13 Creative Gifts to Give in Mason Jars

Unless you've been living under a rock, it's hard to miss the ever-growing popularity and versatility of mason jars. We have a feeling this glass gems are going to be used as currency soon, as they seem to be flying off shelves and homemakers are using their spare time to dig up the old jars from storage.

Their sudden resurgence into the world of entertaining isn't surprising, though. There are literally hundreds of uses for these air-tight jars, from sipping on cocktails to using them for holiday gifts. And making them presentable is even easier: Just add a bow or tiny charm and you have a picture perfect serving tool or accent.

And while we've certainly perfected the food-in-a-jar recipe with our cupcakes-in-a-jar and chili-in-a-jar, we are still having fun experimenting some creative crafts using mason jars. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for non-edible crafts using mason jars that are helping inspire us!


  • Turn your mason jar into a super cute and convenient sewing kit. This is definitely the ultimate gift for any hostess or homemaker, but we have a feeling you’ll end up keeping it for yourself.

    Image via Frugalicious Me

  • When we’re shopping for a last minute gift or for someone we don’t know that well yet, the go-to gift is usually somewhere along the lines of lotions or body scrubs. Fill your mason jar with this sweet sugar scrub and top with a bow for extreme cuteness.

    Image via Unbalie for 5

  • When all else fails, candles and potpourri are the ultimate no-fail gift. It’s hard to say no to such a pretty presentation and sweet fragrance.

    Image via Tip Junkie

  • A busy hostess will certainly appreciate this amazingly creative mason jar gift. One can never have enough wine glasses, and at least we won’t have to mourn these if a tipsy guest smashes it on the floor.

    Image via Love You Madly

  • The possibilities are endless with these glass gems! This DIY dipped centerpiece idea is so versatile, it can be used for pretty much any season and occasion, or given as a gift to a fellow hostess.

  • Long gone are the days of giving the generic calendar or mug for the holidays. Give creative gifts like these that will save you tons of money on your holiday shopping by using mason jars to create your own holiday gifts-in-a-jar. Just decorate for the season and fill with holiday cheer!

  • Did you know your mason jar can also be turned into a snow globe? Choose an appropriate trinket for the occasion and follow this easy guide to making your own!

    Image via Michaela Noelle Designs

  • These pretty burlap luminaries were once plain ole mason jars! This fun DIY  is inexpensive and so adorably chic.

    Image via Crafts By Amanda

  • A can of spray paint and some masking tape can turn your mason jar into a versatile (and pretty!) vase. Now having the perfect colored vase to match your bouquet is super simple and cheap to make.

    Image via 100 Layer Cake

  • Or, for a less colorful and more dainty vase, add some lace and voila! A perfectly pretty vase and candle holder in one.

    Image via Michaela Noelle Designs

  • This beautifully elegant DIY idea turns any photograph and gives it a vintage look by submerging it in oil inside a mason jar. Trendy and cheap!

    Image via Aug And Everything After

  • If the vintage photo in oil isn’t your thing, you can still display your favorite photos as is – just flip the jar over and you have a unique photo frame! We suggest decorating it with a bow or embellishment before sending it off to your favorite Aunt.

    Image via Photo JoJo

  • You can even turn your mason jar into a candle with help from this simple tutorial. So cute!

    Image via Something Turquoise

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