Creative Gifts To Make In A Jar

WORDS:: Chyka Keebaugh

PHOTOS: Lisa Atkinson

Are you having trouble trying to decide on gifts for family or friends? These personal gift jars may be just the thing you need.

Like all our little DIY projects, you don’t have to spend an enormous amount of money to make people happy. A fun selection of gifts and a heartfelt note is all you need to do to make someone smile, so let’s get to it. I purchased these gorgeous jars from Spotlight and went on filling them with fun objects.


Makeup Jar

Perfect for teen girls trying to work out their makeup game. Make sure they are getting a good start with some quality products, or for smaller girls who love to dress up.


Teenage Boy Jar

Such a tough age to buy for, collect some simple items and keeping it colour coded for extra coolness. A collection of nice smelling things always goes down a treat!


Gardening Jar

For the green thumb in our lives. A great gift for neighbours, teachers and those hard to buy relatives, because who doesn’t need a few gardening items?


Young Kids Toy Jar

Make it fun and playful, full of small little items that can be picked up from a $2 shop. Perfect little gifts to keep in your cupboard for standby gifts.


Arts & Craft Jar

For the crafty young kid who loves to make, fun things to make your pictures and spotlight, riot craft, fashion it for a boy or a girl you can change the focus of the contents to suit the personality and idea of who you are gifting.


Cookie Jar

This is the perfect gift for when you are stuck in that situation of not having a gift! I love this idea, as it's simple to pull together yet so cute and crafty. And, how could I share it without giving you the recipe?


  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar


  1. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
  2. Place flour mixture in 1-quart jar.
  3. Layer remaining ingredients in order listed above, pressing firmly after each layer.
  4. Seal with lid and decorate with fabric and ribbon.

Cookie Cooking Method

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Beat 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) softened butter or margarine, 1 large egg and 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until blended.
  3. Add cookie mix and 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional); mix well, breaking up any clumps.
  4. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
  5. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Note: Makes approx. two dozen cookies.


Cookie recipe via Very Best Baking.