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Try Making These Easy Homemade Gifts This Holiday Season

You don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen if you want to make a thoughtful, and tasty gift this holiday season. If you need some quick ideas that are sure to wow, try these 4 treats that can be made from the comfort of your kitchen.

1. Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix in Mason Jars

Whip up a few of these adorable jars of homemade hot chocolate mix and keep them on hand all season long. They make great last-minute gifts, and they’re also perfect for any chocolate lovers in your life. All you need is powdered creamer, powdered milk, powdered sugar, cocoa powder, milk chocolate, mini marshmallows, and mason jars. If you don’t feel like using mason jars, try packaging the mix in a bag and pairing it with a seasonal mug.

2. Homemade Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Store-bought sugar scrubs can get pricey, but they’re so easy to make at home. This peppermint version is perfect for the holidays, but you could easily get creative with other scents. As a bonus, the moisturizing coconut oil will be appreciated if you’re gifting these to fellow Coloradans where it can be very dry this time of year. 


  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (almond, olive, jojoba can also be used)
  • 22 drops peppermint essential oil (adjust the amount based on preference) 


In a small mixing bowl, combine the sugar and liquefied coconut oil. If your oil is solid thanks to the cold weather, it helps to warm it up. Stir thoroughly then add the essential oil and stir some more. Spoon the mixture into a mason jar or other glass container with a tight-fitting lid. Add a festive ribbon, and you’ll have a salon-quality holiday gift completed in mere minutes.

3. Friendship Soup in a Jar

Cold winter nights call for hearty soup, and this nutritious mix will be a crowd-pleaser with everyone. The ingredients include rice, green split peas, lentils, and tri-colored rotini pasta, which look lovely when layered on top of each other in a 1-quart wide mouth mason jar.

4. Infused Cooking Oils

For the friend that loves cooking, a homemade infused olive oil or avocado oil will earn rave reviews. You can use a variety of dried herbs and other ingredients including: 

  • Dried peppers
  • Garlic powder
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Celery seed
  • Meyer lemon

Simply heat the oil, add the dry ingredients, and let the oil cool before bottling. You can remove the dried ingredients if you’d like, but keeping them in the oil will make your gift look even more elegant.