Gifts in a Jar for Christmas: Friendship Soup Gift Mix

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Are you hoping to make a few homemade Christmas gifts this year? Have you considered gift mixes in a jar? Most of the mixes I see people make for Christmas are for things like cookies and brownies. But, what if you want gifts in a jar for Christmas that aren’t sweets? I’ve got a great one for you!

Gifts in a Jar for Christmas: Friendship Soup Gift Mix

Gifts in a Jar for Christmas 

Because my husband is diabetic, I try not to make a lot of sweets to tempt him. And because many people are following diets to lose weight, sweet treats aren’t always appreciated by everyone on your list. Let’s just not even mention the ten pounds people put on over the holidays. Nobody needs that!

But, the fact is that gifts in a jar for Christmas are an affordable and easy gift idea. You can easily make five or six of them up all at the same time. And, the ingredients tend to be relatively inexpensive. If you’re looking for gifts in a jar for Christmas that aren’t sweets or desserts, you might want to consider a chili mix or a soup mix.

Gifts in a Jar for Christmas: Friendship Soup Gift Mix

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This Friendship Soup Mix is a great idea for people who want gifts in a jar for Christmas that won’t be too sweet. There is even a printable gift tag with the directions to go along with it. Just scroll to the end for the recipe and the printable. 

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What can I fill a jar with as a gift?

Of course, you don’t have to make a mix for your gifts in a jar. There are a lot of things that you can put in a jar to gift to someone. Why not consider one of these Mason jar gift ideas. Or, try making this healthy hot chocolate and gifting it in a jar. These savory spiced pecans are paleo-friendly and make wonderful gifts in a jar. If you’re looking for gifts in a jar soup recipes, you are in luck! Keep reading for this Friendship Soup Gift in a Jar Mix.

Gifts in a Jar for Christmas: Friendship Soup Gift Mix

How to decorate Mason jars for Christmas

I typically just use an empty Mason jar and add the printable tied to the top with some ribbon. But, you can certainly put a piece of felt on the top of the lid to dress it up a bit. Or, why not try adding jingle bells, a few sprigs of pine, or a Christmas ornament to the top. It’s really up to you and what you have available when you make gifts in a jar for Christmas.

If you want to, you can add this gift mix along with a loaf of homemade bread to a basket as part of a larger gift. You could even include wooden spoons, pot holders, and a set of Christmas soup bowls. I just love these.

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Can I use different types of pasta?

Definitely! This recipe uses ditalini which are small tube-shaped pasta. But, you could certainly use another type provided it was the same size. If you use pasta that is too large, it won’t fit properly in the jar. Why not try this Christmas pasta? That would definitely give your gifts in a jar for Christmas a little bit of pizzaz.

gift tag label

Is this gift in a jar mix gluten-free?

No, it is not. Because this mix uses pearl barley, it cannot be made gluten-free as-is. You can remove the pearl barley from the jar and instead, add gluten-free pasta. You would need to add a bit more gluten-free pasta to make up for the room that the pearl barley was using. The end result should be fairly similar.

Now, if you want to give a Mason jar Christmas ornament instead of gifts in a jar for Christmas, here are a few things that you can try:

  • These Let it Snow ornaments are absolutely adorable. I love the way the lettering turned out. Check it out here.
  • Or, if you want an ornament that has a little bit of bling to it, these are stunning. You could easily change the color theme if you wanted to. Get the directions.

Gifts in a Jar for Christmas: Friendship Soup Gift Mix

So, if you want gifts in a jar for Christmas that aren’t sweets, here’s the recipe for the Friendship Soup Gift Mix. Remember, it’s important to layer the ingredients in the order they are listed so the seasonings don’t fall to the bottom. You can make your own Italian Seasonings as well. Check out my recipe for Italian herb spice blend. Or, you might want to try these Christmas peppermint brownies.

ingredients for the soup

Download the printable here.

Yield: 1

Friendship Soup Gift Mix in a Jar

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Friendship Soup Gift Mix in a Jar is a healthy gift mix in a jar for Christmas.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 quart (32 ounce) jar with lid
  • Printable label/gift tag
  • 1 cup dried split peas
  • 1 cup dried lentils
  • ½ cup pearl barley
  • ⅓ cup beef granules
  • ¼ cup dried minced onion
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • ¼ cup uncooked white rice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ cup uncooked small pasta, like Ditalini

To make the soup, you will also need:

  • 1 pound ground beef or ground turkey, browned and drained
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 3 quarts water or beef stock
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. To avoid the sifting of seasonings through the beans, layer ingredients in the jar in this order: onion, ½ cup split peas, rice, ½ cup lentils, beef granules, ½ cup split peas, barley, ½ cup lentils, Italian seasoning, and pasta. Optional: place pasta in a small storage bag to make easy to remove.
  2. Seal and attach a gift tag.


Layer the ingredients in the order specified to avoid the seasonings falling to the bottom.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 700Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 140mgSodium: 558mgCarbohydrates: 55gFiber: 11gSugar: 6gProtein: 55g

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