Holiday Giving: Prettifying Your Jars + Giveaway


Judging by Thanksgiving’s rapid approach and the number of Black Friday commercials playing on TV, we are now officially in the thick of the holiday season. This means that it’s time to start thinking seriously about gift giving.

In my household (and I suspect in many of yours as well), this means taking stock of the jams and pickles that are good enough to give and spending a little time trying to make them presentable (because my standard labeling method is a quick scrawl across the top of the lid).

Because my skills as a crafter and designer quite lousy (I have many other talents, but a visual artist I am not), I’ve taken to outsourcing my labels. Here are some folks that make lovely tags, labels, and stickers that will have you set for gift giving in no time.

Don’t forget to scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page to check out the giveaway! 

Once Upon Supplies

This sweet online shop offers brown kraft paper labels, hang tags, and fun washi tape. If these tickle your fancy, shopkeeper Linda is offering all Food in Jars readers 15% off their orders. Just us the coupon code FIJ15OFF.

River Dog Prints

RiverDog Prints makes customizable canning jar toppers and labels, as well as printable recipe cards, gift tags and even really cute recipe dividers (for those cards that you ordered). Shop owner Cyn isn’t just a designer, she’s also a canner herself, so she understands what works on a jar and what doesn’t. Her Etsy shop can be found here.

Sew Love The Day

For a touch of whimsey, nothing tops the hand-sewn jar toppers from Sew Love the Day. You can get them themed for your particular preserve, or you can get ones for the holidays that feature bows, baubles, and peppermint candies. They are even more adorable in person.

Modern Harvest Home Canning Labels

First off, I apologize for the lousy picture. These labels are hard to photograph not on jars and I could not muster the energy to shrink one to a jar earlier today (I’m fighting a bit of a cold). The way they work is that you write the contents on the label, as well as the month and date when the product was made. Then, you slip it around the jar and dip the jar, label and all into hot water.

The temperature change causes the label snug up around the jar, in a style reminiscent of Shrinky Dinks. Once you’ve eaten everything in the jar, all you have to do is slip a knife under the label, make a little slit and it pulls right off. Because there’s no glue involved, you never have to scrape any sticky residue away. They come in a variety of different sizes and cost $5.49 for 36. It’s a seriously good deal. Click here to see all the size and design options.

Jigsaw Graphics

Finally, for those of you who are slightly more crafty than I, this kit that allows you to customize your fancy labels might be the thing for you. These are made by Jigsaw Graphics, a company based in Portland, Oregon (my home town!) and are pretty darn nifty. The labels can be used either with permanent markers or with dry erase ones (if you want to reuse them). Click here to check out all the buying options.

The giveaway goodies:
Once Upon Supplies: 20 mason jar labels, atching baker’s twine, and 20 gift tags.
RiverDog Prints: A collection of labels and tags.
Sew Love The Day: Your choice of three sets of six toppers.
Modern Harvest: A variety pack of labels.
Jigsaw Graphics: Jar kit with labels, tags, markers, and hemp string.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share how you label your jars for gifting.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Friday, November 23, 2012. Winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog over the weekend.
  3. Giveaway open to US and Canadian residents.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post. I do not accept submissions via email.
Disclosure: These five vendors provided samples for review and photography, as well as units for giveaway. However, they did not pay to be included in this post and my opinions about their products were all my own. 

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492 responses to “Holiday Giving: Prettifying Your Jars + Giveaway”

  1. I always write the jam type and date on the lid in Sharpie, and I usually leave it at that. I may have stuck paper or fabric under a few rings, but nothing this nice looking.

  2. I usually think of myself as pretty “arts-and-crafts-y”, yet for some reason I’ve never dressed up my jars to give as proper gifts– I’m eager to move beyond the sharpie-on-the-lid stage!

  3. I put on a simple label printed in my own handwriting. It gives it a sincere, authentic feel vs a preprinted graphic that looks overly commercial at times.

  4. I give them away the same as I store them. They are labeled on the top and if I give them as gifts I usually do a side label too so they are easy to find and use.

  5. This will be the first year that I will give my canning away as gifts for Christmas and I found some nice “brown paper bag” avery round labels to put on the lids. I was thinking of asking a seamstress friend for “scrap” fabric to cut in squares and put under the lids too! <3

    Thanks so much for your inspiration to can and make them look good too!!!

  6. Usually just a quick note on the lid, but I recently got married and our wedding favors were a variety of canned goods. For the special occasion, I hand made little tags and ties that matched our invitations!

  7. Usually apply some decorative peel and stick labels that I attach to the lids (no icky adhesive that won’t come off the jars, and no question later whether or not it’s a used lid!), hand-writing the contents and the year. I also have some print-your-own sheets of tags like old luggage travel tags, one side with nice botanic illustration; cut out and tie on to the jar with raffia or nice cotton twine. More labor intensive, don’t do it often except when feeling in the mood! Love the idea of personalizing them when they’re gifts, though. Just for me? sharpie pen on the lid! 🙂

  8. I have plans for a hand stamped tag that I’ll tie around each jar. As a first year canner, I’m hoping to get this done in the next two weeks. All 50 of them. Phew, high hopes.

  9. If they are a gift or for the food swap I have started printing out circular labels on card stock using a free downloadable template that fit on the lid under the band. It’s much simpler than trying to tie labels around the jars last minute or using labels on the jars themselves that either never seem to offer enough room or don’t adhere neatly on different types of jars. Sometimes I embellish with a little illustration or hand-drawn pattern too!

  10. I do not do any cute labeling at all, I wish I did! I usually end up scribbling on the jar lid – not cute at all!

  11. I started off with grandiose plans of making cute labels and tags, but I made so many jars of jams and pickles that I couldn’t keep up. I just use a Sharpie on the lid. Not fancy, but it’ll have to do.

  12. Well, this is the first year that I’ve actually been confident enough to give my preserves away as gifts! So, I definitely need to figure out the labeling … so far it’s just been a Sharpie for the name/date on the lid! Love all these cute labels though!

  13. I also usually just label the lid with a sharpie. However, I’m looking for a better presentation since I,too, will be giving canned gifts this year.
    Thanks for the links!

  14. This is my first year canning so I am looking for ideas. I was thinking of some creative tags and some kind of creative box or bag to put the jars in.

  15. I design & print up labels, and use twine, ribbon, dehydrated fruit slices & little ornaments to jazz up my jars. Especially for gifting. I do small-batch & small-scale canning, so it isn’t a big complicated thing. I love doing it… it’s a nice surprise to take a pretty decorated jar out of the cupboard months later. But I would love some more materials!!

  16. honestly, i usually just write what kind of jam it is with a sharpie on the lid. if i’m feeling really fancy, i may tie some ribbon around the lid. these ideas are lovely and inspiring!

  17. I am actually relieved to find so many other Sharpie-on-the-lid people here. But I’d love to have the cute stuff…

  18. This is my first year canning. I want to make a better impression than Sharpie scrawls ! I sooooo need some fancy labels for my sisters’ jam gift baskets for Christmas ! Thanks !

  19. I’m really inspired to do something special with presenting my jams, sauce and salsa this year so that all that standing-infront-of-hot-stove-in-the-middle-of-summer-time is represented with creative labeling! Isn’t this the fun part?

  20. I just made applesauce and plan to can it tomorrow (wish me luck!). I have no idea how I’ll label them, but I have a bunch of printable labels that I use on cellophane bags when I give away biscotti.
    – Gayle

  21. When I am canning, I do quite a bit, and am tired by the time I get to labeling it, so it is Sharpie on the lid for me.

  22. I’ve yet to do anything beyond the sharpie on the lid as well. Actually, it’s an overhead marker, not even a sharpie…

  23. I make sure my scrawl on the lid is legible :/ I could really use some labels! I LOVE the sewn ones, but I would gladly make use of any and all of them.

  24. I usually design a label on the computer and then print them off onto label sheets…that or hand-draw a related sketch on the labels.

