{Everything} In A Jar – Handmade Gifts

Gifts in a jar are so much fun to assemble! Gather together a bunch of small times with a similar theme and color. Put them all in a mason jar, add a free printable label and your handmade gift is ready to go!

Handmade Gifts In A Jar ~ Pampering, Refreshment and Energy
With just a little over 10 weeks until Christmas, it is already time to start thinking about gifts!  The more gifts that can be taken care of ahead of time, the easier the holiday season will be.  I came up with a really fun idea that can be customized to pretty much any person or occasion called:

{Everything} In A Jar

Today, I am going to show you the ones I made for teachers!  Teachers spend so much time at school so I tried to think of items that could be used at school.  When I picked the supplies to stuff the jars, I tried to stick with a color scheme for each jar to make it look cuter. To make the gift jars in this post, I used the large quart sized (32 oz) jars. If you have smaller items, smaller jars could be used.

{energy} in a jar

White Chocolate Hot Drink Mix
Suisse Mocha Latte Mix
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Energy Bar
Milk Chocolate Truffles

{pampering} in a jar

Cozy Socks
Sunshine Daisy Lotion
Sunshine Daisy Fragrance Spray
Moisture Rich Hand Creme
Soothing Massage Bar Soap
Eye Treatment Cream
Facial Scrub
Lip Balm

{refreshment} in a jar

Facial Cleaning Towelettes
Wrinkle Release Spray
Disposable Mini Toothbrushes
Tide To Go Mini Pen
Peppermint Gum
Peppermint Altoids
Mini Brush and Mirror Combo

The first step for assembly is to stuff the goodies into the jars.  This takes some planning and coordination.  A long pencil can help with shuffling items around and getting them to fit.

I designed some labels to print off and put on the jars.  You can print these labels out, free of charge, if you would like to make your own jars.  The first one is has the wording on the ovals and the second is blank so you can add whatever you want.  I think I made the images large enough that you should just be able to print them from clicking on the image.  My printer just ran out of ink so I can’t test it but if it doesn’t work just let me know and I can add a Google Doc or email you the file.

***update December 2011***
I am amazed at all of the support that has been shown for this post! Thank you everyone!  I’ve heard from several people that they have had issues printing the labels so I am going to explain 2 ways to do it and again, if this doesn’t work for you please contact me and I will email you the file:

1)  Right click on the image above of the label you want and choose “Open Link In A New Window”.  It should open the labels in a new browser window.  From that browser window, you can right click and choose “Save Image As” to save the labels to your computer.  Then, just print them from your computer.

2) I have created a Google Doc for each of the label files so you can download and print them from there:

{Everything} In A Jar labels

{Everything} In A Jar ~ No Words Labels

Okay, second issue…some people have had questions about how to add their own wording to the blank labels.  Just download the file to your computer and then open it in a photo editing program and add the words.  PicMonkey is a great FREE online photo editing program, if you do not have one to use already.

I cut out the labels and using Elmer’s CraftBond Glue Spots #GlueNGlitter in the thin small style, I attached the long strip to the back of the jar.

Then, using more glue spots, I wrapped the strips around the jar.  The 2 ends don’t meet but that is okay because the oval will cover the opening.

Using more of the glue spots, I attached the oval label.

My kids like the {refreshment} in a jar the most and keep claiming it as the one they are going to give to their teacher!  I told them we can buy more of the same stuff and make another jar!

Here are some more fun ideas we came up with for jars:

{tide me over} in a jar
Beef Jerky, Nuts, Trail Mix, Granola Bars,Single Serving Drink Mix

{first aid} in a jar
Bandaids, Tweezers, Ibuprofen, Ointment, Gauze, Hand Sanitizer,
Non Latex Gloves, Antiseptic Wipes

{s’mores} in a jar
Marshmallows, Chocolate Bars, Graham Crackers

{relaxation} in a jar
Mini Candles, Bath Salt, Massage Oil, Eye Mask

{sewing} in a jar
Mini Scissors, Thread, Thimble, Buttons, Seam Ripper, Needles

You get the idea!  This gift can be for teens, moms, kids, friends or anyone else.  Just customized the jar to the recipients tastes!  It is fun to try to find mini items that will fit in the jars!

