Thursday, December 18, 2014

Last-Minute Gifts: Tasty Treats in a Jar

Much like the fabled fruitcake of earlier generations, everyone has likely given (or received) the classic "brownie mix in a jar" or 'cookie mix in a jar" as a holiday gift. Which is great--who doesn't love dessert, especially one with the ingredients measured out and almost ready to go? 

But the possibilities for gifts in a jar go so far beyond that! Our favorite resource for ideas is DodoBurd's 44 Creative DIY Christmas Gifts in a Jar. Like the title says, the blog post features 44 ideas to give in a jar, some quick and easy, and some requiring a bit more work. 

Some that we liked:
Pottery Barn Mason Jar Knockoff
Christmas in a Jar 
Gift Card Snow Globe (check this one out--so neat!)
Detox Bath in a Jar
Salted Caramel Sauce in a Jar

And of course, what jar gift couldn't be improved with a little fabric? We made three sample jars to share with you: hot cocoa in a jar, red velvet cupcake in a jar, and salted caramel sauce in a jar (that one was a no-brainer--of course we had to try it! And YUM!!)

We topped each jar with a pinking shears-cut circle and coordinating ribbon. We used a blue and silver snowflake print and red and green check print from Christmas Basics, and a red/white/gold holly print from the Season's Greetings collection  Simply trace around the appropriate sized plate or bowl and cut out! Easy! 
Here's a tip for deciding circle size: For taller jars, find a circle approximately double the diameter of the jar lid. For shorter jars, like the salted caramel jar, find a circle approximately 2" larger in diameter than the jar lid.


Need other last-minute gift ideas?
See our drawstring gift card bag tutorial here.
See our fabric ornament tutorial here.

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