  25. I love the swen label. I use My husband makes the design and then using this site you can order label stickers in sheets of 10 that are very nice quality and look very professionl

  26. A Sharpie on the lid tells me the year and type of food. That is labeled immediately. For a gift I either put on a label with string around the jar or a label stuck to the jar. I am very creative, but somehow this does not ever transfer to decorating jars of jam.

  27. I love the way mom and grandma did it – just pretty fabric secured with the ring
    But I am loving all the new label styles – time to get inspired and update the look!

  28. I usually just write the contents and date with a sharpie on the lid but these images are both beautiful and inspiring — just in time for holiday gift giving!

  29. This year I’ve made a variety of ice cream toppings in little jars. My main way of gifting them is presentiung them in small baskets with the baskets decorated.

  30. Most often come combination of newspaper & fabric find their way onto our jars – that is if I’m not too lazy to just give others simply the jar with preserves. Sometimes I feel like the preserves speak for themselves.

  31. All my jars get labeled before they are put away. I use an Avery address label with the name, book I took the recipe/directions from, ingredients, processing time, and date. A few minutes on the computer and a whole page of readable labels are ready to use.

    Because of most jars texture they don’t go on wrinkle-free, but they usually come off in hot water. (If I don’t get the jars back who cares about label removal?) ;> For me, it is easier to see a label on the front of a jar than on the lid.

    I do use regular metal lids on the number of jars I plan on gifting because I’m in love with the reusable Tattler Lids. I know I’d rarely get them back, so I save them for my personal use.

    I do like the idea of fabric under the ring – maybe I’ll try that this year, and pretend I’m crafty.

  32. This is the first year I am giving away canned goods, so I don’t have a plan yet. Some of my jars have a “fancy” label on the side, and I thought of maybe doing fabric under the ring as well. I love all the great ideas above!

  33. For gifts, I usually cut up some card stock and write the contents and year. Sometimes I take the time to list ingredients as “made with homegrown blackberries, sugar, pectin, and love.”

  34. I’ve ordered a large package of brown kraft (round) labels for the tops of jars on the internet. I print out from the template. By having an on-going set of templates stored on my computer, I can print repeats easily or start a new product from a stored template. I’ve also bought “inventory tags” (the small ones) at office supply stores – really cheap. I tie these on with waxed twine (comes in large spools, also inexpensive). These are good when I want to put the ingredients on the label for gifting or recipe ideas.

  35. I make my own labels using printer sheets of sticker paper or of address labels. I find pictures I like through Google Images, alter them however I need, and add my own text. Once in a while I’ll go to the trouble of making tags from cardstock and tying them on the jars, but usually I just go with stickers of some sort.

  36. Usually I just write the name and date on the lid. I used to use the sticky labels, but they are a bear to remove. One year I actually cross-stitched a pretty design on Aida fabric, stuffed some batting between it and a round piece of thin cardboard and glued the fabric to the back of the cardboard. This was then slipped between the lid and the screw band. The only problem with that, was that people who used to give me back the jars for refilling didn’t want to give them back any more.

  37. Scrap yarn spruces up my jars with a combo of lid scrawl, kraft paper ‘circle’s on the lid, and some sweet labels from Paper Route Designs have been gracing my jars lately. Seriously, how great is it to swap homemade goods with folks for the holidaze? I love it.

  38. I usually top my jars with cut squares of modern print fabric and tie it off with colorful twine then I print on Avert round labels. I did a chevron print label last time listing what’s in the jar. Then I tie on pretty craft tags.

    Sometimes I draw my own labels and modge podge to the side and lid.

  39. I hand stamp titles and ingredients onto hand-cut labels with rubber stamps, and I cover the jar lids with calico culled from the scraps from when I was a professional quilt artist. If special instructions are necessary I add an old fashioned string tag with them. Different colors of modern calico for different things inside the jars makes it easier for me to tell which jarred treat is which.

  40. I usually use plain 2″ paper labels and write with a colored permanent marker when I need to dress them up a bit. Not too fancy but a nice uniform look, especially when you put a few different jars together. But I could really use this collection – the amount of jars I move over the holidays has gotten a bit overwhelming since I caught the canning bug!

  41. I once made a drawing on some plain paper, depicting the ingredients that went into the jar, but that’s the only time I’ve dressed up a jar. These would certainly dress up my gift jars!

  42. i would love to give this as a gift to my sister, she would love to make her jars look festive. I still don’t make enough to give way! 🙂

  43. I use adhesive labels with an image of what’s in the jar ghosted in the background of the name and date. Labeling the lids instead of the jars keeps me from scrubbing adhesive since the lids are re-used. Occasionally, I may add some ribbon or a tag cut with my Cricut, but for the most part not. I love some of these ideas though.

  44. I’m pretty caveman about it. Just scrawl a sticky label and slap it on. I got a bunch of them when my job moved offices a few years ago and cleaned out 20 years of office supplies!

  45. Last year I just let them stand on their own in little wooden boxes, although I did let the kids use the sharpies to fanci-fy the tops. This year I’d like to pretty them up more, though.

  46. I’ve taken to using a square of unbleached parchment paper or brown craft paper and then tying it up with some red and white ‘fancy’ twine. I like the way the parchment paper is a just a little bit glossy. I usually just write the contents on top. I actually have nice cursive penmanship…a little loopy!

  47. These are beautiful! I buy round address labels from an etsy seller, and get them with just a nice pattern and no text. They’re cute and nice to give away, but those little sewn labels are unbelievable!

  48. I like Martha Stewart’s brown kraft labels that I mini rubber stamp (think a pear for pear jam… although I do love my chicken stamp…!) & pretty ribbon or twine – sometimes a cellophane bag & a cute tag & ribbon does the trick too! But always a rubber stamp!!

  49. The truth is that I’m all about the scrawl on the lid, too. You’ve inspired me to pull out the scrapbooking supplies and be a bit more creative in the labels. Thank you!

  50. I generally use a sharpie marker on the lids….but all the other choices sure would jazz things up considerably.
    Thanks for opening this up to the Canadians!

  51. I sometimes use the ones that Ball sells, sometimes I just scribble on the lids…I have played around with print shop round stickers for the lids, but the writing is just too small. I would love to win this give away! Happy Thanksgiving.

  52. I just started canning this year, so I definitely don’t have a system yet…so far what I’ve given away wasn’t even labeled! 🙁

  53. I print out labels on the computer, fold them in half and punch a hole in the corner. Then I tie them on with butcher’s twine. These though, these are all just so much nicer looking!

  54. Labeling my jars is a constant conundrum. Usually I take a piece of twine and wrap it around the jar and attach to the twine a label I’ve made. It’s cute enough but isn’t exactly the right solution. Thanks for posting this! These are all really cute ideas!

  55. I am always trying to make my jars look pretty when I give them away as gifts, but alas, I am not crafty either! All the options you show are lovely! Thanks for showing us all these beautiful options!

  56. I label mine with white address labels that can be printed on the computer (I have terrible handwriting), I try to use a font color to match the season….or the food. Then I cut a square of festive fabric to place under the band. Finish it off with a matching ribbon around the band and it looks really cute.

  57. I haven’t yet, I’m a new canner and trying it out before I give any away as gifts. I love some of these ideas. The pear one is adorable!

  58. I haven’t yet, I’m a new canner and trying it out before I give any away as gifts. I love some of these ideas. The pear one is adorable!

  59. I found a great label that is very inexpensive. Martha Stewart has a wedding label that is about 2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide that already has a little hole in the corner for ribbon or twine. A pack of 40 is only a few dollars. I tie the label on the rim with the name and date I made the preserve and I put the ingredients on the back. I often have little old fashioned fabric hats on the jars too. I’d love to try some of the labels you suggested!

  60. I don’t usually do much. I try to write as neatly as possible on the labels that come with the jars, but then just stick the jars in some sort of bag.

  61. Wow! These look fantastic! I’m in dire need of some canning labels for a Christmas present! My Mum makes fabulous lemon curd, orange marmalade, pickled onions and pickled cabbage as Christmas goodies. I’m tired of making those same ol’ canning jar labels for her and also the night long soak it takes to get those boogers off! These would be absolutely perfect Ü Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!
    …my fingers are crossed…

  62. If I’m feeling fancy, I tie some colorful ribbon around the lid and use a Sharpie in some color other than black to write on the lid, but thats about it. Sad, I know. Those plastic shrinky labels are awesome.

