If you are looking for the perfect holiday gift, one where you don’t have to spend a lot of money or hours at the mall, these Mason jar gifts are the answer. Mason jars are inexpensive and plentiful (you can get them anywhere, including the supermarket), and give your homemade gifts that “wow” factor.
Each of these gift ideas are sure to impress — the jars provide a unique vessel for both food and non-food gift items.
Everyone’s favorite cookie makes a beautifully layered presentation in a Mason jar. For each gift you’ll need:
1 clean, wide-mouth quart-size canning jar with lid (can be a flip-top jar)
Twine and instruction tag (below)
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups Old Fashioned rolled oats (not instant)
1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Directions to assemble gift:
1. Sift flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt together in a large bowl.
2. Using a 1 quart wide-mouth jar, layer in the ingredients in this order: White sugar, brown sugar, oats, flour mixture, chocolate chips and walnuts. Tamp each layer down tightly using the flat top of a meat tenderizer or other flat utensil as you layer.
3. Secure the lid and add add baking instructions tag (below) to the jar with twine. Add your own label and festive ribbons. No need to wrap.
Oatmeal Cookie Instructions (to write on tag):
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, cream together 1 cup of softened butter, with 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Add the entire contents of the jar, and mix by hand until combined. Drop dough by heaping spoonfuls onto an unprepared cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven.