I needed to come up with some last minute Christmas party gifts and still stay within my holiday budget which was already stretched. This is when I usually go “shopping” in my studio, office, and attic. While I was poking through things I came across my left over canning jars and remembered one I had seen in a boutique. It was filled with sewing supplies and decorated with pretty fabric and ribbon.
I started thinking about the people I was giving the gifts to and realized how easy this would be. I sat down to sketch out some ideas and before I knew it I had pages full of inspirations to fill the Mason Jars. Basically, all I did was stuff the lid with batting and covered it with a pretty fabric. I tied that with a matching ribbon and a coordinating tag or label and filled it with something I knew the person would enjoy. My notes went something like this:
The cook – Dried beans in layers and spices to make a soup
Layers of the dry ingredients to make chocolate chip cookies
Whole cinnamon sticks with a mini grater
The golfer – Golf balls and tees
The gardener – A terrarium
The crafter – Sewing kit, using the stuffed lid as a pin cushion
The kids – Hot chocolate with mini marshmallows
Cinnamon and sugar mixture with a shaker top
Crayons, kids’ scissors, tape, etc.
I also included a little gadget that went with the theme, for instance, a wooden spoon with the cookie or soup mix and a recipe.
So, take a look at your craft or cooking supplies and see what you can come up with. Even if you don’t have everything you need to make the jars a quick trip to the dollar store should do it. Guaranteed the recipient will be impressed and your shopping budget won’t be busted!
Here’s the things I included in the fresh cinnamon kit for the cook…
I also found these tags on the internet and printed them out on card stock…