Homemade Christmas gifts in jars – 13 ideas from edible food gifts to DIY snow globes. The ultimate zero-waste Christmas presents.
13 Christmas gifts in jars
I’m a big fan of giving homemade Christmas gifts. Not in a cheapo way (although it is a way to save money) but I love it for a few reasons.
Why homemade Christmas gifts are awesome
Firstly, I find homemade gifts really thoughtful. What’s nicer than receiving something someone actually put their own time into creating for you?
I’m sure there are a lot of gifts that you buy that are super thoughtful but I just love the idea of the person having made it.
2 Less waste
If you give edible homemade gifts or something that can actually be consumed then you know it’s not going to just get shoved in a cupboard if the recipient didn’t like it or end up in landfill down the track.
Giving Christmas gifts in jars also means that they can recycle the packaging. That’s a win-win for the environment.
Plus, by not buying new gifts we’re saving on all the energy and materials that would have had to go into something we bought new.
3 Save money
Christmas can be a really expensive time of year especially when you have a lot of people to give gifts to like all your kids’ teachers.
Making a big batch of something (like rosemary & lemon salt) and jarring it up can be a really cost-effective way to give gifts at Christmas. They don’t have to cost a lot but the person will appreciate the gift and the thought.
4 Easy for those ‘hard to buy for’ people
Most people love an edible gift so I think they’re a great present for people who are notoriously hard to buy for. You usually can’t go wrong as long as you cater to their dietary requirements.
Where to get jars
My personal preference is always to recycle glass jars. What’s better than a free jar?
You can purchase replacement lids if you don’t want to re-use them (sometimes things like tomato paste lids go red). I have a super easy tutorial showing how to remove the labels from glass jars.
Most junk shops now sell glass jars for things like gift giving or you can purchase them online. My favourite place to buy glass jars online is Glass Bottles Direct.
I’d love to hear what your favourite homemade Christmas gifts are. Let me know in the comments.
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