{Homemade} Gifts in a Jar – I’m Lovin’ It


Homemade gifts in a jar are a fun, frugal, and great holiday gift to share with just about any one. In past years I have made homemade Christmas gifts in a jar for girl friends, neighbors, teachers and family.

The possibilities are endless, and remember they are a great starter to build a gift basket.  For example,  start with a jar of cookie mix, and add a kitchen towel, pot holder, and spatula, or homemade vanilla along with  a batch of homemade cookies along with the recipe.  Or just add a pretty ribbon and tag and you have a simple, stylish gift!

I’ve gathered 16 great gift in a jar ideas for your holiday planning!

Gifts in a Jar


1.  Slow cooker Apple Butter @ My Baking Addiction

2. Vanilla Extract @ Bake at 350

3.  Pancake Mix @ Good Life {eats}

4.  Cowgirl Cookie Mix @ Bakerealla


5.  Cake in a Jar @ i am baker

6.  Cinnamon Honey Butter @ TidyMom

7.  Hot Chocolate Mix @ Babble

8.  Sewing Kit @ Momtastic


9.  Peppermint Stick Cocoa @ My Recipes

10.  Peppermint Zebra Icebox Cake @ Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

11.  Pumpkin Spice  @ Simple Bites

12.  Tropical Bath Tea Soak @ Flamingo Toes



13.  Quick Bread Mix @ Sunset

14.  Rosemary Mint Sugar Scrub @ Good Life {style}

15.  Chinese 5 Spice Blend @ Georgia Pellegrini

16.  Cinnamon Vanilla Sugar Scrub @ TidyMom



What a great companion to any of the gifts above!  Slip in a little note that you have pre-ordered Desserts in Jars: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine by my incredibly talented friend Shaina Olmanson …….don’t forget to grab one for your self too!


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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

85 Responses to “{Homemade} Gifts in a Jar – I’m Lovin’ It”

  1. nest of posies posted on December 1, 2011 at 8:57 pm (#)

    holy moly! i love anything in a jar. this post is just so fun to look through.

    all those scrubs & those names…i was thinking “man it’s been awhile since i’ve had some fru fru scrub or mask treatment. i need some.

    have a super weekend!

  2. Crystal posted on December 1, 2011 at 9:04 pm (#)

    Thanks for all the ideas and for hosting!

  3. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles posted on December 1, 2011 at 9:11 pm (#)

    Fun, fun, FUN! I would love to receive any one of those fabulous gifts in a jar. Have a great weekend, Cheryl!

  4. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga posted on December 1, 2011 at 9:16 pm (#)

    these are all fabulous ideas, Cheryl!

    thanks for taking the time to compile them all!

  5. a spoonful of yumm posted on December 1, 2011 at 9:30 pm (#)

    wow !! all are great ideas :-) have a fun weekend !

  6. Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth posted on December 1, 2011 at 9:40 pm (#)

    What a great collection of ideas!

  7. Amy @ uTryIt posted on December 1, 2011 at 9:48 pm (#)

    Thanks for all these great ideas. I happen to have a “gifts-in-a-jar” recipe to share with you as well. Meyer Lemon Curd with Vanilla Sugar. :) Hope you’ll like it.

  8. Shannon at madiganmade posted on December 1, 2011 at 9:55 pm (#)

    What pretty ideas!!

    Thanks for hosting, Cheryl!

  9. Funkytime posted on December 1, 2011 at 10:56 pm (#)

    Prettyyyyy pretty! :-)

  10. Paula posted on December 1, 2011 at 11:41 pm (#)

    This post is like one-stop Christmas shopping. So many wonderful gift ideas and the fact that they are all home-made makes them even more special. Those *hard-to-buy-for* would be all taken care of with any one of these :) Thanks for hosting another great link-up.

  11. Lynn from For Love or Funny posted on December 2, 2011 at 5:34 am (#)

    This is perfect! Just in time for making my neighbors’ gifts for Christmas!!

  12. Sarah @ Alderberry Hill posted on December 2, 2011 at 5:59 am (#)

    I love linking up every week, thanks for hosting!

  13. Michelle posted on December 2, 2011 at 6:12 am (#)

    Some really great ides, might have to snag a few for some friends.

  14. Jeanette posted on December 2, 2011 at 6:31 am (#)

    What fun ideas for the holidays – definitely getting me in the holiday spirit!

  15. Amanda posted on December 2, 2011 at 6:40 am (#)

    I really honestly truly love checkin out your I’m Lovin It round ups. You have the BEST submissions and posts!!

  16. Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] posted on December 2, 2011 at 6:55 am (#)

    I definitely just bookmarked this post! Every year I make something for my girlfriends and I haven’t had an idea for this year yet. I cannot wait to get started!

  17. Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things} posted on December 2, 2011 at 7:16 am (#)

    Thank you so much for hosting another fun party, Cheryl!
    Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}

  18. Kristen posted on December 2, 2011 at 7:24 am (#)

    I love the idea of doing a gift in jar with a note about Shaina’s book. Smart!

  19. Michelle V posted on December 2, 2011 at 8:08 am (#)

    My favourite jar gift is thin liced lemons packed in lemon juice and kosher salt. Makes fantastic recipes using lemons/lemon juice unbelieveable!

  20. jenna posted on December 2, 2011 at 8:25 am (#)

    cute ideas!

  21. christina posted on December 2, 2011 at 8:59 am (#)

    Perfect! I have the jars, just need ideas to fill ’em. Thank you so much and Merry Christmas!

  22. Carolyn posted on December 2, 2011 at 11:59 am (#)

    I’ve got to make a few of these up…probably for myself. Shhhh…!

  23. Kerridwen Niner posted on December 2, 2011 at 1:16 pm (#)

    What fab eye candy, really enjoyed all the inspiration :)

  24. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel posted on December 2, 2011 at 2:11 pm (#)

    I’ve seen a bunch of those jar items from back when they were originally posted and I still love them! They’re super cute and awesome as gifts or for parties. Great roundup :)

  25. Lisa [With Style and Grace] posted on December 2, 2011 at 3:10 pm (#)

    love all these ideas! i’m a huge fan of homemade gifts – might need to try a few of these :)

  26. Julia posted on December 2, 2011 at 3:45 pm (#)

    I loooooove gifts in a jar, I just love things in a jar 😉 Great gift idea post!

  27. Debs posted on December 2, 2011 at 5:27 pm (#)

    These are just awesome! I have just about finished my teacher/neighbour gifts but I think there is going to be some extra’s now! :)

  28. Jen at The Three Little Piglets posted on December 2, 2011 at 8:23 pm (#)

    I love that little sewing kit idea!!

  29. Possible Baker posted on December 2, 2011 at 9:37 pm (#)

    Thanks for all of the amazing gifts in a jar! I am inspired. Love the I’m Lovin’ It round up this week…so many great ideas for the holidays!

    Jessie @ Possible Baker

  30. bridget {bake at 350} posted on December 3, 2011 at 6:43 am (#)

    Thanks so much, Cheryl, for including my vanilla! :)

  31. HeatherChristo posted on December 3, 2011 at 9:04 am (#)

    Cheryl! what an adorable post! I just love it! Lots of great ideas- thanks!

  32. Jamie | My Baking Addiction posted on December 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm (#)

    I am a sucker for anything in a jar! this round up is absolutely fantastic. Thanks so much for including my Apple Butter!

  33. aida mollenkamp posted on December 4, 2011 at 10:16 pm (#)

    what a great round-up and so many creative ideas!


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