There are a few things you should know about me.
- I’m a procrastinator. I wait until the last minute OR I find I have over a million ideas I want to do before an event and of course I have to execute on them all making me run out of time for all that creativity.
- I’m cheap. I said it, I’m on a budget and well I can’t afford large gifts for others around the holidays so I tend to make things.
- I like to give practical. Ever find yourself with a gift that you wondered what on earth you were gonna do with? Ya I try not to be that person trying to “guess” what one would like, instead I channel my creativity and give gifts that anyone could use.
So that brings me to this post, gifts in a jar ideas. I found there are lots of “treats” in a jar out there for gifts but not a lot beyond that. So I created 3 gifts I am sharing with you today!
Homemade Laundry Soap
Find my recipe for this here: http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2012/01/09/diy-make-your-own-laundry-soap/
It’s not really on the top of everyone’s list but it is an inexpensive way to give someone a gift that they can A) Use frequently and B) Will save them money!
Last January I shared how I made my own laundry soap. Well I am happy to report that it ran out this month which means it lasted me nearly a year! A Year without buying laundry soap which saved me easily at least $75! I used it in my HE washer and it worked great! A little bit really does go along way and our clothes look awesome too!
I took a jar I found at Goodwill and painted the front panel with chalkboard paint. Then filled it and wrote on the top the directions along with a measuring spoon. Since I split this batch with one I made for myself, this literally cost under $5!
Soup Mix in a Jar
This one is a favorite of mine because it is less than $2 to make and perfect for Winter. I went to Sprouts and took advantage of their bin sale where I found this 10 bean soup mix! I poured the mix in mason jars and was done. I also printed out the directions to include with the soup (I took a picture of the directions that were on the bin so I could write them up at home).
Bathroom in a Jar
Perfect for a college student or a young adult. This jar features items that can be used in the bathroom and the jar can be turned into a toothbrush holder. If you collect samples through out the year or shop in the travel section, this is an inexpensive gift at $1 – $7.
I put inside:
- Shampoo, sample size
- Toothbrush (foldable, found at Target in travel section)
- Toothpaste, sample size
- Dental Floss
- Wisps (disposable toothbrushes)
P.S. check out this mason jar toothbrush holder from my friends at Lolly Jane, it could be perfect to create for a family! http://lollyjane.com/diy-mason-jar-bathroom-storage/
What are some of your favorite gifts in a jar?