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33 Mason Jar Gift Ideas

Looking for Christmas gift ideas for friends, family, or teachers?  Check out these mason jar gift ideas for easy and inexpensive gifts that are ready for gifting.  This includes both food and mixes in jars and non food items. I like to give a lot of gifts at Christmas to show my appreciation for those who have helped us during the year.  Between teachers, therapists, and volunteers at our nonprofit, I unfortunately don't have a huge budget. But that doesn't mean that I can't gift a cute and unique gift.  I often do Mason jar gift ideas because they are fun and definitely different types of gifts. I usually pick one gift and assembly line then.  In just a few hours, I can make 10 to 20 of these gifts in jars in an afternoon. While I was searching for gift in jar ideas, I picked some food mixes so the recipient can make them later.  I also included some premade food items and some non food gifts in jars. Have fun creating!

Dollar Tree Christmas Sign 2020 Decorations

 How to make a cute and easy Dollar Tree Christmas sign. This 2020 decorations uses Dollar Tree supplies for a cheap Christmas decoration for your home. This year, I wanted to make some new Christmas decorations.  We run a nonprofit, and I like to decorate it for Christmas.  Unfortunately, as a nonprofit, there is no budget for decorations. Thankfully, we've had three tree donated.  I found some beautiful ornaments on clearance after Christmas one year, so I can decorate those. There are several large blank walls, I wanted to make some Christmas signs to fill the gaps.  Of course, I headed to my favorite store for supplies. This Dollar Tree Christmas sign was made entirely with Dollar Tree supplies.  It was quick and easy, which is definitely a bonus for my schedule.  Now, it hangs in the foyer to greet people as they walk into the building.

How to Make Thieves Oil Foaming Hand Soap Recipe

 Learn how to make Thieves oil foaming hand soap recipe.  This saves money versus buying it, and you can make it under 5 minutes!  This uses a blend of essential oils called Thieves oil that are said to be antibacterial. Even without being in the midst of a pandemic, it's still a good idea to practice good handwashing.   With 5 people in the family, we go through a lot of hand soap.   I swear it's like my kids use half of a bottle each time they wash their hands!  I make my own hand soap to save money.   I used to use the regular pump style soap dispenser and put a hair tie on it so it would squirt out less soap.  I gave up on that and just use a foaming dispenser now. Foaming hand soap dispensers are almost 80 to 90 percent water.  Even though you're only getting about 10 percent soap, it's still plenty to clean your hands.  

Melting Snowman Hot Chocolate Bombs With White Chocolate

Learn how to to make melting snowman hot chocolate bombs with white chocolate. These adorable little balls are filled with hot cocoa mix and marshmallows. The chocolate melts in warm water or milk for a delicious hot chocolate drink. Hot chocolate bombs are all the rage on social media sites such as TikTok and Instagram, and for good reason. A white hot chocolate bomb is a hollow sphere of delicious white chocolate filled with a hot cocoa mix, as well as other goodies like marshmallows. These fun treats are very similar to bath bombs, except you put them in a mug of hot water or milk and stir for a delicious cup of hot chocolate. Hot chocolate bombs are great seasonal treats, and are simple to make. Following is the perfect and simple recipe for making your very own delectable white chocolate hot chocolate bombs, perfect for any occasion. These white hot chocolate bombs are a perfect treat for the holidays, and taste great!

37 Nonalcoholic Christmas Drinks Perfect for Your Next Party

Need a festive drink for your next party?  Here are several nonalcoholic Christmas drinks that are perfect for your next party.  Serve these for a school party or family party.  Everyone there will love these holiday themed drinks. If you're hosting a party, then you'll need some festive drinks for everyone.  These nonalcoholic Christmas drinks are perfect for any party because all ages can enjoy them. I asked some blogging friends for some festive drink ideas, and they did not disappoint!  There are some very creative and fun drinks as well as some traditional drinks like hot chocolate. I remember as a kid the adults had these pretty drinks, and the kids were limited to boring drinks.  We usually had soda, which was a special treat. Even though we aren't big drinkers and my own kids don't see those fancy drinks at parties, we will get out the fancy wine glasses for holiday dinners. Instead of wine or a cocktail, we have mocktails or other fun and brightly colored drink

Dinosaur Ornament Dollar Tree Christmas Ornament Idea

 Learn how to make a dinosaur ornament Dollar Tree Christmas ornament idea.  This uses supplies from Dollar Tree to make an adorable keepsake ornament that your dinosaur fan is sure to love. My son has been obsessed with dinosaurs since he was a toddler.  Every chance he had to watch a show about them or see them in a museum, he was all over it. It amazed me what he knew even in elementary school!  He knew the names of several obscure dinosaurs, what they ate, and a myriad of facts about them. For Christmas, I like to get the kids ornaments that have to do with their interests.  Somehow, he had never gotten a dinosaur ornament. So this year, I made him a Dollar Tree Christmas ornament idea with a dinosaur.  Dollar Tree has several smaller animal figurines, so feel free to adapt this to another animal or character. Dinosaur Ornament Dollar Tree Christmas Ornament Idea Cardstock You should use red cardstock because it's thicker and can hold it's shape better.  However, you can pr