  63. If I don’t plan ahead, I just write the contents on the lid like normal. We’re giving vanilla extract for Christmas this year, and our labeling discussions have not extended beyond “Hey, we should get pretty labels for these.”

  64. I have taken to looking for pretty muffin and cupcake paper baking cups. I slip the paper under the lid ring – looks very fancy!

  65. These are great ideas! I usually use round white labels that I put on the top, I love the brown ones listed above

  66. We’ve only canned for a few years. One year we did the sticky labels on the jars. We ended up labeling more jars than we were giving and I discovered how difficult the sticky labels were to get off – never again!

    We’ve added bows on top, tucked them in gift baskets, and just given them plain.

    Ideas I was considering this year: Fabric, brown craft paper, ribbons, and cupcake liners. I saw on pinterest the idea of using cupcake liners so I was going to test it out. These options you have shown us are all so wonderful! I especially love the one that shrinks around the jar.

  67. I usually just label the top with a Sharpie marker (yes, lame, I know!), but I let the contents do the “wowing”…. I would certainly be able to change that up with some cool new labels!

  68. For my regular jars I use a plain old sharpie, but for gift giving I usually add a little tag tied around the jar. I’ve been looking for a better option and these look great!

  69. I’ve been terrible in the past and just written on the lids with Sharpie. I’d love to do something prettier this year.

  70. This is a great give away! Last year was the first year I gave the gift of jars, I wrote on the top and covered with modern, Christmas peace ornaments, they were so cool! Need something like this for this year..Please! Happy Holidays! 🙂

  71. These are so pretty! And how awesome that you can use dry erase markers! I use plain white rectangular address labels from the office supply store, cut diagonally in half so they look like pennant flags. I write on them by hand — I always like writing things out for some reason.

  72. I’m usually impressed enough with myself if I get something canned! I slap a label on the lid and scribble with a sharpie.

  73. I’ve been so lame! I just give them away all year round with a little masking tape and a lable. I so need to give my jars a face lift!

  74. I usually write on the lid with a sharpie. This year, I did label some jams using Avery labels. Definitely an improvement, but this kit would take it to the next level!

  75. i have to admit – I just masking tape to label my jars but I do want to make them look pretty this year because I am planning on giving them as gifts.

  76. Love all the ideas…for myself I usually just do the sharpie on top of the lids. For gifts, those ball labels or something from one of your other label friends I learned about here!
    Thanks for all you do to help us put Food In Jars, I’m hoping to make the cran-apple jam today…if I can find cranberries the day before Thanksgiving 🙂

  77. This was my first year back into canning in a very long time and I’ve been writing on the lids with a Sharpie but knew I needed a better way of doing it next year as I want to can for gifts too. Love the Modern Harvest labels and can’t wait to try them.

  78. These are all so clever and nice. I, alas, am not nearly so creative. I usually “decorate” my jars with a square of fabric tied on with some hemp twine. It’s minimalist, LOL!

  79. I have some honey from our hives to give away for the first time this year! I usually just write on the lid with a sharpie. These would be so much more beautiful and creative!!

  80. I have gone with the Ball Jar labels sold next to the other canning supplies and tried to use really good handwriting. I tried making jar lid toppers for a set of jams to be distributed at a party – they turned out okay but as I used printer paper, they didn’t look all that great. Those shrinking labels look especially awesome! I’ll have to get me some of these regardless 🙂

  81. I use these cute little labels that “should” stick to the jar..(they don’t)…So, I end up using tape to hold the labels on.

  82. This is my first year to preserve seasonal goodies for holiday gifts so I need suggestions on how to make my gifts pretty. These labels, especially the sew ones, are great!

  83. If I’m gifting my jars, usually I cut some fabric squares into little rounds and tie them off with a bow around the lid & band with some raffia or twine and add a handwritten label (secured in the bow part of the twine/raffia). Nothing too fancy really, but it looks nicer than just my scribble on the lid in permanent marker.

  84. I like to use washi tape and a sharpie (when I’m a bit lazy). Sometimes I use printable stickers or pretty scrapbooking paper.

  85. I have an embosser with “handmade by Shae ” and mixing bowl art that I emboss stickers for the top of the jars (to hide my actual handwritten labels) and then I tie a cute tag around the top with what it is and the year. I love the hand sewn pear idea though!!

  86. I’ve generally gone the non-artistic route of a stick-on bow on the lid, and have occasionally recycled one of those cute little fabric circles with pinked edges that arrived on a gift jar to me! If mailing jars of jam to my kids, I just pack them securely in a box after placing individual jars in ziploc bags in case of breakage which has only happened once, but it was salsa 🙁
    Can use all the artsy ideas I can get!

  87. Those tags are SO cute!!

    I usually make tags…but this year i made chalkboard tags for my pear vanilla jam…it just fit! But it is getting late in the game and i need new ideas, i think this would help, thanks!

    thanks again for sharing such a great yummy recipe…i have made some every weekend! ( and i still have pears) 🙂

  88. great giveaway! after canning a batch of goodies, I always try to take the time to make nice labels so the jars are ready to share without extra prep. I may have my kids make colorful labels or print something I find on-line. if I’m trying to gift-it-up a bit extra, I might tie a few sprigs of rosemary around the jar rim with a piece of ribbon.

  89. Oooh, I’m so excited about this giveaway!! I have some incredible pickled cranberries and apple lemon honey jam from your recipes that I can’t wait to give away. I usually make some biscotti and tie the jar to the package but I would love some gorgeous labels like this!

  90. I keep it simple by adding a pretty cupcake wrapper over the lid and under the band. Then tie a tag on with ribbon or twine.

  91. I usually scrawl the contents on the top with a Sharpie, and then pop a peel-and-stick foil bow on top. These options are far nicer!

  92. Wow,.I hadno idea of the fantastic options out there!!! I use a black aharpie and write the contents on the lid and put many jars in one decorated bag. After reading this post I realize, I am LAME!

  93. Well, I usually just use solid color, round labels from the paper store (they work a bit better on wide mouth jars, but they get the job done for narrow mouth) and a sharpee. But recently, I’ve had some fancier labels that are a good size for narrow mouth jars that I got courtesy of a groupon. They’re still just stick on labels, though, that go on the top of the jar.

  94. Unfortunately, I don’t usually label my jars nicely for giving. I once made some craft paper tags and tied them to the neck. Usually they are given with only writing on the lid!

  95. sharpie scrawl all the way, for home use. just got some lovely round kraft paper labels as a gift and you can customize them on, which is a boon–usually printing labels on the computer makes me wish I was a drinker. Even handwritten, the round labels cover the sharpie scrawl neatly and make the jars look dressed up for giving.

  96. This is my first year of giving away my goodies, so I still need to decide what to do. I’ve seen some cute rubber stamps and dies to cut out labels, but haven’t taken the plunge yet.

  97. I often try to wrap some festive fabric around the top with a ribbon to hold it on, but it inevitably slips in transport. It’s far easier just to give the jars un-decorated; friends and family usually don’t mind, and I rarely give my preserved goodies to anyone else. Those various labels do look lovely, though.

  98. Oh my gosh, I love those shrinkydink ones! And the others are super cute too.

    For myself, I just write on the lids with sharpie, since I can’t reuse the lids anyway. For gifting, I do the cutesy fabric under the ring thing, and then a ribbon looped through a little handmade tag. It would be great to mix it up with some of these, though! I may try making some of the stitched ones myself this year.

  99. I have a set of rainbow sharpies, so I write on the lids in various colors, and will add little pictures (for the corn salsa, picture SALSA in red/green/yellow, and little tomatoes, an onion, and an ear of corn on the lid). For gifting, I’ll usually put a piece of fabric on top, but that covers up my scribbles… These options are all adorable! I’d love to try them out!

  100. Avery makes round labels that are just the right size for regular mouth lids. I’ve taken to choosing a photo of my daughter doing something related to food (ie, picking an apple) and designing a simple label around it. I print them out, stick them on, and I’m done.

