DIY Mason Jar Gifts {TV}

by Sami

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This is the time of year when everyone is giving gifts. But what happens when you have SO many people you want to express gratitude to without adequate funds to do so? Give DIY Mason Jar gifts!

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I’m sharing my best  tips on Talk of the Town today when it comes to giving gifts to everyone from teachers to sanitation workers, but they stem from two keys I’ve heard over and over again when interviewing this demographic: be personal and be practical.

Isn’t that what we all want?

The Key to Mason Jar Gifts

Buy in Bulk

The first key is to buy items in bulk: mason jars, candy, flower bulbs, etc. You can get great deals on buying in bulk and then divide those items amongst the Mason jars.

Food gifts are great because you can always find grocery coupons and BOGO free deals.

I’ve found I can get many of these “bulk” items, including the Mason jars and tags for decor, at Michaels, who typically offers a 50% off coupon.

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The second key is to personalize the Mason jar gift with a photo or note. If it’s from your child (for a teacher or babysitter, for example), make sure they help with the personalization.

Make it Practical

Finally, make it practical. In interviewing teachers, they said they loved Mason jar gifts because not only do they get the gift inside, but then they got to keep and utilize the vessel. If you really want to make it practical, fill the Mason jar with a gift card to somewhere practical like Walmart or Starbucks (what, tea and coffee can be practical when in the service industry!).

DIY Mason Jar Gift Ideas

Lemon Vinegar or Homemade Detergent

– Create a homemade cleaner in bulk and then divide it amongst Mason jars

Read my post on Homemade Cleaning Solutions

Cookie, Hot Chocolate or Pancake Mix

– Depending on how much time you want to put into it, you can fill the Mason jars with a mix of some sort. If you’re really creative, fill with different layers to create a favorite cookie or if you want a less involved idea, buy a bulk amount of hot chocolate or pancake mix to fill with, then write the recipe on the decorative tag.


– You know all I want for Christmas is colored pens and this is a great gift for teachers, accountants, and administrative assistants.

Flowers and Plants

– Over the winter, brighten someone’s day by planting a bulb in a Mason jar for them.


– Place a tea-light in the bottom of the Mason jar and even consider painting the Mason jar or writing on it for an extra special touch.

Gift Cards

– Put a gift card inside the Mason jar or tie one on the outside. You can also collect a fund from a class or group of friends to fill the Mason jar with multiple gift cards. I even just bought a Wendy’s Frosty Key Tag for only $2, which gives the recipient free Frosty’s all year.

Come back to watch the video from my segment on Talk of the Town.

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