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. 651
    Chrissy says:

    My favorite edible stocking stuffers are those great chocolate oranges that become common around christmas and ferrero rocher, they are so pretty and tasty. And I like getting and giving potholders because i always somehow destroy mine. And cookie cutters especially those pretty copper ones. I use the nonholiday themed all year round and like how they look on the shelf in their jar when not in use.

  2. 652

    My favorite stocking stuffer is a jar of Grade B New York State maple syrup, which I never buy for myself. Thankfully my parents still live in sugar country in Upstate New York, so my mom always remembers a jar of syrup for me! Mom also owns a home-goods store, so my stocking is usually stuffed with fun tea towels and holiday-themed dish towels too. I absolutely adore them!

  3. 653
    rita says:

    I am simple, my favorite edible is any kind of candy especially if it has hazelnuts (Baci and Toffifay). But now I am dreaming of a stocking filled with cheese.

  4. 654
    Yael says:

    My favorite edible stocking stuffers are chocolate Santa’s and marshmallow trees from See’s (http://www.sees.com/Cat.cfm/Christmas_Gifts) because these always showed up in our stockings when we were kids.

  5. 655
    keapdx says:

    My favorite stocking stuffer would be a Thermapen. Drat 🙂 didn’t win the drawing!

    But our traditional one is an orange. My folks grew up during the Great Depression and even though oranges are pretty ordinary now, once they weren’t. My dad (now 99) likes to tell about the first orange he ever had — a Christmas present given at Sunday School and how he took it home to share with his mother.

  6. 656
    Claire says:

    Edible: has to be a chocolate orange, lots of happy Christmas memories of the inventive ways I used to break apart when I was a kid.

    Culinary: I would love a funnel or other gadgets to make my canning process easier

    Merry Christmas!

  7. 657
    Chrissy says:

    My favorite edible Christmas gift to give or receive is thin mints, non-edible, you can never have too many silicone spatulas, in the smaller size.

  8. 658
    Tracy says:

    My favorite stocking stuffer is whatever my husband puts in there! From oranges to cookbooks, I am thrilled when he thinks of me! Secretly, I love dark chocolate anything.
    Happy everything!

  9. 659
    Nancy Ericsson says:

    My favorite edible stocking stuffer are Mozartkugel and my favorite culinary stocking stuffer is Zyliss Smoothglide Peeler.

  10. 660
    amber says:

    My favorite edible stocking stuffer is caramel, I have been tweaking and perfecting my caramel recipe for 8 years now 🙂 there is no end in site. If I ever feel that it is perfect I will probably become bored of cooking it.

  11. 661
    Jennifer says:

    Oh goodness, let’s see….

    Edible: I’d have to go with the Book ‘O Lifesavers. I get one every year in my stocking and has a ton of memories for me.

    Non-edible: Silicone spoonulas! I can never have enough. Hmmm, I wonder if a 4th-burner pot would fit in a stocking….

  12. 662
    Kathleen says:

    My favorite edible stocking stuffer is dark semi-sweet chocolate or Andes Mints. My favorite culinary stocking stuffer would be jars for storing dried herbs.

  13. 663
    Leah says:

    Edible: Homemade pickled green beans are such a treat this time of year.
    Culinary: I got my boyfriend a sweet spatula for his stocking this year. I’d like a good looking wine stopper.

  14. 664
    Liz says:

    I’d have to say my favorite edible stocking stuffer is anything with chocolate, as long as it’s the good stuff like Lindt, Dove, Turtles, etc.
    I’d really like to get a silicon spatula as a stocking stuffer.

  15. 665
    Jodi says:

    For stockings this year the men in my life are getting refrigerator pickles and the ladies, pear/vanilla jam and cantaloupe /vanilla jam. Hard to part with these yummies but I love my family more!

  16. 666
    Kari says:

    I love putting homemade candy in the stocking although this year I am a bit obsessed with cake lollypops. For tools I am a fan of wooden spoons in the stockings.

  17. 667

    edible gift would be smoked nuts inedible gift would be wooden spoon or spatula

  18. 668
    Fawn says:

    I like Toblerone bars in my stocking stuffer 🙂

  19. 669
    laura ramey says:

    Maple sugar leaf candies

  20. 670
    Sarah says:

    I LOVE toffifee chocolates, and culinary…hmmmm, I think I would like a nice garlic press.

  21. 671
    Abigail says:

    Hmmm… edible gift? Sea salt of some form, I think. If not that, bread. Any kind. Or granola – a definite classic.

  22. 672
    Teri says:

    Haven’t had a stocking in a long time now but would love to find a jar of maple cream in one! Yum. Thanks!

