Nothing says the Christmas season more than giving. According to an article posted by Berkley College, giving can help increase the strength of your community. This research points out that it increases health in people who are ill and elderly. However, shopping is not always the easiest task and can be very stressful.

Try these holly jolly jar gift ideas and be the favorite this season.

In a mason jar…

• Add a variety of herbal tea bags

• Add the recipient’s favorite coffee bean

• Add all the dry ingredients for a tasty pancake mix

• Add seasonal popcorn with dried fruit for a festive trail mix

• Add the recipient’s favorite make-up, lip balm and lipstick

• Add dry ingredients for favorite oatmeal recipes

Decorate the top of your jar with a festive Christmas fabric and tie a ribbon around the top of the jar that includes a tag to state whom the gift is to and from. Remember to include instructions for completing the recipe. You can even add a fun Christmas bow to give extra appeal to your holly jolly jar gift.


Iced gingersnap trail mix


4 cups Angie’s Iced Gingerbread Holidrizzle kettle corn

1 cup Annie’s gluten-free gingersnap Bunny cookies

1 cup vanilla yogurt raisins

1 cup dried cranberries


Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix together.

Portion out ½ cup trail mix per person

Nutrition facts

Per serving: 130 calories, 4 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 280 mg sodium, 23 g total carbohydrates, 1 g dietary fiber, 9 g total sugars, 1 g protein.

-- Tracey Shaffer, RD, LD, is a Hy-Vee dietitian at the Blue Springs location The information provided should not be construed as professional medical advice. Email her at