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37 Recipes How To Make Gifts In A Jar

Homemade gifts in a jar are easy and cheap to make!  To make these homemade gifts in a jar simply layer the ingredients per the recipe, add a ribbon and cute tag for a practical and stylish gift.

37 Recipes How To Make Gifts In A Jar

These homemade gifts in a jar are also perfect gift-giving ideas for any occasion throughout the year. Here are 37 homemade gifts in a jar complete with recipes and lots of pictures so you can make them at home for your friends and family.

Homemade Gifts in a Jar

Homemade Gifts in a Jar

1.  Salted Caramel Sauce in a Jar ~ This caramel sauce looks absolutely divine!  It is so yummy to dip apples in or even put on ice cream.  This will be a big hit with the kiddo’s too!  One batch will make four jars.  Download the free printable labels to add to your jars and tie a pretty ribbon around the lid.

Sewing Kit in a Jar

2.  Sewing Kit in a Jar ~ This Sewing Kit in a Jar is the perfect gift for the sewer in your life. Easily personalize your gift with the recipients favorite colors by altering the fabric on the lid.  You can also stencil a picture on the jar.  Isn’t the Barbie silhouette fab?!

Pizza In A Jar {Fun Food}

3.  Pizza In A Jar {Fun Food} ~ Turn your regular weekly pizza night upside down by serving your Friday night favorite in a new way.  A unique food idea for a party or just a fun way to let kids experiment in the kitchen.

Older Than Dirt Jar {free printable}

4.  Older Than Dirt Jar {free printable} ~ These ‘Older Than Dirt’ jars are perfect gifts for a milestone birthday!  Fill them with actual dirt, or crushed up Oreos for an edible treat.  You can print out the matching gift tag for free as well.  These would be cute as centerpieces too.


Housewarming Gift in a Jar

5.  Housewarming Gift in a Jar ~ Anyone would love this simple yet thoughtful housewarming gift.  Just fill a jar with a few of your favorite household items.  This jar included things like a favorite soap, cleaning sponges, a dishtowel and more.

Homemade Laundry Detergent in a Jar

6.  Homemade Laundry Detergent in a Jar ~ So, giving someone laundry soap as a gift may not be the norm, but it’s certainly practical.  You know they will use it.  Plus, if you attach the pretty gift tag (which you can download and print for free) no one will notice how practical it is.  It’s just a lovely homemade gift.

Pies In A Jar

Pies In A Jar

7.  Patriotic Pies in a Jar ~ Make a patriotic pie to go with these cute jars.  They are sure to be a crowd pleaser.   Take a bunch to your next picnic or bbq and don’t forget the little star.

Mini Grasshopper Pies in a Jar

8.  Mini Grasshopper Pies in a Jar  ~ With only six (6) ingredients, this is one of the easiest grasshopper pie recipes you will find.  A perfect holiday gift or party favor.

How to Make a Pie in a Jar

9.  How to Make a Pie in a Jar ~ These tiny tart pies in a jar are absolutely darling!  They are great for gift giving and for bake sales.  You can bake a fresh batch and freeze them for later use.

Cakes In A Jar Recipe

Cakes In A Jar Recipe

10.  Rainbow Cupcakes in a Jar ~ These colorful cupcakes in a jar are a fun treat for kids to create and eat.  By using a 4 oz. mason jar you have cupcakes instead of cake!  Mix up all of the batter and let them enjoy layering the colors.

Pink Lemonade Cupcakes in a Jar

11.  Pink Lemonade Cupcakes in a Jar ~ Yummy pink lemonade cupcakes in a jar.  A perfect refreshing treat for summer!  There’s a free printable for you to use as cupcakes toppers or jar labels.

Cake in A Jar Tutorial {Recipe}

12.  Cake in A Jar Tutorial {Recipe} ~ Yummy red velvet cake in a jar.  Bakes it in the jar and eat it from the jar!  See the tutorial on how to make your own and even dress is up as a Teacher Appreciation gift.

Jar Cookie Mix Recipes

Jar Cookie Mix Recipes

13.  Cowgirl Cookie Mix ~ Yee haw!  Bakerella’s adorable cowgirl cookie mix is a perfect party favor.  They have even provided a free label to print.  Score!  Not a cowgirl, change the color to blue and you have cowboy cookies.

