Homemade Gifts in a Jar Ideas

September 20, 2006

Here are some ideas for making gifts using canning jars. Feel free to post your ideas.

Gifts In Canning Jars

Years ago when we decided to make a 110' x 50' garden and we bought about 20 cases of canning jars. We didn't get what we thought we would from the garden. We didn't realize high mountain growing was so difficult. We have tried every year to make the garden produce mass amounts of veggies to can but have not had too many produce for us. Just enough to get us though the summer.

Since we ended up with so many jars I decided to use them for gifts. I get recipes for cookies, brownies, cakes, chili, or whatever I can find and then put all the dry ingredients into the jar. I then decorate the jar with raffia ties, paint, material, or whatever I can find. Last year I tied bells and candy canes on the outside and gave these as gifts at Christmas.

I love giving gifts and since I'm on a limited budget I can purchase the dry ingredients all year long and be able to make many gifts and always have one handy in case I forget someone. It's lots of fun to come up with ideas to put into the jars. One year I made cookies and candies and gave those. Most jars only end up costing $2 since I always buy in bulk. Hope you have fun!

By RoseMarym

Falling Leaves Jar

Because I have boxes of mason and ball jars, I'm always on the look-out for crafts to make with these. Here is a site I rely on for a few ideas. I'll be making this 'Falling Leaves Jar' to give to my friends. and the best part? It has a recipe for making breakfast bars!

By Laurie from NV

Decoarting Jars With Scrapbooking Supplies

Recently I saw in a magazine or online, can't remember where, where they had used canning jars for other gifts as well.

They had taken some of the scrapbooking type of decorations and glued them to the outside of the jar. One picture was of a duck and there was scrapbooking borders glued around the top and bottom of the jar, not covering the place for the jar lid. They filled it with baby washrags, tiny baby toys, etc. and had it decorated for a baby gift.

They had a few other ideas as well. It sure opened my eyes to another use for the canning jar. You could probably go one step further and carefully cut a slit in the top of the lid and they could use it for a piggy bank as well.

By Tawnda

Magic Reindeer Food

I was looking on the internet and i found something so cute for a gift jar! It's called magic reindeer food. Can be used for a great decoration!

You need:

Then layer them. Makes a great holiday gift!

Here's the poem that goes with it:
Sprinkle on the lawn at night
the moon will make it sparkle bright
as Santa's reindeer fly and roam
this will guild them to your home!


By Ashley

Chocolate Chip Cookie Gift Mix



Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in small bowl. Place flour mixture in 1 quart jar. Layer remaining ingredients in order listed above. Pressing firmly after each layer. Seal with lid and decorate with fabric and ribbon.

Attach to Jar:

Preheat oven to 375*

Beat 3/4 cup Softened butter, 1 egg and 3/4 tsp. vanilla in large bowl until blended. Add cookie mix and 1/2 c nuts (optional) mix well, breaking up any clumps.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 2 dozen.

By Imaqt1962 from Illinois


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Cindy Bailey
December 20, 2006

All year long I look for pretty jars and bottles at flea markets and junk shops for making interesting gifts. I usually don't pay more than $1 for each one, usually a lot less.

gift bottles.

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December 9, 2003

Here are some great recipes for Mix in a Jar recipes for gifts this Christmas. Jar mixes include: Sand Art Brownies, Spiced Tea, Hot Chocolate Mix and Gourmet Vanilla Sugar.

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June 24, 2004

I make gift jars and cans. I use empty food jars and coffee cans. Wash them clean and take the labels off and then use recycled wrapping paper to wrap the jar or can. This makes a neat gift jar that can also be made into a potpourri jar. By Zelora

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August 8, 2006

Does anyone have any gift in a jar recipes or candy recipes for candies that will fit into a jar? I'm trying to find some inexpensive Christmas (and other time) gifts. I would also appreciate anything you could give me that could be for diabetics, whereas I have many family and friends that have to watch their sugar intake. I also have an aunt that is having her baby in Jan and would like to do something special for her.

Any ideas would be much appreciated.

Thank you,
Jeggie from Corydon, IN


August 9, 20060 found this helpful

This is a really nice site.
This one isn't bad either.
I've had a great time baking cakes in jars.