  23. 673
    Shakila says:

    My favorite edible gift are homemade rice krispie treats. Always a crowd pleaser!

  24. 674
    Kendra K. says:

    My favorite edible stocking stuffer is Hershey’s kisses. My grandma used to put them in pretty little boxes in my stocking as a kid.

  25. 675
    Betsy says:

    My favorite stocking stuffer has been chocolate covered figs…. yummy. And any new tool would be great to get.

  26. 676
    kerry says:

    Chocolate mint bells that were discontinued.

  27. 677
    Emily M says:

    Something that’s both useful and decorative, like little Anthropologie measuring spoons.

  28. 678
    Danielle says:

    Edible: sea-salt caramels
    Culinary: microplane (it has changed my life, I love to share the goodness)

  29. 679
    Kris says:

    My brother-in-law looks forward to a jar of my spicy pickled carrots in his stocking. It’s a pleasure to see his happy face when he opens it.

  30. 680
    Clare says:

    Edible-Chocolate oranges
    Culinary- sturdy, pretty cup measurers

  31. 681
    Sherry says:

    edible would be chocolate, culinary would be spatula

  32. 682
    Susan L says:

    My favorite edible stocking stuffer would be mini peanut butter cups – love those things! And my favorite culinary stocking stuffer would be a zester.

  33. 683
    Kelley S. says:

    edible would be Reese’s peanut butter cups in the shape of Christmas trees
    culinary would be a flat wire whisk

  34. 684
    Kim Davis says:

    remember those chocolate oranges you used to thump on the bottom, and then they’d fall into little segments? I loved those things! culinary stocking stuffer would be an Oxo vegetable peeler – everyone has those horrible metal ones, and they’re invariably about 20 years old and dull as cardboard.

  35. 685
    1st Man says:

    Hmm, edible I would have to say anything chocolate, probably chocolate truffles the most. As for culinary, definitely wooden spoons. You can never have too many of those, ha.

  36. 686
    Jen says:

    Coconuts!

    I have no idea why it’s a tradition in my family, but it’s an awesome one.

  37. 687
    Kathy says:

    My favorite edible stocking stuffer is chocolate… as kids we always got those chocolate oranges and my heart still has a fondness for them. winterwrens at gmail dot com

  38. 688
    Jennifer says:

    I’d love to have home made marshmallows for my edible stocking stuffer and my culinary stocking stuffer would be a Japanese mandoline!

  39. 689
    joyceAnna says:

    I like to give dark chocolate candies from our local chocolate shop, Aunt Charlotte’s( it’s in Merchantville, NJ)

  40. 690
    Robert B says:

    To give, I like to include the small 4 oz jars of a canned jam. I opened a jar of jam that did not set and had it with yogurt…mmmmm. So I may be giving some of those this year…all by design of course 😉

  41. 691
    kim says:

    Edible would be dark chocolate covered nuts. Culinary would be the mason jar covers! ! I love all the different types! 😉

  42. 692
    Mara says:

    My favorite edible stocking stuffer is my childhood favorite from Grandma: walnuts in the shell! Favorite non-edible would be silicone jar openers.

  43. 693
    Marika says:

    Edible: chocolate of any kind.
    Culinary: the last few years my dad has been finding a two for one deal on knives at Macy’s and has gotten my mom and I each a really nice knife in our stocking. New rubber scrapers are also a favorite.

  44. 694
    jenna! says:

    I love chocolate covered cherries in my stocking, also those gummy life saver packs. I’ve never really given or received any culinary stocking stutters but I bet a nice set of chopsticks would be a good one!

  45. 695
    Wendy says:

    My favorite stocking stuffer to give others is the Kuhn Ricon Vegetable peeler.
    I love to receive small packages of loose teas chosen especially for me.

  46. 696
    Julie says:

    My favorite stocking stuffer gift was the actual stocking! My husband used oven mitts as a stocking one year! Still use them 🙂

  47. 697
    Leslie says:

    OMG…I thought we were the only household in the country that puts Pocky in the stockings!

  48. 698
    Taleah says:

    I likegiving Violet Crumble, an Aussie candy bar, in stockings!

  49. 699
    Jenny says:

    Edible: chocolate (Lindt or homemade fudge)
    Culinary: microplane zester

    But, really, I’d be pleased with ANY edible or culinary gifts!

  50. 700
    Jeanna Akey says:

    edible is either dark chocolate covered cranberries or those little tins from Republic of Tea to try out new flavors.
    Non edible is mini spatulas, or mini tins of seasonings to try out.
    (I love mini things so you can find a new fav without having to buy a huge size)