Save Money on Christmas Gift Giving by Making Homemade Gifts in a Jar
An assortment of Gifts in a Jar
Christmas gift giving can be expensive and stressful. You can save money and reduce the stress of rushing around crowded stores looking for the perfect gift by giving these easy to make homemade gifts in a jar. There are hundreds of possibilities to choose from to please anyone on your holiday list. When I make them, I make several of one kind at a time. I always make a few extras to keep on hand for people I may have forgotten or unexpected visitors during the holidays! You can add them to gift baskets or give them by themselves! They are inexpensive, easy and fun to make and just about anyone will enjoy them! If I have leftovers after the holidays, I store them in my pantry and use them myself!
- Empty Glass Jars with lids
- Gift Tag or Cardstock
- Funnel or Coffee Filter
- Ribbon, yarn, twine, cord or raffia
- Hole Punch
Lid Decorating Supplies (Not Necessary)
- Patterned papers
- Glue or double sided tape
- Recipe or index cards
- Holiday floral or greenery sprigs
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Small gifts to attach to jar such as wooden spoons, spatulas, oven mitts, measuring spoons or cups, cookie cutters, Christmas Ornaments, etc.
Ok, let's get started!
First you will need to chose the correct size container. If you want to make this a green gift, you can use jars you saved from home. Just make sure to remove the label and clean and sterilize the jar in boiling water or by running it through a dishwasher cycle. You can also purchase Mason Jars or canning jars at most grocery stores or visit a local craft or container store for some interesting jar choices. It all depends on how much money you want to spend on your jars. I save jars throughout the year to use for these gifts at Christmas time. Regarding what size to use, most recipes call for a 1-pint or 1-quart jar. If the recipe does not specify the size jar needed, you will have to figure this out on your own.
The easiest way to determine this is to look at the recipe and determine how many cups of powdery ingredients it calls for all together, include sugar, salt, flower, brown sugar, etc. Then measure out that many cups of flower into a container. Mark the container to the top of the flower and empty it back out. Starting again with the empty jar, use peanuts or something similar to measure all the ingredients such as nuts, raisins, candy, chocolate chips, etc. With the peanuts in the jar, screw the lid on it and turn the jar upside down. You will be able to see if your chunky ingredients meet the line of your powdery ingredients. If they surpass it, you will need a bigger jar. If they meet it perfectly, lucky you! If they don't quite meet the line, you can use plastic wrap as a bit of a filler at the top of the jar. I wouldn't use any more plastic wrap to fill the jar than what your lid decoration will cover just to ensure you keep the gift looking as pretty as possible.
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Ensuring a tasty treat!
Of course when you are making gifts in a jar you want the person receiving them to actually make the contents and eat the final product! In order to make sure that the final recipe works correctly and tastes yummy be sure to take great care in reading the ingredients and accurately measuring them. You will also want to read through the recipe and blend any ingredients that need to be combined prior to adding them to your jar. Use a funnel to ensure all of the ingredients make it into the jar. If you don't have a funnel, you can make one out of a coffee filter by cutting a hole in the middle bottom of it or you can use a piece of card stock to form a funnel.
Lovely layered ingredients
To make sure all ingredients fit in the jar, make sure to pack down each layer a bit before adding the next. If a recipe calls for layers to be packed down firmly, you can use the bottom of a long handled ladle to pack the ingredients down. If the recipe calls for only lightly packing the layers, you can just gently tap the jar on the table or counter and then continue with the next layer.
Some recipes may require that you include bagged ingredients. Use a resealable sandwich bag for these ingredients. Make sure you squeeze out all the air before sealing the bag. You want as little air as possible in your ingredients to ensure their freshness.
Unless the recipe specifically says otherwise, all light powdery ingredients such as cocoa, powdered sugar or flour should be place at the bottom of the jar, otherwise they will mix and coat the other ingredients. Coarser or heavier ingredients such as granulated or brown sugars would come next. The last layers (the layers closest to the top) should consist of chunky ingredients such as nuts, cereals, candy pieces, or dried fruit. Once you have all your ingredients properly placed in the jar, make sure that you seal the jar tightly to help prevent the contents of the jar to shift.
Using various craft supplies you can create very cute covers for your jar lids. Or you can simply add ribbon and a gift tag. You can use a ready made gift tag, make one from card stock or use the back of a recipe or index card or you can print one from your computer. You can use fabric to cover the lid, or even patterned paper to decoupage the lid. If you crochet you can even make a crocheted cover or doily to cover the lid with! You can even attach small floral pics or Christmas greenery. Cinnamon sticks make a sweetly scented attachment. You can even attach a small gift to your gift in a jar such as a wooden spoon, spatula, hot pad, oven mitt, measuring spoon or cup, a cookie cutter or Christmas ornament. Let your imagination run and have fun with these! You can make them all the same or personalize them for the recipient. See the links below for some great ideas! I hope you have as much fun making and giving these as I do! Happy Holidays!
© Anglfire693, 2009
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