5 Gifts-In-A-Jar That Will Save You From Last-Minute Present Disasters

Photographed by Nick Ferrari; prop styling by Gozde Eker; food styling by Victoria Granof.
It happens every year. No matter how much planning, prepping, and online ordering we do, we always, without fail, get stuck in some kind of gifting bind. Maybe it's a spur-of-the-moment invite to a party and a sudden need to bring something for the host. Or a cousin who makes a surprise visit for the holidays.

Whatever the problem, we inevitably scurry around looking for any still-open stores and usually end up gifting a bottle of mediocre wine with a bow slapped on (if we're lucky.) A cheap bottle of nondescript wine is our version of SNL's Christmas Candle. But not this year. We're officially taking a stand against the $10 wines and the re-gifted candles of the world. And it's all thanks to jars.

Have you noticed that everything looks cooler/better/like you made it with love, when you put it in jar? So here's the plan: We're going to make a bunch of these food gift jars to give out to friends and family and the random person we forgot to add to our list. They're easy, inexpensive, and require no crafting skills whatsoever. Plus, you'll seem extra-thoughtful for gifting something DIY.

Click through to see all five delicious ideas and leave gifting anxiety behind with last year's ugly sweater.
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Photographed by Nick Ferrari; prop styling by Gozde Eker; food styling by Victoria Granof.
If you have a bar of chocolate and some candy, you've got yourself a delectable holiday gift.
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Photographed by Nick Ferrari; prop styling by Gozde Eker; food styling by Victoria Granof.
Chocolate Bark In A Jar

Ingredients
1 jar (16-20 oz.)
1 batch homemade bark of your choosing, broken into pieces

For bark:
1 (10-12 oz.) bar high quality plain chocolate of your choosing (can be milk, dark, or white)
Toppings such as chopped nuts, pretzel pieces, rainbow sprinkles, dried cranberries, candy pieces, crushed peppermint candy pieces, etc.

Instructions
1. Break up chocolate and melt in the microwave in 30-second intervals (stirring between each) until smooth.

2. Pour over baking sheet topped with parchment paper and sprinkle over desired toppings.

3. Refrigerate until hard and break the bark into pieces.

4. Fill jars and complete with a gift tag, bow, or tied string. Keep refrigerated until you gift them!
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Photographed by Nick Ferrari; prop styling by Gozde Eker; food styling by Victoria Granof.
A quick trip to an old-school candy shop or pretty much any grocery store results in customizable candy jars.
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Photographed by Nick Ferrari; prop styling by Gozde Eker; food styling by Victoria Granof.
Candy In A Jar

Ingredients
1 jar (8-oz. is good for fewer layers, 16, is better if you want a bunch of different types of candy)
Assorted candy of your choosing

Instructions
Buy a fun assortment of candy, layer, and top with a gift tag, bow, or tied string.
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Photographed by Nick Ferrari; prop styling by Gozde Eker; food styling by Victoria Granof.
Yes, even leftover snacks and random pantry items can be turned into a last-minute gift.
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Photographed by Nick Ferrari; prop styling by Gozde Eker; food styling by Victoria Granof.
Personalized Trail Mix In A Jar

Ingredients
1 jar (16-20 oz.)
1 batch homemade or 1 bag store-bought plain/classic granola
Assorted nuts and dried fruits, such as: dried cranberries or raspberries, dried pineapple, yogurt or PB chips, pistachios, etc.

Instructions
Layer granola, dried fruits, and nuts. Top with a gift tag, bow, or tied string, and instructions for your gift recipient to “Mix & enjoy!”
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The only thing better than hot chocolate in a jar is BOOZY hot chocolate in a jar.
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Photographed by Nick Ferrari; prop styling by Gozde Eker; food styling by Victoria Granof.
Boozy Hot Chocolate In A Jar

Ingredients
1 (16-20 oz.) jar
Homemade or good quality store-bought hot chocolate mix
Good quality dark chocolate, chopped
1 bag mini marshmallows
1 mini bottle peppermint schnapps or Baileys

Instructions
1. Fill jar 2/3 or 3/4 of the way with hot chocolate mix, top with a thin layer (about 1 inch) chopped chocolate, and fill the rest of the way with mini marshmallows.

2. Tie one mini bottle peppermint schnapps around the outside of the jar.

3. Instruct recipient to add 2-3 tablespoons of mix, a pinch of chocolate and as many marshmallows as they want to a mug of hot milk. Then add booze to taste!
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Photographed by Nick Ferrari; prop styling by Gozde Eker; food styling by Victoria Granof.
If you're feeling slightly more ambitious, make your loved ones single serve quick breads baked right into the jar for minimal cleanup.
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Photographed by Nick Ferrari; prop styling by Gozde Eker; food styling by Victoria Granof.
Quick Bread In A Jar

Ingredients
6 (8-oz.) jars
1 batch quick bread, such as pumpkin or banana bread; use your favorite recipe that normally fills 1 (9-by-5-inch) loaf pan.

Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Make the bread batter according to recipe instructions.

2. Fill jars halfway with batter and bake on a cookie sheet. Remove the breads from the oven 20 minutes earlier than the recipe suggests or when a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean.

3. Let them cool completely before putting the lids on.

4. Complete with a gift tag, bow, or tied string. Gift the day you bake them or the following day at the latest.
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