Gifts For The Home Canner

by Suzan Ferreira

Should you have someone on your holiday gift list that enjoys the art of canning and food preservation, or someone who has been wanting to give it a try, you will love this guide of special gifts for the home canner.


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With the Holidays fast approaching, no matter the Holiday you celebrate, finding the perfect gift for our loved ones can at times be a bit overwhelming.  I love gifts from the heart.  Whether hand-made or hand-picked shopping locally, I love the kind of gifts that fit the individual to perfection.  The kind that immediately makes you think of that person in an “Oh, she/he would love that” kind of way. 

If you are crafty, wonderful hand-made with love gifts for the canner might include quilted pot-holders, knitted wash-cloths, sewn tea towels, or hand-made ornaments with a kitchen theme. 

Not crafty but want to make it a bit more personalized?  Maybe put together a basket of kitchen gadgets wrapped in a kitchen towel and tied with raffia. Personal gifts made from the heart are always my favorite to give and to receive.

Unfortunately, there are items needed for new canners to begin the process or items needing to be replaced for those already canning, that cannot be made.  This list is meant to give suggestions and maybe make the process a little less overwhelming. 

Click on any image you may be interested in to view in detail.  Have fun!


1. Journal

Consider a canning journal!  A journal can be a wonderful way for the canner in your life to view their successes as well as their “I don’t think I’ll try that one again” recipes.  Allows the canner to refer back year to year and compare amounts made and amounts needed for the following year.

2.  Food Preservation

Leda Meredith goes through every method of preserving food imaginable.  From freezing, drying, pickling, and canning to salted, smoked, and dehydration.  This book is for all levels of food preservation, from the beginner to the knowledgeable.

3.  Canning Methods

This book from the well-known “America’s Test Kitchen” series, offers recipes on a smaller scale for those only wanting a pint or two of a product, with detailed photo’s and instructions.  

This detailed guide to home preserving is perfect for novice canners and experts alike and offers more than 100 foolproof recipes across a wide range of categories, from sweet jams and jellies to savory jams, vegetables, condiments, pickles, whole fruits, and more.

Foolproof Preserving

Any canner cannot go wrong with the leader of the canning industry, Ball® and the wealth of information offered in any of their canning books.


1.  Kitchen Laughs

Bring a smile to the canner.  Who wouldn’t enjoy wearing something like this when they break out the canning supplies? 

Or how about a play on words with a great kitchen towel?

Everyone loves a good mug!

2.  Wearable Laughs

Wearable canning humor, so everyone can enjoy! 


What an adorable, ornamental gift for those you know can!


1.  Decorative Jars

For the canners who like to gift their product, nothing presents better than unique and pretty jars!

Or these beautiful Italian jars!

2.  Labels & Tags

These tags will “guild the lily” when wrapping with these unique and pretty touches.  


Especially nice for the farmhouse style wrappings.


When starting out as a canner there is a bit of investment that is needed for the appropriate tools to make the process easier and safer.  By setting up your kitchen or aspiring canner with these tools, you will be enjoying the “fruits of labor” for months to come!

1. The Necessities

These basic, essential tools are a must for any canner and will last for many years.  The only tool I need to replace every few years is the canning jar lifter.

Or if the budget allows, a wonderful high-end essential toolkit with stainless options.

This lifter is a great alternative when canners need to replace theirs.

2.  Water Bath Canners

The majority of new canners will begin using the water bath method of processing.  These large canners make the processing quick and efficient.

This 12 Qt water bath canner is wonderful for those canning on a smaller scale, yet still holds a respectable amount of jars to process.  This processor will hold up to 7 pint jars.

A 21.5 Qt water bath canner for those who process on a larger scale.  This processor will hold 7 one-quart jars, 9 one-pint jars or 13 half-pint jars.

3.  Jars and Lids

Although canning jars may be used year after year and reuse rims several times, the lids need to be replaced after each use.

You can purchase an assortment of sizes or determine the size preferred and select just those.  Any canner would welcome the gift of lids!

These little babies are wonderful to fill with jams and jellies when canning.  These are the perfect size when making homemade toothpaste or dried herb mixes.

These 1/2 pint jars are great for gifting jams and chutneys.  They also make perfect containers for those who make their own lotions, deodorants and the like.  Don’t make your own yet?  Take a look at how easy they are to make and why with my posts, How To Make the Best Homemade Moisturizer For Dry Winter Skin,  How To Make The Best Homemade ToothpasteHow To Make The Best Natural Deodorant & Why.  

These pint jars are wonderful for a variety of product.  I use them for the jam and jellies that we use a lot of, salsa, and soups that I process.

Quart Size, wide mouth jars.  I tend to prefer the wide mouth jars as they are easier to fill.  I use the quart size for dill pickles (longer spears), whole tomatoes, and spaghetti sauce.  Also for products that you use larger portions of in recipes or ones that will keep for an extended time in the refrigerator.

These large 1/2 gallon size jars are what I use for my spaghetti sauce when I have all my quart size jars used.  They are wonderful when needing to use 2 jars of sauce in a recipe.

