10 DIY Last-Minute Gifts in a Jar

Last year I shared with you my holiday gift guide for foodies, and although this list can still help you out when you have some holiday stress about what to buy, this year I wanted to change things up a bit. It can be easier, cheaper, and more personal. I’m a die-hard fan of gifts in a jar. They are the best! I’ve got 10 DIY last-minute gifts in a jar that make great presents for family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, or just about anyone….

DIY Food Gifts

Homemade vinaigrette

Any salad can become incredible with the right dressing, so give the gift of yummier salads. One that I really love is this ‘’Raspberry Thyme Vinaigrette’’, but then with a little twist on the recipe.

You will need:

  • 4-5 fresh raspberries
  • a pinch of dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup (or honey if it does not have to be vegan)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (avocado oil is also tasty)

Put everything into a jar and shake well. The vinaigrette will keep for 3-5 days in the fridge, but will last longer without the raspberries. You can also use different fruits, vinegars, and oils of course.


Who doesn’t love homemade jam? Strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blueberries…Pick whatever is available to you or use the frozen version. This jam only contains a few ingredients since it’s naturally sweetened. The chia seeds thicken the jam, but also add protein and omega-3 fatty acids. If you want to make things really fancy and festive add some warming spices such as ginger or cinnamon. Or what about some extra sweetness with a pinch of vanilla?

Homemade Fudge Sauce/ date paste

This is always a pleaser for the ones with a sweet tooth! My recipe for the best sweetener paste ever (date paste). It contains 2 ingredients and takes about 5 minutes to make. Change it up by adding maybe some cinnamon, peppermint extract, a little raspberry jam, almond or hazelnut extract.

How to make Date Paste

A ”Nutella” Jar

This list would of course not be complete without pleasing the chocoholics too. This healthy version of Nutella is always a good idea. I long for Christmas days just because I know I will be making quite a few jars of Nutella to give away and I will of course not forget to make a few for myself. Or what about these delicious ”Ferrero Rocher” balls? Yum!

Healthy vegan Nutella chocolate spread “Ferrero Rocher” Black Bean Chocolate Truffles

DIY Snack Gifts in a Jar

Because who doesn’t love snacks?

Loving Lately #3

Popcorn kernels with a homemade seasoning blend

Nutritional yeast sprinkled on top of your popcorn is such a good match. You can make a little blend of:

  • 4 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

It’s very addictive and gives the popcorn a slightly “cheesy” flavor. And this mixture in combination with popcorn is also a true hit!

Nutritional Yeast Super Mix

DIY Breakfast Gifts in a Jar

Chunky Granola

For those who can appreciate something on the healthier side, give the gift of a healthy breakfast or snack. It’s very versatile and super delicious! Put it in a pretty jar and don’t forget to make a batch for yourself too!

healthy quinoa granola chunks

Breakfast cookies

I had these cookies for breakfast a few times while I was traveling so I know these stay crunchy and yummy for a long time. The perfect gift for a healthy breakfast- and snack foodie.

Hazelnut Chia Cookies

DIY Beauty Gifts in a Jar

Lip scrub

The winter holiday season is for most of us a colder season so a good lip scrub is always a great idea and very easy to make.


If you really want to show of you can even make a personal lip color exactly in the shade you want to create for that special person.

how to make your own natural lipstick

Dry shampoo

If you’re looking for a gift for a holistic beauty queen that is trying to cut down on the chemicals in her life and/or is trying to wash her hair less often, this home made dry shampoo is a great gift!

DIY dry shampoo

What are your go-to last minute gifts?


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