25+ Homemade Food Gifts in a Jar (31 days to take the stress out of Christmas)

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This post is part of a series – “31 days to take the Stress out of Christmas”. You can read all the posts in the series here.  And to make sure you don’t miss a post you can subscribe to have every post delivered to your inbox, or follow me on facebook.

25  Homemade Food Gifts in Jars

So earlier in this series we talked about gifting non-food in jars.  Today let’s talk about gifting food in jars. 

Giving cookie or soup mix in jars has been around for a long time – even before Mason Jars were popular like they are now.  There are hundreds of cookies, bars, soups in a jar mixes ideas out there.  And cute printable tags to go along with them.  I won’t share many cookie mix in a jar ideas in this post because literally I could do a series of posts on mixes in a jar and not cover them all.  So if that is something you are wanting to do – do some searching on Pinterest for the one that suits you.    And for the jars – you don’t have to use mason jars although those are readily available at any grocery/craft store in your area.  Save up spaghetti sauce jars or pickle jars or even frappuccino bottles all year and then use them as your gift jar.  I don’t usually throw away glass jars from anything like that because there is so many uses for them!   

So let’s explore some other ideas for food in a jar gifts in this post.  Even some no-baking-required ideas at the bottom that are super cute!  I hope you can find some ideas – these would be great gifts for co-workers, neighbors, friends at church, teachers, even a hostess gift. 

I love this twist on cookies in jar – actually bake the cookies for them and gift them in a jar.  You could even make your cookie dough up now, freeze it like I showed you yesterday, and whip up a dozen of these gifts in no time later in December.

Baked cookies in a jar

baked cookies in a jar

Vegetarian Five Bean Soup

five bean soup mix

Oreo Peanut Butter


Holiday Puppy Chow

Puppy Chow in a jar

Christmas Mint Cookies

Christmas mint cookies

Homemade Brownie Mix

brownie mix

Alphabet Soup

Alphabet soup

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn


Ultimate Trail Mix


4 kinds of snack mix


Caramel Apple in a Jar


Homemade Salsa

homemade salsa

Reindeer Food

Holiday Treats 012

Friendship Soup

Friendship soup

5 cookie/bar/bread mixes with free printable labels


Homemade Granola in jar


Caramel Popcorn in a Jar

popcorn in jar

Pork Rub or any kind of spice rub that you love and use


25 Mason Jar Cookie Recipes


And here’s some no-baking-required gifts in a jar ideas that are still super cute!

Merry “Kiss’mas” Jar


White star pretzels in a jar


Christmas M&M poem – I LOVE this poem and idea!


Here’s some tips on decorating the jars

Use cupcake liners for jar toppers


and some free printable labels and tags


I hope you can find some ideas for gifting food in a jar this Christmas!  Have you ever done food gifts in a jar?  What is your favorite idea?


  1. Hi Christina,
    I love all of the different ideas you shared for gifts in jars!! I’m saving up my jars and planning to give some for Christmas gifts. Thanks for the inspiration – I am really enjoying the series!

  2. Thank you so much for including me in this great round up!
    Chandra@The Plaid & Paisley Kitchen recently posted..Slow Cooker Pulled Pork and a Slow Cooker Giveaway!My Profile

  3. I am usually a “crafty” person and love doing anything homemade….but I have to say, the cupcake papers used for Ball jar tops are AMAZING!!!! I just stared at it and kept thinking DUH!!!! Thanks to you, your brain clicked on that one and I am so pleased you shared it. Love your blog Christina!!!!

  4. I like these jar gift ideas. I think it is a fantastic gift not only during Christmas but also on ordinary days to cheer up a friend. Awesome.

  5. I love the M&M Christmas poem and jar, and think I might make some for Christmas gifts. I also do craft fairs selling homemade cards…. would I be allowed to use this poem to sell some jars to?? Such a cool idea

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