18 Ideas for Budget-Friendly Handmade Gifts in Jars
What Is a Gift in a Jar?
Do you need ideas for a gift that is both inexpensive and homemade? Consider putting together a gift in a jar! This entails a jar filled with the dry ingredients your recipient would need to easily prepare a dish. You'll be sure to bring a smile to anyone who receives this thoughtful and handmade gift!
A few foods you can make using this gift idea are:
- Cookie mix
- Soup mix
All you have to do is fill the jars, decorate them to fit the person's style, and give them away! You can buy new mason jars in bulk or use jars you've been saving and meaning to use. I've rounded up a few ideas to inspire your gift-in-a-jar creations. This truly is a budget-friendly way to make homemade gifts for those you love. Enjoy making your gifts in a jar!
1. Painted Desert Chili Mix
Try this painted desert chili mix in a jar! I think it looks like a piece of art because the way the colors are layered in the jar. You could decorate the package with a raffia bow around the lid with a chili pepper tied in the middle for a special touch.
2. Cowgirl Cookies
I love how Bakerella decorated these jars! You can find the full recipe, tutorial, and free printable labels you can use to add personality to your cookie jars!
3. Organic Minestrone Soup
Do you have friends and family who only eat organic foods? Use a recipe for organic minestrone soup mix and decorate the jar. Consider tying a spoon to the lid so your recipient can easily eat their final product!
5. 9-Bean Soup
I love bean soup, and I found some great bean soup mixes in a jar! The colors are so festive, and the gift proves you don't need to spend a fortune to show your love.
6. Chunky Chocolate Cookie Mix
Food Network has five great ideas for gifts in a jar. The chunky chocolate cookie mix sounds fantastic, but you can also find their cocoa and even cornbread mix recipe for any food lover in your life.
7. Friendship Soup Mix
Thriftyfun has a fun recipe for friendship soup mix. I've never heard of this soup before, but it looks and sounds delicious. Don't you think your close friends would love to receive this and feel touched by the soup's name? Make sure to try out this recipe!
8. Peppermint Fudge Cupcakes
Our Best Bites dreamed up a festive and cute peppermint fudge cupcakes recipe! You can find the recipe and adorable labels to impress your loved ones with this homemade gift.
9. Alphabet Soup
Alphabet soup in a jar is a thoughtful gift idea for someone who's feeling under the weather or for any teacher in your life. This jar idea can let people know you're thinking of them and is simple to prepare.
10. Italian Tomato and Pasta Soup
This Italian tomato and pasta soup sounds scrumptious. You basically layer all of the dry ingredients in the jar and attach a note specifying what else they need to add (a can of crushed tomatoes and bacon) to make the dish.
11. Halloween Cookies
The Crafty Nest came up with this clever Halloween cookie mix in a jar recipe. I love how they decorated the jars and feel they make a nice and thoughtful gift. They even included free printable labels for the outside!
12. Instant Hot Cocoa Mix
I can't think of anyone who wouldn't love receiving instant hot cocoa mix in a jar. You can package this in the wintertime to fight the chill of the cool days. I love the shape of the jar with the red bow tied to it. The gingham fabric on top of the left one is darling!
13. Chocolate-Praline Cake
This delicious chocolate-praline cake can be made beforehand instead of putting just the dry ingredients. Just place the finished cake inside and add the topping over it. Once everything is cooled, attach on the lid and decorate to have a sweet gift! The finished cakes will keep up to four days at room temperature, but they're so delicious I bet they won't last even a day!
14. Chili and Cornbread
Life On Grand Avenue came up with the idea to combine a perfect pair: chili and cornbread. Instead of putting all dry ingredients inside, you make the chili in advance and put it in the jar. Then, you put a few spoonfuls of cornbread mix (already mixed in) on top and bake the jar in the oven. The cornbread cooks on top of the chili, and I think it looks so delicious! This would make a wonderful gift. Make sure to have the recipient store it in the fridge.
15. M&M Candy Jar
Doesn't this jar filled with M&M's look adorable? This chocolate gift in a jar is very simple compared to some of the other options in this list, but it's a classic idea that any child or adult would love. You can adapt it for any holiday or occasion because M&M's come in many colors. If you really wanted to go above and beyond, you can even get them personalized with words and photos!
16. Red Velvet Cupcakes
If you have anyone who loves red velvet anything, these red velvet cupcakes in a jar will make them drool! You bake them right in the container and add the frosting with a few sprinkles. Decorate the glass if you want, and then put on the lid. Perfection!
17. Pumpkin Butter
Pumpkin butter is the perfect gift to give when fall comes around! You do need to make the dish beforehand, and your recipient can use it on pancakes, toast, or anything else that strikes their fancy. It looks easy to make and sounds delicious.
18. Pumpkin Spice and Gingerbread Granola
Family.Go.com offers two variations of a granola recipe: pumpkin spice and gingerbread. These gifts would be the ideal complement to yogurt or even as a dry snack when on a trip. The raffia bow detailing brings the whole thing together, and you know the jar's contents is something anyone would love!