Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Neighbor Christmas Gifts

Remember, my giveaway for the Twine Star Ornament ends this Friday!
Only one person has entered, so your chances of winning are pretty darn good.
And if you don't enter to win, then I know that this person will be very excited to receive
her ornament in the mail!
Click here for details...  

 I am going to attempt to give you some ideas that you can use for your neighbor gifts this Christmas. I don't know about you, but for some reason I always stress about these gifts. I want them to be just perfect, packaged perfect, and I especially don't want to leave anyone out. I also can't afford to spend a lot of money on neighbor gifts, so it can be quite challenging to come up with "the perfect gift". So, if you're stressing about those little gifts, or just want to get them done early this year (good for you, I say!) , I hope that these posts will help you out!
   I thought I would make this into a little mini series and focus on different things each day. Today, I want to focus on gifts you can give in jars. 
    I recently went to another ward's Super Saturday and took a class on jars, and how to present different items in jars. It was such a fun class and was taught by the sweetest lady named Leigh Anne, who is the fabulous author of Your Home Based Mom.  You can pretty much take anything, stick it in a beautiful jar, and you've got yourself a lovely little Christmas gift. If you want to check out a little of what Leigh Anne taught us, then you can go here
What I love about giving gifts in jars, is that you can use any type of jar. I have recently started saving all my salsa jars, jelly jars, pickle jars, and anything that my family eats that comes in a jar.
When we've eaten all the salsa, or jelly, or pickles, or whatever, I simply wash the jar, remove the label,
and I've got myself a great container!
If you're worried about how the lids look, you simply spray paint them!
Easy as pie!
     Here are some ideas for giving gifts in jars...

Cookie Mixes
Looking for some recipes for cookie mix in jars? Go here...

Hot Coca Mix
Click here to find the recipe.

Soup Mixes 
Click here for soup mix recipes

Caramel Corn or Muddy Buddies

Really, the possibilities are endless. You can even just simply bake some cookies or brownies and stick them in a jar. There are some things you might want to consider when giving gifts in a jar...
*Dress the jar up a bit! You can spray paint the lid, but material over the lid, wrap a bow around the jar, stick a label on the jar... just make it pretty!
*If you're giving a mix away, don't forget to type up the recipe! 
You can attach it to the jar by using some twine or ribbon.
*Layer your ingredients! It looks a lot prettier if you take the time to layer the ingredients,
rather than just sticking them in the jar!

Here are some beautiful jar presentations that I found...

Scrapbook paper, ribbon, and buttons to embellish
See the tutorial here...

Use cupcake liners over the jar lids and tie with twine...
I love these jars!

You can cover them in Epsom Salts for a nice "frosty" look

Or you can simply tape a doily on, and tie a ribbon around it.

Everyone loves to receive gifts, but just think of how appreciative they will be
when they receive a gift that someone actually took time to package nicely.

Here are some sites for recipe mixes:

or you can even go buy a box of brownie mix, dump it in the jar, and call it good!
Trust me, it becomes more than just a mix when it's packaged nicely!

I hope some of this helps... stay tuned for some other ideas I have on neighbor gifts!


  1. Love all these jar ideas! I can't wait to see the rest of this series!!

  2. Yay - thanks for doing my requested posts! :) I've been a little behind on my blog checking, so unfortunately I missed the chance to win your adorable ornament... So excited to see what else you post on - cute, cute jars!



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