30 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for Friends and Family

jar of homemade Cowboy Cookie Mix in a Jar recipe displayed with finish cookies, oats, nuts, and chocolate chips
Photo: Mackenzie Schieck

Looking for an utterly charming edible present for the friend or family member who has everything? Your search ends here. We've rounded up our best mason jar gift ideas, from dry cookie and brownie mixes to homemade liqueurs. Whether you're gifting for birthdays, the holidays, or just because you feel like it, you'll want to bookmark this collection of our most functional and adorable mason jar gifts — you'll come back to it again and again.

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Hot Cocoa Mix

jar of homemade Hot Coca Mix decorated as a holiday gift
My Hot Southern Mess

Wintery weather calls for a steaming mug of hot cocoa. Spread the joy this holiday season with an adorable mason jar gift that comes together with just four dry ingredients.

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Christmas Snack Mix

christmas snack mix in mason jars
Alvarado Tino N Chena

Have a holly jolly holiday with this sweet and savory snack mix in a jar. You can adjust the ingredients to suit your taste, but don't skip on the red and green M&M's — they add a colorful, festive touch.

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Red and Green Christmas Jalapeno Jelly

three jars of homemade Red and Green Christmas Jalapeno Jelly decorated with raffia ties for food gifts

Red bell peppers and green jalapeños come together beautifully in this 30-minute jelly. Recipe creator MARBALET suggests serving it as a relish or with cream cheese and crackers.

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Chocolate Cookie Mix in a Jar

mason jar filled with chocolate chip cookie ingredients

Dry ingredients like flour, cocoa, sugar, pecans, and chocolate chips are layered in this gorgeous mason jar gift. Your recipient just needs to add wet ingredients for a delicious batch of chocolate cookies.

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Rachel's Sugar Plum Spice Jam

Rachel's Sugar Plum Spice Jam in jars

This pineapple-plum jam is "sweet and fruity, with comforting holiday spice undertones," according to recipe creator Rachel Dobbs.

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Grandma's Apple Pie 'Ala Mode' Moonshine

Grandma's Apple Pie 'Ala Mode' Moonshine in mason jars
Photo by Tara.

This apple pie-inspired "moonshine" may taste sweet, but be careful! With three cups of 180-proof grain alcohol, it's pretty darn powerful.

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Friendship Soup in a Jar

dry soup mix layered in a gift jar

Your loved ones will appreciate this mason jar gift with dried rice, pasta, barley, split peas, and lentils. They'll just need to add ground beef and a few other ingredients for a big pot of cozy soup.

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Country Oatmeal Cookie in a Jar

Country Oatmeal Cookie in a Jar with a red bow

Rolled oats are layered with sugar, chocolate chips, all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. "Very easy to make and they look SO pretty," reviewer DanielleR says of this mason jar gift. "Very professional. No one believes that I did them myself!"

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Sourdough Starter

sourdough starter in a jar

While an active sourdough starter might not be the most conventional Christmas present, it is the gift that keeps on giving. Recipients can use it to make bread for years to come.

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Salted Caramel Sauce

two jars of homemade Salted Caramel Sauce recipe decorated as food gifts with twine and label
Allrecipes Magazine

Salted caramel sauce is the perfect mason jar gift for ice cream fanatics. "It may be blasphemy to say that hot fudge isn't the ultimate warm ice cream topping, but after tasting this amazing salted caramel sauce, that's exactly what I'm suggesting," says Chef John.

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Gingerbread Cookie Mix in a Jar

Gingerbread Cookie Mix in a Jar next to two snowman decorations

"I made this recipe for everyone I knew for Christmas presents and they all LOVED it," raves reviewer LPARNELL. "If you want to go the extra mile, attach a gingerbread person cookie cutter to the jar.

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Potato Chip Cookie Mix in a Jar

Potato Chip Cookie Mix in a Jar
Miss Dusty

This mason jar ingredient mix produces sweet, salty, and pleasantly crunchy cookies. Add chocolate chips for even more flavor variation.

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Fresh Pineapple Rum

glass jar full of homemade pineapple rum

This 2-ingredient mason jar gift (made with just ripe pineapple chunks and gold Barbados rum) is full of boozy, tropical flavor. "This is an excellent gift for people who say they have everything," according to recipe creator and Allrecipes Allstar Buckwheat Queen. "How easy is this?"