  101. I put a circle of fun fabric under the band (and over the lid) and tie on a kraft paper label. It’s cute, but a little kitsch – I’d love to try something new.

  102. Every year I say I’m going to create some beautiful labels for my jars and every year I end up writing on the lid with a sharply. This giveaway could change that!

  103. Last year was our first year giving away stuff we canned. I wanted fancy twine and cardstock tags, and my husband wanted to just use the Ball labels that came with our box of new rings and lids. He won, because I had way more interesting things to worry about right before the holidays than tracking down the right twine and cardstock tags, but I have higher hopes for this year!

  104. Usually just write with a china marker or I sometimes use the labels that come with the jars. My MIL sends me some lick and stick labels from the Netherlands (where she lives) occasionally and those are my favorite because they come off easily when its time to wash the jars; much easier than the adhesive type!

  105. a red sharpie and the dissolving labels from Ball.

    (I put some of the modern harvest labels on my Christmas list. I’d love to do fancy fun labels but lack creativity and patience to make my own)

  106. I’m pretty lazy about decorating my jars. Pieces of fabric and a sharpie usually do the trick. But winning some of these could inspire me to do better.

  107. Welllll…. I have bookmarked tons of ideas for making my jar pretty but have executed NONE, so the Pear Cranberry Conserve and the Pumpkin Butter that is going home with my Thanksgiving guests will have the contents written in sharpie marker in my horrendous handwriting on top. :/

  108. I like to hotglue a ribbon band around the top of the glass, & use a sharpie to write on the top.Then they go into a gift bag/box.

  109. I must admit, I just scrawl on the jar lid as well… Mainly because I don’t give them away as “gifts” but as everyday sort of “Here, try these!” sort of things.

  110. I just write on top of the lid. I have been begging my boyfriend to make me labels (he’s great at designing and printing) but to no avail 🙁

  111. I need help in labeling jars! Thus far I’ve only used garage sale stickers & my permanent marker scribbling. These beautiful labels really add worth to the goodies you are gifting, accentuating the time and effort that goes into making homemade gifts.

  112. Guilty of writing on the lid, too. I love the pretty presentation. I just generally never have the stuff on hand to do it! Thanks for the great giveaway.

  113. i actually don’t label my jars. when i give them to family and friends i just tell them what it is and hope they remember 🙂

    so these would be perfect! thanks for sharing.

  114. My sister actually made jar labels for me last year as a Christmas present! They say “From the Kitchen of Stephanie” and there’s a little space to write in the name of the preserve. They’ve made it so easy to mark which jars I’m saving for Christmas giving vs. the ones for me (where I just use plain old permanent markers!)

  115. I like to jazz it up with some pretty raffia… i mainly do vegetables so it’s pretty easy to tell whats inside. These labels would be great to help expand my canning skills!

  116. I just bought some supplies to make them pretty for the holidays, but like Marissa – any sort of craft is not in my wheel house. So I have been using plain, white mailing labels (ick).

  117. I stamp full label sheets with a tea bag, then let them dry. I have an MS Word template with circles on which I type the name and ingredients. I print, then I cut out each circle for the top of the jar. Very time consuming!

  118. Sometimes I add a tag on ribbon or maybe some pretty fabric under the ring. I can see there is room to step up my game!

  119. I print out labels on my printer that have the name of the jam and the name of the person I’m giving the jar to.
    These ideas here look wonderful, so I must try some new ones!

  120. I love to make my home canned goodies look pretty. I have so many this year because you inspired me! The latest is pickled cranberries.

  121. I’ve gone a couple of routes – I’ve cut circles of fabric with pinking shears and placed it under the ring, and used one of the dissolve off ball jar labels (that never seem to actually dissolve off…), and I’ve also cut a circle from cardstock and used my best handwriting to label it.

  122. I don’t do anything different for gifted jars, but I do try to only hand out jars on which my handwriting is legible! 🙂 Guess it might be time to amp up the game though….

  123. You have perfect timing as I was just wondering how to label gift jars. These ideas are so much better than a plain white mailing label!

  124. My labels are simply marked “made by a dirty ol’ man” on a label made on my computer. Those jars that are destined to be gifts have an additional hazardous label “Zombie Parts”.

  125. How do I label my jars? I don’t. I’m horrible! But then again I have made so few types of preserves that they’re easy to tell apart. But this will change with my new big garden, so some labels would be a great help!

  126. Last year I glued little round labels onto large circles of scrapbooking paper that I wrapped over the lids and tied down with cute yarn.

  127. I still love getting the jars from my grandma with the little puffy cross stitch & lace!

    Last year we did it with twine from our hay bales & burlap pieces!

  128. I struggle with this. I have gone to using a sharpie silver paint pen. Most canned items are dark/colorful so the silver shows up well on the glass.

  129. I’m sorry, I’m not very fancy. My writing is nice and I usually just do a sticker label. If I’m feeling extra fancy I might cut a square of fabric to pretty things up. Thanks for giving us all these neat ideas.

  130. I am not much of a graphic artist either, but I love to make and give away jam! I usually use scrapbook paper in a print that compliments my jam color and cover the lid with it. I then write the name of the jam on the scrapbook paper lid.

  131. I use a word processing program and a pretty font and brute force to make a circular label the same size as the inside of a canning lid, then use ModPodge to both stick it to the canning lid and protect the paper. I figure that this way, the label is on the part of the jar you don’t reuse.

  132. I print labels with a picture of the fruit or vegetable in the jar. Hot glue a little pine cone or acorn on top for the holidays.

  133. Right now? No label. Shame. I just remember what it was and tell the recipient. What a terrible method. These labels would turn up the fancy factor by a lot!

  134. I use the label that comes with the jars and a silver or gold sharpie to write the contents. Now I have many other ideas, thanks everyone!

  135. Since I am a designer, each year I create new tags. I always have a lot of fun coming up with names and fonts and colors. The tags are rectangular and I punch a hole in the top so I can tie them to the band with a ribbon.

    Last year I made carmel corn and put it into jars (recycled spaghetti sauce jars). The labels had a stylized “third eye” and read:
    Karma Corn
    Because you’ve been good

    The label for my Lemon Ginger Jam had a reggae theme. At the bottom, under Kearns Kitchen, each label read: We be Jammin’, Mon.

    But, anything that saves me time at this time of year is welcomed!

  136. I always label my jars with Sharpies after processing to make sure I don’t forget what is in it, then if it is given as a gift I wrap in cellophane or tissue paper with tags cut from my Cricut.

  137. I’ll probably be making some pretty labels on my computer in b&w then drawing on them in color. I’m not graphically inclined either.

  138. I don’t use any special labels for gifts, I am not that original. My usual labels are stock
    stickers that I stamp with an ornate letter A, for my name, and if I have time I color it in. Trouble is, these do not stick very well.

  139. I usually use a bit of colored twine and brown paper labels. Maybe some fabric for the top. These would be fantastic to play with.

  140. I’ve used the archaic circle of fabric with fruit pattern matching the contents, then screwing the ring back over it. Lately, I’ve used 2 inch round labels that I print out and stick on the lids. Not very personalized, which defeats the purpose of homemade goodies.

  141. I usually just put a small sticker on the top with contents but i so like your photos. This year i am going to try something more.

  142. I normally use a handwritten cards stock tag with a colored organza ribbon, but these all look so much more professional! I’m going to have to splurge on a set of one of these tags this year. 🙂

  143. I use the round Avery labels, print what’s in them and the date made, and rubber stamp something on top (e.g., a strawberry for strawberry jam). They’re cute and combine my two hobbies.

  144. I have a pile of pretty papers from an art store. I cut a circle to fit under the canning band and then glue on a plain paper label. Looks okay but not nearly as lovely as the options you show. You also picked my FAVORITE F-I-J recipe for your examples — Pear-Vanilla Jam!!!!!!!

  145. I usually place a scrap of cotton fabric over the lid and tie it with some butcher’s twine with a hole punched paper label attached. The hand sewn lid toppers are so very cute!