More free printable labels for gifts in a jars:

If you love these gifts in a jar, you might also love:
52 Things I Love About You ~ A Year In A Jar
Ice Skating Date In A Jar
Spa In A Jar

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  1. Chavel B. says:

    Your red, blue, and yellow labels are perfect to use for my homemade sugar scrubs to be given out at a circus-themed baby shower. Can you please email the file so that I may edit them?

  2. This is EXACTLY what I have been searching for for gift ideas…for the gals at work!! I give all the kids and grandkids something extra and unexpected that is “homemade”… I may just add their gift card along inside the jar…..This is perfect…Can not wait to get started.

    • That is a great idea, Barb! It’s hard to find something that you can make for lots of different people without spending a fortune. Have fun making them!

  3. Victoria Biafore says:

    These are such an amazing idea!! I’ve already started making them for Christmas this year, including it woukd some ideas of my own. I was wondering if it would be okay with you if I made these to sell? I’m trying to find ways to earn money and this is perfect. I would, of course, put a note inside notifying the buyer that I got the idea from you and this site. Would that be okay?

    -Victoria, 14

  4. Tonia,
    Thanks for posting this! I am a pastors wife and every year I go to a pastor wives retreat this year I am taking these Jars as Door Prizes!!! So excited to start making them!!!
    Sherri Anderson

  5. Very cute gift idea!

  6. These are such wonderful gift ideas for really any occasion! I think you could do an adorable Baby Shower gift this way too! Thanks for sharing =)

  7. Absolutely Wonderful Idea…I love this!!!!!!

  8. Amazing idea! You should start a business with these! I hope you go far with this!

  9. how much would you sell these for?

    • I don’t sell them personally, but if I did that would depend on how much money I spent on the supplies. Best of luck!

  10. I recently discovered The Gunny Sack, and I love your ideas and recipes! I am excited to make some of these jars for friends and family. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity!

    • Fantastic! I am delighted that you found my site. Even though Christmas is over, there are so many upcoming holidays where you can give gifts in a jar: Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day and so on!

  11. Just letting you know, it’s 2013 and I still love this!!! Thanks for the great gifting ideas.

    • LOL! Thanks Samantha! Gifts in a jar are still popular. Maybe in 10 years we will back and go “What were we thinking?” but for now I am giving 15 of my Peppermint Pampering gifts in a jar this year!

  12. What a great idea for someone who has everything

  13. Loved this! I’m giving away four this holiday season! Some other ideas for Refreshment in a jar are moisturizing chap stick, peppermint Pattys, air freshener, and facial freshener/moisturizer. Ideas for Rejuvenation in a jar are Lindor Chocolate an foot scrub. I also did Creativity in a jar (for an artist I’m friends with) and put in pencils and paint brushes, and Italy in a jar (you can do any country) and put in pasta, picture of the Italy flag, and a tomato. Thanks again!

  14. Your {Everything} In a Jar post has been featured at Our Secondhand House as part of a DIY Christmas: Semi Handmade Gift post. I hope you will stop by and check it out!

  15. These were so easy to do! Especially with the adorable labels! Thank you…

  16. Hi, I love these! Do you sell them?

  17. Thank you soooooo much for the idea I plan on making 1 for my nephew for his “daddy diaper party” EMERGENCY in a jar! Ear Plugs, Pacifier, Gloves, Clothes Pin, diaper, diaper ointment, rattle, (and a few other emergency items), With a sign hanging off that says: Break in case of emergency!!!! Ohhhh I love it!!!

  18. Hi Tonia, I just love this idea! I have always love gift baskets, giving and receiving. This is a great version of those that is small, easily wrapped and there are endless possibility! I am sharing this project idea on my blog, MishMashedMe, with full credit to you and link backs. I will have limited information so that the readers come to you for that. And, if it is okay, I would like to use one of your pictures. Thank you! ~Erika

  19. This is such a cool idea! I don’t have a very good printer, but I sure want to try to make these! Thanks for the ideas and thanks for sharing them, the labels and instructions all for free. That is so very kind!


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  20. Please do not send peanuts into the classroom. Anaphylaxis to peanuts is way too common in children.

  21. Awesome ideas – Thanks so much for sharing your amazing ideas!

  22. Vicky Bailey says:

    Love this idea! I grew up in a house were we used mason jars for everything from canning, to storage, to drinking glasses. I plan to use this idea this Christmas.! I like using “hammered” metal spray paint to use to paint the outside of the jar lids and ring, It gives the jar a more polished look, although I love the county look as well. Thanks for sharing.

