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Food Gifts for Christmas are so simple and easy, I am surprised everyone's not doing it already. I mean, if you look at Pinterest, you'd think they are – but I've never received a food gift in a jar at the holidays … at least not yet! They're practical, affordable, unique, and handmade. That's about all I could ever ask for in a gift!

I've gotten many emails over the years asking for tips for those that use food stamps. This is one of those posts that will help you out a ton! These are all gifts that will require minimal purchases such as glass jars, ornaments, etc. The items to go inside the jars can all be purchased on food stamps. If you get creative and shop at CVS or another place that gives catalinas, gift cards, ECBs, etc you can actually purchase your jars with those, after shopping with food stamps – so you'll have little to no out of pocket costs at all! Super frugal? Save your pickle jars and you won't even have to buy any! ;)

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Creative Food Gifts

Hot Cocoa Mix Ornaments – You can usually get ornaments like these for $.50 a piece – less if you're using coupons, or shopping at Goodwill. There are tons of gifts you can give, using supplies you have on hand, but the hot cocoa mix is something you can buy with SNAP/food stamps and is super cheap. Can't afford the ornaments? Dump the hot cocoa mix into little sandwich baggies – they're literally pennies a piece. Tie with a twist tie, a piece of string, or even some twine.

Christmas Light Sugar Cookies Box – This gift is a bit more extensive, and would be great for an entire family rather than just an individual. You can purchase the cookie dough, sprinkles, etc all using SNAP – and again, the ornaments will only cost a few bucks. The box, well, you can use an old Amazon box or any shipping box. If it's ugly, cover it in duct tape, paper… anything you have on hand!

— Bake cookies and put them in a Pringles canister! Cover the canister in duct tape, craft paper… anything really. Make sure when you're baking the cookies, you make them small enough to fit and stack inside the can.

Easy to Make Treats

Gifts in a Jar

Food Gifts for Christmas

Butters, Jams, Syrups, Sauces

Cookies in a Jar, Desserts, Bread Mixes, Etc

Soups, Food Mixes, Etc

Teas, Coffees, and Other Drinks

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Add your ideas to the comments!!

Laurie Bennett

Laurie Bennett

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I am a wife, mother of two, entrepreneur and life style blogger. I grew up in sunny Southern California and moved to Bozeman, MT in 2001. After our children were grown, and we were semi-retired, we decided to become snow birds and alternate between Montana and Arizona, as our home. Today I spend my time working on my weight watchers friendly blog at www.slapdashmom.com, working in my garden, tending to my animals and dreaming up ways to help and teach others how to start a successful online business.


  1. These look yummy! Especially for the ones who are hard to buy for. I would totally love a food gift!

  2. saving this page, so many yummy things to make. thank you

  3. Oh fantastic! I was just looking for gifts in jar recipes. Thank you so much for sharing these. <3

  4. thanks for this fantastic roundup! The Spice Tea especially sounds amazing. Might have to make some for myself too ;)

  5. What a fantastic list of ideas! I think handmade gifts are SO special, thanks for all these neat ideas!

  6. This is a pretty awesome article! Loads of simple but tasty ideas!

  7. Would it be weird to makes something like this for a teacher gift?

  8. The Root Beer BBQ Sauce looks tasty!!

  9. Anna, I think these are great gifts for teachers. :-)

  10. Perfect ideas for those wanting something even more unique. Thanks for sharing them. I especially love the cookies in a jar and try to do them every year.

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