Holiday Giving: Gifts for Jar Lovers

Weck Jars

Last week, I wrote about some of my favorite canning tools and the reasons they might just make good holiday gifts for the canners in your lives. This week I want to feature some of the odds and ends that aren’t canning necessities  but make a jar-filled life a little bit prettier and more fun (of course, I intended to get this posted on Monday, but that knock-out flu I had has put me behind in my posting. So sorry!).

First on the list is Weck Jars. They’re good for canning, for dry goods storage, and if you spring for a set of snap-on plastic lids, they make fantastic leftover containers. Because they’re a bit pricier than your average box of jars, they’re an indulgence, but isn’t that what the holiday season is all about? Once hard to find, they’re now available for online order from the U.S. distributor, Kaufmann Mercantile and Mighty Nest, and in Williams-Sonoma and Crate & Barrel stores.

Enamel ladle

For someone who has all their jar needs met, what about a pretty ladle? It’s good for filling your jars, scooping up servings of soup and chili and it looks fab sticking out of a crock of utensils. Available from Kaufmann Mercantile, it costs $32 and would be fun tucked in a stocking.

stainless steel funnel

I love my stainless steel funnel. The one I have is made by RSVP and I use it all the time. Not only is it useful during the canning process, but it’s also great for filling jars with dried goods and helping pour leftover soup into storage jars. I even take it to Whole Foods with me when I use my own container for bulk foods, because it allows me to funnel the food into my jars cleanly.

If I didn’t already have a stainless steel funnel, I might opt for this one, because it has a strainer that can fit into the base should you need it. That would be an awesome helper for those moments when you find yourself pouring stock into jars and want to do a final strain.

jar drink toppers

Drink toppers are another fun gift for jar lovers. I’ve written about these a lot lately, so I won’t go into crazy depth about them, but they’re great. There’s Cuppow, EcoJarz, and a lid specifically for iced coffee from the Mason Bar Company (they’ll also sell you a straw if you want a plastic one. I like these stainless steel babies better).

jar cozy!

Once you turn your mason jar into a drinking cup, you need something to absorb the moisture and heat. That’s where a jar cozy or sleeve comes in. There are so many different Etsy shops making these. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Mason Bar Company (cute hand-crocheted cozies from the folks who sell the drink lids mentioned above).
  • Greyslater (sleek waxed canvas sleeves).
  • Fine + Dandy Knits (hand-knit cozies made from organic cotton, pattern is available).
  • One Robin Road (charming cozies made from recycled sweaters. No two are alike).
  • Cadron Creations (hand-crocheted cozies made to fit a variety of sizes, including the newly reissued pint &  half jars).
  • Two Tired Bike (mason jar sleeves made from recycled bike inner tubes. Great for jar lovers who adore their two wheeled transportation).
  • Hide and True (hand-stitched leather sleeves. Spendy, but gorgeous).
  • The Stowe (another leather sleeve, this time with a built-in handle).

lunch tote

Finally, the ultimate gift for jar loves is the Jars to Go tote from A Tiny Forest. Since I first wrote about the original two-jar bag, Kim has expanded the offerings in her shop to include a four-jar bag and single sleeves that fasten up over the top of the jar (perfect for packaging up super-special gift jars).

And since no gift guide is complete without a giveaway, here’s what I have for you today. There are two giveaway packs and we’ll have two winners. The first is from Kaufmann Mercantile and consists of a six-pack of 1/4 L straight-side Weck Jars and that lovely white enamel ladle pictured above. The second is a four-jar Jars to Go tote from A Tiny Forest in Kim’s signature blue-striped fabric (like this one).

Here’s how to get in on the giveaway:

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me about your favorite edible or culinary stocking stuffer (my favorite edible stocking stuffer is Pocky and my favorite culinary stocking stuffer is this little microplane nutmeg grater).
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Saturday, December 8, 2012. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday.
  3. Giveaway open US residents only.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post. I cannot accept submissions via email.
Disclosure: Kaufmann Mercantile sent me the ladle seen above for photography purposes. Kaufmann Mercantile and A Tiny Forest have both provided the giveaway items at no cost to me. No vendor mentioned above paid for placement. 