  23. These are really so sweet…thank you so much!!!

  24. This is too clever! Great idea Tonia. I’m pinning this one too. And thanks again for the free printables!


  25. What a cute idea! I love the concept of upcycling, I am obsessed with ensuring that I reduce my waste. What a great idea to give thoughtful gifts AND reusing something that otherwise could end up in the trash.

  26. This wonderful. So much better than all the jars going to the land fill or recycling. Thank-you very much.

  27. This is such a cute idea! So much you can do with a jar!

  28. I love this idea. Made some for Christmas for my co-workers who thought it was the best idea. I’m planning on making a few for Valentines day, is there any way to change the label color? Thanks so much!

  29. So cute! My kids like the refreshment one best as well. I feel a little bit funny about giving my kids’ teachers toothbrushes…

  30. I’m excited to make these? What size jars did you use? I bought pint size jars and realized they were too small to fit even two items..

    • My apologies! I didn’t realize that information wasn’t listed in the post. In order to fit the larger items you would have to use the larger jars which are the 32oz ~ quart sized jars.

  31. Super Cute! I love this idea for making different Christmas gifts presented in mason jars. Super Clever. ;o)

  32. Use this tutorial to make a label for a very special mason jar full of M&Ms. We had been pulling them out of a ziploc after my son used the potty, but I wanted the added incentive of SEEING them right there in the bathroom. So I used your great template to make a “potty treats” label to afix to the jar and filled it to the brim will all the M&Ms. It sits right on the bathroom counter now. Lets see if it helps!

  33. I found your awesome blog the other day. I just happened to have jars and then I ran across a great deal on candy. So, I used your idea and your label document to come up with my own. I used label paper and it doesn’t look nearly as nice as your jars, so if I make more they will be with the sticky dots and regular paper like yours. Anyway, I hope you don’t mind that I used your picture on my blog. I gave credit to you and linked to your blog. Thank you for this idea! Here is where I posted your picture and link to your blog entry: http://www.couponbillie.com/2012/11/inexpensive-anytime-gifts-made-at-home.html?

  34. Great Ideas! Looking forward to trying out some of them. Thanks!

  35. Great Ideas! Looking forward to trying out some of them. Thanks!

  36. great idea, thanks for sharing

  37. I just today found your site from another site but I am hooked been printing all morning!
    my love of mason jars has just been stepped up a notch!

  38. I can’t wait to go shopping for my “jar items”… I have been racking my brain on what to give as a baby shower game prize and I have finally hit the jackpot. I am tiered of winning picture frames and candles. I am going to make people want to play the silly games I picked out just so they can win my adorable jars.=)

  39. This is probably going to be my most used Christmas gift idea this year! AWESOME!

  40. I have made one of these today for a friends 21st birthday. I was able to fit loads in. I put a candle, face masks, eye masks, socks, nail varnish, toe dividers, chocolate and a iTunes vouchers so she can download a film. Basically everything for a night in without have to leave the house for anything. Thanks so much for the idea!! :D

  41. love these I am so into jars…

  42. what a fantastic idea, thanks for sharing it, I will definitely be uswing your template for teachers gifts and stocking fillers, particularly like the complete colour co-ordination of each jar, inspired! Fiona

  43. Incredible! Very Creative! Also, very practical. So many ways to go with this! Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to go shopping now!

  44. This is adaorable! I just made “night out IAJ” and “birthday cake IAJ” for a friend whose birthday I have to miss this year. :) She’s going to be thrilled!

  45. I just made “Date in a jar” for my parents’ anniversary. They are going to love it! I filled it with body oil, movie tickets, breath mints, hershey kisses, mini candles and advil. :)

  46. Hi! I found you on Sugar and Dots – this is the cutest project ever! I’m all about the canning jar crafts! :)

  47. I just found this on pinterest & am definitely going to pin it myself! Never too early to begin thinking of Christmas (and other) gifts! What a great idea!!

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  49. Wow – what a fun idea! Thanks so much for all the detailed photos, too.

  50. I love this idea!!! I start camp on Monday, and depending on how much I like my co-counselors I plan to give them each a little gift at the end of the summer and this would be perfect! :) Here’s to hoping I have a good summer so I can do this!

  51. These are a fun idea, thanks. libbywilko

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  53. Love this! I am obsessed with jars!

  54. Wonderful post. I saw it on Pinterest and pinned it to my Giftables Gallery board months ago. Just wanted you to know that I shared it with a link back here in my Mother’s Day Gift Tutorials post here:


    Happy Mother’s Day!