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December 6, 2004

I would like to make a bunch of gifts-in-a-jar (cookie mixes, cake mixes, soup mixes, etc.) for Christmas this year. I now need to know where to get quart or liter-sized jars. Suggestions, anyone? I've seen nice ones at kitchen and houseware stores, but they often cost upward of $10 each, and I can't afford that. Sources for inexpensive sealable bottles would also be appreciated. Thanks!



December 6, 20040 found this helpful

Your best bet is either old mayo or spaghetti sauce jars (free) or buying a case of mason jars. You'd probably want quart size. You could possibly get some by posting to a local Freecycle group or at a thrift store.
Susan at ThriftyFun

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December 6, 20040 found this helpful

I buy the canning jars and either cover the lids with a fabric circle tied with fancy ribbon, or I buy the plastic screw on lids that are fancier. You should be able to get a dozen for under $10.00 for the whole box.

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December 6, 20040 found this helpful

Sometimes the recycling depots will give jars away if you need them. You can also put an ad in the local newspaper for jars. In summer, garage sales are a great place for jars, too. Find grandmothers (those who used to put up a lot of fruit and vegetables in the summer and fall) who live in the country and had a big garden years ago, they will most likely be glad to get rid of a few jars.

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October 11, 2004

I have an overload of mayo jars that I have collected. Does anyone have a tried and true gift in a jar that will fit in a mayonnaise jar?

Laura Lange


By Denise King (Guest Post)
October 11, 20040 found this helpful

Go to and enjoy their variety of recipes and ideas.

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By Opal Fitzgerald (Guest Post)
October 11, 20040 found this helpful

Try these sites...They will all work in the mircle whip jars...Made over 100 gift jars last year...Enjoy.
Vanilla & B-Bob's Jars and Mixes Recipes Archive: Dry Mixes
Soups in a Jar Cookies in a Jar Recipes Cookie & brownie mixes in jars from Real Food for Real People
Chicken Rice Bake Mix in a Jar Cookie Mixes in a Jar from Real Food for Real People
Cookie Recipe .Com | Cookies in a Jar Cookie Recipes Cookie Recipe .Com | Sand Art Brownies | Recipes Gifts in a Jar2 Master Mixes Other Mixes Master Mixes Other Mixes - Beverages

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By Julie (Guest Post)
October 11, 20040 found this helpful

You could make homemade bath salts and put that in them. To follow are some recipes. Or put together all the dry ingredients for cookies, attach a recipe card on how to finish and bake them.

Recipes for Bath Salts

2 cups epsom salts
2 drops essential oil
2 drops food coloring

I like my bath salts a pastel color so I don't use much food coloring but that is up to you. I get most of my fragrance oils online. You can also divide this up and layer them with different colors in your container. I would not mix scents though.

Oatmeal Bath Salts

2 cups of Epsom salts
1/2 cup of regular oatmeal (generic is fine)
2 drops of essential oil
2 drops food coloring

For this recipe you need a blender or other appliance that will pulverize the oatmeal. You want it to have the consistency of very fine beach sand. Add your fragrance oil and coloring.

Milk Bath Salts

2 cups epsom salts
1/2 cup dry powdered milk
2 drops essential oil
2 drops food coloring

Make sure that you stir well to evenly distribute the color. I also always use a chocolate fragrance oil or rose with this one. My friends say it smells good enough to eat.

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By Kristi (Guest Post)
October 16, 20040 found this helpful

You could put in home made coupons like; good for 1 back rub or something and decorate them and give it to a family member

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November 17, 20040 found this helpful

Go to for their gift in a jar ideas.

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February 23, 2013

This is a great gift, especially around St. Patrick's Day. This is a page about making a "Rainbow in a Jar" Candy Gift.

"Rainbow in a Jar" Candy Gift

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June 7, 2016

This is a page about hot chocolate for one gift. A small recycled glass jar is the perfect container for this tasty gift.

Hot Chocolate for One Gift

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December 20, 2016

This is a page about easy candy jar gifts. Candy jar gifts are quick and easy and thrifty gift that anyone will love.

the two finished jars

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May 23, 2016

This is a page about making a mending jar gift. A mending jar or sewing kit is a fun project to make for yourself or to give as a gift.

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October 14, 2012

This is a page about making dry soup in a jar mixes. Soup in a jar is an easy gift to make, as well as, tasty and fun to receive.

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