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724 Responses to Holiday Giving: Gifts for Jar Lovers

  1. 601
    Jean says:

    My favorite edible stocking stuffer would be Cherry Mash; favorite culinary stocking stuffer is the stainless steel bar you use to wash the onion and garlic smell off of your hands, tied with crocheted cotton dishcloths. (I like these so well I may have to learn to crochet!)

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    Mom aka the evil dictator says:

    My favorite edible stocking stuffer is Ghirardelli Peppermint Bark with Dark Chocolate. Non-edible would be the “dangly” earrings my kids always give me.

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    Trish B says:

    Homemade needhams.

  4. 604
    Ecentipede says:

    The best culinary small gift–vanilla beans! I also love to put up lots of 4oz jars to gift, one, two, three at a time.

  5. 605
    Mary Beth Hunt says:

    Favorite edible is Fudge! And I love anything shiny in my stocking…..electronics, jewelry………car keys….. 🙂

  6. 606
    Tricia says:

    Edible? Used to love getting the lifesavers story book! And my favorite culinary item was my microplane zester!

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    Victoria says:

    My fave culinary stocking stuffer is Penzey’s vanilla extract and one of their many cinnamons (I like their most recent edition which is a blend of several cinnamons a lot! A little bit spicy, a little bit soft, very fragrant…) . I put these two items in the stockings of the bakers in my family. Hot chocolate mixes are another favorite and homemade salts, especially rosemary salt.

  8. 608
    Jesse M says:

    I think my new favorite stocking stuffer is going to be glass dharma straws, I just love them and think everyone should have them 🙂

  9. 609
    Doris says:

    I like to get Amond Roca…or even more special, Macadamia Nut Roca.

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    Aghavni J. says:

    I love giving pretty dish towels as stocking stuffers. I found some with all kinds of canning jars on them – giving to my jam making cousin.

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    Melody says:

    My favorite gift to give not receive is the look of joy on a persons face when they see any home canned or baked goody they get from my kitchen…it is priceless to me to see their expression and thankfulness set on their expression and in their eyes.

  12. 612
    Roze says:

    Love this post! Thanks for sharing it with us!
    Over the last four years, I’ve been making homemade mustard and put them in the little 4-oz. jars, so they make great stocking stuffers or office gifts for co-workers. They are also starting to be ‘wished for’ by those who’ve received them in the past several Christmases.

  13. 613
    themarketgirl says:

    So funny- the microplane is my favorite, too! I use it for nutmeg, lemon zest, parm, etc.
    My favorite edible treats are Rosemary Brown Sugar Walnuts from 101 Cookbooks. Yum!

  14. 614
    Anna B says:

    My favorite stocking stuffer would be a variety of loose leaf teas and the new tea pot from Davids Tea that you put loose leaf tea in and it disperses the tea through the bottom when placed on a cup.

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    Heidi Burrows says:

    Oh my favorite culinary has to be a wine opener and the best edible… anything chocolate but I really like those Terry Chocolate Oranges –

  16. 616
    Lorinda says:

    My favorite edible stocking stuffer is Almond Roca. My culinary item is a metal pasta spoon. While visiting “back home” a few years ago while my soldier husband was deployed I cooked at everyone’s house. It drove me crazy that no one had a pasta spoon! That year each family received one along with some of the recipes I prepared that they had enjoyed.

  17. 617
    Kate says:

    My favorite is definitely OXO tongs.

  18. 618
    Michele Albert says:

    I love getting dark chocolate and a wine opener!

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    Maria Yerton says:

    I love this dark chocolate fudge with caramel & sea salt on it. My favorite non-edible gifts are gift cards to my favorite places so I can use them whenever I want & get exactly what I want/need.
    Hope you are feeling better!

  20. 620
    Summer says:

    One of my favorite stocking stuffers ever was a tiny heat proof silicone spatula. I thought it was kind of silly at the time, but I’ve used it way more than I thought I would. You don’t always need a huge spatula, especially with 2 people. I have been coveting Weck jars for a while…. Also any nice teas in a stocking are a nice break from all the sweets around xmas.

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    nelle says:

    Clememtines + powdered sugar shaker.

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    Elizabeth says:

    dark chocolate and sea salt covered almonds

  23. 623

    My favorite stocking stuffer is little jars of brandied cherries I steep in July. I’m from Michigan, the nation’s cherry capitol, and it’s great to give a local food gift.

