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Valentine's Day Gift Ideas: Mason Jar Craft Projects and Food Presents

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Jump on the mason jar craft trend and give a homemade mason jar gift or two this year for Valentine's Day. Whether you're planning an elaborate day for a significant other or you'd like to do a little something special for your kid's classmates or your co-workers, mason jars are a great choice. With options for food, drink, bouquets, decorations, and more, it is not hard to find something that fits the bill. Happy crafting and happy Valentine's Day!

Who can you give mason jar Valentine's Day gifts?

 Just a Few Options 

Boyfriends / fiances / husbands

Teachers

Kid's classmates

Co-workers

Friends

Bosses

Where can you find mason jars?

  • Big box stores. Mason jars are well stocked during prime canning season (summer and fall), but you should be able to find a limited stock all year round in the kitchen section.
  • Big box craft stores. As so many people do use mason jars for crafts and cooking gifts, many major craft stores stock jars as well.
  • Thrift stores. Thrift and second hand stores are hit or miss, but you never know when you'll be able to score jars for cheap.
  • Amazon and eBay. Amazon has very competitive prices on sets of new jars in a variety of sizes and with varying features (i.e. wide mouth, with handles). If you have a prime account and can get the free shipping, this is a great deal on bulk sets. Don't forget to check the current eBay listings as well.
  • Garage sales / Craigslist. If you're not in a hurry to get jars, keep your eyes out on Craigslist and other local sites for local listings and mentions in garage sale advertisements.
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If you're giving candies that come in multiple colors, consider layering them to create an ombre aesthetic!

Candy

Popular candies for Valentine's Day jars include:

  • Conversation hearts
  • Seasonal M&Ms, Hershey's Kisses, Dove chocolates (look for the heart shapes), candy corn, and other candies that are available in holiday colors and/or flavors
  • Smarties
  • Pixie Sticks

Popular phrases for Valentine's Day candy jars include:

  • "Sweets for the sweet"
  • For seasonal candy corn: "It may be corny, but I love you."
  • Classic Valentine's Day words and phrases such as "XOXO," "love," and "Happy Valentine's Day"

Cake in a Jar / Layered Desserts

There is something about a single serving dessert that is very appealing. Layered desserts in clear jars also have a great visual aesthetic. There are a wide variety of cakes, including cheesecakes, that are perfect for layering in mason jars. Red velvet is always a popular choice. If you get stuck searching for a Valentine's Day specific mason jar dessert, branch out a little bit and then figure out how to customize a more general layered dessert for Valentine's Day.

You can gift ready made desserts or dessert mixes in mason jars.

You can gift ready made desserts or dessert mixes in mason jars.

Homemade Desserts and Dessert Mixes

Dessert mixes are another classic gift choice, and there's no reason why you can't gift them in mason jars. Grab the cookie mix of your choosing and then decorate your jars for Valentine's Day. You can also keep it simple and make cookies or other small desserts (i.e. brownies / bar cookies, bite-size hand pies) and package them in mason jars.

Valentine Cookies In A Jar

Mason jars are the perfect size for gifting nuts, store bought or homemade trail mix, and unpopped popcorn.

Mason jars are the perfect size for gifting nuts, store bought or homemade trail mix, and unpopped popcorn.

Savory Foods

Most people go for sweets when they give food gifts for Valentine's Day. If you're looking for options for someone without a big sweet tooth or you simply want to mix up the routine this year, choose a salty option, savory food, or sweet / salty combination. Nuts, dried fruit, trail mix, granola, and popped or un-popped popcorn are all great choices.

Consider the following sayings for savory / salty food gift tags:

  • Nuts: "I'm nuts about you."
  • Popcorn kernels: "My heart pops for you."
  • Dried bananas: "I'm going bananas over you."
Hot chocolate mix is a great gift for a holiday in winter when people are in the midst of enjoying lots of hot drinks.

Hot chocolate mix is a great gift for a holiday in winter when people are in the midst of enjoying lots of hot drinks.

Hot Chocolate

For hot chocolate lovers, the gift of a homemade hot chocolate mix in a decorated mason jar is a thoughtful gesture. There are a wide variety of hot chocolate in a jar recipes out there from classic to peppermint to cappuccino. Don't forget to include marshmallows.

A mason jar with a handle and a cozy is a great pairing for a hot chocolate mix or other hot drink gift (i.e. tea, coffee)!

With a Handle and Cozy for Drinks

Do you enjoy crocheting? Grab a some mason jars with handles and work up a few cozies for them. The recipients will be able to enjoy hot and cold drinks all year long.

Candles

Even if you don't have experience making candles, you can pick up a kit online or at a local craft store. Soy candles and beewax candles are both popular options. There are lots of free candle making tutorials available online.

Soy Candle Making at Home for Beginners-Homemade Mason Jar Candles

Coconut-orange sugar scrub.

Coconut-orange sugar scrub.

Sugar Scrub or Other Homemade Beauty Product

Beauty products make excellent gifts because they are items that people can use up. If you get a few signature items under your belt, you'll never have to worry about gift giving for ladies again. For those who are new to concocting sugar scrubs, make a test batch and give it a trial run at home before you package up a bunch as gifts just to ensure that everything goes as planned.

 Beauty Products to Make at Home 

Sugar Scrubs

Body Butter

Lip Gloss

Perfume

Lotion

Moisturizer

Body Powder

Face Mask

Facial Cleanser

Mason jars make whimsical vases for real or fake flower bouquets.

Mason jars make whimsical vases for real or fake flower bouquets.

Bouquets

Of course you can use your mason jars to give traditional bouquets with real flowers from the local flower shop or grocery store. You can also use them to give homemade bouquets with fabric, paper, button, or crocheted flowers.

