Frugal Handmade Gift Ideas: Gifts In a Jar
Need ideas for the perfect yet inexpensive, homemade gift? How about a gift in a jar! A gift in a jar is a jar containing all the ingredients for a type of food for quick and easy preparation by the recipient. Whether you are the creative type or not, anyone can make these gifts in a jar and anyone would love to receive such a thoughtful handmade gift. There are many types of foods you can put in the jars from cookie mixes to soup mixes and even prepared foods too such as jams and salsa. Small jars are used as well as large jars and decorating the jar is so much fun.... as I always say, the possibilities are endless! You can buy new jars in bulk or just use jars you've saved. Once you've got your jars rounded up, get busy filling them up with goodies! I've rounded up what I thought were some of the best free resources online. I hope this will help inspire you as these would be great for any gift giving occasion!
Painted Desert Chili Mix
How about this Painted Desert Chili Mix in a jar at Food.com. It looks like a piece of art the way the colors are layered in the jar. As I look at the jar I'm thinking of the neat ways it could be decorated. Maybe with a raffia bow around the lid with a chili pepper in the middle? Click on the link to take you to the page for the full recipe.
I LOVE how they have decorated these jars at Bakerella! So cute! I've never heard of Cowgirl Cookies but they sure sound yummy! The full recipe and tutorial is there along with some free printable labels for your jars! Thanks Bakerella.. these are awesome :)
Organic Minestrone Soup
Do you have friends and family who only eat organic? Prep Ahead and Dine has the recipe for this Organic Minestrone soup mix in a jar along with some great tips for jar assembly!
Go to Squawkfox for this smores in a jar recipe! They also have some other delicious sounding recipes for gifts in a jar. Not only do they have all these recipes but they have free printable labels for each recipe as well. Thank you Squawkfox~ You are awesome!
9 Bean Soup
Chunky Chocolate Cookie Mix
Thank you Food Network for 5 awesome recipe in a jar mixes! The chunky chocolate cookies in a jar looks sounds awesome but they also have a cocoa mix and even a cornbread mix along with a few others.
Friendship Soup Mix
Thriftyfun has a recipe for Friendship Soup mix in a jar. I've never heard of friendship soup but it sounds lovely. Maybe some of your closest friends would love some friendship soup?! Go to Thriftyfun for the recipe and instructions.
Peppermint Fudge Cupcakes
Our Best Bites has the recipe and instructions for these cute little Peppermint Fudge cupcakes in a jar. Sounds great for the holidays, don't you think? The site is nicely illustrated with great photos showing how to make these and I have to tell you, it makes me want to go out and buy a cake right now! Not only has she shared the recipe but also included is a link to print out the super cute labels for your jars for free... Thank you Our Best Bites!
Hannaford has ingredients and directions on how to make this Alphabet Soup in a jar. This could be a nice gift for someone who is sick or feeling under the weather. Maybe you know someone who has just had surgery or is scheduled for surgery. This could be a nice gift to let you know you are thinking of them and it would be really easy to prepare.
Italian Tomato plus Pasta Soup
This Italian tomato plus pasta soup in a jar at Savings Lifestyle sounds delicious. You basically layer all the dry ingredients in the jar and then attach a note on what else to add (basically can of crushed tomatoes and bacon) once you give the gift jar to the recipient. I t hink anyone would love to get this super yummy gift in a jar!
The Crafty Nest has out done themselves! Look at these cute gifts in a jar..... Go there for instructions on how to make Halloween cookie mix in a jar. What a cute idea! I love how they have decorated the jars..what a nice and thoughtful gift. They even include the FREE printable labels for the jars and they are super cute! Thank you Crafty Nest!
Cocoa Steamer Instant Hot Cocoa Mix
Kids Smart Living has the recipe and instructions for instant hot cocoa mix in a jar. As wintertime rolls around this would be a great gift to give or to receive. I love the shape of the jar with the red bow tied on and LOVE the jar with the gingham checked material.... really cute ideas!
I also found some more recipes for drink mixes for jars at TipNut
Chocolate- Praline Cake
I found this delish Chocolate-Praline cake in jar recipe at Potter Recipe Club Via Random House! You actually make the cake in the jars and then add the topping. Once it's all cool, add the lid and you have sweet cake in a jar gift! The finished cakes will keep up to 4 days at regular room temperature but I bet they won't last even a day!
Chili and Cornbread
Life On Grand Avenue has the instructions on how to make Chili and Cornbread in a jar. These look amazing! Instead of putting all dry ingredients in the jar for preparation later, you go ahead and make the chili in advance and put it in the jar. Then you put a few spoonfuls of cornbread mix (already mixed up) on top and bake the jar in the oven. The cornbread cooks on top of the chili...YUM! I think this would make a nice gift.. just make sure to have the recipient store it in the fridge.
What a cute little gift jar with M&M's.. don't you think? It's pretty simple compared to some of the others here but it makes such a cute gift. This can be adapted for any holiday, occasion or event as M&M's come in many colors.. in fact you can even get them personalized now with words and photos.. did you know that?! Go to The Frugal Girls to see how to do this cute gift in a jar.
Red Velvet Cupcakes
Know anyone who loves red velvet cake? Not Martha has the how to for these Red Velvet Cupcakes in jar... My mouth is watering right now.. Red Velvet is my favorite! She shares a link to the recipe she used. She baked the cupcakes right in the jar and then added the frosting, a few sprinkles and then put on the lid. They look perfect!
I've never had Pumpkin Butter but it sounds really good..sounds perfect for when fall comes around. At Oh She Glows I found the instructions on how to make homemade Pumpkin Butter in a jar... This is another one that you prepare and then put in the jar. She says it's great on pancakes, toast etc.. so I'm thinking it's sort of like apple butter. It looks easy to make and sounds delicious. It would make an awesome gift in the fall.
Pumpkin Spice and Gingerbread Granola
I found two different kinds of granola recipes for gifts in a jar at Family.Go.com. One is for Pumpkin Spice Granola and the other is for Gingerbread Granola. I'm sure they are both spicy sweet and would be awesome topped on yogurt or even as a dry snack. I love the raffia around the lid of the jar.. so cute. Granola would make a great gift in a jar.
Be sure to visit the links below for tons of other great recipe ideas for gifts in a jar:
Razzle Dazzle Recipes has TONS of cookie mix recipes.
Budget 101 has OVER 60 homemade soup mix recipes!
Blonde Ambition has lots of great tips about making gifts in a jar.
Thanks for reading my hub on gifts in a jar. I've enjoyed gathering these links for you. This truly is a budget friendly way to make great homemade gifts for those you love. Enjoy making your gifts in a jar!