If you are looking for a thoughtful but inexpensive gift for the people on your list this year, here is a fun idea for a gift-in-a-jar with some winter survival items that everyone needs during the long, cold, dry winter months. I like to assemble these gifts in quart mason jars, but you could also use a gift bag, tin, or another pretty container.
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Supplies you will need for making a Winter Survival Kit Gift-In-A-Jar:
- A quart jar or other pretty container with a lid (I like these ones here)
- Shredded paper or crumpled tissue paper
- Gift tags and/or labels
- Emergen C packets
- Hot Cocoa packets
- Foil wrapped tea bags (Holiday flavors are extra special, but any flavor will do nicely)
- Travel size hand sanitizer
- Travel size lotion
- Kleenex pocket pack
- Breath mints
- Individually sealed cough drops
- Other cozy winter item ideas: swap out the cocoa packet for a cup-a-soup packet or the tea for an instant coffee packet
Now for the fun part! Assemble all of your items for however many Winter Survival Kits you plan to make. Lay everything out so that you can go assembly-line style. If you are making these as gifts for your children’s teachers/therapist/childcare providers, then let them get involved and turn it into a fun family activity (they may not turn out quite as pretty, but that’s okay, because the personal touch will be very meaningful!).
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Next, add some shredded paper or crumpled wrapping tissue into the bottom of your chosen container.
Starting with the largest item (the hot cocoa packet or cup-a-soup packet), begin placing the items into the jar. Move them around as needed so that the contents look pretty from all angles.
Once your jar is full of the items you’ve chosen, put a lid on. You can hang a tag from the lid, attach a label to the top of the jar, or both. Add any ribbon or bows that you like (I kept mine pretty simple), and your Winter Survival Kit is ready to be gifted to someone special!
P.S. You may want to make one extra to gift to yourself. Merry Christmas!