  24. 624
    amy says:

    We love to give homemade items! Favorites include hot pepper jelly and vanilla extract.

  25. 625
    Meghan says:

    I love anything chocolate in my stocking and I think those cute porcelain measuring spoons as a stocking stuff would be awesome.

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    Sara Pratt says:

    My favorite edible stocking stuffer is mini Christmas reeses pb cups!

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    jude says:

    When my children were little their favorite stocking stuffers were the little boxes of junky cereal because that was the only time they got it. Back then, they were lined so you could open the perforations, pour the milk and eat the sugary stuff right out of the box.

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    Claire says:

    My mom always put 100% maple sugar candies from Vermont in our stockings, and I looked forward to them every year. Now she and I both live a ways away from Vermont, so I don’t get them anymore.

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    Rebecca says:

    There is usually a Toblerone in my stocking…

  30. 630
    Tara says:

    My favorite edible stocking stuffer is chocolate, for eating and drinking. As for culinary stuff, this year I’m hoping for a new pancake flipper and a bread knife. That ladle would be lovely too.

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    Kyle says:

    Maybe a pocket thermapen? That would be my ideal, though pricey, stocking stuffer. It’s the right size at least!

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    Lisa Wright says:

    My favorite stocking stuffer candy is dark chocolate almond turtles and I like to put nice wooden spoons in my daughters stocking.

  33. 633
    Teresa says:

    I live most of the year in the UK so for Christmas I give out Cadbury and McVitie’s biscuits

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    Cece says:

    Favorite culinary stuffer is glass straws! I love those things! Favorite edible is 4oz jars of caramel sauce 🙂

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    Elizabeth says:

    I love the Oxo mini measuring cups as stocking stuffers. Perfect to measure up to 4 Tbs.

  36. 636
    Beth says:

    Our tradition is a Terry’s Chocolate Orange in every stocking.

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    Justine V. says:

    My local spice house makes a blend called “Vulcan Fire Salt” that is divine on popcorn or in bloody mary’s. I’m excited to try it in my homemade v12 juice next year!

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    kristin says:

    my favorite stocking stuffer to give is something homemade, my favorite to receive is jewelry from my sister, she has great taste!

  39. 639
    Tami says:

    My favorite edible stocking stuff is Mallo bars (my mom is from PA, near Hershey, and these were always a treat from Grandma) and my favorite culinary stocking stuffer is a tiny strainer, just right for sauces and gravys that are still just a little lumpy…
    BTW – anyone ever can Jezebel Sauce? I’ve found lots of recipes but they are all for the refrigerator.

  40. 640
    ashley c says:

    While its to large to fit in a stocking i got a coffee burr last year from a canning friend and I use it for everything but coffee. Mostly spices or grains I want into flour.

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    Andria says:

    My favorite edible stocking stuffer is the traditional walnuts and clementine that Santa leaves in the toe of the stocking. The clementine just tastes so great after a day filled with decadent treats and flavorful meals and of course the walnuts are just fun to crack out of their shells!

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    Alexis Mowat says:

    Hmmm. Truffles are a great stocking stuffer 🙂 Handmade ones too! I also like to give friends vanilla syrup and some locally roasted coffee beans.

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    courtney weimer says:

    In my stocking is usually lindt white Chocolate truffles. And my culinary stutter would be new wooden spatulas or fun dish towles(love them!)

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    edward magel says:

    Love those mini bottles of interesting liquors, and really good vegetable peelers.

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    Andrea Ronco says:

    Favorite edible andies candies and inedible would have to be any new handy gadget for my kitchen last year was my ceramic paring knife

  46. 646

    Chocolate Santa. There has to be one in each stocking, every year, because that’s his calling card!

  47. 647
    Joanna says:

    My favorite edible stocking stuffer is pretty much any kind of chocolate.

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    Denise W says:

    This year, the favorite will be the fresh roasted coffee from our local Cabin Coffee Co., who has developed “Honor Blend” as a great fundraiser for my Boy Scout Troop here in Mason City, Iowa. Thanks for sharing your gifts!

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    Sophia says:

    My favorite edible stocking stuffer is any kind of chocolate, and my favorite culinary stocking stuffer would have to be wooden spoons, you can never have too many wooden spoons.

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    J. C. Wolfgram says:

    My favorite edible stocking stuffer is my daughter’s Spiced Blueberry Jam!