Over the past few years, the cute and quirky mason jars have become increasingly popular. Using a mason jar is a great way to preserve foods, but what many do not realize is that is also an inventive way to give someone a gift.
- Hot Cocoa: When the kids are home from a snow day, or even when the holidays are near, there is nothing they enjoy more than sitting on the couch with a big cup of hot chocolate. Premium hot chocolate can cost a fortune and never tastes as great as when you make it yourself. Many people believe that hot chocolate is extremely challenging to make but keep reading more for a simple hot cocoa recipe.
2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon of sugar (you can add more depending on your pallet)
1 dash of salt (optional but recommended)
¼ tablespoon vanilla extract
1 cup milk or favorite milk alternative
Once all the ingredients are gathered, whisk together all your dry ingredients (unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar, salt) until they have all dissolved. When they are fully dissolved or close to being fully dissolved, slowly whisk in the milk or milk substitute. After the milk is added, continue whisking while you add in your vanilla extract. Be sure to taste the hot chocolate to make sure it is how you like it! NOTE: try not to make it too sweet to leave room for toppings!
Some Hot Cocoa Toppings:
- Chocolate Chips
- Peppermint Chips
- Coconut flakes
- Whipped Cream
- Caramel Syrup
- Chocolate Syrup
- Ice Cream
- Kalua (for the days you need to unwind)
When creating a personalized hot chocolate mason jar, it is best to keep the gift recipient in mind. Think: What flavors do they like? What do they normally put in their hot chocolate? Once you have determined what they like, fill the mason jar. Start by filling the jar about half way with the homemade cocoa recipe, then fill the other half with assorted toppings you think they would enjoy.
- Coffee: Being a coffee enthusiast myself, there is no better way to warm my heart (and body) than a nice big cup of joe.
DIY Non-perishable Coffee Creamer
When sending a gift that is not going to be opened for a while, it is best to give something that won’t go bad. Continue reading for a simple three ingredient non-perishable coffee creamer that is the perfect complement to your coffee mason jar.
½ cup powdered non-dairy coffee creamer (I found it is best to use non-dairy, just incase the gift recipient is lactose intolerant)
¼ cup sugar (you can substitute for a zero calorie sweetener or whatever you prefer)
1 vanilla bean
Shift the non-dairy creamer and the sugar together. For the vanilla bean: Take the bean and split it in half with a knife, then take that knife and scrape all the insides out from the bean. Mix all the ingredients together with a whisk.
Notes: You can add in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to make the coffee creamier, but it is totally 100% optional. Remember this creamer is so simple you can amp it up as you please. Feel free to add other flavors to customize it to your needs. You can even add a tablespoon of the cocoa recipe listed above for a mocha flavored creamer. The possibilities are endless.
When packing the mason jar, it is similar to the hot chocolate jar. Fill the bottom half with coffee of your choice and then the top half with the creamer and additional mix ins.
- Tea: For those who prefer tea over coffee, a tea mason jar is a perfect holiday or just because gift.
Instead of purchasing overpriced tea bags opt for loose leaf teas and with a tea leaf infuser to match. Since everyone has a different preference of how strong they like their tea, this is the perfect way for the one who gets the gift to make their tea to their preference.
When filling the mason jar with tea, be sure to include an assortment of teas. Each tea has its own health benefit so it is best to do a little research before your purchase. For example, if the person you are purchasing the gift for is health conscious, you are better off buying green tea.
Green tea has been scientifically proven to stimulate weight loss. In order to best satisfy your loved on, it is best if you do your research on the type of tea and what tea your loved one prefers.
- Hot Apple Cider: What better way to celebrate the change in seasons than a nice hot cup of apple cider? Many people think apple cider is difficult to make, but it isn’t as hard as it seems. Continue reading for a simple apple cider recipe that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
½ sugar (again you can substitute any sweetener you like or add sugar; whatever you prefer)
3 tablespoons ground allspice
4 fresh cinnamon sticks
Start by removing the core of the apples and cutting them into four quadrants. Place the apples in a big pot. Fill the pot with just enough water to cover the apples. Turn the stove onto medium heat. Stir in the sugar and bring the temperature up to high. Let the apples boil for an apple or until they are soft and the water has almost evaporated. Stir the apples again. Put the spices into a clean cloth and tike it with a rubber band. Take an additional cloth and tie it over the spices again. Set the spices wrapped in cloth in the pot. Bring the heat to low and cover the pot. Let the apples simmer for two more hours. When the apples are finished simmering let the apples cool. After the apples have cooled strain it into a large bowl. Be sure to squeeze the cloth out to get all the additional spices into the cider. Store in the fridge over night to intensify the flavors. Heat up the next day and enjoy!
Mason jars are a great way to store cider and gift cider because it vacuum packs the flavor in.
Free Printable Gift Tags
To Go with your Mason jar gifts, we created 5 holiday themed gift tags that you can download for free.
Download 5 FREE holiday gift tags to adorn your mason jar gift sets!
Mason jar gifts are a great for teachers. Teachers receive so many mugs as gifts that mason jar drinks are a perfect pair. To complement the mug and drink is a scented mug rug. A scented mug rug is the icing on the cake for this perfect personalized gift.
When a hot mug touches the mat, it fills the room with the sweet spiced cinnamon odor. It is almost like a fresh apple pie in baking in the oven. The odor is great aromatherapy for the classroom. Studies have shown that a certain scent can target a memory. If the room smells like sweet spiced cinnamon when the teacher is teaching the curriculum and the room has the same odor during an exam, the students are more likely to do well on the test.
If you’re including dry ingredients in your mason jar gift set, place them in a plastic baggie inside the jar, then put the scented mug rug in the jar. The beautiful holiday design on the mug rug will give your mason jar gift that added Christmas cheer!