29 Top Gifts in a Jar Recipes


How to make homemade gift in a jar recipes which are easy, inexpensive and fabulous gifts to make! These gifts in a jar include pictured tutorials on how to make pies, cookies, and cakes in a jar recipe as well as homemade mixes in a jar like soup, sugar scrubs and other mason jar gifts.  These homemade gifts in a jar are also perfect gift-giving ideas for any occasion throughout the year. 

Top Gifts in a Jar Recipes

Create a new Christmas tradition or do a simple activitiy for kids with these awesome holiday crafts! Use these pictured instructions to make Holiday CraftsDIY DecorFood and RecipesParty Ideas, Free Printables, and Activities for Kids perfect for the holiday season!

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Candy Cane Mason Jar

1.  Candy Cane Mason Jar ~ Turn mason jars into festive candy cane jars by adding chalkboard stripes.  They are quite versatile which makes them perfect for decorating your home or giving them as gifts. 

Gifts in a Jar

2.  Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn ~ This Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn is one of the easiest and cheapest gifts to make.  The only items you will need to purchase are the popcorn kernels and containers.  You could also recycle your pasta sauce jars for containers.  Print the free label and the recipe card. Voila!  And, it’s so much better than microwave popcorn.

Christmas in a Jar

3.  Christmas in a Jar {free printable label} ~ Delight family and friends with this Christmas in a Jar gift!  Dehydrated lemon, apple and orange slices and spices are added to a jar that can be later heated to scent to their home with a heavenly Christmas aroma.

Snowball Playdoh

4.  Snowball Playdoh ~ If you’re looking for a rainy day project, or a way to bake with the kids minus a blazing hot oven, then you’ll love this gift idea for kids.  Add a little peppermint extract and iridescent glitter for holiday pizzazz.

Holiday Gifts In A Jar Recipes

5.  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.

6.  S’mores Cake in a Jar ~ You don’t have to go camping to have this delicious treat!  What could be better than ooey gooey chocolatey s’mores?!

Holiday Gifts in a Jar

7.  Hot Fudge Sauce & Tags ~ A jar of homemade Hot Fudge Sauce can be a lovely gift, especially when given as a hostess gift. It does need to be refrigerated, and should be eaten within a week. So, when invited to a Christmas party this year, just whip up a batch of this sauce earlier in the day, package it up all pretty, and you have yourself a very special gift to give from your own kitchen.

Homemade Gifts in a Jar

8.  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.

Gifts in a Jar

9.  Sourdough Starter {free printable tag} ~ This 3 ingredient sourdough starter is perfect for making waffles or other delicious breakfast foods.  The recipe will make two sourdough starters that store well in mason jars.  Keep one for yourself and give one away.  Print the free tag to embellish the jar and keep track of the month and year it was started.

Pies In A Jar

Pie in a Jar

10.  Pie in a Jar ~ Step by step instructions on how to make the crust and pie filling for these cute single serving pies.  They would also make the perfect home made gift for any occasion.

Pie in a Jar

11.  Crisp in a Jar Recipe ~ Ditch the crust, throw on some streusel topping and make fruit crisp instead. Crisp! In a Jar!

Pie in a Jar

12.  Pumpkin Pie in a Jar ~ For Halloween this year, we’re hosting a pumpkin-themed party to slim down our enormous squash harvest from the family garden. We’ll be serving pumpkin soup with pumpkin biscuits, drinking pumpkin juice, and for dessert? You guessed it: pumpkin pie….

Cakes In A Jar Recipe

Gingerbread Cake Mix in a Jar

13.  Gingerbread Cake Mix in a Jar ~ A single serve cake mix in a jar.  Mix ingredients and then bake in the jar for a delicious seasonal single serve cake.

Red Velvet Cake Mix

14.  Red Velvet Cake Mix in a Jar {printable tag} ~ Cakes in a jar are a fun and easy gift that is perfect for everyone. The are pretty, yummy, and can be stored for a later date. Great for neighbors, teachers, or for keeping yourself from eating an entire cake! {wink}

Jar Cookie Mix Recipes

Oatmeal Cookies in a Jar

15.  Oatmeal Cookies in a Jar ~ Layered oatmeal cookie mix in a jar.  Change the sprinkles to match any season.  Perfect for gift giving because the recipient can bake at a later date.

16.  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.

Toffee Blondies Cookies in a Jar

17.  Toffee Blondies Cookies in a Jar ~ Not only does this make an adorable gift, but these Toffee Blondies are insane.  Sweet, crunchy, and full of toffee bits.  The jar looks adorable and is minimal effort. 

Jar Soup Recipes

Chili and Cornbread in a Jar {recipe how to}

18.  Chili and Cornbread in a Jar {recipe how to} ~ Soup is always a delicious comfort food. But I think it’’s even better when served in these cute jars. Whether you are taking a meal to someone who is under the weather, just had a baby, or maybe just welcoming new neighbors, package up your chili in some wide mouth jars and top with homemade cornbread for a truly memorable gift.

19.  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.

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.

Best Homemade Brownie Mix

21.  Best Homemade Brownie Mix ~ Here’s a recipe to make your own brownie mix.  Add the mix to a jar and add a label for a great gift item!

Homemade Mix in a Jar

22.  Cinnamon Spice Muffins {free label} ~ Delicious cinnamon spice muffins in a jar.  The post also includes a free label to download and print.  Don’t you just love the cupcake liner as a jar topper?!

Gifts in a Jar Hot Chocolate

23.  DIY Hot Cocoa and Marshmallow Labels ~ Here’’s a step-by-step tutorial for making your very own hot cocoa mix and marshmallows! Recipes and photos show exactly how it’s done, plus we have printable labels to help package it all up into a great looking gift— perfect for neighbors, co-workers, and your holiday party hostess.

24.  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

25.  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

26.  Relaxing Bath Salts {free printable labels} ~ Handmade bath salts packaged in a beautifully labeled jars that are easy and quick to make and gift.

Homemade Sugar Scrub

Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

27.  Peppermint Candy Cane Sugar Scrub ~ Peppermint Sugar Scrubs are easy to make, package adorably and are good for your skin! Plus, they are the perfect holiday homemade gift! Here’’s an easy-peasy, Peppermint sugar scrub recipe that’’s perfect for gift giving this holiday season!

Homemade Sugar Scrub

28.  Strawberry Sugar Scrub ~ Strawberry sugar scrubs {made with sugar, oil, soap colorant and essential oil} are easy to make, package adorably and are good for your skin! Homemade scrubs are one of the best gifts ever!

Spa in a Jar

29.  Coffee Scrub Recipe ~ This coffee scrub recipe is super simple and makes a perfect Christmas or Teacher Appreciation gift.  The best part?  It can be made in under 20 minutes, including time spent embellishing the jar! 


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  1. Thanks for the feature! Love this list and I’m honored to be included.

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