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New Job Jar DIY

Celebrate a friend’s new job with this practical and thoughtful gift! Just like our Housewarming Jar, this New Job Jar is filled to the brim with all the goodies that any new employee would want. So, go pick out a few of your favorite office supplies, use paint pens to write a phrase on the front of their jar, and let them know how proud you are!

Materials: A variety of desk supplies, a large glass jar with a lid, a printout of your desired text, tape, opaque paint pen, ribbon

Step 1: Print out your text and tape it to the inside of the jar.
Step 2: Trace over the text with your paint pen and then remove the paper from the inside of the jar.
Step 3: Fill it up with new desk goodies!

Photography by  Heather Zweig for Oh Happy Day
Art Direction by Jordan Ferney
Produced by Stacy Wichelhaus
Crafting by Jessica Heywood
Styling by Caitlin Barker

  1. Meg

    May 13, 2013

    I think there should be a mini bottle of liquor in there. 😉
    You always need a drink or two after your first day at a new job!

  2. Becky Loose From The Zoo

    May 13, 2013

    what a handy coincidence my boyfriend just accepted his first post-college job on friday!


  3. Frances

    May 13, 2013


  4. Jodie

    May 13, 2013

    This is a brilliant idea! The perfect way to welcome someone to a new job.

  5. Allison W

    May 13, 2013

    How sweet! What a wonderful way to celebrate a new job!

  6. Cristina

    May 13, 2013

    Love this idea!

  7. Alexandra

    May 13, 2013

    What a cute Idea!

  8. Ana

    May 13, 2013

    This is a really cute idea.

  9. Kirsten

    May 13, 2013

    i love this. it is genius!

  10. The Advicist

    May 13, 2013

    I promise this is a genuine question: I’m from the UK. If I turned up at a new job with my own pencils, people would think I was very odd. Is this more of a symbolic gift, that the recipient would keep at home, or are employees supposed / expected to bring stuff like this to work? I also notice on US TV shows people sometimes decorate their offices, have lamps and things on their desk. We wouldn’t be allowed to bring decor stuff in (maybe one photo), and all stationery etc is provided. Maybe this is two questions: would you expect the recipient to take the gift to the office? and is TV lying to me again, or do people really decorate their work spaces with personal things? So interested in this now!

  11. kim @ DESIGN + LIFE + KIDS

    May 13, 2013

    this is a really fun idea!

  12. Shari

    May 13, 2013

    Jordan – I just gave a friend the new home jar. I did a few things particular to his needs, like a roll of painters tape, some picture hangers, a hide-a-key rock along with some of your great ideas. It was a hit – thank you. Next, this new job jar. I love this idea!

  13. Eva

    May 13, 2013

    Cute idea! Have to try it soon.

  14. Jenna

    May 13, 2013

    I have been reading your blog for a few months now, and just wanted to thank you for the daily inspiration. I always love to see what new ideas you have come up with! :)

  15. lauritapurple (@lauritapurple)

    May 13, 2013

    Amazing jar! love it!!!

  16. The Science of Happy

    May 13, 2013

    I may forward this to my friends as a hint.

  17. Egypt

    May 13, 2013

    Good Luck

  18. Willa

    May 13, 2013

    Like The Advicist detects above, you probably wouldn’t be expected to bring your own office supplies to most jobs (hey, maybe it’s a freelance gig?) but I like the idea of gifting cuter or personalized supplies like the washi tape or nice notepads.

    Instead I would make it more of an “office survival kit” and include those things that I always forget at home: mints, hand lotion and sanitizer, lipbalm, candy/snacks, tea bags and maybe a mug or reusable lunch container.

  19. Meowmeowali

    May 13, 2013

    To the advicist: yes Americans confined to cubicles can often “decorate” but the company may limit to what degree. I agree, most of these supplies are provided by your employer, however the jar would most likely contain a way cooler version. When I worked in a cubihell I hung a poster of Dan in Real Life. Steve Carrel’s head on a stack of pancakes. His utterly deflated expression always made me smile when I was feeling trapped.

  20. Elyse Ash

    May 13, 2013

    What a lovely idea! What a happy gift to receive.

  21. ahappimess

    May 13, 2013

    What a lovely idea. I like the idea of doing one for a host.
    H x

  22. Alice {sweet dreamer}

    May 13, 2013

    Such an adorable idea! New job gifts are always so tricky!! x

  23. Kate

    May 13, 2013

    This is such a great idea! I wish I was getting one of these…. Because that would mean my job-hunt is FINALLY over!

    Love this. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Dianna

    May 14, 2013

    I’m starting a new job Ina couple of weeks & love this idea, especially as mentioned above adding items to the jar that I often forget like mints, lotion , etc. thanks for the suggestion!

  25. Vicki

    May 14, 2013

    What an awesome gift idea! Pinning for later :)

  26. Teresa

    May 14, 2013

    I love this idea. Where is the jar from?! x

  27. The Advicist

    May 15, 2013

    Thanks for all the explanations everyone! I would never be allowed a poster! They would say it was a fire risk and health and safety wouldn’t allow it, or something. Love the lip balm / lotion ideas, I always have a few essentials stacked in my drawers. Also, ‘cubihell’! Love it.

  28. Margherita

    May 15, 2013

    Hi! I love this idea… everything you need in a jar: it’s sweet and helpful too!
    What would you put in a jar if it was a present for a new family? A couple I know just had their first baby and it would be a really nice present!
    Thank you,

  29. Vanessa

    May 16, 2013

    Where did you find that jar? It looks perfect for a variety of uses.

  30. Vicki

    May 16, 2013

    The Jar Store at has a wide variety of jars to choose from. This is a great idea!

  31. Michelle

    May 17, 2013

    This is such a great idea. I love gifts in jars! Thank you for sharing.

  32. Michela

    May 20, 2013

    Great idea!! I hope to make somethings like this for my friend Angelica, she’s looking for a new job!! Thanks a lot for share.
    Hugs from Italy

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