Quick Easy DIY Gift Idea: Manicure in a Jar

I like to keep gifts on hand. You just never know when someone pops in with a surprise, or you hear of a friend or neighbor going through a rough time, or… well, you just  never know.  It’s always nice to be able to pamper ourselves even just a tiny bit, and this DIY Gift idea is just the thing to give the gift of pampering even if you don’t have a lot of money to spend. You can spend a whole lot on top of the line polish, nail file, clippers, emery board, and cotton balls, or you can get super basic and simple supplies.  The thought behind the gift is what’s important.  My 10 year old loves to do gifts for her friends every year at Christmas, but buying for a dozen ten year olds isn’t really in our budget…nor is it in hers! This manicure in a jar gift idea is a great compromise- we can get multi-packs of polish and have some fun with colors and packaging… and she gets to spread some Christmas cheer with so many of her friends.


diy manicure in a jar

DIY Gift Idea: Manicure in a Jar

What you need:

Cotton balls

Sealable Clear Container (You can use a mason jar, even a colored one for a pop of color- just be cognizant of your recipient.  You don’t want to give a breakable glass jar with nail polish inside to a little kid- and a clear plastic jar can look just as cute dressed up with the right ribbon!)


Ideas for Gifts:

Nail polish

Nail File
Nail Clippers

Travel Size Nail Polish Remover

Hand Lotion


Fill the bottom of your jar with cotton balls.

Add in your gifts, placing additional cotton balls around items to help keep them up right.

Fill remaining empty space with cotton balls and seal the jar.

Print the labels, affix, and you are done! Manicure PDF (Labels)


About the author: I’m a 30-something mom to three, brand ambassador. content creator, social media maven, blogger extraordinaire, earth lover, butcher, baker, candlestick maker (or something along those lines) – love word games, crafting, cake decorating or shooting pictures.

21 comments… add one
  • What an awesome gift Idea. I think this is going to be very Useful for me.. Thankyou so much for sharing!!
  • My daughter and I have been making gift baskets for raffling at a benefit dinner for a friend with cancer. This would be perfect to tuck into those baskets.
  • Love this gift idea. Perfect gift for a hostess
  • This is the cutest idea, love it! I can think of several people to make this for.
  • What a cute gift. Thank you for sharing.
  • Gosh what a great idea, I would have never thought!
  • OMG this is so cute for a gift idea and rather inexpensive!!!!!!
  • I have some friends who would really enjoy getting something like this as a gift.
  • This is such a great idea and would be perfect for my girlfriends!
  • What a neat idea for a gift!

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