12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas

Guys – can you believe we are getting so close to summer break?  And only a few short  weeks left until school lets out – that means TEACHER GIFTS will need to happen soon!  If you’re scrambling for something new – here’s a list that might help you out….

Mason Jars are handy little ways to hold all sorts of things – especially giftable goods from your kitchen, or other small treasures.  From sewing kits, to spa supplies, to a chic planter – these Mason Jar gift ideas will give you a few easy options!



1) Mason Jar Gift Card Holder

This Mason Jar Giftcard Holder is an easy way to disguise a gift card for a more festive-looking gift!


2. Brown Sugar Scrub

Skip the pricey department store scrubs – make a frugal and luxurious scrub that they can enjoy over and over!  I recommend our Homemade Brown Sugar Coffee Scrub recipe – or here are a couple more:


3. Hot Chocolate Mix

Layer ingredients in a pretty way with marshmallows and mini chocolate chips – handy and yummy!  Use a smaller mason jar for this recipe or double it for a bigger one.

  • 3 tbsp powdered creamer
  • 3 tbsp powdered milk
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1½ tablespoons cocoa powder


4. Homemade Salsa

This easy summer salsa recipe is my absolute favorite – and it uses *canned* tomatoes – which REALLY cuts down on the work!

5. Homemade Granola

My friend Shawna made this for me last year – and it was sooooo good.  (The recipe had almonds in it and looked a lot like this one) I munched on it for breakfast several times.  A very cool idea for the more “granola” folks on your list!



6. Cookies in a Jar

If you’re giving this to a teacher, a cute note for this would be “Thanks for making me a Smart Cookie!”  And if you’re REALLY pressed for time – check out our Lazy Girl’s Cookies in a Jar

7. Spiced Nuts in a Jar

My father in law always says he’s never met a nut he didn’t like – and that is the kind of person who deserves a jar of awesome nuts.  Get the recipe here for Sweet & Spicy Nuts.


8. DIY Mason Jar Sewing Kit

This one is for the crafty folks in your life – this DIY Mason Jar Sewing Kit is adorable – love that the top doubles as a pincushion!



9. Mani/Pedi in a Jar

Fill with nail clippers, files, polish, and mini lotion or cream!



10. Muddy Buddies

Muddy Buddies are great because you can make a huge batch and fill up several mason jars – and everyone loves them!  Add a note that says thanks for being my “Buddy”!  Here’s the recipes for How to Make Muddy Buddies. (AKA Puppy Chow)


11. Smores Snack Mix

This S’Mores Party Mix is just a fun little snack that looks cute in a jar too :)


12. DIY Herb Garden or Succulents in a Jar

Never ever thought of this – how adorable!  Herbs would take a little while to be ready to gift, but succulents you can purchase and plant and gift right away.  New to succulents?  Check out how to plant a succulent garden!



Housewarming Gift Basket | Home Supplies “Cake”


If you’re looking for a great housewarming gift basket idea – this one takes the cake!  In fact, it really reminds me of the diaper cakes people give at baby showers … but in this instance it’s comprised of all the things you need to start really “living” in a new place.

The 10th installment of our Themed Gift Basket Ideas series is possibly my favorite…

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Homemade Firestarters | Dryer Lint & Candle Wax!


I’m re-posting this tutorial I wrote previously on how to make homemade firestarters because camping season is HERE again!  (Check out some good tent deals here)

This weekend I took my 4 boys out for our first ever family camping trip.  It was all I could’ve hoped for – they were thrilled to cook hotdogs over the campfire, make S’mores, tell silly ghost stories, and listen to old John Denver songs on the guitar.(Well – maybe not so thrilled about the last one ;) )

There was one thing, though, that I wished I had remembered to bring along – something to make the all-important campfire even easier to get going: these HomeMade FireStarters.

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Homemade Brown Sugar Coffee Scrub


Homemade Brown Sugar Coffee Scrub

Wake your skin up for Spring and slough off the dry winter flakes with this homemade brown sugar coffee scrub!  I try to put aside some leftover grounds (or a couple used K-Cups) so I can do this scrub once a week – it works wonders when I remember to do it ;)

Did you know:  The caffeine in the coffee is a powerful anti-inflammatory?  Yep!  It helps to get rid of puffiness and redness – so if you’re prone to blemishes on your back or anywhere else… this should help some with that. :)

To make this Homemade Brown Sugar & Coffee Scrub you’ll need:

  • 1 Tbsp Leftover coffee grounds 
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • A drizzle of olive oil 
  • A couple drops of essential oil (IF you have some on hand and would like to!  Otherwise, olive oil’s just fine.)

Mix together the ingredients and keep by the bathtub for your next  little chunk of “me” time :)  After exfoliating, rinse off the paste with warm water and pat dry – the olive oil leaves your skin feeling silky soft and a little dewy.

Interesting Fact: Incorporating used coffee grounds into your soil enriches it.  So throw the rest in your garden or any potted plants you have around the house!

Check out these other variations on Homemade Sugar Scrubs:

Easter Egg Dye Ideas



Getting ready for Easter by dying eggs?  Here are a few helpful Easter Egg dye ideas that will make this family activity a little more fun and a little less mess!  Of course – you could skip the dye altogether and get artistic with these Sharpie Easter Eggs

But if the traditional colored eggs are calling your name – here are our top tips:

1. Lay down paper bags or newspaper

One thing I always do is save my paper shopping bags from Aldi to lay out in front of each kid – like an egg dying placemat.  It controls the drips and drops that are bound to happen.

2. Dry off eggs before dying – it will help the color stick

For tips on hard boiling, check out how to make perfectly hard boiled eggs every time

3. Have a place ready for the dyed eggs

For drying the eggs – use empty ice cube trays!  Once the eggs are completely dry, store them back in their carton until you want to display/eat them.

Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

For some fun twists on the tradition dye kit – see this post on 25 Easter Egg Dying Ideas


You might also like our post on 14 Easter Dessert Ideas!