DIY Gift Guide: Gingerbread in a Jar

If you’ve spent some time on Pinterest you may already be aware of the fact that practically anything can come in jar-form these days…including thoughtful holiday gifts. Last year I blogged about a very sweet jarred idea and this year I decided to put a new spin on it: Gingerbread Cookie Mix in a Jar. Here’s the jar I made:

To make your own, follow the directions below. Once you’ve layered the ingredients into a jar, tie it off with a bow (I used bakers twine paired with a little tinsel and a cinnamon stick) and a tag with cooking instructions and voila—you have yourself a lovely holiday gift that’s perfect for family, friends, or even co-workers…

Gingerbread Cookies in a Jar

Recipe via


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together 2 cups of flour with the baking soda and baking powder.
  2. In a separate medium bowl, mix together 1 ½ cups of flour with the ginger, cloves, cinnamon, both sugars, and allspice.
  3. Layer the two mixtures (starting with the flour-baking soda + powder mixture) into a 32 ounce mason jar.
  4. Pack ingredients tightly and seal.
  5. Attach a card with the following instructions (or simply print out the card below):

DIY Gift Guide: Gingerbread in a Jar
And there you have it. If you have a fun “in a jar” gift idea, share it in the comments below.

Are you going to give this DIY a try?

Be sure to check out our Holiday Gift Guides for more ideas too!

XO Lauren

Recipe card background via Love The Grows 

Categories: Craft, DIY, Gift Ideas, Holiday Foods, Holiday Gift Ideas, Holiday Specials, Lauren Conrad
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  • Sarah Heckle

    This is such a nice gift idea! It might be cute to include small jar of molasses with it since most people don’t have that laying around!

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  • Melissa Panici

    This is so cute and a great gift idea! Thanks Lauren!

  • prey pray

    Sounds yummy.

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  • Dana Hall

    This is a cute idea. I also like the jar I’ve seen on Pinterest with the hot cocoa mix and Baily’s – yum! I’ve got a another really cute cooking related gift idea that a friend and I gave to our host at a holiday party this past weekend. Check it out and let me know what you think!
    Thanks – Dana

  • alex jones

    Very nice idea , I would like to add it as bookmark on my browser.

  • Amy Breckenridge

    those look delicious! i have another fun DIY holiday gift idea: snow globes! learn how to make them on my blog:

  • Lindy Riddle

    Hey Lauren! Do you mix the brown sugar in with the spices?? It didn’t say. <3

  • Meghan Conard

    Great idea! Love this for an easy & festive gift!
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  • Paulina Mo

    this is so adorable!
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  • Deanne Castro

    Love it!

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  • Elizabeth Moore

    This is cute! I like to look on Etsy so I can give handmade without actually doing it myself :)

    This is a cute girly gift :

    And even something cool for guys:

    So excited for Christmas!

  • Jessica Wendel

    Great Idea!

  • Cesie Alvarez

    So easy!! I love the hot chocolate in a jar idea.

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  • Kylie Miller

    Really cute idea! Check out my blog:

  • Angie

    This is a sweet idea…your site makes me smile everytime I go on it…thank you! Happy Holidays!

  • Sarah Paulson

    As much as I love this idea, there are some math problems here. I tried to create it and the whole mix didn’t fit into a 1 quart mason jar. I would probably suggest researching some other gingerbread cookie recipies and trying those amounts. also, the above recipe doesn’t tell us when to add brown sugar. through trial and error, I found that in order to get the light, dark, light, dark color combination, you must mix all the ingredients (minus the brown sugar) together first and that will be your “”light”” color. then pour half the “”light”” color in the jar then half the required brown sugar amount, then repeat. (or however you want to pattern it)
    Hope everyone enjoys this wonderful recipe and DIY!

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  • My Style Diary

    I love christmas gift DIY’s :) Great idea Lauren!

  • Shoegal Out In The World

    I love your DIY idea of gingerbread cookie mix as a present but I loved more the gingerbread cookies recipe since this year I decided to make gingerbread cookies for the first time…

    xo, Violeta

  • Ashley Rizzardo

    Such a cute (and delicious!) idea!

  • Lauren Conrad

    Hey guys! We updated the post because we forgot to mention the sugars and the size jar that this DIY requires. hopefully these updates will clear things up! XO

  • Jennyscribbles

    Love this idea- think I will do it for my girlfriends this christmas


  • Melissa Villarama

    I’m going to make a fruit infused vodka! I want to use cranberry and lime since cranberry is a wintery fruit. My fiance wants to make a chili infused vodka as well so we can sent one sweet and one spicy vodka per person. :)

    Great post! I’ll use this cute gift idea for those who aren’t into alcohol.


  • Nathalie Maxey

    Such a cute and easy idea!

    XO Nat

  • Kylie Miller

    So cute! This is a great gift idea. Check out my blog:

  • Taanjaa

    looks really christmassy

  • alex jones

    Great idea and i will tweet it for you.

  • Genny

    What are you guys gonna do about all this spam?

  • Rachel Page

    Was in dire need of a gift idea. Thanks! Can’t wait to try this one out.



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