The holiday season is right at our back door and with it is the season of giving. Many families like to share in this season of giving with their neighbors, coworkers, and family friends. We wanted to put together something that you might be able to reference for easy gift ideas to give them!

First off there are a lot of uses for leftover mason jars and even Pringle cans.

Reindeer Chow

  • 6 cups Rice Chex cereal
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup dry brownie mix or 1 cup powdered sugar mixed with 1 1/2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 bag Christmas M&M’s 12-ounce bag
  • 2 cups mini peanut butter cups
  • 2 cups pretzel twists
1. Place the cereal in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, combine the chocolate chips and peanut butter. Microwave the chocolate mixture for 30-second intervals until melted; stir until smooth.
2.Pour the chocolate mixture over the cereal and use a spatula to gently toss the cereal in the chocolate until completely coated.
3. Place the brownie mix inside a resealable gallon-sized plastic bag. Add the chocolate-coated cereal. Seal, then shake until cereal is coated in the brownie mix.
4. Spread the cereal out in a single layer on a sheet of parchment paper; cool completely until dry.
5. Combine the cereal, M&M’s, peanut butter cups, and pretzel twists, then serve.
You can place this mix in a cute box or even a mason jar and tie a ribbon around it and include this cute tag! 

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

You will need: Scissors, Mason Jar, Hole Punch, Festive Ribbon and a Printer

Print out these cute instruction tags to start off with!

Instructions to assemble the jar:

1 c. All-purpose flour

1 ¼ c. Instant oats

½ tsp. Baking soda

½ tsp. Baking powder

¼ tsp. Salt

½ c. Granulated sugar

½ c. Packed brown sugar

¾ c. Chocolate chips

⅓ c. White baking chips

½ c. Sliced almonds

¼ c. Shredded coconut

Start by using a funnel or even turn a piece of paper into a funnel and place it into the mouth of the mason jar.

Layer all of the dry ingredients first and then add on the others!

Using holiday ribbon or string poke a hole through your printed instruction card and tie it to the mason jar!

Friendship Soup Mix (Makes 12 Servings)

1 Mason Jar

1/4 cup beef bouillon granules

1/4 cup dried minced onion

2 Teaspoons dried Italian seasoning

1/3 uncooked wild rice

1/3 uncooked long-grain white or brown rice

1/2 cup dried green split peas

1/2 cup dried lentils

1/2 cup elbow macaroni 

1- 1 1/2 cup rotini pasta


To assemble your Friendship Soup Mason Jar Gift, layer each ingredient in the order listed above in a 1-quart wide-mouth jar. Be sure to use a jar with a tight-fitting lid like that found on a canning jar or a flip-top jar. Firmly pack down between each layer. Seal the jar and then attach this cute gift tag with ribbon or twine and top with a bow.

We hope these ideas give you a little inspiration for the holidays. Have fun and get the kids involved!!