I absolutely love all of the fun mason jar gift ideas rolling around pinterest lately… I mean anything in a mason jar is completely my jam! From brownie mix to cute little snow-globes anything is cuter in a jar.
Of course, when it comes to Christmas my very first thought is “CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!” Usually followed by “I have absolutely no idea what to get that person”. So this year I thought I would put together four quick and easy mason jar gift ideas for anyone on your list.
Hopefully one of these cute little jars is the perfect gift idea for that one picky guy (or gal) on your list. If you’re looking for even more Christmas in a Jar ideas you can look through any of the other fun projects down below!
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It’s Day 8 and we are sharing Christmas In A Jar Ideas!
Artist in a Jar
A virtual smorgasbord of fun art supplies is the perfect gift for anyone with a love of art. It’s basically stress relief in a jar! Depending on the recipients hobby’s you could fill your jar with graphite pencils for drawing or tools for putting together little model buildings. If you’re not sure here are my favorite supplies for just about any project: pens and pencils and markers OH MY!
1 Tombow Dual Brush Lettering Pens – These little pens pack a big punch. They are dual tipped so you can write, draw or practice calligraphy with these babies. They’re great for allllll kinds of crafts. Especially hand lettering which is a great hobby to get into with all of the free online resources these days.
2 Paint Brushes – Even if you have a million paint brushes (which I do!) it’s always nice to have a new set… since most artists use there brushes until they die. A new, bright and shiny set of brushes is like an entire world full of opportunities.
3 Arteza Watercolor Markers – The best part of watercolor paints is there blend-ability but the worst part is there portability. These watercolor markers are the best of both worlds. With a water pen they can still be blended and with enough brush strokes the pigment can be built up… which means these are basically watercolors in a pen. Which is amazing for the artist on the go… or the artist who doesn’t want to clean up a little paint pallet every time they pull out paint for a quick project.
4 Arteza Fine Line Markers – These markers have vibrant colors but thin lines so they’re great for drawing or lettering. They even work beautifully with the arteza watercolors so that you can get the perfect look on each and every project.
5 Arteza Watercolor Paints – If you love watercolors a new set is always a wonderful gift. Watercolors are a fun medium and so easy to play with. Win Win!
Aquarium in a Jar
If you’re looking for a fun and unique gift a little Betta fish is the perfect option! They’re easy to take care of and require little up-keep. If your friend loves animals this is a sure fire crowd pleaser. Plus the little fish are so much fun to pick out!
1 Fish Flakes – A good fish flake is the staple of most fishes diet. Of course, there are probably plenty of good options out there but I’ve found these Tetra Tropical Color Flakes to work well for my Betta fish and tropical fish.
Of course, if you’re looking for a little something extra a jar of dried bloodworms are the perfect treat for a betta fish… they absolutely love them!
2 Water Conditioner – Surprisingly most people don’t know that you can’t use regular tap water for your fish to live in. A little bottle of betta water conditioner is the perfect addition to a betta fish present. If you’re planning to add your betta fish to the larger mason jar (like in the photo above) from their little pet store cup make sure to add the appropriate amount of water conditioner to the jar first. Easy peezy lemon squeezy!
3 Aquarium Plant – Most fish don’t enjoy a completely empty tank… you can choose to decorate your fishes mason jar with sand and a plan or two before gifting it. OR you can add the plant(s) to the outside so the new fish mama (or daddy) can decorate their little tank themselves.
4 Fish Net – A little fish net to catch your little fish!
5 Betta Fish – This one is self-explanatory… if you’re giving someone a fish you have to include the fish! Of course, if you are gifting a fish to someone with a larger aquarium the mason jar can serve as a holding tank for transport (and gifting) but if you are giving someone a fish that doesn’t have a larger tank already set up a betta is the perfect solution.
Betta’s can live in a small(er!) space than normal fish and don’t require a filter or heater. They’re the perfect desktop, beginner fish and they come in beautiful colors.
Just a tip… even if your friend does have a larger aquarium if you’re not educated about fish buying a fish for that aquarium may not be a great idea… there are lots of different fish that just can’t live together.
6 Large Mason Jar – When it comes to a Betta fish the absolute smallest tank you should provide is a gallon… although they come in little jars in the pet store they shouldn’t stay in such conditions long term. I absolutely love this little Ball Mason Jar since it holds a gallon of water but isn’t quite as impersonal as a square tank.
Of course, bigger is always better (2.5 gallons is perfect!) but for a gift a gallon jar won’t take up as much space in a new place. Just remember that if you’re using a mason jar you need to drill a few holes in the top so that oxygen can move in and out of the jar.
Handyman in a Jar
If your looking for the perfect gift for Mr. or Mrs. Fix it then a little mason jar filled with fun tools is the perfect gift. Feel free to add whatever tools you think they’d like (perhaps a bunch of new drill bits if they’re always snapping one off!). Here’s a fun list of staples that are always handy to have around the workroom:
1 Power Drill Scrub Brush – Okay you can hardly see this little guy behind all the other goodies but it’s just what it says it is… a scrub brush that attaches to your power drill. It works wonders to clean grout and get into all those little nooks and crannies. It’s also great to really get the gunk off a work-in-progress in the workshop.
2 Magnetic Light – This little light is super powerful and super tiny… so it’s the perfect addition to any handyman’s arsenal. The bottom has a built in magnet so that you can attach it to a work bench (or any metal surface) easily and the top has a clip so you can hang it up when your working. Basically it will stick just about anywhere and it’s small enough to light up all the weird little places you just can’t see.
3 Clamps – Let’s face it clamps are always a good idea. You really can’t have enough of them… they’re like extra hands. A few extra clamps are a great addition to the work bench.
4 Superglue – There are two facts of superglue… you’ve either just run out of some or yours is allllll dried up because someone left the cap off. Either way superglue is a great staple to have.
5 Ratcheting Screwdriver – Chances are the handygal (or guy) in your life already has a million screwdrivers but a ratcheting screwdriver is so. much. easier. It’s like a shortcut to life. PLUS this short handled screwdriver will let you get into all kinds of spaces.
6 Flexible Sandpaper – Any kind of sandpaper is pretty much a solid gift for a workroom but this super flexible sandpaper is perfect for sanding dowels or other fine detail work. It’s pliable like paper but tough enough to mean business. Plus it’s the kind of tool that mr. tough guy probably won’t buy himself. He’s still got the same piece of sandpaper he’s used for the last fifty years (does anyone else’s dad use the same five pieces of sandpaper over and over and over?).
Money in a JAR
1 Money!! – When in doubt everyone loves money! My brother suggested this one as a joke and I thought it was just fun enough to work. When you’re just not sure what to get your hard-to-buy for bestie (or father) a jar of cold hard cash should do the trick… and it’s much more fun than a crisp twenty.
Of course, if you really want to go for broke you could fill the jar up with a crisp roll of twenties… that would REALLY get there attention. Or maybe just quarters!
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