With finals week coming up and the end-of-semester lethargy at an all time high, it seems the last thing college kids want to do is go gift-hunting for their friends and family members. Hey, it’s not my fault that my couch, fuzzy blanket and Netflix series look more inviting…

Avoid the hassle of both online and in-store browsing and mix things up this season with a homemade gift that looks just as great as it’ll taste. Here’s how it works:

1. You pour some stuff in a jar.

2. Your friend receives an adorable present and some Pinterest-worthy packaging.

3. Your friend cooks the recipe whenever they want — saving you both money and time.

To help you get in the holiday spirit, we’ve included three festive recipes below, each equipped with a handy printable gift tag with baking instructions. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can also browse our recipe archives — just make sure all of your dry ingredients will fit in the jar, and don’t forget to include baking instructions.

Hot Chocolate Cookies

  • Prep Time:2 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Total Time:2 minutes
  • Servings:12 cookies
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips
Photo by Caitlin Shoemaker
Photo by Caitlin Shoemaker

Step 1

In the order listed above, pour all ingredients into a 16 oz mason jar

Step 2

Print the following:

Photo by Caitlin Shoemaker
Photo by Caitlin Shoemaker

Gingerbread Cookie Dough Bites

  • Prep Time:2 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Total Time:2 minutes
  • Servings:8 cookies
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoon instant oats
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates
Photo by Caitlin Shoemaker
Photo by Caitlin Shoemaker

Step 1

In the order listed above, pour all ingredients into a 16 oz mason jar

Step 2

Print the following:

Photo by Caitlin Shoemaker
Photo by Caitlin Shoemaker

Cranberry Cashew Granola

  • Prep Time:2 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Total Time:2 minutes
  • Servings:3 cups
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup coconut chips
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
Photo by Caitlin Shoemaker
Photo by Caitlin Shoemaker

Step 1

In the order listed above, pour all ingredients into a 24 oz mason jar

Step 2

Print the following:

Photo by Caitlin Shoemaker
Photo by Caitlin Shoemaker