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One of the easiest and most meaningful gifts to give any holiday season is gifts in a jar. Mason jar gifts include everything from homemade jams and jellies to spice mixes and everything in between. We’ve got ideas galore for your ease and gift giving needs.
Easy Homemade Mason Jar Gift Ideas
Give jars of the jams and jellies you’ve canned. Naturally this is easy and likely already in the pantry.
Combine several jars of jam with a loaf of homemade bread in a basket or box for a simple but lovely and always welcome Christmas gifts or even housewarming gifts.
Jars full of homegrown and dried herbs are an amazing way to share the garden with friends and family who like to cook.
Giving someone a mix in a jar is a kind way to give them a meal when time might be short.
Homemade balms, salves, and other body products are a great DIY gift for the folks in your life looking to live more simply and naturally.
Where to Get Jars
Regular old canning jars work great as vessels for your gifts in a jar recipes. However, there are many other frugal and lovely choices.
Hit thrift stores and look for interesting jars with tight fitting lids. Just be sure to give them a good washing before using.
Reuse old jars from things you’ve purchased. Again, clean them out well, remove old labels, and perhaps cover up the lids with some cloth or paper to hide branding.
How to Decorate
Keep it simple by combining the jar gifts in a basket with like things. Give bath bombs with a nice washcloth as an example.
Make nice labels either on the computer or hand drawn.
Use ribbon or natural twine to wrap around the jars.
Jams & Jellies
Perhaps the original gifts in a jar, homemade jams and jellies are ideal for gift giving and sharing the garden with loved ones.
Honeysuckle jelly is a sweet, mild flavored flower jelly. It's truly the flavor of summer in a jar.
A tart yet sweet and lightly spiced spread plum jam with orange and cardamom is full bright flavor sure to delight.
Sweet and warm this vanilla raspberry jam is amazing on cookies and peanut butter sandwiches alike.
Jars are ideal containers for tea blends and drink mixes.
Combine homegrown dried mint with cacao nibs and black tea for a delicious blend sure to please.
Hot Cocoa is always a welcome treat, make it easy for folks with a nourishing version you can feel good about giving and drinking.
Give someone you love a fancy coffee drink that is natural but skips the dairy, if necessary.
Herb & Spice Mixes
Give the foodies in your life homemade, natural spice mixes. These can be a great way to share homegrown dried herbs, as well.
Make herbed salt from homegrown herbs as another way to share the garden harvest in a frugal, practical, and always welcome way.
Help someone season their roast chicken or turkey dinners naturally and simply with this blend.
This Mulling Spices Recipe is filled with warming and aromatic spices and makes such an easy and welcome gift.
Give meat lovers a dry mustard rub for their favorite cuts.
Jars make the perfect vessels for sharing homemade snacks like candies and flavored nuts.
Flavorful and with some health benefits this is a candy you can feel good about giving.
A crunchy sweet treat is often the perfect gift for many.
Crunchy and full of dark cocoa these almonds are great snack for co-workers.
Food / Baking Mixes
Give someone the gift of a super easy, homemade meal with these mixes.
This simple mix gives someone an easy and delicious homemade breakfast. It even comes complete with printable labels to help you get the gift together in a hurry.
Give someone you love breakfast in jar. All they need to do is add milk and let it sit in the fridge overnight and have breakfast ready to go when they wake up.
Put a sweet dessert on the shelf for someone. Would make a great hostess gift as well as most any other holiday.
Bath & Body Products
Help loved ones take care of themselves and their bodies by giving them luxurious and natural bath and body products.
The coarse coffee will help remove dead skin and will smell great at the same time.
Soothe and moisturize the skin with milk and herbs that will also smell good and relax the mind at the same time.
Help someone soothe dry, irritated skin with a nourishing rich homemade body butter.
Peppermint is an energizing scent to give folks and this sugar scrub comes together in no time making it perfect for last minute gifts.
Gifts for the Home
Fill jars with useful gifts, loved ones can use for the their homes.
Jar candles are an easy candle craft for beginners to make that require only a few materials. Beeswax candles made in mason jars are attractive and add beauty anywhere they are used. Jar candles can be used as emergency lighting or to add ambiance to the atmosphere of your home.
Give someone a good smelling jar that will lift spirits with the scents of rose and citrus.
Use the jar itself as the gift by decorating it for candle holders and more.
Quart size mason jars are great for gifts in jars such as cookie and brownie mixes.
Small, 4 ounce mason jars are perfect for gifts such as candles, bath salts, and tea.
Weck jars are unique and safe for canning and for using for any other gift in a jar.
Make sure to label the jars with cute labels. This assortment has a label size for almost gift in jar.
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Kathie is a writer, gardener, and teacher living with her soulmate, Jeff, in northwestern Montana. As a fiercely D.I.Y. individual, she is dedicated to living a life made of her own hands as much as possible.