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Organise Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Day 17

28 days till Christmas Day

‘Organise yourself a Merry Little Christmas is a series that will help you to have everything planned and ready for Christmas day.

Each day I will be sharing a new Christmas task to ensure you have completed everything needed by Christmas Day,  yummy Christmas recipes, fun Christmas activities. a gift guide with ideas on what to buy or make your loved ones and more.


Use The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This 45 page planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and more together in one folder.  It is available as a digital download so you will receive it instantly after purchase and can start organising!

Today’s Tasks:

Today’s task is to catch up on some of the previous tasks you have not finished, such as writing cards, putting final touches to your gift list or finishing your budget.  At the bottom of this post you will find a list of all the previous days to this series for you to easily view all the tasks.

Cookies in a Jar

Last year I gave my neighbour a christmas cookie mix in a jar as a Chrissy gift.  She was so thrilled to receive it, because she was having visitors later that week and this would be so helpful to have the mix ready to make a batch of cookies as having a new bub she didn’t find time to bake as much as she used to.

Cookie mix in a  jars is so easy to put together and makes such a wonderful gift to give instead of a box of chocolates.

Place the ingredients in jar in the following order:

  1. 1  1/3 cup Plain Flour
  2. 1 tsp baking soda
  3. 1 tsp baking powder
  4. 1/4 tsp salt
  5. 1 cup oats
  6. 1 cup christmas m&m’s
  7. 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  8. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  9. 1/2 cup castor sugar
  10. 1/2 cup coconut
How to make
  • Place lid on jar
  • Decorate with ribbon
  • Add label to front and back
  • I used the 1.15L Venezia Glass Canister found in store at Howards Storage World
  • Label for back gives instructions on how to bake, available here

Wine Gift Pack

Create your own gift basket with items you know the recipient will love.  I’ve put together this pack for a friend that has everything and doesn’t need anything more.  But she does love to throw parties, so this pack is perfect for her!

5L TubTrug

Use the TubTrug to store all the items you will give in the gift pack, wrap with clear or red cellophane and decorate with a ribbon.  The TubTrug can then be filled with ice and store drinks while guests are visiting.

Decantus Areo Wine Pourer

Decanting a bottle can add a little extra something to its bouquet.

See more details here

Chill balls

the perfect partner for wine. They look stylish in a wine glass, provides a long chill, doesnt dilute or effect flavour, safe reusable and hygienic.

See more details here


A bottle cooler that chills win, champagne and other drinks in a matter of minutes

 Vibrant Wine Glass Clips

Place the clips around wine glass stems, decorative idea so guests don’t mix glasses

Showbird Bottle Stoppers

A colourful way to seal your wine bottles.

See more details here

Christmas Rice Bubble Slice

Find the recipe here

Christmas Colouring Page

This santa colouring page makes me smile

Find more details at Colouring Book

Purchase an Elf on the Shelf from The Book Depository, they are the cheapest I have found and offer free shipping to Australia.  Use the Elf on the Shelf Planner, notes from Elf, letters from Santa acknowledging good and bad behaviour, plus elf report and more.

 idea found via Pigskins and Pigtails

Disclosure:  In addition to my own gift ideas I have received compensation to add some businesses.  Paid affiliate links may be used throughout this series.

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  • Jacinda

    cookies in a jar is such an amazing idea, I would of never thought of doing something like that. Thank you Kat for your constant inspiration and helping us to be so organised this Christmas xReplyCancel

    • Viola Lammertsma

      Hear! Hear! I am so organised this year for the first time in many years – it is such a wonderful feeling. Once again I’m enjoying the lead up to Christmas – a feeling I’d lost because of being overwhelmed the last few years!!! THANK YOU KAT!!!!!!ReplyCancel


    I absolutely love the Organise yourself a merry little Christmas series! If you are looking for Christmas food planning ideas, check out the ‘Make Ahead Christmas’ series over at Make Ahead Mum.ReplyCancel

  • I did this one year and attached a Christmas cookie cutter to the jar with ribbon. Was very well received.ReplyCancel

  • Love this idea! Just wondering please where you buy the red & green (Christmas) M&Ms from?? I haven’t been able to find them anywhere…ReplyCancel

    • Viola Lammertsma

      Would you believe Coles in Alice Springs( Central Australia) has bags and tubs of them?The bags were cheaper per 100g.ReplyCancel

      • I found the M&M’s from Bilo which in QLD is owned by Coles. I have not seen them in Woolworths yet. I brought the tub JReplyCancel

    • I have only found them at Coles/Bilo. Last year I did see them at IGA, but find Woolies don’t stock them often.ReplyCancel

  • Jan

    cant find the canisters in the Howards Storage Link? but thanks for the gorgeous inspiration..ReplyCancel

  • Was wondering if anyone had found other jars other than the howards storage jars as I want to make a fair few and they are a bit pricey from there..?ReplyCancel

    • Viola Lammertsma

      Kelly, I stumbled across some lovely jars for $2.00 @ Kmart Alice Springs!!! Also Woolworths here had some similar ones too.ReplyCancel

    • I get my mum to collect her large moccona coffee jars throughout the year and then make them all up at once, makes it so much cheaper as the jars are effectively free,not much help at the last minute but good to keep in mind for later on.ReplyCancel

  • I squirrel away jars throughout the year for these sorts of things, the French jam jars are divine. At this late stage I’d check eBay for bulk lots of jars or buy cello bags that self seal and use those with a staple on cardboard label you could print on the net.ReplyCancel

  • Oh I wish the Cookie in a Jar idea had been posted earlier. It would have been a great gift idea for my aunts and uncles who I buy a box of chocolates for to show my appreciation. Oh well. Next year :)ReplyCancel

    • Absolutely next year, I’ll remember to share the post again, but a little earlier JReplyCancel

  • […] I saw this recipe for Christmas Cookies in a Jar on The Larson Lingo and The Organised Housewife.  They looked gorgeous with their festive MM layer.  I had to make some for […]ReplyCancel

  • […] Aqui tem uma boa dica, está em inglês, mas é fácil, tem a dica também da etiqueta.  Aqui tem em português do que eu fiz  e vou deixar algumas fotos como sugestão de decoração.  Se fizer me mostre! Pode me mandar também de presente, não vou achar ruim! […]ReplyCancel

  • […] a glass jar with the dry ingredients of M&M cookies. I got the idea from a friend in Aus on this site. She made them for her son’s teachers and they looked just like the pic on the site. As […]ReplyCancel

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