GIFTS IN A JAR – 15 EASY DIY IDEAS FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE

WRITTEN by CHRISSY 

& FILED IN Christmas, Gift Giving & Inspiration, Special Occasions


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Why not create your very own DIY gifts in a jar for that special person in your life to show them you care? Whether it be for Christmas, Easter, a Birthday or just a special day in their lives – a gift in a jar is a personalised present thats easy to make. Heres a collection of ideas and inspiration for you to create your own – hope they help!

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When I was growing up, myself and my best mate didn’t have a lot of money for presents for each other – and as such we were pretty clever with what we came up (even if we do say so ourselves!).

I specifically remember Easter – where the tradition was to put lots of our favourite treats into a basket or other container – as a personalised gift that was cost effective, but meant a lot.

We got very good at making a little cash go a long way – but it was the fact that we had spent that little bit extra time in creating something unique for each other that was so lovely…

Nowadays, I still like to give lovely presents for anyone I buy for – ones that mean a lot and that also show that I know them well etc…

As such – when I came across a similar idea on different sites, I had to share it with you.

That idea? Gifts in a jar.

Basically – easy DIY collections of small items that make up a theme for the recipient, or that have a specific use for them.  Simple – but brilliant!

WHY GIVE GIFTS IN A JAR?

So many reasons!:

  • You can easily collect things over the year to put into the jars – spreading the cost of presents.
  • They can be a lot more personal than a shop-bought present, and could mean more to the person you are giving it to
  • They don’t have to be expensive.
  • They can make even the smallest of gifts look better

WHAT DO YOU NEED?

#1 – THE JAR!

You could use any container really, but I found some great jars that would do the trick on Amazon that are well reviewed AND don’t cost the earth – you can take a look HERE**

TIP – Use plastic jars as they are much less heavy, you can get great looking ones, AND won’t break as easily. However, if it’s for someone you know will use the glass jar, then this is still a fantastic option (I would re-use for coin storage, for example)
TIP – Always check the size of the items you want to put into the container to ensure they will fit!

#2  THE CONTENTS OF THE JAR!

You may need a little bit of tissue paper or padding for the items – of which this shredded paper** would work well, and then you’d fill the jar usually with some small items to create a collection of something specific.

There’s LOADS of inspiration for what others have done right below – so let’s get started….

IDEAS & INSPIRATION FOR GIFTS IN A JAR

#1 – COOKIE / BROWNIE MIX IN LAYERS

Attaching the recipe to the jar would make an amazing gift. Find out more HERE

#2 – MUG CAKE MIX

…that they can dip into at any time and make a quick treat. Find out more HERE

#3 – SOUP MIX IN LAYERS

As with the cookie mix, having a recipe attached and adding layers in the jar would look beautiful. Find out more HERE

#4 – SPA IN A JAR

It could be general beauty products, or specific types like a pedicure jar, a manicure jar, a facial etc….. Find out more HERE

#6 – MOVIE NIGHT

Great idea, as you could include the actual DVD if the jar is big enough! Find out more HERE

#7 – ICE CREAM TOPPINGS

Perfect for a pudding lover, or for a family with a few children as a family present. Find out more HERE

#8 – SEWING KITS

Great for a crafter, or an avid sewer in the family. Find out more HERE

#9 – MEMORY JAR

If you’ve got some memorabilia from a holiday, or about a special person – then collating them altogether will work really well as a gorgeous gift. Find out more HERE

#10 – HERB KIT

Great for a gardener! Find out more HERE

#11 – DRINKS KITS

It could be a cocktail recipe with small bottles of the necessary spirits etc…, or some small bottles of whiskey for a whiskey lover – even a jar for a tea or coffee lover – anything! Find out more HERE, HERE, and HERE

#12 – PROMISES / VOUCHERS

This really is a cheap and VERY cheerful way of giving something great. You could add in things to do over the coming year that the recipient can do with you (perfect for a family), or things for a date night with your partner, or the kids could give their parents some promises of help etc…. Find out more HERE, HERE, and HERE

#13 – MAKE MONEY LOOK GREAT!

A stunning way to give a money present – easy to copy, and will go down VERY well with most teenagers, I’m sure! Find out more HERE

#14 – BAKING / COOKING SET

Whether it be kids getting into cooking, cake baking items for an avid baker, herbs and spices for cooking a curry – or something else – let your mind go wild! Find out more HERE

#15 – CANDLES IN A JAR

Oh My! – This is something I am going to HAVE To try very soon myself – LOVE the idea of having a candle in all those old candle jars I’ve got that are used already. Find out more HERE

Glass jar filled with macaroons, with article title overlaid

So – there you have it – 15 very different ideas and inspiration for DIY Gifts in a Jar.

You can see how picking a theme and working out how to make it fit the person / family you are gifting to can work so well – AND how you can make a gift that fits your budget at the same time.

It doesn’t have to be expensive to be fantastic…

I hope they’ve inspired you to create some special presents very soon!

P.S If you want to work out exactly what would make a great gift for a specific person in your life – then THIS is the post you’ll want to read next. Hope it helps!

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