Jar gifts - they’re useful, fun, and keep on giving! Learn how to turn a jar into a wonderful gift, sometimes without even spending a penny!
Not only will they appreciate your thoughtful gift, but also they can reuse the jar!
Jar gifts are:
Learn how to make a jar gift in just 4 easy steps:
You don't have to run out and buy a jar. You can usually find one in your kitchen.
Many sauces, dips, jams, and other foods come in glass jars. Just thoroughly clean them and remove the labels. If you don't already save your glass jars, maybe now's a good time to start!
Mason jars are also available at your local supermarket or hardware store...often for less that $1 each.
Typically, jar gifts are filled with dry ingredients for a specific recipe. The recipient can then bake a fresh batch at home when the time is right.
It's convenient, easy, and soft cookies straight from the oven are oh-so-amazing!
You can fill your jar with dry ingredients for:
The key here is dry ingredients.
Don't include wet ingredients such as eggs, milk, or butter. They can spoil easily and make you sick...not exactly the gift you're looking for!
Now, get creative!
Share your favorite recipes or find great recipes online. If you can find the ingredients in your own kitchen, you don't even have to go to the store!
Jar gifts don't have to be limited to baked goods. Consider the following ideas:
For a fun presentation, add each ingredient separately, creating layers of different colors and textures.
It's easy to make multiple jar gifts at the same time. Just keep the jars next to each other and measure out the ingredients a few more times.
Tip: To make the ingredients longer, use a vacuum sealer to seal the jar lid. It doesn't preserve food like canning, but it does keep the contents fresher for longer. For easier lid removal, instruct your friend to unscrew the top and use a dish towel to pop the lid.
Handwrite the recipe on a small card and attach it to the jar with a ribbon or a string. If you'd like, include a thoughtful note about the person, sharing food, or remembering times you baked cookies together.
Let your imagination run wild! Decorate your jar with:
You could add a festive message, decorate in a creative theme, or just personalize it to the recipient's style and taste. Have fun...the sky's the limit!
Jar gifts are perfect for the clutter-concious person in your life. Once they've used the ingredients inside your jar gift, they can reuse the jar for:
As an added bonus, include the above list with your jar gift. Every penny counts these days, and they'll appreciate the useful suggestions.
Jars don't have to be the only gift vessel. You can easily construct gifts around a:
Just use your imagination...find a useful household item that can hold things!
After this article, you should be able to transform any jar into an amazing gift! But why stop there? Learn how to make even more great gifts - check out these creative homemade gift ideas.
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