Handcrafted Holiday

A few fun gift ideas to celebrate the season

Christmas gift boxes and fir tree on beige background

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If spending hours scouring store shelves or browsing countless websites for the perfect gift for everyone on your list seems daunting, opt for a more personalized approach: a handmade gift.

DIY mason jar gifts can be easy and affordable solutions when gift lists are running long but time is running short. Plus, crafting something for loved ones this holiday can show them how much you care.

From canning and crafting to storage, drinkware, and even gardening, Ball Honeybee Keepsake Jars can be used in many ways, including creating simple yet endearing homemade gifts.

Available in sets of four, the versatile, BPA-free jars come with bands and SureTight lids that seal for up to 18 months, making them perfect containers for hand-crafted holiday gifts like this Holiday Cookie Mix Jar, which features all the ingredients needed to bake a batch of cookies even Santa couldn’t resist. Or share the joy of the season with Handmade Holiday Snow Globes that allow the recipient to shake up a little Christmas spirit anytime they desire.

Homemade Holiday Snow Globes
Homemade Holiday Snow Globes

Homemade Holiday Snow Globes

All You Need:

  • Ball Honeybee Keepsake Jars
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Foam cubes
  • Plastic holiday-themed figurines
  • Glycerin
  • Water
  • Red, green, or blue glitter


Remove lids from jars. Using a hot glue gun, glue foam cubes to the inside of the lids, then glue figurines to foam cubes. Place 1 Tbsp. of glycerin in jars, then fill them with water. Sprinkle glitter in jars. Seal jars by placing lids over the mouths of jars and screwing rings onto lids. Flip jars over so figurines are right side up. Shake for the snow globe effect.

Holiday Cookie 
Mix Jar
Holiday Cookie Mix Jar

Holiday Cookie Mix Jar

All You Need:

  • 1 Ball Honeybee Keepsake Jar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • Crushed walnuts
  • Crushed pecans
  • White chocolate chips
  • Holiday-themed bow


In a jar, layer granulated sugar and brown sugar. In a bowl, mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to jar on top of brown sugar. Then layer crushed walnuts, crushed pecans, and white chocolate chips. Seal, then wrap the top of the jar, just below the lid, with a holiday-themed bow.

Find more DIY holiday gift ideas at ballmasonjars.com.  

Read more about Holiday Gifting here on Living Magazine: CLICK HERE

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