It brings up memories of helping in the kitchen, serves as a beverage glass when there are no clean dishes or becomes a makeshift vase for a surprise bouquet—it’s the humble Mason jar.

Mason jars have gone from containing pickles or canned peaches to serving in the realm of cocktail lounge as a martini glass or at 7-Eleven as a Slurpee server.

Jars—Mason or otherwise—are also the practical, inexpensive container for these easy-to-make gift ideas that students (and people who love students) will enjoy. The jar can come from your recycling collection and be recycled once the gift recipient has enjoyed the contents. And who doesn’t like to give or receive gifts of food—especially during the holiday season?

The Best Chai Tea Kit — This is tea-in-a-jar eye-candy. So spectacular in the jar, in fact, that no one will want to disturb the contents! But dare to open it and you will smell the warm spiciness of a sunny Indian market.

Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce — Made and jarred in an evening, this buttery sauce with vanilla tones will add seasonal cheer as a dip for pretzels or apple slices or as a topping for ice cream. For a decadent breakfast idea, try adding a blob on your morning granola.

Peanut Butter-Chocolate Blondies — Peanut butter and chocolate—this combo is one of the Seven Wonders of the World’s Flavours! As good-looking as it is tasty when made up, this gift will liven the taste buds. Yum!

Manhattan in a Jar — The perfect hip host or hostess gift might very well make you the life of the party! For the over-19 crowd, the sophisticated flavours of the Manhattan in a Jar will be sure to surprise, delight and warm the receiver on a cold winter’s night!

Homemade Nutella — Who’d have thought it could be homemade? Really good, made-by-you, chocolate and hazelnut spread in a jar. Good on crackers, French toast, pancakes, pretzels and even spread on apple slices. “Nutella” is perhaps the most versatile of flavour combinations and is a favourite for people of all ages.

Salty Olive Oil Granola — Sounds weird, but word of mouth says this is a really yummy twist on conventional granola. The spices are nice, and who doesn’t love maple syrup in the morning?

Brownie in a Jar is no exception. It even looks like a work of art in a jar.

Just the Marshmallows, Please! —This one is an assemblage only and requires no stove or special skills. Begin with a box of Lucky Charms cereal. (Yes, they still make it!) End up with a colourful jar of bright, sweet, sugary lumps to satisfy the inner child. Not for the faint of heart!

Spicy Pepper Vodka and Sriracha Salt — Another for-adults-only treat with the addition of a popular Asian hot sauce. To warm the grinchiest of grinches, be sure to warn about the sriracha heat and to let it go down slow. No gulping!

Quick Bread in a Jar — This chocolate chip oatmeal quick bread is a way to recycle your unreturned Avalon milk bottles. The amount makes a traditional-sized loaf, so it’s enough for a Boxing Day gathering.

You will find jar decorating and presentation ideas in some of the posts above, but if all else fails and you need more pointers, BRIT + CO have a few surprises to help you beautify your gift jars.

Submitted by Communications & Marketing