  55. I LOVE these ideas! Very creative…the jars are just perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  56. Love this idea!! Thanks for sharing!

  57. Love this idea!! Thanks for sharing!

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  59. Great stuff!

  60. These are AWESOME ideas! Thanks so much for posting them! I have the hardest time thinking of gifts for some of my friends and family and I think these will be perfect for them :)

  61. I am going to use this idea to send in a care package to my boyfriend in the Navy… he doesn’t have a lot of room to store “stuff” and it will be nice to send him some comfort and care from around the world. Creative packages pack extra love…

    Thank you!

  62. Thanks so much for this fantastic idea and for the label downloads. I just now found your site and pinned this on Pinterest. It’s had a lot of repins already, so I think you will have lots of new fans.

  63. what a cute alternative to all the brownies and cookies ‘in a jar’!!

  64. Visiting from SITS but I saw this post a while ago. Such a great idea! I need find someone to make a jar for!

  65. Stopping by from SITS. What great ideas!

  66. SO adorable!

  67. This is awesome! I see Birthday gifts, Mother’s Day gifts, Father’s Day gifts etc in my future! And yes, put this on Pinterest!
    Stopping by from SITS!

  68. This is GENIUS! You should totally be pinning stuff on Pinterest, I bet you’d get a ton of hits out of it!!

  69. Love the idea!

  70. WHAAT!? This is amazing stuff! I am super in love with this blog already. I am definitely handing these out!!

  71. These are so very cute! Happy Sits Day! I can’t wait to make some kind of a jar now!


  72. Those are wonderful ideas! The canning jars just add a really charming old fashioned accent.Visiting from SITS on your feature day.

  73. Oh how fun! I love these ideas. I’ll be sure to use one or two. :)

  74. These are all AWESOME, what a great idea! :)

  75. Pinned this – shared this – totally ripping THIS off! Found you over at SITS – I’m your newest fan! :)

  76. Great ideas….perfect to give to guests when they stay over too!

  77. These are BRILLIANT! So creative and cute!!

  78. Love these ideas! Will bookmark this page so that I can refer to it often. What a great use for all those trial size things :)

  79. Oh, wish I had seen this post before the holidays! You are brilliant!

  80. Okay these are awesome. How did I manage to miss these?! See, that is why I wanted to throw this “best of 2011″ party so I can catch up on fabolous things that may have slipped by! Thanks for linking up!

  81. I LOVE all of these ideas and wouldn’t mind get any of them!! I featured them in my “Last-Minute” Christmas Gift Ideas, here is the link http://beanbugcrafts.blogspot.com/2011/12/last-minute-christmas-gift-ideas.html. Thanks for sharing!

  82. I found your blog thru Pinterest. What a great idea for homemade gifts.

    I recently made this and my girlfriends all loved it. Thank you for your sharing.

  83. making these right now :) love it!

  84. This is fantastic :)

  85. Found you via pinterest! LOVE these ideas. Thanks for sharing. Shared this on my fb page :)


  86. As a teacher,I would love to receive one of these as a gift.

  87. This is such a neat idea! I love jars and finding a them to put things into it is great! Hubby will love this :) I just found your site through the Dating Divas, perfect timing for Christmas gifts!

  88. Thanks for the printables. I just made a few pampering jars for my son’s teachers.

  89. LOVE this idea. I may have to ‘borrow’ it for this year’s Christmas gifts!

  90. What clever ideas! As the holidays approach, I think these would make great neighbor, teacher, co-worker, etc. gifts. I’m feeling so inspired. I am planning to feature you and this project on my blog tomorrow, linking and crediting back to you. If this is a problem in any way, please let me know.

    Lovely blog.

    Gordon Gossip

  91. So So SO cute! thanks so much foe sharing the printables & everything!

  92. Wow! Definitely a possibility for teacher gifts this year!!! Thanks!!!

  93. I found a link to this post on Pinterest! This is a fantastic idea. I’m an avid canner and I love the idea of placing gifts in mason jars. I’ll definitely use this for coworkers because it would be so cute to have a jar of useful stuff in your desk at work!

  94. This is an awesome idea! I’m going to do this tonight for a friend. Unfortunately, I can’t figure out how to print out the labels. I’m pretty handy in Photoshop so I will just do my own. But thanks!!!!