  146. I too am not very creative. I just buy labels from specialty paper stores or kitchen stores and use them for special occasions. If I’m lucky from the internet but I still have to buy pretty paper. These ones you posted are just adorable!

  147. As soon as I process jars, I label the contents and the year with Sharpie. When I re-use the lids (only for freezing or storage, never re-use for canning!) the Sharpie comes off with a swipe of rubbing alcohol. I prefer this because I store my opened jars on the door of my fridge. To read a label on the side of the jar, I need to lift it out. With the contents listed on the lid, I can see my inventory at a glance.

    When I intend to gift a jar, I put a piece of fabric (preferably squares cut from a worn-out garment) on top of the lid, and then secure it with the ring. Sometimes I get fancy and purchase a yard of festive fabric to cut into squares.

  148. Since most of my “jar” gift giving is to teachers, I have my kids write the labels using the ones that come with the jars.

  149. I try to use recycled things: twine from other projects, and brown paper bags with stamps or drawings. Each one is a little bit different!

  150. I print round labels and place it on the lid of the jar, and screw on the ring to hold it in place. I give away jams with scone mix in a jar, and include directions for how to make the scones. Lastly, I write up a little info on the jams themselves – where the fruit came from and suggested pairings for the jams. I put it all in a box with crumpled up brown paper bags for padding, which give it a nice rustic feel.

  151. this year i’ve used some beautiful labels from my Taproot magazine-they are quite lovely-i’d love some more options=thank you.

  152. I use my stash of jams as my go to thank you and hostess gifts. Adding an artful tag and ribbon or twine always adds delight to the presentation!

  153. Oh man, those Sew the Day labels are so sweet! I use the old-fashioned square of fabric under the ring to decorate the jars, and a printed label (using sticker paper) to label the top. Nothing too fancy, here!

  154. I’ve printed out freebies from the internet onto sticker paper, and if they are blank I try really, really hard to write neatly !

  155. With a sharpie. Because I’m lazy and the folks who merit my preserves are happy to have them no matter how they are labeled. But that said I’d love those “shrinky dink” labels. They are right up my lazy canner alley.

  156. I usually use a sharpie and sometimes I cut out a card to stick on the top…circle. I have a lot of vintage postcards and it turns out pretty cool without looking too country

  157. I usually go very simple. I’ll cut squares of fabric w/ a zig-zag rotary cutter, then attach to the top of the jars with ribbon, or if I have it on hand, that elasticized gold or silver “ribbon” I’ll cut out a card and punch a hole & write the contents. If I’m super lazy I’ll just use a sharpie on the lid but still use the fabric topper 🙂

  158. Being a quilter & knitter I always opt for the fabric circle tied with a piece of yarn. Labels would be a lot more practical!

  159. I write the contents as well as date canned on the lid itself, then I make a topper out of paper doilies, butchers/bakers twine, a babble of some sort such as a button, sprig of evergreen or dried berries, or a bell, and a decorative tag which also names the contents. Then they are packaged in a basket or bowl with shredded paper, a small spoon, bar of chocolate, and maybe some homemade bread or homemade pasta. I collect my materials all year long at yard sales, auctions, and thrift stores so a gift is always ready at hand.

  160. Lovely! I honestly do not do anything special to label my jars for gifting, so I’d love to figure out how to make them a little fancier! 🙂

  161. A casual gift doesn’t involve anything more than what’s scrawled on top.
    But, for gifty gifts, I usually cut a greeting or thank you card down to a smaller size and tie it on with ribbon. I was hoping to do something a little dressier for the upcoming winter holiday. I’ll definitely check out the Portland based one … and maybe I’ll win!

  162. Usually, I either use a scrap of fabric on the lid before I put on the ring, or I will just write on the lid with a sharpie. Not overly creative, but it gets the job done! 🙂

  163. I write the contents and date directly on the lid, then add a little square or circle of fabric and tie that on with twine or ribbon. classic and easy.

  164. Last year I bought plaid ribbon with elastic and a bit of frill to it, sewed the ends together to fit jars, and fit over the lids. Then I threaded twine through a labeled gift tag and tied it under the ribbon.

  165. Sometimes I use yarn and brown paper to label the jar and sometimes I use those removable labels. These supplies would help me improve my packaging!

  166. Just learned to can last summer, so I don’t have a method yet! So far, I’ve just been writing with a Sharpie on the lid, but I suspect I can do better than that. 😉

  167. I have never gifted any jars of food. I’m just now learning how to preserve. I’ve been using masking tape to mark my jars. Not pretty, but cheap and effective. Labels would be much cuters. Thanks for the giveaway.

  168. I’m trying to design my own labels with photo editing software on my mac to print on Avery Labels, and it’s not going too well. I think I should leave the design work to the pros!

  169. I cut out a circle of paper and write contents and draw the fruit on it, then put it between the lid and ring. This year I was too busy for that so they all got a file label stuck to the top, not as cute :0)

  170. I tend to wrap each jar in tissue paper and stick them in a bag – not very crafty, but then again, it’s the preserves that are the gift!

  171. I cut regular plain sticky white labels to the jar top size and stick on the lid. It is way too plain, so I use colored ink and a pretty ribbon, too. As you can see, I needone of these kits.

  172. I include a recipe card with the jar. Though I don’t write the actual recipe on the card, I write suggestions for how the canned good can be used and holiday wishes!

  173. I take some un-dyed gingham and cut it in a round shape then use tri-chem (remember that?) liquid embroidery paint and put a picture of the fruit or something pretty on it then put it on the top of the jar and put the ring on. I label it on the top of the lid with a marker, no frills there. If I want to make it personal then I tie a tag on with some raffia or string.

  174. This post is so timely! I haven’t actually gifted any jam yet but have pulled together my inventory and have a few ideas (got a giant cone of red/white baker’s twine just yesterday, actually) and am hoping to mostly use fabric scraps and print circular adhesive labels for the lids.

  175. I’ve just started canning, so far I’ve been using the sticky labels that come with the jars. I usually put my jars in a gift bag with other goodies. These labels would be super cute though!

  176. What a lovely giveaway! I usually print and cut out circular labels — of a size that they’ll stay put under the canning ring, but aren’t glued onto the lid, so it’s nice and reusable. After seeing one that got a spill in my MIL’s fridge, I think I will seal them with thick clear packing tape now, to make them waterproof!

  177. I stick labels on the top of the jars as I found them too difficult to scrub off the jars. Nothing pretty, but it works. Thanks for the giveaway and happy Thanksgiving.

  178. I label the lid with sharpie and tie a ribbon around it. Sometimes I wrap them in paper, but the contents are too pretty to cover

  179. I like to put fabric over the top of my jars and tie with red and white baker’s twine. I label the jars with marker on the lids to clarify contents and dates. The best deal on fabric that I’ve found is Marimekko fabric scraps for $1 per pound at Crate and Barrel outlets. You can get a lot of fabric for a pound!

  180. I love the Ball dissolvable canning labels – they really do come right off. But now I’m completely fascinated by the shrink-wrap labels you posted. Those look fascinating. And of course, buy local, I’ll be checking out the Jigsaw Graphics labels as soon as I’m off here…

  181. All our lids are sharpie ID’d, so for gifting I usually just cut a square of tissue paper bigger than the lid with the ring affixed, write on a small hang tag what is in the jar, then slip the string of the hang tag between the jar and tissue paper and the band before screwing on the band. Not as complicated as writing this was!

  182. usually, because i’m lazy, i cut out a circle of construction paper, write/draw what i want, and put it between the lid and the ring. when i’m feeling less lazy, i cut out a square of fabric, screw it between the lid and the ring, and wrap a mini tag around it with the contents written on it. but i’ve only not been too lazy to do that once. 🙂

  183. I tend to be really crazy simple and not at all pretty and just write on the jar with a sharpie…that way they can see it, I don’t ruin the Tattler lid I hope to get back and it wipes off with an alcohol wipe or sometimes just with a dishcloth when the jar is washed. This would be MUCH classier! And prettier!

  184. I tend to cut circles out of craft paper and put them between the lid and the ring, after decorating with markers/stickers, etc. It looks really…homemade (I hope it comes off as quaint). I’d love to have something that serves the same purpose but looks more professional!

