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13 December 2013

5 Gifts in Jars Under $5

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Yesterday, I shared my pantry jar gifts, from meat rubs to hot chocolate fixins and everything in between!  Today, I am rounding up ALL the gifts in a jar from this year so you can get crafting for that friend, neighbor or family member!  Grab up some mason jars and let's get cracking!  Christmas is less than 2 weeks away!

Let's start out quick and easy!  Need a 2 minute TWO dollar gift idea?  
Then break out the bath salts and recycled glass jars or canning jars.  

Grapefruit Bath Salts:

Friends, this is SO easy!  All you need is food coloring, essential oils and Epsom salts.  Find the salts at any big store (I get the Target brand) and load up on essential oils online (I buy THIS KIT).  Load up a jar ALMOST to the top with salts, add in 3-4 drops of food coloring for a light hue like the lavender below and 8-10 drops of essential oil.  Shake shake shake and DONE. 

***A couple notes on the oils:  I buy the kits with several different oils in them.  You can buy a smaller kit, or individual oils, but I get the big one because it includes grapefruit and rosemary -- two of my favorites.  You could also buy the grapefruit by itself HERE (runs about $3).  In any case, I use the grapefruit essential oil in the salts shown here as well as the sugar scrub shared later in the post.  It is my favorite scent for a "fruity smell" during the winter.  Just perfect!

 Loving the grapefruit?  Me too!  
CLICK HERE for the Grapefruit Sugar Scrub and while you are in the bathroom 
go ahead and whip up a Ginger and Hibiscus Bath Soak.

Your friend isn't all that into bathing?  No worries.  Let's head to the kitchen!
Why not package up some homemade jelly?  Try my lilac jelly or redbud jelly for a twist on tradition!
To make it a full gift, why not whip up a fresh loaf of yeast bread and add some pretty new tea towels? 
(The tea towel below is an IKEA classic, but I also like THIS CHOICE from IKEA for Christmas -- only $1.49!) 

 Maybe your friend is the crafty type?  
How about these fun craft kits-in-a-jar from last year?

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A whimsical friend?  

...and for the practically minded, don't forget yesterday's PANTRY JARS!

None of those float your boat??  
How about making a small jar full of quarters or ChuckECheese tokens for kids?  Maybe you will like this DIY candle in a jar??  
No?  Well friend, then I am going to have to just send you to Looksi for some more fun Gifts in a Jar!

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Like these ideas?  Then you will like the BOOK!

Make your own coconut oil.
Gather your own sea salt.
Grow your own grapevines for wreaths.
Give gifts naturally grown and crafted from your backyard garden.

Each chapter focuses on a plant or groups of plants and how to grow them in your home garden.  Then, gather up those natural ingredients and get crafting! From lavender wreaths and hypertufa planters to lambsear angels and pickled tomatoes, there are projects for beginners on up!

Crafting with Nature is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a MillionPOWELL's! (!!!!)  Booktopia (Australia!), IndieBoundAlibrisGlose.comThe Book Depository and Walmart.com.  Books are also rolling out to retailers and libraries, so check for them there. 
 If your library does NOT have it yet, this is why you should talk to your librarian!


Jamie S. Tuesday, December 17, 2013  

Love all these ideas! I have been savings sauce jars for a year now simply for Christmas gifts for friends, neighbors and coworkers. These + what food items I have means there's something for everyone! Very inspirational!

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Amy Renea Tuesday, September 30, 2014  

Thanks Jaime! Would love to see your ideas/photos when you make them!!

Ojibajo Tuesday, December 23, 2014  

Off topic, but my first name is Amy and my middle name is Renea (pronounced like 'Renee'). Everyone looks at it and says "Ruh-Nee-Uh" and when I correct them they tell me that my name is spelled wrong. This is the only other time I have seen anyone with the same name, spelled the same way.

Amy Renea Sunday, December 28, 2014  

I have NEVER met another Amy Renea!! ....and I totally get the "Ruh-Nee-Uh" all the time too ;)

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