When my brother and I were young, our mom made large batches of spiced tea mix for the cold winter months. The aroma of citrus and cinnamon still serves as a reminder of snowy days, wood crackling in the fireplace, and small hands wrapped around warm mugs.
Last year, I put together jars of spiced tea mix as Christmas gifts for some of my neighbors and my children’s teachers.
If you’re looking for a simple Christmas gift idea that can be executed in an afternoon, perhaps these quick and easy spiced tea jars will fit the bill!
First, you’ll need to stir up a large batch of spiced tea mix. The recipe below makes approximately 5 cups of mix, so you’ll be able to fill about 5 half-pint jars with each batch. Since you only use 2 teaspoons of mix per cup of hot water, a half-pint jar is a nice size.
I made a quadruple batch last year and used a combination of pint and half-pint jars, making 18 total Christmas gifts.
Recipe for spiced tea mix:
18 oz. jar of Tang drink mix
1 pkg. dry lemonade mix (I bought a large container of Country Time and used the amount for 2 qts.)
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 c. sugar
1 c. instant tea
1 tsp. powdered cloves
Instructions: Add two teaspoons of mix per cup of boiling water (to taste).
You’ll also need a few supplies for labeling and decorating the jars. As you can see, I kept my spiced tea jars pretty simple, opting to use craft supplies I had available at home rather than purchasing additional materials.
I made the Merry Christmas labels on top of the jars using a printable from Lila Griffith’s beautiful collection of free chalkboard labels and gift tags.
I printed the designs on card stock, cut them out, and used double-sided tape to attach them so the receivers could easily remove the labels and reuse the jars.
For the gift tags, I used plain brown, white, and red tags that I already had on hand. I added a little bit of interest with a snowflake punch, wrote instructions for the spiced tea on the back, and tied them on with yarn.
The girls and I had a great time delivering the final product to their teachers and our neighborhood friends!
What are some of your favorite homemade gifts — that you’ve given OR received? Will you be making any homemade gifts this year?