ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Cheap Christmas Gifts (That Are also Yummy)

Updated on December 18, 2012

Nerve-racking Christmas Shopping? Not Anymore! ;)

'That' time of the year has finally arrived and there is hardly any time left for you to think about the gifts you are going to give to your loved ones. It is not an easy job, especially if you are just like me and you want your gifts to LOOK GOOD, BE USEFUL and at the same time CHEAP. There are many things in stock that are useful and also look good (all shimmery, glistening, with epic bows on them), but the price is usually where the problems arise. What to give to your mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle or any other relative to surprise them and not make a hole in your bank account because of it?

If you are ready to take some time and 'get your hands dirty' here are some cheap Christmas gifts ideas for your loved ones:


Price: less than $5 each (jar included)

Looks: pretty

Usefulness: yummy

Reasonably priced and yummy Christmas gift can be either a recipe for christmas cookies, wintery smelling hot cocoa or coffe, or a delicious risotto. You can choose from the wide variety of recipes that are perfect for your relatives and friends - just make sure you find out what they like.

Here are some exapmles of what you can put in a jar:

Cheap Christmas Gift No.1


Focaccia is an Italian bread suitable for those with a more sophisticated taste. It is easy to make and is also a yummy dinner.

You will need:

1 package of yeast

1 tablespoon of granulated sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons of crushed red pepper flakes

1 1/2 teaspoons of dried rosemary

1 1/2 cups of bread flour

1/2 teaspoon of salt*

(this is the basic ratio of ingredients)

Combine the ingredients and pour the mixture into an airtight container.

If you are giving it as a gift do not forget to attach the following instructions:


Contents of the jar

1/2 cup of warm water

4 tablespoons of olive oil



Mix contents of jar with warm water and 2 tablespoons of olive oil with a dough hook or wooden spoon until smooth. If it is too dry add water by the tablespoon and if it sticks, add a bit of flour. Knead until smooth and then place into an oiled bowl. Turn to oil all over, cover and let rise until doubled.

Heat oven to 220°C (425°F).

Transfer dough into a pan and roll into a 13 x 9-inch rectangle. Brush with the remaining oil and sprinkle with salt, then bake 5 minutes. Pop air bubbles with a fork and continue baking until golden (about 8 more minutes). Remove from the pan and cut into 3-inch squares.

Serve warm with pesto.

Cheap Christmas Gift No.2

Hot Cinnamon Cocoa

Hot Cinnamorn Cocoa (or coffee) for the little ones, or for the big ones who still like to pamper the child inside with something sweet.

You will need:

2 cups of granulated sugar

4 (1 ounce) squares of unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped

1 1/4 cups of unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tablespoons of instant coffee powder (optional)

1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

Process all ingredients in a food processor until chocolate is finely ground. Pour into a jar with a tight-fitting lid.

Include the instructions:

Hot Cinnamon Cocoa (coffee)

For 2 servings:

Stir 1/4 cup mix and 2 tablespoons of hot water in a medium-size saucepan until blended. Gradually stir in 1 1/2 cups of milk. Heat over low heat, stirring occasionally, until hot.

Cheap Christmas Gift No.3

Cookies for Santa

Cookies for Santa or any other kind of cookies that can fit into a jar are a perfect gift for those with sweet tooth.

You will need:

1 1/3 cup of all purpose flour

1 teaspoon of baking powder

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1 cup of cooking oats

3/4 cup of m&ms

3/4 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 cup of brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup of white sugar

1/3 - 1/2 cup of chopped pecans

Layer all ingredients in a jar and attach the instructions as follows:

Cookies for Santa (26 - 28 pieces):

Contents of the jar

1 slightly beaten egg

1/2 cup of butter (softened in the microwave)

1 teaspoon of vanilla

Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Use the back of a large spoon to work it all together- you may need to use your hands to get a fine mixture.

Roll the cookie dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, place them on a parchment covered baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes in a preheated 180°C (350°F) oven.

Cheap Christmas Gift No.4

Mushroom Risotto

Just so you know that anything can be put into mason jars, I present to you Mushroom Risotto for those who like to enjoy tasty, yet healthy meals.

You will need:

3 ounces of dried mushrooms

1 bundle of thyme

2 cups of rice

1 teaspoon of crushed white peppercorns

1/2 tablespoon of cardamom

2 tablespoons of chili threads (or dried chili)

Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl (slice mushrooms and remove thyme from stems) and put them in a jar. Add instructions as follows:

Mushroom Risotto (4 persons):

Boil water or prepare soup base (3 times the amout of rice - 6 cups) pour dry ingredients into a pot and gradually add boiling water until the rice is cooked.

Cheap Christmas Gift No.5

Honey with Dried Fruits

Jars of honey mixed with dried fruits for those who like sweet and healthy. This dessert originally comes from India, but we will ajdust it slightly.

You will need:

1 quart of honey

Different types of dryed fruits (walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, brazil nuts, cashew nuts, dryed cranberries, raisins, dried tropical fruits etc.)

Equally divide dried fruits into jars, top with honey and seal the jar.



Type or print neatly the cooking directions on a small card, punch a hole in the corner, and attach with a ribbon to the jar. You can also make printable stickers and paste them onto jars or decorate jars with patches of cloth and ribbons. Above all - use your imagination.

And of course... do not forget to make one for yourself! ;)

New Guestbook Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Hannah David Cini profile image

      Hannah David Cini 

      4 years ago from Nottingham

      I love the bread mix idea, really original and sounds very yummy :)

    • Lilie profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @ohcaroline: Maybe you should also try one of those other suggestions ;) Thanks for stopping by.

    • profile image


      5 years ago

      I received one of these this Christmas that had fruit and nut bread. It was so good. I really enjoyed it.

    • Lilie profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: So do I. They are cute and very easy to mae :)

    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      5 years ago from United States

      I have made and received this gifts in a jar several times. I love them!

    • Lilie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Thank you, it's nice to hear that :)

    • WriterJanis2 profile image


      6 years ago

      I love the idea that you're giving as homemade gift.

    • Lilie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @Golfman7: Thanks, I'm glad you found something you like ;)

    • Golfman7 profile image


      6 years ago

      Some great ideas here for Christmas. Mushroom risotto is a favourite dish in our house.

    • Lilie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you, I'm glad you like it :)

    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 

      6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Great food gift ideas! The Cinnamon Cocoa really caught my eye!

    • Lilie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @uros-males: If I could I would take orders, but I am sure your gf will bo more than happy to make you one if only you show her the recipe ;)

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      Looks very good! I want to get one. Do you take orders for Hot Cinnamon Cocoa?


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)