Non-Food Gifts in a Jar

by Merissa on November 6, 2015

in Homemade for the Holidays

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Mason Jar Gift Ideas

Thanks to Kailyn for this article!

I do a lot of canning which means I have a lot of mason jars. Like tons of mason jars, it really is becoming a problem. Now, along with canning I also like to reuse things as much as possible and so, mason jars have become my new wrapping paper. They make the perfect little containers for small trinkets and gifts and when tied with a bow and cute handmade gift tag they look downright adorable.

This year for Christmas I am creating mason jar “survival kits”. Themed jars for my friends and family filled with handy tools and travel sized items. I was able to find most of the items at a local dollar store making these cute kits a really affordable gift. I’m still brainstorming but so far I’ve come up with the following themes:

Teacher Survival Kit

  • Mini hand sanitizer
  • A few colorful pens
  • Sheet of stickers (gold stars anyone?)
  • A stain remover stick
  • Stress ball
  • Hand cream or lotion


Handy Man Survival Kit

  • A small multi-tool
  • Band-aids (just in case)
  • Zip-ties
  • A couple bungee cords
  • Bottle of super glue
  • Ear plugs

Mason Jar Bird Feeder

Mason Jar Bird Feeders

Winter Survival Kit

  • Hand warmers
  • Mini bottle of hand sanitizer
  • Chapstick
  • Small pack of tissues or a handkerchief
  • Travel sized card game

Tinted Mason Jar Craft

Tinted Mason Jars

If you are looking for some food-in-mason-jars gift ideas as well, here are a few you can check out to get you started on your gift making.

Sugar Cookies in a Jar
Homemade Pasta Fagioli Soup Mix in a Jar
Oatmeal Cookie Mix
Lemon Poppyseed Bread Mix
Scone Mix
Layered Popcorn Gift Jars

Like I said, I’m still brainstorming and I’d love some help! If you have any other themes or ideas please share them.

My name is Kailyn and I am a teacher, a wife, a mother, and a wanna-be farmer.  I like to get my hands dirty in the garden and explorer my inner artist with DIY projects...some of which actually work. I'm raising my little girl, a flock of chickens and an energetic beagle in the woods of New England.  I blog about our homesteading adventures and journey to a more natural lifestyle at Our New England Home.

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1 Denette Kirkland November 6, 2015 at 10:15 am

You could also do a gift jar with fishing stuff for the fisherman in your life!


2 Merissa November 6, 2015 at 11:29 am

Great idea, I love it!


3 Terri J. November 6, 2015 at 11:49 am

You could do a Wedding Day Survival jar. It could have a package of tissues, safety pins, clear nail polish, small lint roller, mints, lip gloss/chapstick, Tide pen, bobby pins, small mirror, etc.


4 Merissa November 6, 2015 at 1:02 pm

Great idea!


5 Tracy November 6, 2015 at 1:47 pm

I love mason jars. With more and more people having specialty diets it is nice to have ideas that are non-food related. These are some nice ideas.


6 Carol November 6, 2015 at 2:48 pm

Try a spa mason jar:
Mason jar , lavender essential oil, homemade
Lavender sachets, pure natural lavender bar
Of soup from England, or France
Sprinkle purple confetti and fake snowflakes in bottom
Of jar
Tie bow on jar w winter white- lace, glue on the a silver snowflake!
On front of jar…:) carol up on the mountain!


7 Carol November 6, 2015 at 2:51 pm

Oops! I meant pure -natural- lavender bar of Soap not
Soup in the spa mason jar idea! Lol
Carol up on the MT:)


8 Karen December 10, 2015 at 8:57 pm

Love this post about non-food gifts. Thanks for sharing at Let’s Get Real Party.


9 Sagan December 11, 2015 at 9:18 am

Great ideas! I like how easy this would be to apply to all kinds of things, depending on the person and their interests. Must put my thinking cap on!


10 Emily @ Two Purple Couches December 16, 2015 at 11:36 am

These are fantastic ideas! Thanks for sharing with our Creative Spark party; we’re featuring your Mason jar gift ideas this week! Hope you’ll stop by and link up with us again!


11 Jen November 9, 2016 at 11:24 am

How about a power outage survival kit with emergency candle or a handful of tea lights and matches, and a game that can be played in dim light. Instructions added to place the candle in the jar and light it for better safety and better light. I do this at home during outages to keep candles from getting knocked over.


12 Jen November 9, 2016 at 11:48 am

Another thought I had was a Car Emergency Survival Kit. I would use a plastic jar and add some hand warmers, a mini crank flashlight for light and signaling help, granola bars, or snack packs. Maybe a bottle of orange juice because it doesn’t freeze as solid as water so can be sipped on for liquid. I know this one has some food items, but that could be an issue in a car emergency.


13 Camille November 23, 2016 at 9:12 pm

Nice idea. you can personalize each gift.


14 Roseann Hampton November 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Great ideas – love the one for men!


15 Celeste | The Whole Serving November 28, 2016 at 1:17 pm

I love these creative gift ideas, do awesome.


16 Megan December 4, 2016 at 9:50 pm

So many great ideas here, lots of different ways to dress these up! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday!


17 Mother of 3 December 16, 2016 at 3:42 pm

Cute ideas! I made a few survival jars in years past.. I’ve also thought of making nail polish/ manicure jars together.


18 Stephanie December 16, 2016 at 11:03 pm

We have turned mason jars into:
Mini sewing kit
Eyeglass repair kit


19 Sarah Bell December 20, 2016 at 4:33 pm

Love these ideas! Mason jars are the best 🙂 Happy Holidays 🙂

Sarah Bell


20 Janet Harden January 9, 2017 at 5:52 pm

i gave a mason jar to a friend who gardened all the time.
put seeds of all kinds…flowers and vegis. then added other things that fit from the garden store, a nice soap, a fingernail brush, a couple of markers for the garden and a sharpie.


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