  185. The 1st year I put white labels with the contents hand written on it. Then I had to deal with getting the glue off! .So I started cutting lid size circles of paper (brown paper bags, greeting cards, heavy wrapping paper) that I wrote on and slipped between the lid and ring.

    I’d love some of these fancy tags/labels.

  186. I’m thinking of gifting some sort of canned good this year. If I don’t win this my neighbors will get Sharpie on lid. 😉

  187. Most of the time, my jars are gifted without much labelling or packaging. I would like to add a little ribbon or tag, but never have my supplies ready. So they go to new homes looking rather plain. I’d love to spice it up!

  188. I use the round stickers from Staples and run them through my printer. I found a great website with a lot of free electronic papers. I cut and paste the cute paper design onto my label template and then type the contents. I can print several of the same label at once and they look great. I also apply them to the lids so I don’t have to scrape sticky residue off jars later.

  189. I use tea-dyed tags that you can get at office supply stores. I decorate them with stamped or hand drawn borders.

  190. I usually just label jars with sharpies, though was thinking of cutting out some rounds from magazines to write on this year.

  191. I take a simple and green route to labeling for gifts. Old Christmas cards, cut in the size of the lids, make great decoration and labels and cost nothing!

  192. Like you, I’m a “hastily scribble on the lid” kinda canner, and I’ve never had enough to give away until this year, so I’m going to have to do something for the lid. Maybe a printed something that I can glue onto the lid, and then I’m leaning toward ribbon around the jar. K.I.S.S.

  193. I do give quite a few jarred gifts away- I tend to go a little overboard with burlap over the top, tied with ribbon, and a tag with the flavor. My friends call them ‘little shepherds’ 🙂 Sort of appropriate for the holidays I guess

  194. I usually wrap some hemp twine with a mailing tag around the jar. sometimes I wrap a tea towle around the jar as well. Thanks for the giveaway!

  195. These are all such cute options!

    Usually I just get cute, patterned paper and matching ribbon from the craft store. I cut circles out of the paper, lay them on top of the sealed lids, screw a ring on top to hold it, and tie a bow around it with the ribbon. They usually come out cute. 🙂

  196. I like to put a simple red or striped string around the band, possibly a piece of scrap fabric underneath. a bit grandma and old-school, but I like it.

  197. In the past I’ve made my own labels for gifting… but I ran out this summer! Just in time to win some more. 🙂

  198. I often go for the old “fabric under the ring” idea. But then I feel like my grandma. Please, pick me and help me not be like my grandma. 🙂

  199. My usual tagging of canned stuff is to attatch a rubber band with a card printed with the name of the item and a picture on one side and space to write the date on the other.

  200. Those look like some really great options for tags! I’ve bought Martha Stewart tags at a craft store and then used red and white striped twine to tie them on. When I ran out of those, I tried to print out my own labels. After many, many failed attempts (and multiple temper tantrums!), I finally ordered some pretty labels from in the Rococo style in a burgundy color. These worked really well, although there wasn’t a lot of space to write in the name of the product and the date it was canned. Also, I just ran out – right in time for the gifting season! I’d love to win the tags listed in this post!

  201. I cut a piece of scrapbooking paper to fit under the ring of the jar to cover up my handwriting on the lid and I make a matching hang tag on coordinating string. This is where I write the name, peach jam and any message, merry Christmas or happy birthday. I’ve also used fabric under the ring as well

  202. Last year I designed my own labels and printed them on full page sticker paper. It was a bit of a chore to cut them all out nicely, but the recipients were really impressed. In addition to the contents, year, and clip art (an apple for apple butter, tomatoes for tomato sauce, etc.) I added a “please return jar for refills” statement. I’ve had a slightly better jar return rate this year too!

    I saw someone using upside down decorative muffin papers and a ribbon to top jars, so I have also picked up a set of pink gingham muffin papers to try this year.

  203. I use a sharpie and write on the lids. Not terribly pretty or original, plus I have messy handwriting. I could definitely use this giveaway:-)

  204. I have used ink jet printable labels, which are pretty, but a pain to deal with. I would love to do something a little more crafty this year–and these supplies would be a great start!

  205. I am pretty new at this whole canning thing, so this is my first Christmas of giving away canned goods. I was going to take some computer paper and make little labels with markers and tape it to the jars, because I didn’t feel like paying for better options. Maybe the tape idea is a bad way to go though.

  206. I’m a sharpie on the lid kind of jar labeler too! I always dream of doing something more crafty but when the holiday season rolls around I feel like my energy has all been used up just getting the food into the jars. 🙂 maybe this will be my inspiration to do something different!

  207. I use my scrapbooking tools to make circular labels for the top of my jars but these ideas are just plain neat! I’d love to win them!

  208. Woot! Chance for Canucks to win! Depends what’s in the jar for the treatment it gets. Dry layered mixes get covered in fabric, raffia tie and a card-stock tag with the recipe and instructions. Canned goodies may get a ribbon, but more likely just a tag proudly identifying the contents.

  209. I’ve traditionally just tied a ribbon around my jars and stuck tiny bows on top, but I love the ideas you have here!

  210. This year I bought labels that were suppose to wash off easily. They are terrible. They are already sliding off and the ink writing fading. So I need a Plan B.

  211. Sometimes I have my wildly creative teen come up with labels. Otherwise I attempt to write pretty labels and rely on the wrapping to help.

  212. Last year for a local craft sale, I bought some nice card stock and printed jar toppers out. I cut them out with a special circle cutter and glued them on the the lids. I included the name and ingredients. They looked pretty good for my amateur skill set! I have to say that I love this blog and as a Canuck I’m so glad I get to enter this giveaway!

  213. I use a piece of fabric under the lid, raffia tied in a bow around the rim and a printed or handwritten label on the front. I love giving homemade items as gifts. The decorating & presentation is half the fun!

  214. Love, love, love the jar decorating ideas!! I usually try to find some cute/old-fashioned looking labels and then cover with cute paper and/or twine…but I am always looking for new/unique ways to decorate. 🙂

  215. I also go the recycled fabric route, under the lid–economical, environmental and I can choose a scrap with bright and snazzy colors. Then the scrap of fabric also contains stories of its own.

  216. Parchment paper and twine but I need to figure out a sticker label to label them with something better than permanent marker. I also gift jars with their rings though they get stored without.

  217. This will actually be the first year that I’ll give canned goods as a gift. I haven’t decided how to label them yet beyond what I’ve already written on the lid. I should probably think about this some more…

  218. These all look lovely! Much improved upon my current method of just writing neatly on top of the jar, even for gifts!

  219. I print labels using the Avery label templates. I use Powerpoint (usually) or Photoshop to do the content. Powerpoint works amazingly well, for those of us who use it at work — just make a whole slide as a label, pictures, words, borders, etc., then paste the whole slide into the label template. Instant resizing and scaling. Oh, and it helps to have a laser printer, rather than an inkjet. Inkjet owners should maybe go to the printshop.

    Include the date, the ingredients, the recipe, tips for use, whatever is appropriate.

    Also like to put the little fabric hats under the rings.

    I’d Love to get this beautiful variety of labels — thanks for the fun giveaway.

  220. Usually I just write on the jar lids in Sharpie, or if I’m feeling really crafty cut a square of themed fabric out and put it between the lid and the ring. I’d always stayed away from putting stickers on the jar itself because they can be hard to remove, but recently have bought some of the Ball brand ones that supposedly dissolve in hot water. The shrinking labels look very cool.

  221. I had my husband, a computer geek, design the label for my jams. I wanted something retro, so we picked out a light blue color with bunches of 50’s stylized fruit. The name of my business is on the lower edge above the fruit, and the word “Homemade” is at the top. I hand-write in the type of jam and date of its creation. This has worked pretty well for the 175+ jars (and 29 flavors) I’ve made this year so far, but I think my label could still use some improvement, and the companies you featured have fantastic-looking products! I especially like the brown kraft styles.

  222. I always struggle with how to label my jars. Usually I put a tag under the lid identifying what is inside but and always looking for ways to pretty them up these are all great!

