13 Homemade Food Gifts You Can Give in a Mason Jar

Slow-Cooker Apple Butter
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

From neighbors to friends to coworkers to hostesses, mason jar food gifts are a great gift to give during the holiday season. Delicious gifts like apple butter, hot honey, and homemade jams are sure to be enjoyed right away so you don't have to worry about your gift collecting dust. Plus, the recipient will feel extra special knowing you spent the time to make it yourself. Use festive twine to attach a cute name tag to the jar to complete your thoughtful gift. Food gifts in mason jars are also easy to keep on hand for last-minute gifting for any occasion.

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Hot Honey

hot honey
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Karin Olsen; Food Styling: Kellie Gerber Kelley

Recipe: Hot Honey

Hot honey can be used to top fried chicken, to spread on biscuits, to whisk into a salad dressings, and more.

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Slow-Cooker Apple Butter

Slow-Cooker Apple Butter
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Apple Butter

Using your slow cooker allows you to create this homemade gift without having to stand at your stove for hours stirring.

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Homemade Salsa

Homemade Salsa for Canning
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Homemade Salsa

No matter what the occasion or time of year, homemade salsa is always a good idea.

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Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Jam
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Strawberry Jam

Just three ingredients are needed to make this homemade strawberry jam recipe.

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Jalapeño Jelly

Jalapeño Jelly
Southern Living

Recipe: Jalapeño Jelly

Adjust the heat level for this jelly by keeping or removing the seeds from the jalapeno.

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Bread-and-Butter Pickles

Bread-and-Butter Pickles
Southern Living

Recipe: Bread-and-Butter Pickles

Make 10 jars of pickles at one time with this recipe. They're the perfect snack or finishing touch for a sandwich year-round.

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Red Pepper Jelly

Red Pepper Jelly
John Kernick

Recipe: Red Pepper Jelly

Any Southern hostess knows that cream cheese topped with pepper jelly is the easiest (and best) two-ingredient appetizer, so they'll be thrilled when you show up with a jar or two in hand.

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Spicy Pickled Carrots

Spicy Pickled Carrots
Photographer Greg DuPree, Food Stylist Torie Cox Prop Stylist Christine Keely

Colorful pickled carrots are a pretty addition to any holiday relish board or snack tray.

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Fig and Lemon Refrigerator Jam

Fig and Lemon Refrigerator Jam
Greg DuPree; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Cat Steele

Recipe: Fig and Lemon Refrigerator Jam

This jam includes refrigerator in the name because it doesn't require canning and can be stored in the fridge for up to three months.

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Spiced Plum Chutney

Spiced Plum Chutney
Victor Protasio

Red plums, dried cranberries, and onions create a perfect winter condiment that comes together in your slow cooker.

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Strawberry-Blueberry Jam

Strawberry-Blueberry Jam
Southern Living

Recipe: Strawberry-Blueberry Jam

Why choose just one berry to use for making jam when you can use two together.

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Pear Preserves

Pear Preserves
Southern Living

Recipe: Pear Preserves

Homemade preserves in a cute jar make a great addition to any charcuterie board.

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Tomato-Ginger Jam

Field Pea Cakes with Tomato-Ginger Jam
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Mary Clayton Carl Jones; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

This easy jam recipe comes together with canned tomatoes in a single pan.

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