Snowman Treat Jar Makes A Quick, Fun Gift Idea

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

This Snowman Treat Jar makes a cute Christmas gift idea. It comes together in minutes using repurposed materials. I filled an oversized peanut butter jar with inexpensive homemade sweet trail mix. Paint on black buttons, tie on a scarf and you’re done! 

Homemade treat jar made with large empty jar painted to look like a snowman and filled with Christmas trail mix. #TexasHomesteader

Homemade Snowman Sweets Jar Using Repurposed Peanut Butter Jar

I decided to make a festive holiday-themed treat jar for each of our grandchildren. 

Ideas abounded of cute ways to present sweets. But I really liked the idea of a snowman jar. But where to get the containers? 

Finding Repurposed Containers For Treat Jar Gifts

RancherMan suggested using the oversized chunky jars from the huge 64-oz containers of peanut butter we buy.

I’d been putting them back in hopes of using them for food storage so I had enough for each of our grandchildren.

To make a snowman treat jar, repurpose a large empty peanut butter jar #TexasHomesteader

They are large and barrel-shaped. They’ll be perfect containers to make into a snowman.

Now to decide what treats to use in filling the jars. 

Snowman Treat Jar Christmas Trail Mix

There are many ideas to fill a festive treat jar. Maybe the popular chex mix snack. Maybe fun-size candy bars or little cookies. 

But since my jar would be decorated as a snowman I wanted primarily white-colored treats inside. So I decided to fill my snowman treat jar with a sweetened popcorn trail mix of sorts.

How easy, and how PERFECT! (you can see the recipe for Sweetened Popcorn HERE)

Christmas trail mix is a combination of sweetened popcorn, cheese crackers, mini pretzels, salted peanuts,, chocolate candy and sweetened cereal. #TexasHomesteader

Here are the other additions to my sweetened popcorn to make my Christmas Trail Mix:

    • Small square cheese crackers

    • Miniature pretzels

    • Salted peanuts

    • A handful of Crunch Berries from Cap’n Crunch cereal

Why the cereal? Well when I was a kid I always loved Cap’n Crunch. I figured it would be sweet enough to mix nicely with my sweet trail mix. And it does!

When I had all my supplies gathered I mixed the trail mix ingredients together and poured it into each clean, dry jar.

Simple Embellishment for My Snowman Treat Jar

But I wanted to decorate my treat jar to look snowman-esque.

So I cut a strip of red/black flannel and tied it around the neck of each jar to make a scarf. I cut the ends of each scarf to make a little fringe.

Then I used a black paint pen to draw 3 black buttons on the front of my snowman treat jar.

Homemade treat jar made with large empty jar painted to look like a snowman and filled with Christmas trail mix. #TexasHomesteader

Don’t they look festive? Even the red lid ties perfectly with the look I wanted.

I think they turned out super cute and the grandchildren loved them. 

But these gifts didn’t cost much at all. A simple yet delicious homemade gift from the heart. 

Other Kid-Friendly Edible Gifts

If you’re looking for homemade gift ideas there’s a complete list at the bottom of this post.

But here are cute kid-friendly sweet gift ideas for kids:

We made them the cutest Santa Sleigh made entirely of candy. 

Santa's sleigh gift made of candy. #TexasHomesteader

And one year they were old enough for us to gift cash. But we didn’t just want to hand over the bills.

So I made each of them these cute Snowman-Themed Gloves and tucked the cash beneath the hat.

Snowman theme Candy box with gloves and money gift cash Christmas #TexasHomesteader

Our grandkids always love the sweets!

Other Zero-Waste Gift Ideas: Experience Gifts

At their parent’s request, we’ve moved away from gifting toys to our grandkids for Christmas years ago. We enjoyed giving experience gifts to them instead. It was a wonderful change.

We got to spend time with our grandkids and created memories for Christmas instead of giving just another toy to be broken & forgotten in no time. Here are fun excursions we’ve enjoyed with the grandchildren:

Ft. Worth Stock Show & Rodeo – One year when they were younger we took them to the Ft. Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. We got them inexpensive cowboy gear from the Dollar store. A fringed vest, bandana, a Sheriff’s star, etc.

It didn’t cost much but they were thrilled to be able to wear their cowboy gear to the Stock Show.

Escape Room – Another year we took them all to an escape It was so fun. None of us had ever been to one before.

So we gave them mystery-solving props. A large spy glass, a note pad and fun colored pens.

Experience gift props for Escape Room - spy glasses, notebook, pens in fun colors. #TexasHomesteader

Other experience gift excursions we’ve enjoyed with our grandchildren included

A Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course,

Fun Indoor Rock Climbing,

Attending a Live Christmas Play,

Drives through Christmas light parks, etc.

You can read all about our Experience Gifts Here.

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2 thoughts on “Snowman Treat Jar Makes A Quick, Fun Gift Idea

  1. ColleenB.~Tx

    A girl after my own heart. I feel there is nothing better than giving & receiving something that is homemade for any occasion. Homemade gift items; make with love and given from the heart and one doesn’t have to spend big bucks on a heartfelt gift.
    Tammy; who knows, once your grandkids eat up all their chex mix, you just might get your container back with something else inside in return, or the kids can use it and put their own little ‘treasures’ inside.

    From us to you; Here’s Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Yes ma’am Colleen. I agree! Homemade from the heart is always going to be our gift-giving drive. Here’s hoping you & your family are staying safe during this madness, and that you enjoy a peaceful and very merry Christmas!


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