Gifts-in-a-Jar: Jams, Spreads & Sauces

Homemade jams, spreads and sauces in festive jars are food gifts that are sure to please and a great way to show you care. 

  • Cranberry Orange Marmalade
    Iain Bagwell; Melanie J. Clarke

    Cranberry Orange Marmalade

    A lazy simmer transforms just four ingredients into a sweet-tart spread. Spoon the marmalade into glass jars to show off its dazzling color and tie with matching ribbon.
  • Ultimate Fudge Sauce
    Oxmoor House

    Ultimate Fudge Sauce

    This creamy sauce tastes delicious over ice cream, cheesecake, or warm brownies. Try stirring some of the sauce into coffee or use it as a fondue-type dip with fresh fruit and cubed pound cake.
  • Quince-Lemon Marmalade

    Quince-Lemon Marmalade

    With its gorgeous color and tangy flavor from quince and lemon, this traditional marmalade would make a great gift.
  • Holiday Jam
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Holiday Jam

    Top jars of Holiday Jam with batting and homespun and decorate with buttons...great for sharing with friends and neighbors!
  • Carrot Cake Jam
    Oxmoor House

    Carrot Cake Jam

    This is a wonderful jam that tastes just like Grandma’s carrot cake and is a real topping treat for biscuits, toast and waffles.
  • Hot Pepper Sauce
    Photo: Laurey W. Glenn; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Hot Pepper Sauce

    This colorful sauce with red and green Thai chile peppers is a great gift for people who like to add a little heat to their recipes.
  • Fresh Herb Mayonnaise

    Fresh Herb Mayonnaise

    Use fresh herbs from your garden to make a tasty gift for your foodie friends.
  • Homemade Caramel Sauce
    Oxmoor House

    Homemade Caramel Sauce

    Christmas food gifts are especially welcome when they do double duty. This holiday sauce can be served as a creamy dip for fruit or as a topping for the impressive and delicious holiday dessert, Mile-High turtle Ice Cream Pie.
  • Sun-Dried Tomato Jam
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Sun-Dried Tomato Jam

    Tie a bow on a jar of this versatile spread and include a card with serving suggestions. Friends can enjoy it as a chutney, pizza sauce, or even spooned on a log of goat cheese for a speedy appetizer.
  • Spicy Thyme and Garlic Oil
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Spicy Thyme and Garlic Oil

    Pour this herb-infused dipping oil into an elegant bottle, fasten a sprig of thyme around the neck, and present it with a crusty loaf.
  • Chunky Tapenade
    Oxmoor House

    Chunky Tapenade

    Serve savory tapenade as an hors d'oeuvre with baguette slices and goat cheese, as a sandwich topping for assorted deli meats, or as a relish for grilled chicken or fish. Store the tapenade in an airtight container for up to one week.
  • Sweet Onion Relish
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Sweet Onion Relish

    This low-calorie onion relish doubles as a topping for grilled meat or chicken or as an appetizer served with crackers or spooned over warm brie. Make a few extra batches to keep on-hand so when guests at your party ask for the recipe, you can just present them with their own jar.
  • Lemon Verbena Vinegar
    James Carrier

    Lemon Verbena Vinegar

    Just three ingredients results in a stunning homemade gift that can be made months ahead. Pack it with a bottle of extra-virgin olive oil for a do-it-yourself vinaigrette set.For other flavored vinegar options, try Lemon Thyme Vinegar and Purple Basil Vinegar.
  • Raspberry-Almond Jam
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Raspberry-Almond Jam

    This spoonable jam can double as a fruity topping for waffles or ice cream. Use frozen berries if fresh ones aren't available, then tuck a jar in a gift basket with some homemade scones or recipe cards for a sweet wintertime treat.
  • Citrus Curd
    Oxmoor House

    Citrus Curd

    Package tangy Citrus Curd in pretty jars tied with a ribbon. Offer gift recipients the suggestion to serve the curd over warm bread, fresh fruit, ice cream, or pound cake.
  • Ginger-Pear Preserves

    Ginger-Pear Preserves

    Lemon and ginger highlight the flavor of luscious fall pears. Spoon this condiment into glass jars and tie with gold ribbon or raffia to show off its warm, tawny color.
  • Peachy Barbecue Sauce
    Lee Harrelson

    Peachy Barbecue Sauce

    Your family and friends will be eating high on the hog when they receive a bottle of this phenomenal sauce. Sweet, tangy, and spicy all at once, it's so good you'll want to keep some for yourself.
  • Kumquats in Spiced Syrup with Cloves, Cinnamon, and Star Anise
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Kumquats in Spiced Syrup

    Resembling tiny baby oranges, kumquats have a sweet, perfumed skin and tart flesh. This recipe turns them into succulent golden orbs—an impressive and elegant holiday gift.
  • Sweet-Hot Honey Mustard

    Sweet-Hot Honey Mustard

    Take along a jar of this zippy condiment the next time you're invited to a holiday dinner. Delicious with roasted meats, it's a thoughtful hostess gift and keeps for up to a month.
  • Peach-Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

    Peach-Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

    This sweet and tangy vinaigrette can be drizzled over fresh greens or used as a topping for pork or chicken. Packaged in a decorative bottle with a homemade tag, this recipe makes an ideal gift for the cooks on your list.
  • Red Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

    Red Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette

    Pair this sweet, piquant vinaigrette with fresh greens and tangy goat cheese. It also works as a marinade for chicken or pork.
  • Roasted Pine Nut Butter
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Roasted Pine Nut Butter

    A little 2- or 3-ounce jar of this indulgent nut butter makes a fine food gift, like a present of caviar.
  • Vidalia Onion and Peach Relish
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Vidalia Onion & Peach Relish

    Give the gift of summer in a jar with this sweet onion and peach relish. to make your gift even more special, give a jar of the relish along with a round of goat cheese and some gourmet crackers.
  • Caramelized Ginger Pears
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Caramelized Ginger Pears

    A jar of these gingered pears is both a tasty and thoughtful gift. Suggest serving this homemade food gift over a favorite dessert, or over baked brie and serve as an appetizer.
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