For the past three Christmases, my husband and I have given friends and extended family the same gift. It works out great, because I can batch make these food gifts. Here are the three family gift ideas we’ve used so far:

The first Christmas, we made Puppy Chow, packaged in large mason jars. We used the official Puppy Chow recipe from Chex, which can be found here. [insert link] We spent a whole Saturday making all that we needed. My dining room table was covered with cooling pans filled with the peanut buttery chocolate treat.

I wish I had had the forethought to take a picture, so I could share it with you, but I didn’t. But here are some pictures on the mason jars we used.


Our second Christmas, we went for something a little more complicated. We called them Emergency S’mores kits. These kits consisted of:

  • 6 bamboo skewers
  • 3 chocolate bars—Santa themed
  • 1 square package of 6 graham crackers
  • 3 or 6 Campfire marshmallows (these things were huge!)
  • Emergency fire pack that stays lit for 20 minutes
  • Waterproof matches

Again, no picture available of the complete package. This is the picture of the fire starter package we included in the bags.


The fire starter came from and the waterproof matches came from Wal-Mart.

And this past Christmas, I found inspiration from Tumblr. A microwave brownie in a mug! We bought 15 oz. Mason jar mugs with a metal screw-on lid with straw.

Each mug was filled with two sandwich bags filled with the dry ingredients. Tied to the handle, was the recipe card with the full recipe and instructions, as well as a tag that said “Just add Wet Ingredients!”

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I’ve got a few months to figure out what to do for Christmas 2016.

© Cori Large 12/31/2015


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Siniciliya
    Mar 06, 2016 @ 00:42:32

    This jar is definitely my fav! Such a great gift for someone


    • caendicott
      Mar 06, 2016 @ 07:17:10

      I found a link on another blog a couple months ago that has 50 Mason Jar Christmas Gift Ideas! I’ve been studying that.


  2. Ruthie
    Mar 06, 2016 @ 01:22:40

    These are great ideas!! I can’t wait for Christmas to roll around this year.


    • caendicott
      Mar 06, 2016 @ 07:17:50

      Knowing that the majority of people (immediate family get individual gifts) on our list will get something like this really takes the stress off me.


  3. Ashley
    Mar 06, 2016 @ 13:38:02

    What a great idea! We don’t have much family to exchange gifts with, so I end up just baking everyone cookies. It works well, but I might have to give this a shot!


  4. The Southern Stylista
    Mar 06, 2016 @ 21:44:51

    These are such cute ideas! I always love getting handmade gifts, they just mean so much more than a gift card!

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista


    • caendicott
      Mar 07, 2016 @ 10:46:31

      I also try to give something food related, because I don’t like receiving random stuff and knick knacks, so I don’t want to give that.


  5. Melissa
    Aug 10, 2016 @ 10:21:41

    Love these ideas!! We have done homemade popcorns and spiced nuts in the past, everyone loves the uniqueness of a homemade gift! Thanks for sharing!


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