21 Homemade Holiday Mason Jar Gifts

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When I was a little girl, I can recall making Mason jar gifts for people. I’m not sure I did this at school, church, or with my Girl Scout troop. It was probably a combination of all three.  Anyway, it was a lot of fun mixing up the dry ingredients for brownies or bread dough and stacking them on top of each other in the jars.

Then, you’d get to attach the baking instructions the jar with a pretty ribbon. It was so much fun! As I grew older I learned that Mason jar crafts go far beyond brownie mixes. There are so many things you can stick into a jar that makes great gifts.

I’m really excited for you guys to browse through this roundup of Mason jar gift ideas. I was inspired to make some of these gifts, myself! The holidays are coming up and these homemade jar gifts are perfect for making for the folks in your life who seem to have everything.

Another perk about Mason jar gifts is that they are very easy to put together. You can have your kids help you, too. Most Mason jar gifts are pretty easy for preschool kids on up to tackle.

I look forward to hearing about the gifts you will make. Don’t forget to leave me some comments 🙂

DIY Peppermint Candles

OK, please, someone gift me this DIY peppermint candle, please. I suppose I could just gift it to myself, but what fun would that be? Haha! Isn’t this candle cute? It looks so frosty and festive. I’m sure it smells dreamy, too.

Those holly berries and sprigs of greenery are also pretty amazing.

Gingerbread Sugar Scrub

This gingerbread sugar scrub smells so good that you have to clearly label the jar, “Not For Consumption” haha! This blend is made with skin nourishing ingredients that smell like cookies. Who could ask for anything better?

When I used this sugar scrub my dog kept trying to lick my legs. Apparently, she didn’t read the jar.

M&M Cookie Mix

I love the way the ingredients in this cookie mix look through the jar. The red and green M&Ms really make it all pop with festive color. This is a super easy Mason jar gift mix and will totally be enjoyed by all.

Unless you give it to someone who is on a diet.

Pancake Mix

What a great idea! This is a wonderful DIY jar gift to give to a busy mom or dad. They’ll appreciate an easy pancake mix that only needs the liquid before it’s ready to pour into a hot griddle. Talk about a time saver when you’re trying to get everyone out of the door in the morning.

Here is another gift that I hope someone makes me this Christmas.

Pedicure In A Jar

I love the play on words, here! Mistletoes? How cute is that! The refreshing look of this gift truly does give it a spa-like feel. The blue is very soothing. Of course, you can choose any color scheme that you want. That’s the beauty of homemade jar gifts, you can personalize them!

Cocktails

This gift may not be for everyone but for those who like to indulge in a  little holiday “spirits”, this gift is epic. I don’t think this gift could get any easier to make. You literally place the can in the jar and attach the liquor. Super duper easy. Don’t forget to add a fancy schmancy straw!

Reindeer Noses

At first, it took me a minute before I saw it. Do you see what I mean? The entire jar is filled with chocolate malt balls and then there is one red “reindeer nose” in the bunch. It’s Rudolf’s nose! What a cute idea.

The decoration on the outside of the jar is adorable, too. People can keep the jar as a holiday decoration for the next year.

Curried Lentil Soup

This is a unique gift as it strays away from the sweet treats that normally accompany the Christmas season. It’s great for someone who doesn’t dig all the cookies and candies or for the healthy-eating people in your life. You may have to check, but I think it would also be suitable for diabetics.

Aren’t those colors gorgeous?

Simmering Pot Scents

Ok, this jar looks like the makings of sangria. Am I the only one who sees this? Anyway, this jar gift is beautiful. It looks like it is filled with all of the joyful scents of the holiday season. I’d probably not use it but rather set it out as a centerpiece to be admired.

Merry “Kiss” Mas!

Simple, sweet, and fun this DIY chocolate kiss jar gift is the perfect last-minute gift. It’s super easy to make and it looks delightful from the outside. This is a great gift to give to a teacher, coworker, or neighbor. You’ll be spreading a lot of holiday cheer with this yummy chocolate kisses.

Cranberry Mason Jars

These are spectacular holiday centerpieces using Mason jars and cranberries. What makes them gifts is that your guests get to take one home with them after the Christmas party or dinner. How amazing is that? These decorations would also make a wonderful centerpiece for winter wedding tables. Again, guests can take one home after the party.

Snowman Utensil Jar Gift

This gift is cute and practical. It’s great for a newly married couple, someone who just moved into a new home, or about a gazillion other instances.

Hot Chocolate 

This is so much more than just hot cocoa. Look at the detail on that jar decoration! It’s breathtakingly beautiful. I really love how this gift looks. Plus, who doesn’t enjoy drinking hot cocoa on a cold winter’s day?

Cinnamon Honey Butter

This gift is just yummy. Plain and simple. You can decorate the jar with any holiday decor that you want. I love the holly berries and greenery. I can’t even begin to imagine how yummy the honey butter tastes.

Peppermint Brownies

Chocolate and peppermint go together like Forrest and Jenny. They are a perfect match! This delicious peppermint brownie mix in a jar couldn’t be any more festive. I hope someone gifts me this for the holidays.

I sound like a broken record haha!

Snow Globe

I love DIY snow globes! This is such a fabulous idea! Children will really get a kick out of helping to make this homemade gift. You can personalize the winter scene in any way that you want. The snowman looks to be a great option.

Cupcake In a Jar

This is intriguing! So, instead of stacking up all of the cupcake dry ingredients into the jar, you make everything and put it in for the receiver to eat with a spoon! How convenient and yummy.

Snowmen Cocoa Jars

Aren’t these cute? You can sue Mason jars for this craft but baby food jars work just as well. Have fun layering each part of the snowman body with hot chocolate treats! The peppermints are my favorite layer. Imagine dropping them into your mug of steamy hot cocoa for a minty treat. Yum!

Elf Mason Jar Gift

This is adorable! I can’t believe how clever this idea is. I can literally picture Buddy the Elf as I’m looking at this jar. The additions of the buttons on the outside of the jar are genius. Just make sure you put them on the outside so nobody accidentally eats them. Good gracious.

Ginger Bread Cookie Mix

What a  great idea! Not only does the person get a cookie mix but they get the cookie cutter, too! Such a sweet idea, literally.

Snowy Mason Jar Decoration

What a beautiful winter scene. These DIY gift jars will probably take you some time and effort but I think you’ll feel it was all worth the hassle when you look at the finished product.

Whoever gets this gift is going to be one happy little elf.


I seriously love all of the jar crafts in this roundup. Each of them is unique and special in their own way. From sweet treats to pampering spa sets, you are sure to find a homemade jar gift to make for those special people in your life.

Even the candles don’t look very hard to make. Try your hand at something new this holiday season and give the gift of something from the heart. Anything you make with your own two hands is bound to be special.

I love the snowy scene jar and the gingerbread cookie mix jar gifts the best. Which ones are your favorites? I hope you’ll let me know in the comments. Give me your ideas for DIY holiday jar gifts, too! It’s great to glean from one another.

So now, I’m on my way to pick up some Mason jars so I can get started on a  few of these projects.

Happy holidays!

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About Melanie L.

Melanie works full time at Tuft & Needle and blogs part time evenings and weekends when her daughter is working on the cars with her dad!

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