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Special Butterscotch Chip Cookies in a Jar

Special Butterscotch Chip Cookies in a Jar with a ribbon

"Made as directed with seasonal fabric and it DOES make a beautiful gift," says reviewer April Mae Macdonald Rugletic. "I made them for the volunteers at the church. They were well-received AND delicious too."

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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract
The Gruntled Gourmand

Did you know you can make your own vanilla extract at home with just two ingredients? You can! Throw it in a bottle or mason jar, and it makes an excellent holiday gift for all the bakers in your life.

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Italian Limoncello

homemade limoncello

Limoncello, the classic Italian aperitif, is easier than you think to make in the comfort of your own kitchen. This homemade liqueur is guaranteed to brighten up anyone's day.

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Snickerdoodle Mix in a Jar

Snickerdoodle Mix in a Jar

Make this mason jar gift with just five ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda, cream of tartar, and sugar. All the recipient will have to do is mix it up with butter and sugar, then roll the dough in cinnamon sugar.

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French Market Soup in a Jar

French Market Soup in a Jar
Pictured: French Market Soup in a Jar | Photo by Baking Nana.

Layer 12 types of dried beans (including great Northern beans, lima beans, and lentils) in a mason jar to make this simple and colorful food gift.

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Blueberry Liquor

glass jar full of homemade blueberry liquor

Here's a useful tip from recipe creator Jackie J: "This delicious blueberry liquor is best with frozen blueberries rather than fresh due to the organic breakdown that occurs when fruit is frozen."

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Garlicky Sun-Dried Tomato-Infused Oil

Garlicky Sun-Dried Tomato-Infused Oil
France C

"Excellent," raves reviewer and Allrecipes Allstar France C. "Why haven't I done this before?! Makes a delicious salad dressing. Next I will try as a dipping oil with some freshly grated Parmesan."

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Peach Jam with Amaretto Liqueur

Peach Jam with Amaretto Liqueur
Sharon K Schumann

Amaretto liqueur adds warm, boozy flavor to a simple peach jam that makes a great mason jar gift. "If you are making jams as gifts you should add this to your list for sure...it is amazing," says reviewer Sharon K Schumann.

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Cowboy Cookie Mix in a Jar

jar of homemade Cowboy Cookie Mix in a Jar recipe displayed with finish cookies, oats, nuts, and chocolate chips
Mackenzie Schieck

"I made these jar mixes to give as Christmas gifts — they are attractive to the eye and the cookies taste great," reviewer AMKNIGHT says of this jarred cookie mix.

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Maple Liqueur

Maple Liqueur

Make this mason jar gift with just maple syrup and real rye whiskey. Recipe creator WHOOPTINK recommends using this mix to make pumpkin martinis.

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Manhattan Cherries

jar of cherries for manhattan cocktails

Recipe creator JJOYB53 suggests using these bourbon-soaked cherries in Manhattan cocktails in place of maraschino cherries. The budding mixologist in your life will absolutely love this mason jar gift.

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Cranberry Hootycreeks

cookie mix layered in a gift jar

The Allrecipes community can't get enough of this top-rated mason jar gift idea that results in deliciously fruity white chocolate chip cookies. "I made twenty of these for gifts — and they look so nice, I'm not sure if I'm going to actually hand them out," says reviewer MOMTOPICKELS.

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Cinnamon Roasted Almonds

cinnamon roasted nuts in a gift jar
Heather Azzarello

"Delicious, quick, and easy," recipe creator erin.larochelle says of these spiced nuts. "These make the perfect Christmas gift when placed in a treat bag and tied up with ribbon."

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Creole Seasoning Blend

Johnny's Spice Rub

Here's a mason jar gift for fans of flavor. Spice up your friends' lives with this versatile blend of onion and garlic powders, oregano, basil, thyme, cayenne pepper, and other Creole spices.

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Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats

Peanut Butter and Pumpkin Dog Treats

Spoil your furry friends with these healthy pumpkin- and peanut butter-filled baked dog treats. Throw them in a mason jar and give them to all the pet parents in your life.

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Dry Brownie Mix for Gifting

Dry Brownie Mix for Gifting

You can make this 5-ingredient mason jar gift quickly and easily with just sugar, all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder.

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Chocolate Cake in a Jar I

Chocolate Cake in a Jar I
Grace Velez

Bake individual-sized chocolate cakes in glass jars for a fun, creative mason jar gift that everyone will love. "This is a wonderful recipe," says reviewer MNROSE1ST. "I couldn't believe it was so easy."

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squares of chocolate walnut fudge on a square white plate
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