Homemade Gifts in a Jar Recipes & Ideas

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Homemade Gifts in a jar are exciting, sweet, and the perfect holiday gift for friends and family. The best part is that you can be creative and thoughtful at the same time.

You can use jars of different sizes, wrap them up with a ribbon or crochet cover, or hand paint it to make it special.

Ideas for homemade gifts in a jar can include anything, from ready-to-eat cookies and candies to scented bath salts, candles and hand soap!

Homemade Gifts in a Jar

Try out these 8 budget-friendly ideas to make special Christmas and Thanksgiving gifts.

1. Brownie Mix in a Jar

baking mix in a jar gift idea

Who doesn’t love brownies? Imagine scrumptious brownies on a cold winter evening with a nice cup of foamy coffee! Brownie mix in a jar is the perfect way to share your handmade goodness with your loved ones. A mix is a good idea as they can bake it whenever they want to have it and enjoy it fresh and moist.

What you will need:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Cocoa powder

What to do: Mix all the ingredients together and your brownie mix is ready! All your guests have to do is add butter, eggs, and vanilla extract.


◊Brownies in a Jar

2. Cookies in a Jar

Cookies in a Jar Gift Idea

Oatmeal cookies, shortbread cookies, or the good old chocolate chip cookies – there are many ways to bake cookies! You can never go wrong with cookies. Bake cookies and decorate them according to the holiday season to add to the cuteness.

Gingerbread man, elves, and Santa cookies can add great joy to the festivities.

What you need for wholesome chocolate chip cookies:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Cocoa powder
  • Chocolate (lots of chocolate)
  • Chocolate chips
  • Butter
  • Cookie Jar


◊Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies

3. Scented Candle in a Jar

Beeswa Candle in a Jar

Candles are romantic, sweet, and a good décor item for homes, especially on a winter evening. You can use wax to create your own homemade candles, add scents to them, and decorate them with colors.

What you need:

  • Candle wax
  • Color
  • Fragrance oils
  • Decorative stuff
  • Canning Jar or another type of jar

What to do: Melt the wax in a pot. Add the colors and fragrance oils. Pour it in a jar and decorate using your favorite it


◊Canning Jar Candles

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4. Cinnamon Honey Butter in a Jar

Cinnamon honey butter is a quick and delicious homemade gift in a jar recipe. All you need is honey, butter, cinnamon, and powdered sugar.

Rich and creamy cinnamon honey butter will add sweetness to your loved ones’ holiday festivities.

What you need:

What to do: Mix them all together until smooth.


Cinnamon Honey Butter Recipe

5. Snow Globe Jar

This unique snow globe idea is an easy DIY holiday gift that celebrates the Christmas mood.


You will need to hot glue the figurines and trees into place, put it in a jar, and add glitter to give the essence of snow. It will be the perfect holiday décor.


◊Homemade Snow Jar

◊DIY Snow Globe

6. Jasmine Bath Salts in a Jar

Lavender and jasmine are the perfect fragrances and aroma for winter evenings. These bath salts are a great idea for homemade holiday gifts as they are refreshing.


They make a fabulous gift in a jar. You can personalize it for your loved ones by adding additional scents that they would like, such as orange peel and cocoa or Heartsong by Aurora Cacia.

What you need:

  • 2 cups Epsom salt
  • 1/2 cup sea salt
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 15 to 30 drops combined of lavender and Jasmine essential oils
  • Swing top Jar or Canning Jar

What to do: Mix them together and leave them to dry.


◊Scented Bath Salts

7. Fruit Jams in a Jar

Raspberry, Strawberry, Blueberry, Blackberry  – you can make any type of jam but I especially love this easy low sugar mixed berry jam recipe.

homemade mixed berry jam with black berries and cranberries on a blue and white checkered table cloth

You can make several batches to have on hand to give to your family, friends, and guests who come over in the holidays. Use my simple low sugar jam recipe that I know your friends and family will love. 

What you need:

  • Your favorite fruits – fresh or frozen
  • Sugar
  • Pectin
  • 1/2 Pint Size Canning Jars and Lids
  • Ribbon to decorate
Homemade Peach and Currant Jam in flip top canning jars.

Here is the full recipe: click the blue link

Low Sugar Berry Jam

8. Hand Soap in a Jar

Homemade Liquid Hand Soap and brush

Sometimes practical, usable gifts are the best! I love receiving gifts that I can put to use right away. This is my go-to favorite hand soap. I make 1/2 gallon at a time and refill my pint pump jar as needed.

The recipe is very inexpensive as one bar of soap makes an entire half-gallon of liquid hand soap. It is fun to make and works well.

For gifts,  just jazz up the pump jar with ribbons and bows for the perfect present.

What you need:

  • One 4 ounce bar of soap
  • A grater
  • Kettle
  • 8 Cups of Distilled Water
  • Pint Canning Jar
  • Pump Top Dispenser
  • Ribbon or yarn to decorate
  • Add recipe label if desired


♦Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

9. Empty Jars Filled with Goodies!

Homemade Granola in a Mason Jar

And, do not forget this special tip……especially when you are in a hurry and pressed for time.

Fill canning jars with nuts, spices, candies, homemade granola and even birdseed! Use what you have to make a unique but inexpensive gift.

Jars that are filled with spices and then used as gifts.

Try these easy and budget-friendly homemade jar ideas and recipes this holiday season. Your guests will truly love them!

10. Cinnamon Sugar in a Jar

Homemade Cinnamon Sugar makes a wonderfully simple but thoughtful gift…..anytime of the year!!! Place the Cinnamon Sugar in a special flip top jar, add a ribbon and a little tag and you have the perfect gift for year round giving!

Plus, your family and friends will love it♥

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