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Fill Them Up: Easy Gifts in Jars

Think outside of the box when it comes to gifts. Instead, fill jars to the brim with homemade delights or the ingredients for a favorite recipe.

Simply stock up on glass jars (make sure to thoroughly clean and sanitize them) and set aside an afternoon to assemble several gifts at once.

They’re so pretty you don’t even have to wrap them. Just seal the jars, add a scrap of festive fabric on top, if you want, then secure with string or ribbon and add a gift tag. Most of our “gifts from the kitchen” recipes include a printable gift tag.

Not only are these gifts pretty, convenient and portable, the jars can easily be reused as storage containers, drinking glasses or bud vases later.

Here are some ideas and recipes to get you started:

Spiced nuts, granola or snack mix

Holiday Trail Mix

Cookie or quickbread mix

Quick jam or preserves

Cranberry Jam

Barbeque sauce or mustard

Flavored oil or marinated olives

Soup or pancake mix

Cinnamon Pancake Mix in a Jar

Flavored salt



Food isn’t the only thing that’s good to give in jars. You can fill them with homemade Lavender Bath Salts or Sweet Potato Apple Dog Treats or even make a tiny terrarium.

Can’t get enough giving? We’ve got even more recipes for gifts from the kitchen.

Do you make your own gifts? Tell us about them in the comments below.



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Cathy Little says …

I always give a homemade gift, either food or a knitted item, along with a small store bought gift. Homemade gifts are so much more appreciated.

Anne says …

I made homemade vanilla extract last year. I'm looking for something for this year and am interested in what everyone posts.

mars says …

I'm making homemade mayonnaise for my coworker who loves mayo on everything!

Kathy says …

Where do you find nice, small jars? I have looked at a number of grocery stores, and the only ones I find are canning jars.

Nikki - Community Moderator says …

@KATHY - I recall seeing a variety of options at the Container Store. Another great idea if you plan to make gifts next year would be to recycle any jars that a product might come in as a way to really go above and beyond in saving money on gifts!

OrganicSizeMe says …

I make citrus, rosemary, and vanilla organic sugar body scrubs. So clean, I could eat it...I don't :), but I could.

Judy Thayer says …

Yard sales and resale shops are great places to find glass containers to use at the holidays.

Carolyn says …

Neat idea

Michelle Zastawny says …

Great Christmas ideas...check it out!

dcondit says …