Sunshine Cookie Mix

14.  Sunshine Cookie Mix ~ This cookie mix for Sunshine cookies is perfect for the end of the year gifts.  It will definitely brighten someone’s day.

Homemade Crisco Cookie Mix

15.  Homemade Crisco Cookie Mix ~ Make ahead this crisco cookie mix.  You can freeze it for up to 6 months.  When you’re ready to use it add chocolate chips, nuts or m & m’s and bake.

Double Chocolate Pecan Cookies

16.  Double Chocolate Pecan Cookies ~ Let your recipient enjoy homemade cookies at their leisure.  Decorate the jar any way your heart desires.

Jar Soup Recipes

Jar Soup Recipes

17.  Beefy Bean Soup Mix in a Jar ~ Nothing says Mmm Good like homemade soup!  Make the Beefy Bean Soup mix ahead of time for a quick go-to dinner or give them out as gifts.

Curried Lentil Soup Mix

18.  Curried Lentil Soup Mix ~ Layer dried lentil and seasonings in a jar for an inexpensive gift.  The recipe yields two jars of mix.

Homemade Onion Soup Mix

19.  Homemade Onion Soup Mix ~ Substitute a packet of Lipton onion soup mix with 4 tablespoons of this mix.  This soup mix is so versatile you could add it to almost any main dish, beef stew, meatloaf, or pot roast.

Homemade Mixes In A Jar

Homemade Mixes In A Jar

20.  Homemade Pancake Mix {Homemade Gifts} ~ Make yummy homemade pancakes in less time by making the pancake mix ahead of time.  Keep in in an airtight container in your pantry or jar it up and give it as a gift.

Mocha Cocoa {Edible Gift}

21.  Mocha Cocoa {Edible Gift} ~ Give the gift of chocolate with this simple to make edible gift in a jar. Simply layer the ingredients and write the instructions on a tag. This is a great gift to give to warm the soul, from the inside out.

Quick Bread in a Jar

22.  Quick Bread in a Jar ~ Use a milk bottle to layer the ingredients for this quick bread.  It’s a great way to help your friends get a head start on their baking.

Homemade Bath Salts

Homemade Bath Salts

23.  DIY Lavender Bath Salts ~ Turn a plain bath soak into a retreat with homemade bath salts.  They not only look lovely displayed, but also invigorate and pamper your skin.  Add your favorite essential oils fragrance and some dried herbs.

Homemade Bath Salts

24.  Homemade Bath Salts ~ Bath salts are an inexpensive and easy gift to give.  They are also customizable to any theme or occasion by simply changing the essential oils fragrance.  They are perfect for any holiday or occasion.

Mason Jar Craft Ideas

Mason Jar Craft Ideas

25.  Mason Jar Wall Planter {mason jar} ~ Learn how to create an adorable indoor or outdoor wall planter.  These jars would look so cute on a kitchen wall filled with herbs!  You can make your own wall planter by using mason jars, an old board, and pipe clamps.

Mason Jar Centerpieces

26.   Mason Jar Centerpieces ~ Candlelight always adds a tranquil ambiance.  You can make these lovelies using any type of glass jar you have on hand (baby food, pasta sauce, salsa, mason, etc.), ribbon, and glue dots.  Easy peasy!

How to Create Memories in a Jar

27.  How to Create Memories in a Jar ~ This is a wonderful way to display family photos without having to framing them.  You can create mementos of your summer vacations using photos, accessories, and a jar.

Mother’s Day Altered Jar

28.  Mother’s Day Altered Jar ~ A perfect craft for your kids to make with some supervision.  Fill this nicely decorated handmade vase with some flowers and give it to mom for Mother’s Day.  Add pencils around the jar and it would be perfect for Teacher Appreciation Day.

Kids Reward Jars

Kids Reward Jars

29.  Good Girl Reward Jars ~ A wonderful way to reward good behavior and doing their chores!  Each jar is color coded with a small trinket for each good behavior and completed chore.   When the large jar is filled to the top the child gets a trip to their favorite store for a small toy.

Behavior Chart and Jars

30.  Behavior Chart and Jars ~  Each child has their own jar to receive pompoms for good behavior.  The child set goals for something they really want, and then when their jars are full, they earn their prizes.

