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!
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**
#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
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!