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Prepare Your Own Extraordinary Jar Gifts

Updated on October 19, 2016

Jar Gifts

Jar Gifts
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Popular Jar Gifts to Give

Jar gifts are incredibly popular, as well as cost-effective gifts which can be suitable for good friends, loved ones or co-workers, for the holidays or any occasion. Primarily when you think of jar gifts, certain kinds of foods typically spring to mind, but really there is a very wide variety of foods which can be made into an amazing jar gift.

Groups of foods that can be used:

  • Spice mixes regarding rubs on meats
  • Biscuit mixes
  • Waffle and pancake mixesSoup mixes
  • Cookie dough
  • Flavored coffee creamers
  • Sizzling winter drinks
  • Flavorful vinegars
  • Puppy cookies
  • Jellies, relishes or preserves
  • Connoisseur mustards

Jar gifts can be customized for the gift beneficiary. One method to achieve this is to take notice of the way to accessorize your gifts in a jar, not to mention consideration towards what types of food items that individual would love. Presentation is everything.

You can get very artistic in regards to labeling your jar gifts. Using pre-made label templates you could include clip art, poems, pictures, a popular narrative, or special memory with that person, or simply opt for only the recipe itself. It may be a combination of those elements as well.

Below are a few unique recipes that may inspire some ideas:

Lavender Mustard

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup grain mustard
  • 1 cup fresh lavender finely chopped
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and mix until very smooth. Increase your recipe for as large of a batch as you want to produce.

Taco Seasoning in a Jar Gift

  • 6 teaspoons chili powder
  • 5 teaspoons paprika
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons cumin
  • 3 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Mix all ingredients in an air tight container; mix well. Pour into the sized jars that you want to present as gifts. Makes 21 tsp. Seven tsp. of mix equals one package of purchased taco seasoning mix for 1 pound of hamburger is recommended.

Holiday Stuffing Mix

Quart sized jar 

3 to 3-1/2 cups of bread cubes (can be bought or homemade) 

Leave room for a seasoning pack in the jar. 

Seasoning Mix

  • ¼ tsp celery seed
  • 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 2 envelopes chicken bouillon granules
  • ¼ teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • ½ tsp sage
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder or minced garlic

In a small plastic bag, join all seasonings and mix well. Seal off bag with twist tie or ziplock and place on top of the bread cubes. 


In a saucepan boil 1 cup of water and 2 Tablespoons of butter and seasoning mix. Reduce heat to low and add bread crumbs and stir. Remove from heat and let stand 2-3 minutes and then fluff with a fork.

Spiced Cranberry Cider Mix

  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 12 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 tsp. crushed whole cloves
  • 2 Tbsp. whole allspice

In a bowl, mix cranberries and spices together. Store in an airtight container.

Attach these directions to the jar gift:

  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 package Spiced Cranberry Cider Mix
  • 2 oranges, sliced
In a saucepan combine cider, water, and Spiced Cranberry Cider Mix. Heat but do not allow to boil. Add most of the orange slices. Serve warm, garnished with the remaining orange slices. 

Chai Mix in a Jar

  • 1 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1/4 cup black tea leaves
  • 12 cardamom pods
  • 4 2 inch pieces of cinnamon stick
  • 2 tsp dried lemon peel
Layer all ingredients in 2 6 oz. jars.

Directions for the label:

Put ingredients of one jar in a large saucepan along with 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat, let stand 5 minutes. Strain through a wire strainer lined with cheesecloth or a coffee filter. Add honey to taste, then serve. 

Cinnamon Hotcake Mix

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 4-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1-1/4 tsp. salt

In 1 quart jar, mix all ingredients; adding dried fruits (apples are good here) if necessary to fill small gaps in the jar and to add interest in appearance.

Label Directions:
In medium bowl, mix 3/4 c. milk, 1 egg, and 2 T. salad oil. With fork, blend in 1-1/3 c. pancake mix until moist, but still lumpy in texture. Cook on lightly greased griddle. Makes about 10 5" pancakes. 

Viennese Coffee Balls Mix in a Jar

  • 2 cups shortbread cookie crumbs or crushed packaged chocolate chip cookies 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 1 cup chopped toasted almonds
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp instant espresso powder (or coffee, if you can't find) 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon

Layer components inside a 1 quart jar, tapping gently to settle before adding the next layer. Add additional nuts to fill any gaps, if necessary.

Directions for label:

Put ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Add 4-5 Tbsp espresso, strong coffee, or water, using just enough to moisten. Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls, rolling in powdered sugar. Place on a sheet of waxed paper and let stand 'til dry (about 1 hour). Before serving, roll again in powdered sugar if desired. Store in airtight container.


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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Some nice recipes there, lots of choices.

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      Jill Spencer 6 years ago from United States

      These are really great gifts for the holidays! Glad I ran across this hub!

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      Valerie Garner 6 years ago from Washington State

      Thanks for visiting Samantha.

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      Samantha Gold 6 years ago

      Wow, you have a lot of great suggestions! I will have to try some out when Christmas comes. Thanks for the awesome ideas.

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      Valerie Garner 6 years ago from Washington State

      Thank you Stephanie, they are pretty easy to make in batches as well making them perfect for giving in many gift exchanges.

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      Stephanie Henkel 6 years ago from USA

      These recipes look great! I like the idea of making jar gifts and packing the jars with homemade seasoning mixes. This would be a nice idea for an office or club gift exchange!