Christmas is right around the corner, and if you haven't finished your Christmas gift shopping yet, you are in danger of over spending. Last-minute shoppers always overspend when panic-buying leading up to the big day.
So here are a few ingenious last-minute ideas for easy homemade Christmas gifts that your friends, family and colleagues will absolutely love. And they all have one thing in common - a simple mason jar!
The Popular Gift-In-A-Jar Homemade Christmas Gift Idea!
Mason jar gifts are the ultimate perfect last-minute gift for friends and family, and here's why:
- They are inexpensive to put together
- They are fun to open
- They can be personalised
Friends and family will really appreciate the thought that has gone into putting a gift like this together for them. How much money you decide to spend is up to you. You can curate a luxury collection of items to present in your mason jar, or you fill it with handmade items and not spend a single penny. The choice is yours!
Jars come in all shapes and sizes, from mini jam jars to extra large mason jars. You can wash out used jars from your cupboard, making this an eco-friendly gift idea too. Alternatively you can buy used empty jars in thrift shops, or order them in bulk online if you want to make jar-gifts your thing this year. Many household shops and the cheaper pound and dollar stores also sell very inexpensive empty jars.
Edible Mason Jar Gifts For Christmas
Christmas is all about over-indulgence, and everybody appreciates receiving something yummy. You can't go wrong with a Mason jar gift, because it is so easy to fill it with whatever you know your friend or family member will love to eat or drink. But if you are still wracking your brain, here are a few ideas to inspire you.
- Hot Chocolate Lovers - Fill a jar with luxury drinking chocolate ingredients for your hot chocolate loving best friend. Don't forget to include marshmallows and sprinkles, and decorate with festive ribbon and adornments. For tea or coffee lovers just swap the ingredients around and add top end artisan cookies to enjoy with their warm cuppa. This gift is also perfect when presented in a really large mug, if you can't find a suitable mason jar.
- Artisan Cookie Jar - By "Artisan" of course I mean homemade! There are loads of simple recipes online for you to follow and make your own home-baked cookies and biscuits. If you are feeling extra adventurous you might even want to venture into making your own chocolates and sweet treats. This is also a great gift if you have any vegan friends because you can really show them you care by finding vegan-friendly recipes.
- Jar Of Pet Treats - If you have an animal lover in your life, perhaps they have dogs or cats, why not fill your mason jar with dog biscuits and cat treats? You can easily buy a fun mixture of packets and them empty them all into your jar. Most mason jars are airtight so you don't have to worry about anything going bad too quickly. Again, if you are feeling adventurous you can get a recipe online and fill your jar with homemade pet treats - healthy ones of course!
- Sweetie Jar - This is a great one for the kids, or even a fun novelty gift for your best friend or boyfriend. Get a suitably sized airtight jar and fill it with a mixture of their favourite sweets! You can go to a shop that does pick-and-mix sweets, or you can just buy several Haribo packets and empty them all in.
Mason Jar Gifts For The Home
If you have a friend or family member who takes a pride in their home, you can easy create a quirky but classy Mason jar gift for them too. Keep reading for the best ideas.
- Mason Jar Succulent Jar Planter - Plants are really easy to purchase, but there's nothing that special about receiving a plant as a gift. Instead, put a little effort in to create a thoughtful gift that will look lovely in someone's home. Purchase an inexpensive mini succulent, or a set of three, from your local plant shop or garden centre. Choose a mason jar that your plants will fit into, and the rest is all about decoration! Why not try painting the jar with a mat coloured paint and then lightly distressing it for a shabby chic look, and wrap some twine around the rim? If you get a larger mason jar you can even plant two or three different types of succulent into the jar for an even better, and more curated effect.
- Crochet Mason Jar Candle Holder - If you are any good with a crochet needle there are so many pretty crochet patterns for mason jar "cosies", and the best thing is that many of the patterns are free! If you go for a delicate design, when you place a tea light inside of the jar the light will glow through the spaces and look really beautiful. Take care to choose a nice colour yarn, and present your gift with a set of scented tea lights. You can also add embellishments to your finished design, like pieces of ribbon and other trinkets or tags.
- Homemade Mason Jar Vase - One can never have too many flower vases! A homemade design in one that your friend will treasure forever. It doesn't have to be super complicated either. In fact your can make a beautiful homemade vase using simple materials found lying around the house. Lace trims can be used if you have a materials cuttings stash or any old clothing that you don't mind cutting up. Twine can be very effective when wrapped around a glass jar and glued in place. Why not do half and half, or layer the lace over the top of the wrapped twine? You can use stencils to paint a beautiful filigree design on the glass if you don't have any lace scraps. If you don't have stencils just make your own design using paper and a scalpel. You can present your homemade Mason jar vase with a beautiful bouquet of Chrismassy flowers.
Mason Jar Gift Kits
Let's look at some easy to put together kits that make fun Christmas gifts when presented in a good old mason jar!
- Men's Beard Care Kit - Pop some beard oil, a brush, and whatever else a bloke needs to keep his beard in good shape, and voila, you have a handy, not to mention on trend gift for those difficult to buy for men in your life. Most of the jar contents you will be able to find in your local chemist or drugstore. Just make sure that you get a jar that is big enough to hold everything.
- Mason Jar Cocktails - We all love to have a drink at Christmas, so why not put together this fun cocktails kit for your pal? A can of coke, mini bottle of Jack Daniels and a fancy straw is perfect! If the bottle of alcohol doesn't fit into the jar you can always tie them together with string and tinsel.
- Scrapbooking Kit - For paper lovers and fans of washi tape and stickers, a trip to the stationery store will offer you plenty of ideas to fill a mason jar up with goodies that any journaling geek will be thrilled to receive! Don't forget to include fun paperclips, a fancy pen, and bundles of handmade paper if you can find some (or make some), and any other little mini notepads and trinkets you can find. The prettier the better!
When In Doubt Just Fill It Up With Something Nice...
If you have no imagination, no money, or no time, don't worry! You can still create a Mason jar gift that your pals will love. In fact, it may even be the one gift they get that doesn't get wasted! So keep reading for some final, last minute Mason jar Christmas gift ideas.
- Grinch Jars - Fill a jar up with green sweets and wrap a red ribbon around the neck with a tag that says "Happy Grinch Christmas!" You can use smarties, M&Ms, or anything really, as long as it's green.
- Jar Of Snowballs - You can get packets of "Christmas Snowballs" from the supermarket, which are essentially chocolate balls covered in white frosting. They look like snowballs so it's perfect for the season. Wrap silver tinsel around the rim for extra festive sparkle.
- Christmas Money Jar - You know those little bags of gold chocolate coins? Buy as many as you can afford and fill a jar up with them. They make great gifts for kids, or adults who just haven't grown up yet.
So, did you get some good ideas? Everybody loves to get a Mason jar gift or something similar at Christmas-time. It's sort of like a mini, modern, novelty version of receiving a Christmas Hamper.
And don't worry about your friends thinking that you are a cheapskate; they will be too balled over by the effort and thought that has gone into creating a homemade gift for them. Homemade gifts are rare these days.