  223. I had a pack of blank “temporary” Avery labels from… something a long long time ago that I totally don’t remember now. They came with a downloadable template that I could open in Word, so I started printing up my labels (because I figured it looked prettier than handwriting, and I tend to list ingredients in case of food allergies). If I’m feeling fancy, I tie a ribbon around it or use some pretty washi tape, but otherwise I tend to let the jar be what it is 🙂

  224. I’m pretty boring. I just use a square of material for the lid and use the labels that Ball sells. I need to spice it up with this give away!

  225. I have old die cut cutouts that I will use on jars, bags, gifts, almost anything. I write out the description, punch a hole and tie it on with a ribbon. I really love the different labels here. So creative.

  226. To label in the short-term, I just use a strip of masking tape and a Sharpie! But to give gifts, my plan was to use string and kraft paper tags. Thanks to all these commenters and your links, I’ve got lots of new ideas though!

  227. For regular-mouth lids, I use a circular punch to cut out pieces of last year’s holiday cards or wrapping paper and screw it under the band. Then I either write directly on that or use string & kraft paper to make a tag.

    I LOVE the idea of the shrink-wrapper labels. Way cool!

  228. So pretty!
    In a craftier moment, I cut the silhouette of a jar onto a linoleum block (like a big rubber stamp.) Then I stamp Christmassy paper and write suggestions about how to use the jam on the other side of the paper!

  229. Strictly Sharpie on the lid for my own projects — I never know what’s going to be a gift and what’s going to hang out in my pantry for months. But for a friend’s wedding favor jam, we decided on a round die-cut kraft paper tag tied around the band with green-and-white baker’s twine. Easy and cute.

  230. I made a Word template with circles the size of jar lids. Inside I type ideas of what to do with the contents: (“Jam–it’s good for more than just toast!” stirring into yogurt, making salad dressing or meat glaze, etc.) Print on colored paper, cut out put them under the rings before giving. Not beautiful, but hopefully prevents someone from putting the jar in the fridge and never thinking about it again 🙂

  231. I use the Avery Easy-Peel 2″ printable labels and the templates available on their website to make pretty labels to top jar lids. Since most of my jars come back with a “please fill!” and I will throw away the lid, putting the label on the lid saves having to strip labels from jars. Oh, and a nice ribbon never hurts, either!

  232. I just started canning this year, so I’ve never gifted a jar for the holidays. So far I’ve just handed a jar to my friend/family member and said “here.” Not too fancy 🙂

  233. I get excited to label as much as the process of canning. I’m using vintage shop cloth doilies and interesting fabric cutouts on top of the lids this year.

  234. My Mum does the whole pretty fabric lid thing, and can look pretty good, she makes her own labels and prints them too.

    As for me – I like the simplicity of a sharpie on the lid or glass – luckily I have pretty nice handwriting. I love the pretty Weck jars, but like the classic masons as well, so try to keep it simple.

    I really want a white pen though – I love the look of the white paint pen on glass.

  235. I have never done anything fancy with the label, just whatever stick-on canning label they have at the store. When I gift canned goods I usually include an ingredient list and some suggested uses if not obvious. Loving the shrink wrap labels!

  236. I have an old graphic that I print out and use with ribbon and fabric. I’m sure everyone is tired of seeing it every year. Thank you for the fantastic giveaway!

  237. Gah, I just never give my jars away because I’m too embarrassed about the labels just written in black sharpie on the metal lids…

  238. I have no experience at labelling jars for gifting since this is my first canning year. But I’ve been considering what I will do, as canned things will make their way into many family members’ stockings this year. I’d love to win these, but I also really appreciate you showing us what is out there. I’ll go check out some of these websites.

  239. I have never gifted my canning efforts – I am a bit new to this. For the last couple of years I have been making my gifts, last year being Cherry & Chocolate brownies. I was a veritable baking machine! This coming year I think I am ready to gift some of my canning efforts. Wish me luck!

  240. I’d use the “What’s Inside” labels from RiverDog Prints. There are some foodie friends and relatives who will be getting some of cherished preserves this year and these would be perfect to go with them.

  241. Currently I print labels on coloured paper on the printer, cut them out and use a glue stick to adhere to the cans. The glue stick labels do wash off great.

  242. I use the fancy black permanent marker to label my jars 🙂 First time canning this year & have yet to find what I would like to use. Winning would give a variety to see what I would like!

  243. I usually do a little fabric square on the lid – and make a little hang tag card that tells what is inside and maybe a serving suggestion and tie it on with ribbon or twine.
    I love the modern harvest heat shrink wrappers – very clever!

  244. I haven’t gifted too many of my canned experiments, but I usually write on the lid with a Sharpie (will come off w/ rubbing alcohol), or use masking tape- super simple!

    The shrink wrappers are really cool, I’d love to try them out!

  245. This post makes me feel like such a slacker. I scrawl across the top ans leave it that way for gifting. If you’re getting jam from me I clearly love you. And that is good enough.

  246. i am very new to canning so i haven’t really ‘gifted’ many jars, other than excitedly giving them to friends almost as soon as they are cool enough to stick a label on! i have taken to decorating my jars with a bit of washi tape (i can’t hoard it forever!) and might tie some baker’s twine around the top to prettify them a bit more for the holidays.

  247. I’ve done fabric squares under the lids, basic Ball labels, cute labels , and when in a hurry, scrawled on the lid. Nothing nearly as cute as these options!

  248. I have put a fabric round over the lid & held on by the ring. And also used ribbon to tie a tag around the neck of the jar.

  249. I make fabric tops… Cut fabric in to circles about 6″ wide with pinking shears, remove the band (screw on lid) ( careful …don’t disturb the seal of the flat disk on top), place 2 cotton balls on the disk, pull them to fluff a little. Place the fabric circle on top, now re-screw the band on, now tie with raffia, I add a homemade tag on the raffia. That’s how I dress up my jams and goodies!!!

  250. I keep it simple with a pretty piece of ribbon and the ball labels, but these cute labels are making me think I should be more creative! So cute!

  251. I usually label my jars in messy writing with a Sharpie. This year I let my kids do it. (The lure of a Sharpie is strong in the 4-6 age group.) Believe me when I say I could use more attractive labeling options. 🙂 I do buy labels yearly but they’re never as easy to find as the Sharpie when the moment comes…

  252. If the container is big enough, i usually put a disolvable label on it. If it’s a tiny container, I’ll use a tag and twine instead.

  253. When giving it as a gift I use small homemade gift tags that I decorated with stamps and write the product name on the tags.

  254. I’m another that uses Avery oval labels. They have pretty templates and make pretty labels. But once the jars are empty, they have to soak off.

  255. I normally try to make pretty labels or tags to put on my jars, but I have been known to use a sharpie and write directly on the lid!

  256. Love these! Last year was my first year canning and all I did was thrust a jar into someone’s hands, mumble something about it, and hope that they remembered what it was!

  257. I’m not too creative, I usually just write on the lid with a sharpie and tie some ribbon around it. These labels would sure come in handy for dressing up my jars. Love your blog!

  258. Because I also write on the lid directly, I usually find round labels at the office supply store and add cute themed images before I print them to cover up my chicken scratch.

  259. I use a piece of fabric over the lid and secure with twine. I’ll either write on the fabric or make a gift tag from a brown paper bag.

  260. Love your blog! Haven’t posted before but our household has followed for a while. Generally we put up over two tonnes of food and drink in jars per year so prettifying takes a distant backseat to just getting through harvest without exhausting our enthusiasm. But for our wedding this year, we dried mint, lavender and Old English roses from our garden to make an herbal tea that we gave away in small jam jars. We made the label stickers out of adhesive kraft paper. Then I sewed together the swatches of fabric that we had received from the shirtmaker and dressmaker when we were deciding on our attire for the big day. So each jar of herbal tea was topped with a tiny quilted swatch of pale blue poplin and white lace. They really were the prettiest little pots you ever did see and they were made extra meaningful by re-purposing elements from each of us sewn together.