There are many, many more options for jars and the list could go on!  These are what I use every canning season and what I can recommend.


For those canners who have some experience under their belt or those adventurous beginners that have been looking into different methods of processing, I invested in a VERY large pressure cooker several years ago.  It was my goal to reduce the processing time (for me less propane used) cutting my time from an average of 30-45 minutes to 15 minutes or less, reduce water consumption (water bath processing uses a lot of water), and increase the number of jars I could process at a time.  WIN, WIN for me and the environment!

That being said, these are costly.  For me, the investment was worth every penny with my overall savings, especially my time spent processing.  These pressure cookers are extremely well built, American made and will last for many years to come.  They come in many sizes ranging from 10.5 Qt all the way to 41 Qt.  My recommendation would be to get a larger model than what you think you will need.  Most beginner canners once started, only increase the amounts they process each year.

This 21.5 Qt pressure cooker is a great option for those that can on a smaller scale.  This cooker will hold approximately 21 1/2 Quarts (Liquid), 19 Pint Jars, 7 Quart Jars.

This monster is the cooker I chose, a 41.5 QT cooker that will process 32 pint jars or 19 quart jars at a time.  

This being said, you need to be aware and research if this option is viable with your stove model.  All American states that:

All American Pressure Canners are not recommended for use on glass top/ flat ranges without first checking with your stove manufacturer because their weight may cause the glass/ceramic to break. The 941 model is heavy and could cause damage to your range. The diameter of the canners are larger than most burners and may cause heat to transfer outward and damage the surrounding surface.


Getting organized, keeping track of all those wonderful home canned goods, is imperative to keeping it all straight. Especially for the organized home canner.

Consider the gift of canning organization with my canning management planner. With 15 beautiful printable pages which can be printed year-to-year, this organizational planner is just the thing for any home canner.

Canning Management Planner image showing 15 printable canning sheets for tracking and journaling all things canning related


These additional kitchen utensils and appliances are items that I utilize every canning season and make the processing easier and more efficient.

1.  Utensils

A spider makes quick work of processing whole tomatoes and more for canning.

I am honored to have the enameled hook ladle that my Grandmother used for her canning and use it every season.  It is very much like the one shown here and makes filling the jars easy and quick.

2.  Appliances

A must when weighing produce to determine recipe amounts, and the number of jars, lids, and seals needed for processing.  I particularly like that this scale comes with an optional AC adaptor making it a more sustainable option.

The time saved chopping, dicing, and mincing is incredible with the use of this appliance.  I highly recommend this model, it’s one I have used for the past ten years and is still going strong.

This blender gets a good workout every summer during my tomato season especially.  You can read how and why I process my tomatoes quickly and efficiently using this blender here.

Hopefully, this has given you some thoughtful gift ideas for the canner in your life!  Be sure to share them with your friends on Pinterest! Have other suggestions?  Love to hear them in the comments below!

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Sarah @ The DIY Mommy November 12, 2020 - 4:37 am

A ton of really wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing!

Marilyn Lesniak November 7, 2020 - 4:06 pm

I saw a few things for my own Christmas/Birthday list!
Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Please stay safe and healthy. Come party with us at Over The Moon! Catapult your content Over The Moon! @marilyn_lesniak @EclecticRedBarn

Jennifer Dynys November 4, 2020 - 3:33 am

Great list of gift ideas! I wish I loved canning…I want to, but I just don’t! Maybe I need better equipment! Thank you for sharing with us at Embracing Home and Family!

LAURA LANE November 3, 2020 - 2:19 am

Thank you very much, this is a great list.
Mrs. Larua Lane
Harvest Lane Cottage

shelley November 2, 2020 - 5:26 pm

These are some great ideas! I’ve got it scheduled to share on my Facebook page later this month so others can see it as well.

Suzan Ferreira November 2, 2020 - 6:39 pm

Thank you, Shelley! I’m glad you found it useful!!

Linda November 24, 2019 - 3:32 pm

Great ideas Suzan. A homemade gift always has so much meaning. Thanks so much for sharing at “Love Your Creativity. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Anne November 18, 2019 - 1:54 pm

Fantastic list of ideas, thanks for sharing!

Dar Brown November 18, 2019 - 1:26 am

Wow! That pressure canner was HUGE! Love it. I was so used to using my mom’s (about half that size) that when I went to get my own I found an exact match to moms on ebay. Same with my pressure cookers. What a great thought out post for all levels of canners and those who love them. I too would rather get a gift that is well thought out and special for me. Love this list.

Suzan Ferreira November 18, 2019 - 11:52 am

Thank you for reading, Dar! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.

Renee November 17, 2019 - 5:14 pm

I love the wearable laughs and the mug. I have a lot of canners in my family. I will definitely be getting a few things off this list. Thanks for the great ideas.

Suzan Ferreira November 17, 2019 - 7:00 pm

So glad you found some items that would fit, Renee!

