Looking for some different ways to use mason jars? Here are some different ideas on how to use those jars you have laying around to create some fun gifts in a jar that aren’t food items.
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.
Survival Kits in a Jar
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
- A sheet of stickers (gold stars anyone?)
- A stain remover stick
- Stress ball
- Hand cream or lotion
–Find more Easy Homemade Lotion Recipes
Handy Man Survival Kit
- A small multi-tool
- Band-aids (just in case)
- A couple of bungee cords
- Bottle of super glue
–Check out this list of Homesteading Supplies You Can Get at the Dollar Store for more frugal ideas
Winter Survival Kit
- Hand warmers
- Mini bottle of hand sanitizer
- Small pack of tissues or a handkerchief
- Travel sized card game
— Find more ideas for Creating a Winter Emergency Survival Kit
Bakers Survival Kit
- Cupcake liner or silicone baking cups
- cookie cutters
- measuring spoons
- wooden spoon
- pastry brush
Crafts Using a Mason Jar
These Mason Jar Bird Feeders are a cute gift to give to anyone who loves nature and bird watching. Add in a bag of feed so they can put it up right away and start enjoying all of the new visitors in their yard.
Give someone tinted mason jars in their favorite color as a gift to use around their home (these would make a beautiful vase) or make one of the projects in this post using tinted jars to give it an extra special touch with this simple project.
Other Simple Gift Ideas Using a Mason Jar
Fill a mason jar of any size with some Cinnamon Vanilla Bean Homemade Body Scrub. Tie a little bow around the top or wrap it with burlap to make the perfect gift.
–Check out these Simple Body Scrub Recipes for Gifts.
Put a few Homemade Fizzy Bath Bombs into a mason jar to give to friends or family so they can have
Mason Jars make beautiful candle holders that would be a perfect gift idea. You can put something in them to hold candles like this beautiful Taper Candle Holders or you can make candles right in the jar. Try making different sized candles or giving a set of multiple sizes for an extra special gift.
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
- Sugar Cookies in a Jar
- Lemon Poppyseed Bread Mix
- Scone Mix
- Layered Popcorn Gift Jars
- Caramel Popcorn in a Jar
- Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe
- Homemade Cappuccino Mix Recipe
What are your favorite gifts in a jar to give?
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.
This post on Non-Food Gifts in a Jar was originally published on Little House Living in November 2015. It has been updated as of November 2019.