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9 Gifts In A Jar That Anyone Would Love To Get

Gifts In A Jar

Move over gift baskets, because there’s a new easy gift in town… the gift JAR! A few years ago I wrote a post about simple gifts that can be assembled and given in a glass jar that became wildly popular, much more so than I ever would have anticipated.

It continues to make the rounds on Pinterest around Christmastime every year, so I decided it was time to do a follow-up to my original “Gifts in a Jar” post, with new ideas to keep the inspiration flowing. (And check out more great gift in a jar ideas by exploring the two posts below!)

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Gifts In A Jar

The vital component of a great gift in a jar is, unsurprisingly, the jar itself. My very favorite jars for gifting are the 1-gallon and 2-gallon glass jars by Anchor Hocking, because they’re pretty inexpensive and extremely versatile. (I actually use the 2-gallon jar as a container for my homemade powdered laundry detergent recipe, both because it looks pretty in my laundry room and it makes it easy to tell when I need to make more.)

As for what to put inside the jar… the possibilities are virtually endless! Today I’ll be sharing 9 different ideas for themed gifts-in-a-jar, but feel free to use these ideas to get your own creative juices flowing. (And when you do come up with your own genius idea for a gift in a jar, share it with us in a comment at the bottom of this post!) :-)

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9 (More) Ideas For Gifts In A Jar

Gifts In A Jar
Gifts In A Jar

1. Christmas Morning Cocoa

This jar includes everything you’d need to make dressed-up hot cocoa (or coffee) for a crowd! I included hot cocoa mix (but you could do coffee if you prefer), as well as candy canes, mini marshmallows, cinnamon sticks, and cookie straws.

Gifts In A Jar
Gifts In A Jar

2. Pancake Breakfast

This jar has everything you need to whip up a delicious pancake breakfast. I included my favorite pancake mix, a bottle of high-quality syrup, a cute whisk, and a new hot pad.

Gifts In A Jar
Gifts In A Jar

3. For The Handyman (Or Woman!)

This jar is packed with tools and handy knick-knacks. If you have a particular person in your life who you call when you need help fixing something, this jar would be perfect for them! I included Command hooks, a measuring tape, multitools, extension cords, and a pair of work gloves.

Gifts In A Jar
Gifts In A Jar

4. Relaxation Station

If you know someone who could use a relaxing night off, give them the gift of relaxation! In this jar, I included some ultra-soft wash cloths, scented bath bombs, a loofah, some bath salts, rejuvenating rose water, and of course, chocolate!

Gifts In A Jar
Gifts In A Jar

5. Game Night

A jar full of card games and board games is perfect for your ultra-competitive friends and family. ;-) You can find smaller games for just a few dollars at stores like Target and Walmart (check your local dollar store too!) so you can pack the jar full of new games without breaking the bank.

Gifts In A Jar
Gifts In A Jar

6. Chili Dinner

Who wouldn’t love a cozy bowl of chili on a frigid winter night? Many chili recipes call for canned beans, etc, so you can give someone everything they need to whip up a batch of chili as a delicious gift in a jar! I included everything you’d need to make The Pioneer Woman’s Seven Can Chili, including canned tomatoes, beans, corn, and more. Delish!

Gifts In A Jar
Gifts In A Jar

7. College Survival Kit

Students typically need all the help they can get, so get them a gift full of college student staples! I included notebooks, pens, energy drinks, instant noodles, and some cute dorm decor.

Gifts In A Jar
Gifts In A Jar

8. Road Warrior

This is the perfect gift for the person in your life who is always on the go. I included auto glass cleaning wipes, a nice sponge for washing the car, and a handy USB car charger. (And some candy for snacking, of course!)

Gifts In A Jar
Gifts In A Jar

9. For Gamers And Binge-Watchers

Here’s a jar that’s perfect for anyone who loves video games, movies, or TV shows. I included some microwave popcorn, a new video game (swap for a TV series box set or new movie as necessary), a cozy blanket, and a few fun toys.

What your ideal gift-in-a-jar be filled with?

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  • This is a great idea! I just finished making foot soak salts, and I could easily added the scrubber hand gloves, a top coat, and cute nail polish, plus a nail file to the glass jar! I think if I made up your cream from a previous post, that would make the gift jar complete! Thanks for the ideas! Yoga with Gail.

  • Good Morning Jillee and fellow readers: This comment is in relation to the recipe for powdered laundry detergent and although I’m certain it’s great it’s also an “heads-up” to those of us who have septic systems and/or dry wells. We just encountered a problem which cost us nearly $1,000 to have fixed and it was because of clogged pipes mostly due to the buildup of soaps and grease over the period of over 60 years and the company who rectified our problem, in no uncertain terms, said stay away from powdered detergents for not only the washing machine but also the dishwasher. I only use liquid but years ago it was always powders. Also putting a treatment for septic systems down the kitchen sink and or bathroom drains monthly will help to prevent a problem like this again. Hope this information will be helpful.

  • Hmmm!!! Brainstorm breaking. Special friends work out of home and adopt damaged less likely to be adopted dogs. I think mugs cocoa mix, peppermint sticks, ink pens, post it notes, and rawhide chews would make a good start. Perhaps more if there is room, hmmm push pins, paper clips, and a Dawn detergent print out from OGT by Jillee with the URL so they can discover the treasure I have.

    Big smile on my face Jillee Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  • Omg just finished putting long hose in 60oz. of dishwashing liquid jug for kitchen sink. So excited to know I don’t have to refill dispenser for a very long time! Thanks for the awesome tip. Keep them coming lol!

  • I love these beautiful large jars – they are part of the gift! They are the perfect tool for storing K-cups on the countertop once the contents of the gift have been enjoyed:)

  • Not as fancy as yours, but my great aunt’s recipe for homemade hot chocolate makes such a big batch, that a mug, good amount of the mix and mini marshmallows (and sometimes a peppermint stick or two!) make a good sized gift, and much better than what you get in the store!

  • A jar of treats, tennis balls, toys, collar, leash, etc would make a great dog gift too. You could also put in some of the treat and dog cake mixes so the person could make “homemade” treats for their dog. You could make a cat version also!

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