Despite all the signs warning us that Christmas is right around the corner, it always seems to arrive a little sooner than we’re prepared for. Even if you promised yourself you’d be diligent about your shopping this year, all the baking, decorating, and pre-holiday family time can quickly squelch opportunities to make it to the store. And then, there are those few presents and people that seem to simply slip your mind.
Instead of panic shopping and picking out a variety of so-so gifts, consider making something from scratch with a few ingredients and supplies. In this Christmas gift guide, MasonJars.com outlines ten thoughtful, last-minute, eco-friendly Christmas gifts people love.
A Quick Note About Eco-Friendly Gifts
Christmas is a magical time of the year—we spend time with family and friends, we show each other love through our gifts, and we feast until we can’t take another bite. But from wrapping paper and product packaging to food waste and travel, everything that comes with all of the festivities impacts the environment significantly.
In fact, between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, household waste increases by 25 percent. It’s surprising that figure isn’t higher considering Busch Systems found that:
- 6 billion cards are sold each year in the US (enough to fill a football field ten stories high)
- Half the paper consumed in the US is used solely for the holiday season.
- 28 billion pounds of food gets wasted every year during the holidays.
- 33 million live trees are sold in North America every year for the holidays
But we can all play our part in making this holiday season more eco-friendly. When thinking about giving gifts, consider:
- Wrapping gifts in newspaper and reusing gift bags
- Getting a potted tree that you can plant after Christmas
- Avoiding cheaply-made gifts that’ll break
- Thinking about how much food you’re cooking
- Finding ways to preserve food safely
With all that in mind, let’s jump into a variety of presents that come from the heart and won’t wind up in a landfill. By being thrifty about our gift-giving, we can minimize the impact of the holiday season on the earth.
1. A Gift for People Who Love Sweets
The holidays are packed with sweet treats. While it seems impossible, even those who love cookies and cakes can get a little tired of crunching down on desserts during peak holiday time. However, after a few days or weeks, that hankering for something sweet will inevitably back with a vengeance.
To satiate their future sweet tooth, give them a premixed Hot Chocolate Cookie-Cake Mix in a Mason jar. All you need to do is pre-measure the dry ingredients and when they’re ready for it, they can add eggs and oil and will be good to go.
If your giftee is more of a traditional cookie person, try out this premixed cookie recipe. All they have to do is add the wet ingredients when they’re ready to bake them.
2. A Gift for the Young Artist
Get those creative juices flowing by gifting DIY sidewalk chalk to the young artist in your life. If you’re careful when you’re mixing the colors, you can make a whole rainbow of different hues and tones.
3. A Gift for Someone Who Needs Pampered
Bring the spa day to your giftee by gifting some repackaged, high-quality bath salts. It’s not only great for hydrating dry winter skin, but it also smells amazing! Your recipient will love that it’s made with all-natural ingredients.
4. A Gift for People Who Love to Cook
Infused olive oil is delicious but it can get expensive. If you know someone who likes to cook, consider making them a few jars of homemade infused olive oil. We recommend trying a variety of ingredients including:
Depending on the ingredients you use, it may speed up the time in which the oil needs to be used. For that reason, be sure to date your Mason jar. For easy pouring, gift a reCAP Mason jar pour spout along with the oil.
5. A Gift for the Neat Freak
Most people have at least one friend or family member who is a meticulous cleaner. If you have one of those people in your family, give them something they can use and mix up a few jars of DIY laundry soap. With a handful of easy-to-find ingredients and your choice of essential oil, you can make this gift in a flash.
6. A Gift for People Who Love Pickles
When you think of Christmas, you probably don’t think of pickles. But this zesty-snack is good year-round!
Gather up your Mason jars and gift your friends and family a homemade batch of refrigerator pickles. Not only will your recipients love the taste and gesture, but they can also reuse the jar and top.
If your culinary skills aren’t the sharpest, know that you’re in good hands. Masonjars.com has created a comprehensive guide to pickling!
7. A Gift for People who like Fancy Cocktails
If you have a friend or family member that likes to concoct fancy cocktails, gift a Mason jar of Pineapple Infused vodka. It’s sweet, smooth, and super refreshing. Plus, it’ll add some tropical flavor to make the winter feel a little sunnier.
Here’s the catch with this one: it needs to sit for 30 days. Be sure to date the Mason jar so your recipient knows when it’s ready to drink.
8. A Gift for the Breakfast Fanatic
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, right? Help a friend or family member start their day off right with a few jars of homemade apple butter or blackberry jam. If your recipient is into health and wellness, consider making them a batch of peanut butter banana energy bites that stay good in the refrigerator for up to four weeks!
9. A Gift for your Pup
A lot of people like to get their dog something special to unwrap on Christmas. If you’re one of those people, consider whipping up some homemade dog treats! With a few simple ingredients, you can bake these tasty preservative-free dog treats and get that tail wagging!
10. A Gift for a Friend
Who doesn’t love an edible gift for the holidays? You’re friends and loved ones will love receiving this ready-made soup in a jar. It’s easy to make and also yields a lot of servings. There are few foods better than a bowl of soup on a cold night. Plus, DIY gifts are always extra special. As Beethoven once said, “Only the pure of heart can make good soup.”