco-friendly (less goods purchased means less waste), thoughtful, and inexpensive. When done right, a homemade gift can be a pleasant surprise.

Interested in trying out the homemade gift route this season? Here’s a quick and easy gift recipe that’s great for anyone looking to try out the DIY thing this holiday season without having to spend a lot of time, money, or frustration: Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Jar.

What you’ll need:

  • Jars (These can be recycled from your own kitchen or purchased wherever kitchen or canning goods are sold.)
  • Scissors
  • Index cards & pen
  • Ribbon
  • Hole punch

For One Jar:

  • 1 2/3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Start out by grabbing a clean, dry jar. Next, pour the flour and baking soda into the jar, forming the bottom layer. Then add half of the chocolate chips, followed by the brown sugar, another layer of chocolate chips, and white sugar. Seal the lid tightly.

Then, write out the following directions on an index card:

Empty contents of jar into a large bowl. In separate bowl, combine 3/4 cup of butter, 1 1/2 eggs, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until creamy. Add to dry mixture. Drop by tablespoonful onto an ungreased cookie sheet, and bake at 375 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes. Serve.

Punch a hole into the index card and attach it to the lid of the jar using ribbon. Feeling creative? Get fancy with a homemade label or ribbon curls.

That’s it! In just a few minutes, you have a gift that’s sure to be appreciated by anyone on your shopping list. Interested in more DIY gift ideas? Check out this post on Get Rich Slowly or the Green Gift Guide on Inhabitat.

Happy holidays!

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