DIY Gift Jars with Free Printable Labels!

Here’s the perfect pre-Christmas weekend project: get creative and gift your friends something different this season with these DIY Jar Gifts!

Updated on December 12, 2018 15:12 pm

Alexa Lim Xiangyun

How to make DIY gift jars to place cookies

how to make gift jars

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These jar gifts are not just fun to make, but are also really pretty with their multi-coloured layers. If your jars are of different sizes, especially if they are reused, just keep the ratio of the ingredients the same. Don’t limit yourself; add in any additional toppings that strike your fancy!

There are endless possibilities here: baking mixes, bath salts, craft projects―and here are ideas with free printable labels to accompany them. Scroll down for the link to the free printables!

print labels for gift jars

1. Baking Mixes

Have a cookie monster friend or maybe someone who’s a little hesitant about stepping into the kitchen? Baking mixes in jars may just ease them into their kitchen forays―all they need is to mix the contents with one or two additional ingredients and pop the dough into the oven!

2. Cranberry & White Chocolate Winter Cookies

gift jars for cookies

baking cookies ingredients

What you need:

  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1.5 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • Label and Instructions Printout


Layer the ingredients in slowly; it’s good to keep either the flour or sugars at the bottom whilst keeping the chunkier toppings above. Otherwise, the finer flour and sugars might seep into any lower chunkier layers.

3. Walnut Fudge Brownie

home made walnut fudge brownie

brownie in a gift jar diy

What you need:

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ cup sugar
  • ⅞ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ⅔ cup walnut pieces
  • Any other add-ons: chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, M&Ms
  • Label and Instructions Printout


Similarly, layer in the ingredients leaving the chunkier toppings on top. You can choose to add other candies to add more colours, or if your recipient has a particular preference for brownie add-ins.

4. Peppermint Hot Cocoa

Hot cocoa mixes are great gifts that will definitely bring warmth to the soul, whether enjoyed by a fireplace or in our rainy December weather. Vary it by adding mint, cinnamon or chili, vanilla, or even a small bottle of Baileys (it’s Christmas after all)!

What you will need:

  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy
  • Label and Instructions Printout

Adjust the sweetness level accordingly. If you're including cinnamon sticks, tie them along with the label instead of sticking them inside.
You could also create your own Chai Tea mix with this.

5. Energy in a Jar

Energy in a jar can range from sweets, chocolates, or granola. Here we chose colourful and festive-themed candy (doesn't looking at it already make you happier?), but go on, go wild with your imagination!

candy gift jars DIY

What you need:

  • Your favourite candy
  • Label printout

funnel for packing candies in gift jar

design and print labels for gift jars

Download the labels and instruction printables here.

Merry Christmas!

Photos by Alexa Lim Xiangyun


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