Gifts In A Jar

I make jar gifts for all different occasions, I’m not limited to just making them at Christmas time. I’ve included images of the recipes I use the most for gift giving, but there’s much more, everything from brownies to slow cooker recipes.

I make the Cranberry Creme cookies gift jar every Christmas for my family and friends, the love soup I make every Easter, and my personal favourite the Double Fudge Brownies are a great Valentines gift for the kids, they love to make the brownies. I’ve also added a free recipe for you to use in your gifts in a jar!

You can see from my images that I use large tags, these are the gifts in a jar I’ve made for my local farmers market, which is a great idea if your needing a little extra cash.

Homemade gift jars are fun and easy to make, with straightforward, simple mixes, what a beautiful gift to share with loved ones, friends or just people in general.

Every year not only do I make gift jars to give away as gifts for Christmas, I also make them and sell at yard sales and flea markets. You can sell them from anywhere’s around eight dollars to ten dollars depending on the type of ingredients.

I never price my jars over the ten dollar mark I like the fact that most people can afford to get one if they choose.

What Is A Gift In A Jar?

Homemade Gifts that are Easy, Simple and Inexpensive to Make

What’s Better than a Gift from the Kitchen

Gift jar recipes are thought of as a craft for food, years ago women would take glass jars and fill them up with dry or wet food and provide it to their neighbours who were in need of things. The jars consisted of things like herbs,flour and even jams, jellies or fruit. Then came along the home canning I remember as a kid our neighbours giving us canned peaches, pears and even canned salmon.

Today we call them gifts in a jar. We not only give food gifts to friends and family who may need it but we give gifts in a jar as holiday gifts. In this day and time it has turned into more of a craft for Gift Giving during the holidays than anything else.

Giving gifts from the kitchen is a great way to make memories and build new traditions for the family. Every person I’ve ever come across just loves homemade food gifts which is a true gift from the heart. It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s cookies or soup because all gifts from the kitchen are always welcome.

Gift Jars

Where to Start – with a Recipe Book

There are many recipe books out there to help you get started. If you’ve never ventured into this type of gift giving and your not sure that you’ll like making your own then I highly recommend searching on google for a free recipe book, that way you didn’t spend a large amount of money only to find that it wasn’t for you. I’ve included two recipes to help you get started or click a link below these books are the ones that I use.

Mason Jar Gifts are Easy to Give

Mason jars have taken the world by storm as the most popular gift idea but then let’s face it the cost is reasonable and with just one case of jars that’s twelve gifts.

Think of how many gifts you can make with just one bag of flour, one bag of sugar or unsweetened cocoa powder. Once you’ve figured out the easiest way for you to layer the ingredients, make the labels and decorate the jars you’ll have the perfect gift for any occasion.

Mason Jar Gifts

Gift Jars make the perfect gift for any occasion

Everyone on your gift giving list, there’s lots of people on your list that would love to receive one of these jar, check below for people that love receiving one from me.

  • Delivery Person – Whether you have a regular pizza delivery person, or a grocery store delivery service, you’ll be able to have a gift for them
  • Neighbours – New people moving into your neighbourhood, or moving out. Do you have a neighbour that’s struggling financially, they’ll never know your trying to help
  • Parents – My parents get harder to buy for every year, so I make them gifts in a jar whenever I can’t think of anything else
  • Boss and Co-Workers – How about that office party or gift exchange with co-workers, instead of giving a gift within the set price range give a gift that can be used
  • Child’s Teacher – Christmas can be an expensive month for most of us, and when your child throws in “mom I want to give my teacher a gift”, it can sure add up especially if you have more than one child.
  • Landlord – If you have good landlords then why not give them a gift at Christmas time, gifts in a jar cost hardly anything to make except your time
  • Postman – There are people that give money or gift cards to their postman/women, why not be a little different
  • Grandparents – With today’s economy it’s hard for the elderly to make ends meet, give a little help and make them a gift that they’ll be able to use and benefit from
  • Sister – Maybe your not as close to your sister as you’d like or maybe you have no idea what to get her. I have made gifts in a jar not only for my sister but her grown daughters (my nieces) as well

How to make Food Gifts in a Jar – This video has step by step on how you can create your own jar gifts

Hot Cocoa Mix Gift Jar Recipe

Decorate your jar anyway you like, give it a theme or dress it up as a character…These Cocoa Mix jars are great gifts at Christmas time when the weather is cold…


  • 3 Cups powdered milk
  • One 5-oz package non-instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1/2 Cup powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 1/4 Cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 Cup powdered sugar


  1. Mix Instructions (For The Jar)
  2. Layer all the ingredients in the order that they are listed, using a quart size canning jar
  3. Using a spoon try to pat the layer so that the next layer doesn’t run threw, or you can put
  4. a towel folded under the jar and gently bang the jar on the counter, not to hard…
  5. Recipe Instructions (For The Tag)
  6. Stir contents of jar before measuring
  7. Add 1 heaping tablespoon Cocoa Mix to 1 cup boiling water

Making Recipe Cards – So the recipient will know how to use the gift

You can get lots of beautiful blank or decorative self-adhesive labels to decorate your jars with. I personally prefer to make my own on the computer, then I just print them out, punch a hole in the corner and hang on the jar with either a ribbon or elastic cord.

Double Fudge Brownies gift jarOf course you’d need a printer if you are going to be creative and make your own, otherwise craft stores have some very nice labels that can be printed or hand written on.

Decorating Your Jars

How would you decorate this jar? – You could do what I do, or come up with your own ideas, let your imagination take you away

gift jar

For Decorating Your Jars Try These Ideas

  • Dollar Store – You can get cheap decorations at dollar stores like wooden spoons, pot holders, tea towels and even plastic flowers
  • Craigslist – When it comes time that I need more decorations I always check the free section of Craigslist, I have been able to get all the fabric I’ll ever need for the jar lids
  • Craft Stores – Best place to get ribbons and plastic flowers or even the glue that you’ll need to attach the flower to the jar, I still prefer to use the dollar store for most of my decorations less expensive

Where can you Sell your Creations – There are lots of places that you can sell your ideas, here’s just a few places

  • Garage Sales
  • Craft Fairs
  • Flea Markets
  • School Raffles
  • Farmers Market
  • Silent Auctions

Gifts in a Jar Not Limited to just Food

Recipe For A Milk Bath – For The Milk Bath Use Pint Jars

  • 1 C. Dry milk
  • 8 drops scented oil – perfume oil or essential oil


  1. Mix 1 cup of dry milk with 8 drops of oil.
  2. Be sure to mix well.
  3. Add more oil if you want a stronger scent.
  4. Place in a pint jar for gift giving and decorate your jar anyway you like.
  5. Instructions (For The Tag) To use, add to running bathwater. You come out soft and smelling good!

Why a Jar Gift?

Holiday jar recipes are inexpensive to make, they are perfect for any occasion, everyone loves a gift that was homemade!


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