Friday, 6 February 2015

Gifts in Jars

There's just something about Valentine's Day, people either love it or hate it. I'm in the first category. I see nothing wrong with a mid-winter holiday dedicated to the most wonderful things in life, like candy... oh, and love! But I think I understand why February the 14th gets a bad rap; ironically, Valentine's Day lacks heart. People see it as a commercial cash grab, a fictional holiday schemed into existence by greedy chocolate manufacturers and greeting card companies.

Whatever side of the great divide you find yourself on, I say you can stand to celebrate this day without the $13 Hallmark card. And while I'm on the subject, this day isn't a couples only event either. It's a time to celebrate love. A day to do something extra special for someone special.

This year, do something sweet for a friend and avoid the over-priced chocolates, by gifting homemade goodies. I love to give food related gifts because everyone eats (obviously), so food items make for easy to enjoy, no-pressure gifts. Let me put it this way, you don't have to find a spot in your apartment to display a jar of jam that someone gave you! 

I've complied a short list of DIY food gifts, all of which are made without seasonal ingredients (it is the dead of winter, after all), and all of which can be packaged in mason jars! Simple and sweet!
The following food projects can be found on my blog, just click the image to read the original how-to post.

Ok, you've whipped up a batch of homemade gumdrops, or you've prepared jar upon jar of cinnamon apple jelly. Now you just need an easy way to wrap up those mason jars. Here are some packaging ideas that will make your canning and candy making look like gift worthy goods.

Ikea sells these vintage inspired tea tins in sets of 3 for only $5.99. Pop the mason jar inside, tie with a bow, and you've got the perfect present. 

Want to dress up your jelly jar with fabric and twine, but you don't have any extra fabric scraps lying around? (Or you can never seem to cut the fabric to the right shape and size?) Just use a cupcake liner! Fasten with an elastic band and add a length of twine or ribbon. 

Maybe the easiest of all: place your mason jar in the middle of one sheet of tissue paper, gather the paper together and fasten with a piece of washi tape (paper masking tape) or fabric tape (like washi tape but with cloth in place of paper).

Happy Valentine's Gifting!

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