DIY Homemade Gift Idea: Seasoning Jars + Free Printable

Autism parents know there are a lot people needed in your tribe. You want to acknowledge your appreciation for everyone who works with your child. As we all know, affording autism means it’s not possible to buy them all a gift. You can still give them something but you have to be creative. Seasoning jars stemmed from an idea that we wanted to share a gift with a person but didn’t necessarily have a lot of money to spend.   Bonus points that homemade seasonings don’t have all those yucky preservatives in them that aren’t healthy in any way shape or form. Ultra bonus points if the person happens to be gluten free as lots of those mixes have to be avoided by those with celiac.

Seasoning sets are a fun way to make a lot of gifts at once to give therapists and others who work with your child without breaking the bank. #autismland #autism #Christmas

 

What makes this idea all the more wonderful and frugal is if you reuse jars to make them. A caper jar or a pickle jar washed out and decorated is an excellent lesson in recycling for your children as well.  All year long, we saved our jars in anticipation of turning them into homemade seasoning jars. The children were very diligent in washing the jars out then setting them in their appointed spot. We saved the bigger ones for things like taco seasoning or onion soup mix that one would use on a more frequent basis. When we moved to Arizona,  all the would be seasoning jars wouldn’t fit in the 16 foot moving truck .  This meant that we needed to buy the jars off Amazon if we wanted to make them that year

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Here comes the fun part.   We spent one afternoon mixing up the  mixes needed for each jar.  The next afternoon was spent assembling the jars.  All we did that afternoon was put the jars together.  The next day, we decorated the tags as well as  cut out the fabric squares for the lids.  Finally, on the final day, we added all tags and fabric squares to the jars.  I know this seems like it was a long drawn out process.  I broke it down into manageable steps for us to be able to reasonably do in a small amount of time. We do spend 5+ hours at dance every weekday after all.

I don’t know about you but I always get these grand ideas at Christmas time then try to do all in one afternoon. It never fails that I get frustrated at the lack of progress because I bit off more than  I can chew.  I become snippy with the kids who feel my stress then get stressed themselves. The end result is that nothing I wanted to try gets done which frustrates me even more.  No one makes fun episodic memories .  The children run screaming when they hear it’s Christmas craft time. Now I know to break it down into small steps.  I remind myself that it doesn’t need to all get done in one day.

Voila!  A basket full of gift jars.  Whoever needs a gift for someone like a SS teacher or a coworker or the UPS man, grabs one and gifts it.  Happiness abounds at a frugal price which makes me smile. It makes for a fun project on the long Thanksgiving weekend or when we have our annual hot chocolate bar.  Yes, they fit very well into the Mom stockings too!

Looking for recipes for the seasoning mixes that we used?

3 (6 to 8 ounce) jars with lids

Printable gift tags

Twine, string, or ribbon

 

Buttermilk Ranch Seasoning Mix

 

⅓ cup dry powdered buttermilk

1 ½ teaspoons dried dill

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 teaspoons onion powder

2 teaspoons dried minced onion

2 tablespoons dried parsley

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 teaspoon dried chives

1 teaspoon salt

 

Mix all together and add to airtight container.

 

Spicy Taco Seasoning Mix

 

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon garlic powder

½ teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon dried oregano

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

 

Mix all together and add to airtight container.

 

Smoky Barbecue Seasoning Mix

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

1 teaspoon black pepper

½ teaspoon ground ginger

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

1 teaspoon dry mustard

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

 

Mix all together and add to airtight container.

 

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