Reusing Baby Food Jars For Holiday Gifts

Like some green moms, I aspired to blend boiled kale into ulta-nutritious meals that my baby would love without the expense and waste of prepared baby food.

After a few months of trying to balance sleep deprivation, dirty diapers, teaching, and my own sanity, I decided to embrace those tiny jars of freedom and relinquish my dreams of green perfection.  Although I did supplement with home blended meals, organic jarred food was a huge gift.   You can read about my baby food adventures here.

All those glass containers were carefully recycled, but now that I’m out of the baby food stage, I wish I would’ve reused them instead. 

Here are just a few ways they could come in handy for holiday gifts:

  • Of course, the most practical suggestion is to make a chair. (kidding–but the chair is real.  Click on the image to check it out.)
  • The larger jars are the just the right size for homemade jam or jelly.
  • If you’re trying to fit healthy eating into your busy holiday schedule this year, use baby food jars for toddler snacks on the go or salad dressing in packed lunches.
  • For the project person in your life, baby food lids can be screwed onto a board, equal distance apart, to create a nifty storage system.  It works for the garage, a craft room, or for desk supplies.  For directions, go here.
  • They are a great way to package up homemade finger paints or powdered tempera paints as simple stocking stuffers for your tots.
  • You can dry herbs from your garden, seal them in the tiny jars, decorate the lids and and use them as gifts.  
  • If garden grown herbs aren’t readily available, you can make a handy little spice selection for a friend by buying spices in bulk and packaging them up in decorated baby food jars. 
  • Create a purse-sized sewing kit for busy moms by filling a jar with buttons, safety pins, and a small piece of cardboard wrapped with thread and loaded up with a few needles. 
  • This site offers an extensive list of crafts that can be done with baby food jars, including tiny gardens, candles, and homemade berry ink.

Do you have any tips on how to reuse those nifty little storage containers?  If so, we’d love to add to our list. 


  1. That chair is cool! I wish I had held onto my glass baby jars–I recycled them. But they do have a lot of good uses.

  2. My dad loves baby food jars for sorting nuts, bolts and screws of different sizes. He nailed the lids to a board that hangs over his workbench.

  3. I used jarred baby food for my oldest daughter. That year for Christmas I made homemade bubble bath and bath salts for gifts. I used the jars to hold the goodies.

  4. You could buy spices in bulk and then create a custom set of spices for your friends (use printable sticker paper to create labels for the lids). Or, make a one-serving hot cocoa with mini-marshmallows and pair with a cute mug from a garage sale or better yet your cupboard!

  5. I taught art classes before I had my son and we always used baby food jars for storing supplies and paints, so you could always call a local school to see if they could use these in the art room.

  6. I use them in my craft area for buttons and brads and trinkets for scrapbooking. I have also used them before to make homemade beauty supplies. You can make a yummy coffee sugar scrub and wrap the lid with a scrap of fabric and some ribbon and it makes the cutest gift!

  7. Samantha says:

    Watch out for a BPA coating on the inside of the jar lids (and other products containing plastic). BPA has been linked to developmental issues in fetuses, infants, children and health issues in adults. Also keep an eye out for it in soothers, bottles, toys, drinking containers and other plastic products.

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