With Christmas quickly approaching, many of us are going through our Christmas lists and going Christmas shopping. We may also be planning to give some home-made gifts this year as they are more sentimental and often cheaper as well. One of my favorite home-made gift ideas is to give things in a jar.
The great thing about giving gifts in a jar is that you don’t need to buy fancy jars or packaging. Just start saving any glass jars that you have around the house from sauces, jam, etc. Wash them thoroughly and remove the labels. Then they’re ready to use for your gifts in a jar for Christmas.
Wrapping a gift in a jar is easy and the end result looks great. First of all, you’ll probably want to cover the lid of the jar with fabric. This gives it a quaint, home-made look, and also covers up any labels on the jar lid. You can buy cheap Christmas fabric to use for this, but I usually just use some old clothes that were ready to be retired. Use a bowl to trace circles on the cloth, cut them out, and then glue them to the top of the jar.
The only other two things you’ll need are ribbon and labels. For ribbon, you can use just about anything that you can use to tie down the fabric around the top of the closed jar. I’ve used twine, nice ribbons, yarn, etc. For the label, I quite like buying a cheap pack of luggage labels and writing on them as gift tags. You could also print out labels on paper and then glue them on to the jar. If you are giving a gift in a jar you should always include a label explaining what is inside the jar and how to use it.
Fill the Jar From Your Garden
Everyone loves home-grown items. If you like to garden, then you can use your harvest to make fantastic gifts in jars. If you grow herbs, for example, then consider cutting and drying some of your fresh herbs to give away. If you have fruit trees, you can give away jars of dehydrated fruit from your garden, or home-made jam. We have large rose bushes in our front garden. We often give away jars of rose sugar with recipes for rose cupcakes. Look around your yard or garden and see if there’s anything you could use.
Fill the Jar With Recipes
The ingredients needed for a recipe are always popular fillers for gifts in a jar at Christmas time. I particularly like jars of hot chocolate mix with the cocoa, sugar, dried milk, and marshmallows. You could also do jars filled with the ingredients for cookies or even a soup. Just remember to include the recipe explaining how to make it using the jar.
Fill the Jar with Bath Items
A great alternative to food is to fill your jar with bath items. For example, you could include bath salts (you could even make your own !), a candle, or other bath items. Your friends and family are sure to love having a pampering kit in a jar.