Lenore November 17, 2019 - 4:46 pm

I love to give gifts from the heart that people can also utilize as well. Canning is something I’d like to try too. It was great that you gave suggestions and pictures of gift ideas.

Tami Brothers November 17, 2019 - 12:27 pm

This is a great post! I love the idea of canning (I’m not a canner 😉 ). But I remember my mom and grandmother canning for many years as I was growing up. There are quite a few items listed here that I think would be awesome holiday gifts for my mom. I am definitely checking out the ornaments. Also, I love the different jars. I grabbed some fun ones to make mosquito repellent candles to place out by our pool.

Suzan Ferreira November 17, 2019 - 1:05 pm

Hi Tami! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and found some ideas. Great idea with using the jars for your candles! Thanks so much for reading.

Marilyn Lesniak November 16, 2019 - 11:27 pm

Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too!

Cindy November 14, 2019 - 2:52 am

Great list of suggestions! I love those decorative jars!

Lisa November 13, 2019 - 6:09 am

What a great list! I love the funny apron idea!

Suzan Ferreira November 13, 2019 - 2:09 pm

They were cute, weren’t they? Thanks for stopping by, Lisa!!

Eva November 12, 2019 - 9:01 pm

Great ideas in here. I would definitely need the one for beginners. Canning is actually something I’d like to learn.

Tiffany November 12, 2019 - 8:26 pm

I love the idea of the canning journal, but I don’t think I could live without my Vitamix. Great list!

Suzan Ferreira November 13, 2019 - 2:10 pm

Me either. Use it every day!

Robin November 12, 2019 - 3:31 pm

What great gift ideas! I love the idea for a canning journal and I never would have thought about that! Thanks!

judean November 12, 2019 - 9:26 pm

” Canning fruit is my jam” is a perfect mug for my canning friend. Thanks for sharing!

Suzan Ferreira November 13, 2019 - 2:10 pm

Don’t you love it when you find the perfect gift? So glad this could be of help to you!

Sonia Munro-Peebles November 12, 2019 - 2:36 pm

Such great ideas. I have really wanted to get into canning myself but just struggle to find the time. I do have friends and family that participate often though so these are great ideas for Christmas coming up!

Tracy November 12, 2019 - 1:06 pm

My friend and I are just getting into canning. I will have to share this list with her!

Lisa November 12, 2019 - 5:44 am

These are all great gifts!

Karen November 12, 2019 - 2:47 am

These are great ideas. I have always wanted to learn how to can.

Jen November 12, 2019 - 2:02 am

What wonderful ideas! I saw a few things that would make a great gift for others at Christmas – as well as something for myself!

Tricia Snow November 12, 2019 - 12:55 am

What a great list! I never thought of canning gifts and I do have canners in my life.

Tiffany November 11, 2019 - 10:54 pm

Great ideas! Know some family members who love spending the fall canning – might need to consider a few of these for them!

Maria Gustafsson November 11, 2019 - 8:50 pm

I have always loved canning, but I just don’t have space in my place! I love your ideas though.

Lisa Manderino November 11, 2019 - 8:10 pm

I do can and I love to get canned jam for neighborhood Christmas gifts. I love the shirt! It is awesome!

kristen usrey November 11, 2019 - 8:07 pm

My dad loves canning and these are some great gift ideas!

Pauline November 11, 2019 - 7:14 pm

I use all of these for canning. I also used this year my Instant Pot for canning quarts.

Karla Petersen November 11, 2019 - 7:00 pm

I’m a canner. I’ll take one of everything please! What a fabulous list.

Suzan Ferreira November 11, 2019 - 11:24 pm

Thanks, Karla!

Jill November 11, 2019 - 6:52 pm

What a great gift guide! I know a few people who would love these gifts. Thanks!

Liza Brackbill November 11, 2019 - 6:39 pm

Love love love to use mason jars! I would love any of these gifts. Thanks for sharing!

Brianna November 11, 2019 - 6:18 pm

These are great ideas. I love making gifts from the heart. I once made my grandma a photo collage of our family, and she was in tears when she saw it. So I definitely agree that the gifts from the heart are the best ones ❤️

Holly Bird November 11, 2019 - 5:16 pm

I am a canner and any 9 of these gifts would be amazing!!

Lora Rovegna November 11, 2019 - 3:13 pm

I love handmade gifts! They are just more personal. Great ideas for people with all different interests.

Christie November 11, 2019 - 1:32 pm

Great ideas. My mom was a canner and oh my goodness it was the best! Wish I had the time to do it.

Michele Morin November 9, 2019 - 12:50 pm

Love the OCD mug!
And lids are a very thoughtful gift because we never stop buying them!

Suzan Ferreira November 9, 2019 - 1:12 pm

Aren’t they fun ideas? I love the play on words…made me smile for sure. Thanks for stopping by, Michele!

Lisa Lombardo November 8, 2019 - 10:44 pm

I love the t-shirts! Too funny! Great list of goodies that any canner would love to have. Thanks so much for sharing on Farm Fresh Tuesdays, Suzan!


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