Mason jars are a great choice for quick little gifts that still have that special personal touch. If you have time to make an assortment of cookies to put in them, that’s great. If not, here are some ideas that will help you pour, top and tag your way to holiday fun!
Pour – Easier Than Layering
Those Mason jars with the layered flours, sugars, chips and other cookie recipe ingredients do look really cool, but if you’re short on time, they can get tricky. If you just pour in one ingredient – easy! And they still look great.
- Organic granola (buy in bulk for savings)
- Organic popcorn
- Red and white peppermint candies
- Red, white and green jelly beans
- Caramel corn snack mix
- Nuts such as pistachios, cashews, almonds or chestnuts (buy these in bulk, too)
- Don’t forget your best friend’s best friend: fill with dog or cat treats for a pet gift that will warm their owner’s hearts.
Top – Quicker Than Cutting
There’s no need to cut out circles of fabric and try to make those frilly tops that keep slipping off. Just use the ideas below. (You won’t need the metal circle from the top of the jar.) Craft stores have colorful holiday cupcake liners that add a festive look easily.
- Just take one cupcake liner, printed side up, place over open jar and fasten metal ring back over the top. Presto!
- For a white lace look, use small white paper lace doilies as above.
- For a homespun look, use small, unbleached (light brown) paper coffee filters.
Tag – Faster Than Ribbon
Holiday ribbons are beautiful, but it can be hard to make a nice bow and they keep slipping on the glass jar. When you’re at the craft store, pick up some silver or gold cord. Tie the cord around the top underneath the cupcake liner. Then just tie on a cute tag to the cord. You can get holiday tags at the craft store, or get the plain brown tags and dress them up.
- No need to abandon ribbon entirely. Take a length of festive ribbon and cut it in small pieces as wide as each plain brown tag. Glue one piece across the bottom of each tag and write a fun message.
- For the paper doilies – cut out a half-circle of “lace” from the doily and glue it on the bottom of a plain brown tag. This makes a matching tag for the paper doily topper.
- If you purchase silver cord, get little silver jingle bells also. String the bells on a piece of silver cord and tie to the cord under the top.
- Black chalkboard labels are popular now, in many shapes. You can find them at the craft store, along with a white chalk marker or chalk ink pen. Put the labels right on the jar, or put small labels on brown paper tags.