Homemade Bubble Bath

Homemade Bubble Bath

31.  How to Make Bubble Bath ~ Quickly make your own bubble bath using a mild shampoo, glycerin, water and essential oils.  That’s it to make your own bath full of bubbles.

Homemade Bubble Bath

32.  Homemade Bubble Bath ~ Soaking in a bubble bath at the end of a long day is a luxury.  It’s even better if you make your own bubble bath and add your favorite fragrance.

Holiday Gifts In A Jar Recipes

Holiday Gifts In A Jar Recipes

33.  Gingerbread Cookie Mix in a Jar ~ The perfect edible gift for the holiday season!  You can give it to your neighbors, friends or teachers.  A free printable is included.

S'mores Cake in a Jar {Homemade Gift for Teachers}

34.  S’mores Cake in a Jar {Homemade Gift for Teachers} ~ You don’t have to go camping to have this delicious treat!  What could be better than ooey gooey chocolatey s’mores?!

Energy in a Jar

35.  Energy in a Jar ~ This jar is filled with goodies that will give you a little ‘pick me-up’ during the day.  Customize them with your favorite snack bars, chocolates or hot cocoa packets.

Homemade Christmas Presents

Homemade Christmas Presents

36.  Mason Jar Snow Globes & Terrariums {Christmas Gifts} ~ Give a handmade, vintage mason jar snow globe or terrarium as a Christmas gift. This gift is easy for kids to make for parents and grandparents, and they’ll love being able to pick out their own decorations for the globes.

Christmas Wishes Blowing Your Way

37.  Christmas Wishes Blowing Your Way ~ Spray paint the lids the color of your choice. Use a sticker to put the first letter of the recipient’s last name on the jar. Fill with goodies. Add some ribbon and a tag.  Voila!

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  1. angie

    37 Gifts in a Jar? Score! This post just got bookmarked for sure! 🙂

  2. Windy City Novelties

    I remember growing up with jar gifts. There are so many wonderful ideas here! Love it!

  3. Ali @ Gimme Some Oven

    Totally bookmarking this — such a great roundup!!! 🙂 These are so much fun!

  4. crunch

    These are very cute! I think I might make one for mothrs day! 🙂

  5. Linda

    I was wondering where you get your beautiful jars from, I can only find the mason jars with a design on it at Walmart? Please help, I would love to get something like this together for my sister-in-laws wedding.

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  8. Jan Hunnicutt

    Thanks for a great gifting blog post!

  9. Brooke

    Great ideas!

  10. Kathy

    I am giving homemade hand cream as gifts (from patchworktimes.com) in 12 ounce quilted jelly jars I am making into dispensers from “One Good Thing” by Jillee and I was wondering if you could give a tutorial on making jar lables that could fit in the little oval spot jelly jars have for labels that could be printed on some label paper or labels that could be hung from jar saying handcream. Would be very much appreciated. Thank you

  11. wendi

    awsome job… my daughter is so into crafts right now and always has….i will share with her…thanks for sharing with us.

  12. amadna

    I never was given a gift in a jar but i give them as inexpensive gifts to save money!

  13. LAURA

    hermosos!!!! una idea fantastica para regalos, me encantaron

  14. Maglilie

    So many cute jars, i love all of them.
    I already did one on my own, if you want to have a look at it, on my blog, it’s here : http://mysweetpepite.com/2012/06/24/malin-a-la-pate/

    I really long for making some of yours too, so exciting, thanks for sharing your ideas and colorful pictures

  15. Kate

    I think anything looks cute and appealing it a little mason jar… even dirt!!

  16. Kristie Siepert

    Ummm what am I missing here? I click on the links for the recipes and it takes me to “add a tip” page. all of them do that. What am I doing wrong?

  17. Debi Lindsey

    I’m having trouble with the links. I really wanted to get the step-by-step guide for #17-the soup. Sadly when I click on it, I end up back on the same page. How can I correct my dilemma? I checked out others as well, with the same result 🙁

  18. Rachelle Brancato

    Hi Debi!

    Sorry about the inconvenience. The direct link to the soup is: http://www.delish.com/recipefinder/beefy-bean-soup-mix-christmas-gifts

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