  261. A lot of my food gifts are for teachers. My kids draw labels on cardstock, punch a hole and then we just tie them to the jar with curly ribbon. Not terribly original, but no one’s complained so far, of course- they really can’t speak through mouthfuls of salsa or applesauce.

  262. I’m not that exciting–I don’t do much special except put a bow on them! I like the idea of making them a little more exciting.

  263. I’ve got round printable labels that I design myself from a template. Then I lug a couple boxes up to the giant family Christmas party and let people pick their own treats.

  264. I have only just started canning, partly due to the inspiration of your book!

    I just write on the lids in a sharpie but an checking out other options. I just bought some simple labels and plan on getting clear wrap and twist tags.

    Happy Thanksgiving to Canners everywhere!

  265. I selfishly hoard my jars. but to my defense, I only have 2 right now. So I haven’t had a chance to give any as gifts.

  266. I put a pretty piece of paper between the lid and the ring, and send along a recipe or suggestion involving the item.

  267. I haven’t had the opportunity to really determine a good method for labeling my jars. I have been buying label sets and simply writing it in with a dream of having personalized labels.

  268. In the past, I’ve used little cardboard tags, tied around the jars with twine or ribbon. I am gifting lots and lots of canned goods this year, and I would LOVE to win!

  269. This is my first year canning. I have just written in sharpie on the jars I have given to friends/family but I would love to have cute tags for the holidays.

  270. I can get kind of crazy about labeling. A past gift that’s been well used is a labeler. It’s plain and boring, but I label on the top of the lid. If giving as a gift, I will put a slip of fabric under the outside ring to dress it up. I keep used lids and cover them with chalk paint to reuse for pantry items we use often.

  271. I use those little ugly labels that come with the Ball jars and are really hard to get off. Would love to own some of the cute labels in your post!

  272. It is funny you ask, as I just made up a basket of jams for a charity silent auction. I ended up putting a square of fabric under the ring, making tags out of Christmas scrapbooking paper, and writing on them with my very best handwriting. My best handwriting is … not good. The winner is in for a surprise when they open the jar and find my normal chicken scratch on the lid proper. Oh well.s

  273. Print circular labels from Office Depot and pop them on the top…nice and efficient, but not nearly as pretty as any of these labels!!!

  274. I would love some new labeling! I just use the ever-popular Sharpie method with the name of the stuff and the date bottled. But I have gotten a few ideas here…thanks for your posts.

  275. I have made my own labels…sometimes with paint chips from the store. I also buy from a company not represented here. I would love to win these labels for my many homemade goodies.

  276. This is my first year canning, I’ve been scrawling with sharpies on the tops of things, I was thinking about heading to a stationery shop to get some fun stickers.

  277. I put a piece of christmas gingham over the lid, then wrap a piece of christmas ribbon around the lid (sometimes with a spoon if it’s cake or something) and always with a small ornament for the tree around the bow. It’s so cute!

  278. I usually put a little square of kraft paper over the top, tied with a bit of twine. Super simple and cute, but once the paper’s off, it would be nice to have some prettier indentifying labels!

  279. I usually print a label and then use a large circle punch to cover the top. Sometimes I’ll decorate it with a stamp. Simple, yet effective and no one has to try to get a label off the jar.

  280. what an awesome giveaway-thanks for the chance. I usually print up labels on my computer paper and then tape them on the jars, or I cut cotton fabric in circles and place them under the ring

  281. I love Riverdog! I used them for labels and I was always very pleased with the quality of the product and how they were able to design exactly what I wanted. These days, I use plain white round labels and handwrite them. For my own use, I can’t beat masking tape and a Sharpie marker!

  282. I use thick stock paper left over from another project, cut them into rounds and use different colored ink depending on what is in the jar (blueberry jam – blue ink, etc).

  283. I love to try and come up with a new label idea every year for my jarred gifts. I usually reuse paper or fabric to cover my jar lids and create different types of hanging tags with craft papers, stamps, ribbons or raffia. Sometimes I will print labels on cardstock from fun fonts on the computer. It just depends on what is in the jar as to what I come up with. All of the labels above are very cool, thanks for the opportunity to win some of these fabulous labels!

  284. This is my first year canning so needed some ideas as I plan to give many of apple cranberry jam and a peach hot pepper jam. I did find red plaid lids at a big box store but could use a bit more decorations!

  285. This year I’m trying something new.
    Bought a sheet of black chalkboard contact paper and cut into 3×3 labels.
    Also bought chalk markers to have fun with colors.

  286. I usually just use a sharpie on the top of the jar! Not very crafty but, it gets the job done! Thanks for all your great recipes – I made your pickled cranberries and cranberry/apple jam. Both turned out great!

  287. Ball has washable labels. Rather bland but they are cheap and does the job. My sister has much prettier handwritting, so I enlist her skill.

  288. I write the date made, & what’s inside on the lid with a Sharpie. For gifts, I add a tag with ribbon or twine, but these items are really clever, & would spruce up any jar!

  289. I usually just use the labels that come with the jars. Not exceptionally pretty so these labels would surely be a huge step up!

  290. I usually collect random bits of ribbon through the year and tie on tags I’ve bought on etsy or made. Try to recycle somethings to decorate them wtih too!

  291. After the jars are sealed and cooled, I unscrew the bands and add a second lid (a used one that I won’t use for canning again), rubber-side up because this side is white, on which I’ve written the contents and date. Then I re-screw the band. This temporarily uses up some of the old lids that accumulate when one does a lot of canning.

  292. I’ve been printing my own really horrible labels… I should probably look into a better presentation! These labels are awesome. Thanks for the giveaway and for showing us so many options in one post!

  293. We use simple blank mailing labels, and since I’m relatively artistic I use some of my many Sharpies to customize the label based on jam and whoever I’m giving it to.

  294. I would LOVE to use these to dress up some of the jams I made this year so I can give them away as gifts. I’ve used the dissolvable ones but these are great options.

  295. I haven’t done anything great with them–a little bit of ribbon along with the sticky label on the side. I had never thought of things this clever!

  296. Cool. I want those shrinky jar labels. While chicken cooked in cinnamon apple butter turns out to be ok, chicken cooked in correctly labeled sweet-n-sour sauce is much better!

  297. I usually paint a large piece of paper with water colors, cut it up in small pieces , write the labels and tape them on the jars.. Not efficient but kinda pretty?

  298. I cover the lid with funky fabric and tie it up with a bow of my handspun yarn. Love all these labels! I’m going to be canning meyer lemon marmalade this weekend for gifts with the windfall of lemons we’ve got this year.

  299. I’ve been using Avery labels and then designing my own labels. This year I plan to give concord grade jam to basically everyone I know (how did I manage to buy so many?)

  300. I label my jars with a black sharpie for contents and date. This year I purchased brown craft paper hang tags and made them “vintage” by dipping them in brewed vanilla coffee with cinnamon and nutmeg(they smell amazing). Dried the tags in a warm oven and stamped them with the contents. I covered the top with a blue and tan checked pattern fabric (pinked edges) and tied the tags on with twine. Cute, cute, cute & oh so country! OH, for pickles I tied on olive/pickle forks and for jams, vintage jelly spoons. I am still looking for vintage serving spoons to tie on the jars of salsa. I just started canning this summer but once I got started I just couldn’t stop! Your book is my favorite Marisa and I am giving a copy to my sister in law for Christmas. I think she will love it. I’d love the labels to do a “modern” theme! 😉

  301. I like to wrap mine with garden twine and give it a big bow (still with sharpie across the top). I have a friend who spray painted a bunch of puzzle pieces silver and wrote the jam name on the puzzle pieces in sharpie and put that on the jar, which I just might steal an idea similar to that. This post gave me lots of inspiration as jars of things are my primary holiday gifts that will be given.

  302. Sometimes I print out a label in a nice font… or more likely, cut an address label in half so it fits on the lid and hand write (badly). I’m hoping they are looking at the jar contents…

  303. The last label I made was to take a photo of the ingredients and then size down and print it out on the stickie label. It was a lot of effort, but looked really cute!

  304. I’ve only given a few jars away, and not for the holidays yet, so I’d love a little something to make them look more special!

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