Is there anything sweeter than a homemade gift from a loved one? There's something wonderfully personal about taking the time to craft a gift for friends and family. Homemade gifts in jars are fun to make, cost effective and a great way to celebrate the holiday season.
Once you give these caramels as a gift, people will be begging for the recipe. The saltiness cuts through the intense sweetness of the caramels and using smoked sea salt adds a unique flavor. You can also substitute regular sea salt for the smoked variety.
Recipe adapted from Baking Bites
Makes 3-4 dozen, depending on the size
This body scrub recipe is deceptively simple with only three ingredients! But it's so much better than the more expensive store-bought varieties. Regular sugar can be substituted for the turbinado if you have sensitive skin, but turbinado will provide the best exfoliation. Olive oil also works well in this scrub, but coconut oil is amazing for the skin!
An assortment of sweet and tart apples will yield the best results with this apple butter. If sweeter apples are used, reduce the quantity of sugar in the recipe slightly. This recipe should yield approximately 2 pint jars.
Cookies in a jar are the perfect gift for someone who enjoys baking from store-bought mixes. The layered ingredients make a beautiful, colorful jar to keep on display. Make sure to include a tag with cooking instructions!
Adapted from Bakerella
Candied citrus peel is one of my favorite gifts to give over the holidays. You can use any citrus fruit — oranges, lemons, grapefruit, limes, etc. This recipe is also very versatile. Try adding spices to the simple syrup such as cinnamon or cardamom! Depending on the size of the jar, this recipe will make several small gifts or one large gift. In an airtight container, these will last up to one month.
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