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DIY- Mason Jar Makeover

What items in a jar would the people that you know appreciate the most?

What items in a jar would the people that you know appreciate the most?

____ in a Jar

Tonia at The Gunny Sack has a handful of great ideas for ___ in a Jar themes, many of which are perfect for Valentine's Day. I've linked her Ice Skating {Date} in a Jar on the right. You can also search her site for the following:

  • Spa in a Jar
  • Love Notes in a Jar
  • Get Well Soon in a Jar
  • Energy in a Jar
  • Refreshment in a Jar
  • Tide Me Over in a Jar
  • First Aid in a Jar
  • S'Mores In a Jar
  • First Aid in a Jar
  • Relaxation in a Jar
  • Sewing in a Jar
  • 52 Things: A Year in a Jar (i.e. reasons I love you, memories of us)
A Valentine's Day mason jar gift can be purely a decoration without any functional purpose.

A Valentine's Day mason jar gift can be purely a decoration without any functional purpose.

Tip: Are you looking for paper straws? Check Etsy or Paper Source.

Purely Decorative

There is nothing wrong with giving a mason jar gift that purely serves as decoration with no other intended function. Think about filling it with paper straws or paper or fabric hearts. If you choose paper hearts, consider writing favorite Valentine's Day words, phrases, or quotes or reasons why you love your significant other or kids on them.

As you finish up your mason jar gifts for Valentine's Day, don't forget to consider decoration / embellishment for the tops.

As you finish up your mason jar gifts for Valentine's Day, don't forget to consider decoration / embellishment for the tops.

Even simple touches for mason jars like the twine and labels pictured here go a long way.

Even simple touches for mason jars like the twine and labels pictured here go a long way.

Creative Ideas for Decorating / Packaging Mason Jar Gifts

The possibilities for decorating mason jars are virtually endless. The following list includes just a few options:

  • Spray paint or chalkboard paint
  • Old book pages or sheet music
  • Cardstock or scrapbook paper
  • Washi tape
  • Baker's twine
  • Ribbon
  • Stickers
  • Stamped images
  • Scrapbook embellishments (i.e. letters, charms)

More great mason jar craft inspiration!

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Additional Valentine's Day craft / DIY articles from the author.

© 2014 Rose Clearfield

Comments

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 10, 2014:

Thanks so much, VVanNess!

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on January 10, 2014:

I love the cake in a jar crafts. Yummy! You've really given us some great ideas for the upcoming holiday. Very nice! Thank you! Voted up! Useful and Interesting!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 09, 2014:

Thanks so much, tillsontitan! Mini cheesecake is always a great option. I appreciate the vote and shares!

Mary Craig from New York on January 09, 2014:

Your ideas and suggestions are always amazing! I think my favorite is the mini-cheescake...probably because I love cheesecake! All well done my friend.

Voted up, useful, and awesome.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 09, 2014:

Thanks, Glimmer Twin Fan! Mason jars do add a unique touch to so many different items.

Claudia Mitchell on January 09, 2014:

Love these ideas. It's funny how putting things in mason jars gives them that special kick, but I think they look that much more special. Great hub with great ideas.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 07, 2014:

Thanks, Eddy!

vandynegl, thanks! How nice to get sugar scrub gifts. You're right that adding candies or other small gifts to mason jars and decorating the lids is so creative and easy. Glad you enjoyed!

vandynegl from Ohio Valley on January 07, 2014:

These are all awesome ideas! I got a few sugar scrub gifts this year and thought they were great! I like just adding various candies/gifts into mason jars and decorating the lid. It is so easy and creative too! Thanks for sharing the great ideas!

Eiddwen from Wales on January 07, 2014:

A great idea here so voting up ,across and sharing.

Eddy.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 06, 2014:

Crystal, you're right that many people do really appreciate homemade gifts. Saving your own jars and using them as packaging is a great idea. I'm sure that people enjoyed your bath salts and soup mixes!

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on January 06, 2014:

Some great ideas here. I made bath salts and soup mix for Christmas gifts this year and used jars as packaging. I saved money by recycling applesauce and artichoke jars etc. just washing and tying a bow around the lid to spruce it up. It was very fun and I think people really appreciate a homemade gift. Sharing this hub.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 06, 2014:

Jamie, how cute!

Jamie Jensen from Chicago on January 06, 2014:

I love Mason Jar gifts! One of my students' moms made one for me filled with M&Ms and it had a cute little Teacher poem to go with it.

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 06, 2014:

Thanks, MsDora!

Suzie, you're all set now! I'm sure that your family will love your gifts. You are very welcome for the link. As soon as I thought of including beauty products in this article, I thought of you. I appreciate the feedback and the shares!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on January 06, 2014:

Hi Rose,

Another awesome collection from you! What a feast of ideas right up my street and I am looking for some unique ideas for my other half and family for Valentines this year and thin M&M's will feature for my man as he loves them!! Also American hard gums so think I will buy packets and transfer into these, THANKS!!

Appreciate so much the link, you are so thoughtful my friend!

Votes, shared and pinned, thanks so much for sharing more terrific ideas.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 06, 2014:

Great ideas! I love the cake in a jar and the chocolate mix, but they're all great. Thank you!

Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 05, 2014:

Thanks so much, NornsMercy! I love the candles, too, but I love sheet music, so I'm a little biased. :)

Thanks, Bill! I always appreciate your feedback. Happy New Year!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 05, 2014:

Nobody does these hubs better than you do Rose. Obviously I won't be doing this but I wanted to wish you a Happy New Year.

Chace from Charlotte, NC on January 05, 2014:

This is so cool. I LOVE mason jars! I really like how pretty those candles were with the sheet music on them. :)