Creative and useful mason jar gift ideas

From Honey to Holiday Gifts: Creative, yet useful DIY Ideas for Repurposed Jars

Feeling overwhelmed with holiday shopping? We get it. It's easy to end up with gifts that might not see much use or break the bank. That's where practical, sustainable presents come in – and if you've got empty honey jars lying around, you're in for a treat! You might think DIY gifts are too small, cheesy, or even lame, but they show you've put time and thought into your gift. Plus, when tailored to the person, they become truly special. And hey, why not make a little extra for yourself? Double the joy! We've prioritized reusability with these ideas, because let's be honest, not everyone will keep that sourdough starter alive.

 

DIY sugar scrub

For Pampering: Sugar Scrub Why pay a premium for sugar scrubs when they're mostly sugar? Especially in winter, when dry skin is a common woe. This scrub not only exfoliates but also improves circulation. Give yourself a mini massage in the shower and enjoy moisturized skin, thanks to the coconut oil and shea butter.

Method: Combine equal parts brown sugar and coconut oil, plus your favorite essential oil, like vanilla

 

Candied pecans in mason jar for gift

For Easy Meals & Charcuterie Boards:  These candied nuts are pantry stars. They're versatile – top salads, baked goods, or parfaits, enjoy them as a healthy snack, or elevate a charcuterie board. Need more protein? Yes, please! And to top it off, they're ridiculously easy to prepare.

Method: Toss your chosen nuts (like pecans) in olive oil, sprinkle with brown sugar, and bake at 350°F for 12 minutes.

  

Dried citrus for cocktails

For the Hostess with the Mostest: Gift your hostess or bar enthusiast a selection of citrus wheels for a range of cocktails. Just like choosing the right glass, it enhances the drink. Yes, these take a bit of time to bake, but the receiver of these will appreciate them immensely!  

Method: Thinly slice oranges, lemons, or limes, lay on parchment-lined baking sheet, sprinkle with brown sugar, and bake at 200°F for 3 hours.

 

homemade laundry detergent

For the Eco-Conscious Home: All-Natural Laundry Detergent Who doesn't do laundry? This one's a no-brainer. For those with sensitive skin or eco-conscious preferences, it's a game-changer. Even if they don't switch immediately, discovering this jar after their current detergent runs out will be a pleasant surprise. 

Method: Mix epsom salt, baking soda, sodium carbonate (washing soda), and your preferred essential oils, such as lavender.

 

Whipped honey butter

For the Culinary Enthusiast: Spicy Honey Butter Butter elevates any dish. It's a kitchen staple that streamlines cooking with its added flavors. And guess what? Making your own butter is surprisingly easy – and it tastes so much better than store-bought. Plus, it's winter – time to indulge!

Method: Blend heavy cream (35%) until thick, strain with cheesecloth, then mix in your favourite honey (try our hot honey for an extra kick).

 

So, repurpose those honey jars and spread some homemade joy this holiday season!

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