{edible gifts} Bread & Pancakes In a Jar

Several years ago, in the midst of the frantic Christmas shopping and the crazy spending that goes along with it, I realized that I had really lost sight of what this holiday means to me. I decided to begin my de-commercialization of Christmas…today, we still include store-bought gifts, but we have simplified in many ways. One of the things that has become a gifting standby for me is edible gifts. Once you think outside of the box (or the Big Box, as the case may be!) there is a whole world of gift-giving that can be just as thoughtful, and often much more appreciated.

In the past, for example, I cooked a massive batch of my mom’s favorite soup, divided it among a stack of freezer containers, and transported it to her chest freezer for her enjoyment as desired. Last year, I spent a day baking cookies and homemade bread that we promptly packaged and shipped out to loved ones. This year, I wanted to try something that would not put the additional stress of quickly perishable goods on my shoulders. I also realized that people get inundated with sweets at the holidays. I love homemade baked goods, but I know I get a little tired of the endless supply of holiday cookies that call my name every night. The gift-in-a-jar concept is the perfect solution: it is still homemade, but it can be put away in a cupboard until one’s sweet tooth recovers.  I found this incredibly extensive list of make-your-own mixes, did some hunting on Allrecipes, and made these two beautiful gifts in a total of about 20 minutes.

The Pumpkin Cranberry Bread (on the left) and the Pancakes in a Jar (on the right) were not only easy to put together (once I found my funnel), but they look beautiful, too. I will definitely be making more of these. If you try some, here are some helpful tips:

  • Use a funnel! If you don’t have one, roll a piece of paper into a cone, tape the sides, and trim off the end.
  • If making more than one jar of the same mix, do each step for all jars before moving on to the next layer (assembly line style).
  • For layers that must be “packed down” (like brown sugar), bend a spoon at a 90° angle and press the layer flat.

Do you have a favorite mix-in-a-jar gift? How about other non-perishable edible gift ideas?


9 Comments Add yours

  1. Tes says:

    This sounds like a cool gift idea! I love to try making this 🙂

  2. Kim M. says:

    Thank you! I needed something like this for inspiration!!!

    1. Christina says:

      Goodie! We have a full week of projects Kim 🙂

  3. Dianna Goodwin says:

    We make maple syrup from the trees in our neighborhood every spring and hot pack it into decorative one cup jars for gift giving throughout the year. I’ll post on it in January. The great thing about maple syrup making is that it gets you outside in March, you get to build fires and it forces you to sit still for hours on end. It is very meditative. Also, since we do it in the driveway of our urban home, we get to talk to lots of people about what we are doing. It is not, admittedly, a last minute project.

  4. Erica says:

    Those are perfect gift ideas for my sons teachers! Thanks for the idea 🙂

    1. Leslie says:

      Teacher gifts are exactly what I was thinking when I finished mine!

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