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What you’ll need:

  • Clean,lidded jars in assorted sizes
  • The dry ingredients as per your recipe
  • A list of the wet ingredients needed for each recipe (to send along with the jar)
  • Ribbons, bows, and other decorative accoutrements as desired

If you have some favorite recipes of your own, feel free to create your own variations, but if you’re in a pre-holiday brain coma or otherwise have no idea where to start, there are a few ideas listed below that you can try out.

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In no particular order, a top ten list:

1. Chocolate Brownie Mix, via BBC Good Food

Who doesn’t love brownies? With this mix, you can sweeten up someone’s holiday exponentially, inspiring smiles all around — and ensure that you have a workout partner after January first.

2. Curried Lentil Soup, via Good Housekeeping

Nutritious, delicious, vegan, and easy to make, you really can’t go wrong with a good lentil soup. This is one of the easiest food jars concoctions out there, as the only thing that needs to be measured and added is water.

3. Beer Bread, via Allrecipes

If the person you’re giving this to can crack open a beer and turn on the oven, they too can enjoy a belly-warming loaf of home-baked bread that’ll make their house smell like heaven.

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4. Coconut Granola, via Two Peas and their Pod

For the health-conscious folks in your life, why not whip up a batch of homemade granola? All they need to add is almond milk or fat-free yogurt, and they have a happy bowl of morning glee to enjoy.

5. Cowgirl Cookies, via Bakerella

An extra-special take on chocolate chip cookies, these can also be veganized by using egg replacer and Earth Balance in lieu of eggs and butter. They’re cheerful, fun, and you can use any colour M&Ms to customize them for your recipient.

6. Chai Tea, via The Kitchn

The ultimate winter drink, chai heats you up from nose to toes with its warming spices. Simmer this mix in any milk of choice (almond, soy, rice, or dairy), add in some honey or agave nectar, and fall in love.

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7. Homestyle Chicken Soup, via CDKitchen

The holiday season of peace and giving can also end up being the season of shared colds and flus, so comfort food in a jar that can be put together by just adding water and stirring between coughing fits is something to be treasured.

8. Christmas Morning Pancakes, via Mixes In a Jar

It’s helpful to be able to keep Christmas breakfast preparation nice and simple when you were up drinking ‘til 3 am and the kidlets shrieked you awake at 5.

9. Chili, via Inner Child Fun

Hearty and full of warming deliciousness, chili can be augmented to suit anyone’s tastes. This is a great base to start with, and the recipient can customize theirs with their favorite veggies, meats, or evil death chili peppers of pain.

10. Doggy Biscuits, via Recipe Goldmine

This one’s a bit more labor intensive and will require a bit of extra work (rolling out and cutting out shapes with a cookie cutter), but for the ultimate pet lover, it’ll be well worth the puppy-kisses they’ll receive.

 Lead image by Claudia Ficca