Homemade Gifts – Gifts In A Jar

When my girlfriends and I get together during our annual holiday party, it has become a tradition to give each other small and thoughtful gifts.

Instead of bringing one big gift for secret santa gift exchange, we share the love with everyone with our small gifts.

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After we eat and have desserts and chit chat, we each take turns to give a little speech about our gifts.

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We say what it is we are giving, why and the story behind it. Some are sentimental, some are customized and some are homemade, but everything is always fun.

Thanks to Pinterest, I found this really fun idea to put gifts in a jar.

I gathered items that I personally like, something that would give me energy or a little pick-me-up in the afternoon. Energy In A Jar.

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Stuff all the items carefully into a large glass jar and print fun labels.

You can print the jar labels and find other fun ideas for gifts in a jar –> here.

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(The long strip doesn’t wrap all the way around the jar but that’s ok. The two ends doesn’t meet, but the “Energy In A Jar” oval shaped labels will cover it.  I used tape to stick the labels on the jar)

I also added personalized jar lids. If you want to add individual names on the jar, you can print these pantry jar labels –> here.

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I printed the round labels with cardstock paper, cut them out, hand write the names and taped them on the lids.

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The girls loved the gifts.

The jars are reusable and the labels can be easily removed. It’s also refillable if you want to keep the jar as is.

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Other homemade gift ideas:

- My friend Cher gave us ornaments. She bought the plain/clear ornaments at Michaels. She stuffed the ornament with a picture of us girls from last year’s holiday {ugly sweater)party. On the back of the picture, she put a meaningful quote.

Front side

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Back side.

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My friend Sarah attached small ornament picture frames with her gifts.

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Do you do gift exchange with your friends? Do you make homemade gifts?

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Comments

  1. OM gosh! The energy jars are SUCH a good idea! And they’re super cute!

  2. Annette (Defiant Vegan) says:

    such a cute idea to add packaged items in a jar most homemade gifts in a jar are of baking items with dry ingredients.

    I haven’t done a gift exchange in awhile but considering how things are financially difficult it is a good idea.

    a team (Raw Foodies Team) on SparkPeople had a discussion about cookie gift exchange and I thought it would be cool to give a Raw Cookie Recipe in a jar by just adding dry ingredients and they add the wet ingredients.

    Thanks for your ideas you have really unique and cute ideas. = )

  3. I love the jar idea! How adorable! I love that it has a clif bar ; ) SO cute!

    Its fun to be creative!

  4. I am really loving all these mason jar gift ideas. Especially this one! I think the jars are extra popular this year because of Pinterest. ;)

    Thank you for the great idea. I think its going to make perfect office party gifts.

  5. Love the jar idea! I like the idea of giving a few of your favorite comfort items :) My girls and I usually do a cookie exchange and a girls only Christmas dinner.

  6. Love these little homemade gifts. Merry Christmas! (and hello from the Philippines!)

  7. I love these energy jars! They are so cute! :) I think homemade gifts are the most meaningful. I love them. I made lots of cookies to give to my friends.

  8. I love the idea of gifts in a jar! So unique and creative! I only exchange gifts with my best friend and one time she made my sister and I our own blankets! It was really nice!

  9. Thanks for stopping by The Gunny Sack to let me know that you found and used and idea I put out there! So often as a blogger, it feels rather lonely and even though I see page views I have no clue if anyone actually used the idea! Thanks for linking to my site and your jars turned out lovely!

  10. LOVE this idea. SO SO cute!!!

  11. i love how these look. very cute and very personal!

  12. I highlighted this cute idea on my little blog at http://wadelmat.blogspot.com/ Thanks!

  13. I love this idea for homemade Christmas gifts. I am going to make some “Energy In A Jar” gifts for Christmas this year. Thanks for sharing your creativity. ;o)

  14. Excellent website. A lot of helpful information here.
    I’m sending it to a few buddies ans additionally sharing in delicious.
    And naturally, thanks for your sweat!

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