17 Affordable Gifts In A Jar
Need some affordable, last-minute-gift ideas? Consider giving a gift in a jar. Glass Mason jars make great vessels to carry homemade treats from the kitchen. Scroll down for 21+ simple gift-worthy ideas.
1: Granola In A Jar
Try one of these simple granola recipes:
- Orange Marmalade Granola
- Strawberry Granola
- Banana and Peanut Butter Granola
- Chocolate Granola Recipe
2: Homemade Mulling Spices
Use these mulling spices to flavor apple cider.
3: DIY Cocktails In a Jar
Dehydrated fruit, herbs, spices, and other ingredients are placed in a jar. Add alcohol, let it infuse for a few days – and you have the starter for a mean cocktail.
Get the recipe: DIY cocktails in a jar
4: Homemade Limoncello
Only 3 ingredients are needed to make homemade limoncello at home.
5: Salted Chocolate Sauce
Eat this straight out of the jar, use it to fill sandwich cookies, make homemade hot chocolate or use it as a fruit/cracker dip.
Get the recipe: Salty hot fudge
6: Homemade Bourbon Caramel Sauce
Use this homemade bourbon caramel sauce as a fruit dip, an ice cream topping or drizzle on top of apple crisp.
7: Homemade Chai Tea Concentrate
This syrup is used to make homemade chai tea lattes at home.
Get the recipe: Homemade chai tea concentrate
8: Gluten-Free Cookie Mix In a Jar
Don’t forget the gluten-free eater on your list! Make this toffee chocolate cookie mix in a jar.
9: Cinnamon Walnuts
Making candied walnuts at home is so much cheaper than buying them at the store! Snack on them, or use them as a salad topping.
Get the recipe: Cinnamon walnuts
10: Taco Soup In a Jar
Take a break from the sweets and try this savory homemade soup mix. Get the recipe: Taco soup in a jar
11: Homemade Dried Spices and Herbs
Dried herbs and spices make a practical gift for the foodie on your list.
Get the recipes: DIY dried herbs and spices
12: Spiked (Or Spiced) Apple Cider
Give your recipient everything needed to make a spiked apple cider at home – or keep it non-alcoholic and give a spiced apple cider gift.
13: Sangria In a Jar
Give this fruity holiday drink to your recipient: A ready-made sangria in a jar!
14: Pickle Vodka
Make your own pickle-flavored vodka at home, and give it to the cocktail lover on your list.
15: Homemade Pancake Mix
Make your own pancake mix at home out of pantry staples. Keep some, and give some away as a convenient gift for the breakfast lover on your list.
16: Dried Orange Slices
There are so many ways to use dried orange slices, from flavoring cocktails to eating as a snack to decorating.
17: Homemade Nut Butters
Use your favorite nut – or mix and match different nuts for a more unique nut butter.
Get the recipe: Homemade nut butters
What Size Mason Jars To Use
What size jar you use will depend on what you’re putting inside the jar.
Some of the recipes below require a certain size jar, but in many cases, you can use whatever size you want (or have on hand).
- 4 ounce: For homemade jams or candied nuts
- 8 ounce/half pint: For homemade sauces
- 16 ounce/pint: For granola, cookie mixes, brownie mix, etc.
I always have new Mason jars stocked in my kitchen for last-minute gifts. In addition to the ideas listed above, there are so many ways to festively fill these jars, from candy to cookies to dog treats to soup mix. Get creative as you come up with affordable gift-in-a-jar ideas.