3 Awesome DIY Mason Jar Gifts For Christmas

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Bernardin®. All opinions are 100% mine.

Who doesn't love getting a handmade gift for the holidays?! I've always loved receiving handmade gifts because they feel so special and thoughtful. This year, I decided to make our own gifts for our friends and family and I am so glad that I did because it is so fun and easy! Pro tip: make ahead and keep some on hand for when someone comes over and surprises you with a gift.

I love the idea of mason jar gifts because they are adorable and so homey. We used Bernardin® canning jars because they are a tried-and-true brand in our home. We use them for canning, storage, and even drinking glasses! They are beautiful and rustic making the perfect container for your DIY gifts. Also, the new smooth sides of Bernardin®jars really show off your gift. You can buy them at Canadian Tire. You will need to buy a 250ml pack for these gifts.

We have also teamed up to offer an awesome giveaway where one lucky winner will receive a $500 Gift Card to Canadian Tire to try these out yourself! To enter just comment below with your own handmade gift idea! *Open to Canadian residents only*

These gifts are all so simple and quick to make. I got my toddler involved in making these gifts which turned it into such a fun experience!Here are three DIY mason jar gifts that your friends and family are sure to love! Each recipe fills about three 250ml Bernardin®Canning jars.

1. Gingerbread Playdough.

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Kids love play dough and it's such a great sensory activity. This playdough smells amazing and my toddler had a blast making little gingerbread man "cookies" out of it. This is a gift that children will love. Here's how to make it:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of salt

  • 2 cups of flour

  • 4 tbsp of cream of tartar

  • 4 tbsp of pumpkin pie spice

  • 2 cup of boiling water

  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil

  • 5 drops of orange essential oil (optional; I love the smell of orange during the holidays)

Procedure:

Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Mix together all of the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the oils to the boiled water. Slowly mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients. It will be hot so be careful. Let cool completely.

Put your finished play dough into your jars and decorate with a label and some ribbon. I used a cookie stamp to stamp the top of the play dough before putting on the lid. Include a little cookie cutter for an awesome package of play!

2. Candy Cane Bath Salts.

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I think that everyone needs an excuse to take a relaxing bath. These bath salts are dreamy and peppermint is a serious stress reliever! Make sure to only use essential oils that you trust. I can't wait to give these out to my friends and family! These are insanely easy to make. Here's how to make them:

Materials needed:

  • 3 cups epsom salts

  • 1 cup baking soda

  • 15-20 drops peppermint essential oil (you can use more or less if you wish)

  • 1 tbsp of almond oil or another carrier oil

  • 3-4 drops of red food colouring (if you want to do the candy cane effect)

Procedure: 

Mix everything together in a large bowl. Put half of the mixture into another bowl and add a few drops of food colouring. Layer for the candy cane effect.

Add your bath salts to the jar, put on a cute label, and add a scoop.

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3. Homemade Caramel Sauce.

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Okay SO, this caramel sauce is amazing and great for adding to ice cream, deserts, or to dip apple slices in. It is an old family recipe that my mother used to make on fondue night (when will fondue nights be a thing again?!) and i've since adapted it into my Christmas baking. The recipe is simple:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter

  • 4 cup sugar

  • 2 cup of water

  • 4 tbsp of flour

  • 2 cup of cream

Procedure:

Stir butter and sugar on low in a large saucepan until the butter has melted. It's best to use the largest pan you have as it will rise a lot while it is boiling. In a bowl, combine the water, flour, and cream and add to the saucepan. Stir over low until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil stirring constantly until boiling. Stop stirring and let boil until you see it turn amber in colour. Remove from heat and let cool completely.

Once cool, you are ready to put it into the jars. Add a nice ribbon and label with a little spoon on the side! *Keep refrigerated.

I hope you guys have as much fun creating these as we did!

Merry Christmas!

*Don’t forget to comment below with a handmade gift idea to be entered to win the contest*

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