  95. Great ideas! Thank you so much for sharing and for the printables, I think some teachers and others will be getting these for Christmas. :)

  96. What a great idea! :) I really love the pamper one! :D I think I will have to put my thinking cap on too.

  97. such a great idea. thanks for sharing. i’ve already printed the blank one :) i did s’mores, sewing and chocolate in a jar!!!

    your newest follower,


  98. Featuring YOU over on my blog today! Love! Fantastic ideas! Thank you so much for linking up to my {wow me} wednesday party last week! :)

    Ginger @ gingersnapcrafts.com


  99. This is a fantastic idea! And so versatile. I love it!
    Megan @ The Crafty Conundrum

  100. http://barbarasbeat.blogspot.com/2011/10/momtrepreneur-crafter-of-day-everything.html

    MOMtrepreneur Crafter of the Day: {Everything} in a Jar handmade gifts

  101. What a sweet idea! Kudos :) I can’t wait to do these for Christmas. x

  102. I love this idea! I just bought some jars at Target and can’t wait to use them!

  103. Girl you are a genius!! These are so great!! I’m pinning them and making them a feature from last week’s Show & Share! Hope you’ll grab a button!!

  104. These are adorable, I bet the teachers will really appreciate them. The color-coordinating was a good idea!

    Stopping by from the Bowl Full of Lemons linky party. :)

  105. Hi Tonia! i just discovered your great blog over at The Southern Institute. What a great idea! I love this!! I am now your newest follower; and I hope you will follow me, too! Have a great day!

  106. thanks to all the pinners out there! i, too, will be pinning this, and crossing my fingers that i’ll have time to make these this year. if not for christmas, they’d be fun for end of school year presents, too. thanks for all the creative suggestions!
    let’s see, we could also add ideas like = scrapbooking, music, make-up, games, even christmas or other holiday themes. ya got me rollin! :)

  107. I loooove these Tonia!! I just printed them! Thank you! I’m going to use these for my son’s teachers, and as a teacher myself – I’d love to receive this as a gift too! :) Thanks for sharing!! xo, Reannah

  108. I LOVE this idea. Perfect gift idea. – Jessica at http://www.utahcountymom.com

  109. What a great idea!! Perfect for christmas gifts. Pinned!


  110. Great idea!

  111. Can I order pampering in a jar right now? Lol :) Pinning this to remember to give to the teachers!

  112. These are really cute! What a great idea.

  113. AMAZING!!! What a great idea and you make them look so adorable! Thank you for sharing your great ideas! I just joined your blog, hope you can check out my blog and join as well. Thanks again!

    Warmest Regards,

  114. Love, love LOVE!!!! It’s been pinned! :) Thanks for the inspiration!
    Jade C. @ Effie’s Recipe Box

  115. What a fantastic idea! Cute gifts that required a little time but not a lot of money!

  116. what a terrific idea and you can personalize them too. how fun tonia!

  117. I LOVE this idea!!! Pinning it onto my gift ideas board for Christmas!! :D Thank you!

  118. This is such a good idea! I love how the colors even coordinate! :)

  119. Again you have come up with a great idea. I love it.

  120. so simple, so smart, so cute!

    love it!


  121. I love jars!!!! And I love this blog post! Im soo doing this for Christmas!


  122. This is awesome! Great idea . . . got me thinking (creativity) in a jar :)

  123. What a great idea! I’d want to keep all the jars for myself, though :)

  124. This is a great idea. I’m going to have to keep this in mind for all the Christmas gifts I want to make.

  125. Really cute as well as practical! Maybe I’ll make these for my girls’ teachers. Thank you for sharing the printables!

  126. This is so cool!!! What a fantastic idea, I love it!!!

  127. Love this! What a terrific and creative idea.

  128. Fabulous ideas! Wow! Totally pinned this for possible holiday gifts…great for the ‘hard to buy for’s on the list!

  129. So cute! And I really want the energy in a jar about now…those truffles are calling my name!

  130. This is such a cool idea! The relaxation one would make a great teacher gift. Did you link this up with Creative Me Monday? http://www.thesoutherninstitute.com

  131. So Cute! Love the ideas! Love it! I can see making one for the baby shower I am going to! Thanks for the inspiration! Theresa

  132. Great ideas and I love the presentation!

    I stumbled this =)

  133. Super cute! I’m going to have to try these out some time!

  134. I LOVE this idea! How fun! Jars are so great to work with–super creative!

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