How to Make Pinecone Fire Starters

Learn how to make DIY pine cone fire starters.  They look pretty sitting in a basket, and they make a great gift.  Use these outside to start fires quickly and easily.  You can also add essential oils for a light scent. Living in the country, we have a lot of fires in the fall.  You know, those nights where it's a little cool, but you still want to enjoy every last moment of being outside before the snow starts flying. We have a nice fire pit and plenty of firewood.  To make starting the fire easier, we use pinecone fire starters that are dipped in wax and have a wick on the end.   Just light, set in the fire, and sit back and enjoy your evening fire.   These also make really unique wedding favors.  If you're looking for a favor that's not your typical candy and something that your guests will use, these are perfect. You can even change the colors to fit the colors of your wedding.

43 Alcoholic Christmas Drinks Perfect for Your Next Party

 These alcoholic Christmas drinks will be perfect for your next party!  Get inspiration for fun and festive drinks to serve to your guests.  From traditional drink recipe to fun new recipes, these are sure to set the mood during the holiday season. Christmas is a time to gather with friends and family.  For many families, it's a time to eat, drink, and be merry. And those drinks just might include some alcoholic Christmas drinks for adults.   Each year, I have no clue what to serve.  I mean, I'm pretty much a basic White Claw girl.  Black cherry is almost red, so that's Christmasy right?  Lime is green, so we have both Christmas colors covered. For your guests who maybe have a more sophisticated palette, try one of these 43 alcoholic Christmas drinks.  You'll find a few variations for sangria, mimosas, and some fun themed drinks.

How to Make Hot Chocolate Bombs With Marshmallows + Variations

  Learn how to make hot chocolate bombs with marshmallows (or without!).  These little treats are fun to make and fun to use, and they make a cute gift for friends.  You can make them traditionally or with other flavor variations depending on your tastes. If you're on TikTok or Instagram, then you've no doubt seen a hot chocolate bomb.  It's a hollow sphere of chocolate filled with hot cocoa mix and sometimes marshmallows or other goodies to make a fun drink. They are inspired by bath bombs, but instead you drop them in hot water or milk to create a delicious cup of hot chocolate. Learn how to make hot chocolate bombs with marshmallows.  Plus get ideas to make different flavor variations.   If you're having a holiday party, set several of these on a try and let your guests choose their favorite flavor to make their hot cocoa.  

Homemade Apple Fruit Leather Recipe From Applesauce (No Sugar)

 Learn how to make homemade apple fruit leather recipe from applesauce.  This is a simple recipe that has no added sugar.  You can use cinnamon if you'd like.  This is a delicious healthy snack for both children and adults. When my kids were little, they loved Fruit by the Foot.  They are expensive and ingredients that I'd rather not give my kids, so they were definitely a sometimes treat. Even now that they are all teens, they still want fruit leather.  Personally, I thought it tasted fake and too sweet, but I digress. This year, we made a lot of applesauce.  I had the dehydrator out, so I thought why not try to make homemade apple fruit leather recipe from applesauce? It looked easy enough, and I know that there's just one ingredient: apples.  I didn't even add any additional sugar, but I did add some cinnamon to one batch. You guys.  It was so good, we ate it before I could take photos.  My husband and I even loved it!   I wasn't sad to make another batch because

23 DIYS to Make Your Home Smell Like Christmas With Essential Oils

Easy ways to make your house smell like Christmas with essential oils. These simple DIYs will make your home smell great this holiday season. Use them when you are entertaining to set the mood. I like having a nice smelling house. Back in the day, I make wax melts and candles and used those to make my home smell good. With three people with allergies and asthma, I've had to switch to essential oils to make my house smell good. I change the scents through the year. In the summer, I use a lot of fruity scents. Now that it's almost Christmas, I'm using winter scents like cinnamon, peppermint, other mints, and earthy essential oils. Using a diffuser is probably the easiest way to use essential oils to make your house smell like Christmas, but that's not the only way. I found the best essential oil DIYs and recipes to make and use for a great smelling house. I use my diffuser the most and also wax melts. I will make a simmer pot if I'm going to be home all da

Easy Apple Cider Sangria Recipe

 Learn how to make an easy apple cider sangria recipe.  You'll love how easy this fall drink recipe is, and your guests will love the unique flavor of this adult beverage. You're hosting a fall party, and you're not sure what to serve for a drink.  If party day at your house means scrambling to get last minute cleaning and food prep done, then this recipe is perfect for you! I enjoying hosting parties, but I dread party day.  I wake up and immediately do last minute cleaning.  Seriously, do elves come in the house and mess it up while I sleep?  I like this recipe because I can make it in the morning and let it chill until I'm ready to serve.  You can prep this in 10 minutes.  Then when you're ready to serve, just take it out of the fridge, add soda, and pour.  Yes, it's that easy.  But your guests will love it!  Every time I make this, people want the recipe.  So it's finally time to share it.