Gifts In A Jar

gifts in a jar

Homemade gifts in a jar are such a wonderful gift! Easy to DIY, pretty to look at, and amazing to receive! I love how easy they are to customize for the recipient - and they suit all kinds of occasions and celebrations.

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Did you ever play that game as a kid, where you had to fill a matchbox with tiny items? There was something about the smallness of it that really appealed to me! With gifts in jars, I feel like I am getting to play an adult version. I love seeking out pretty, tiny objects that will work in a jar.

Need some ideas? Let's go!

Spa in a Jar

spa in a jar

My favorite girly gift. Perfect as a pick-me-up, for Galentine's Day or just because. A spa in a jar is a great way to treat someone special. 

It is incredible how much you can fit inside even a small mason jar. And it doesn't have to be expensive if you shop cleverly. Bling it up with a pretty label and you can gift with pride :)

Spa Gifts in a Jar Ideas - Mix and Match


  • Nail varnish
  • Nail file
  • Nail stickers/transfers
  • Face masks
  • Moisturiser
  • Mascara
  • Nail varnish remover
  • Manicure kit
  • False lashes
  • Face cleanser
  • Tweezers


  • Essential oils ie. Lavender
  • Bath bomb
  • Body lotion
  • Hair band / bobby pins / scrunchie
  • Hand cream
  • Cotton wool balls / Q-tips
  • Spa gift voucher
  • Gel eye mask
  • Hair conditioning oil
  • Lip balm
  • Salt scrub
  • Leg wax / Razor 

Good to Eat!

  • Chocolate!
  • Packet of hot chocolate
  • Hot Chocolate Bombes
  • Herbal Tea Bags
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Chocolate Mug toppers
  • Cookies
  • Candy/Mints
  • Kool Aid
  • Milk shake powder

Pretty Additions

  • Candles/ Tea lights
  • Pretty battery operated fairy lights
  • Feather / Pom poms / Ribbon
  • Jewlery
  • Music or book gift voucher
  • Headphones
  • Make up bag/purse
  • Sleep mask
  • Compact mirror
  • Popsocket
  • Straws
spa in a jar contents

Journal in a Jar

Journal in a jar

This is such a neat idea (if I say so myself!) - perfect for budding writers or people who love pen and paper. I called it 'Journal in a Jar' but it could also be 'Gratitude Journal in a Jar' or even 'Bullet Journal in a Jar'. Pick a variation that the recipient will love.

The trick to this one is finding the perfect size notebook :) Get a good quality one if you can - no one likes writing on cheap paper! There are lots of mini watercolor pads or dot grid journals, as well as plain or lined notebooks. To fit nicely the notepad usually needs to be smaller than you think. I have recently converted to those little packs of 3 pocket sized notebooks from Moleskine. Three journals feels generous and fit a larger mason jar nicely. One of those little 'line a day' diaries would also work really well.

Then there are so many little extras you can add to make it pretty. Stickers, paints, bookmarks, ribbons. More ideas below!

Journal in a Jar Ideas

  • Notebook
  • Pen/ Fountain pen
  • Colored /  Gel pens / Brush pens
  • Stickers
  • Washi tape
  • Sticky tabs
  • Journal prompt cards
  • Bullet journal 'how to' sheet
  • Mini bookmark
  • Paperclips / Bulldogs
  • Mini stamps / Ink pad
  • Watercolor paint set
  • Paint brushes
  • Mini ruler / eraser /  stencils
  • Ribbons, pom poms, feathers
  • Quotes / mini quote books


  • Gratitude Journal
  • Bullet Journal 
  • Watercolor Journal 
  • Novelist Journal
  • Travel Journal 
  • Prayer Journal
  • Dream Journal
  • Reading Journal
  • Pregnancy Journal
  • Junk Journal
  • Fitness/Health Journal

Journal in a Jar contents

If you have never made gifts in a jar before, why not give them a try! 

Grab the labels!

Would you like a copy of the labels I used? You can download the pdf file here.

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