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Gifts in Jars?
September 9, 2012
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Canner Joann
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I bought several cases of quart jars recently.  They are similar to the old mayo jars; no design on them at all.  They have regular mouths on them.  I was thinking that this year I would give all my gifts using the jars as the “wrapping”, then printing labels for the lids.

I need your ideas on things that I could make (preferably) or buy to fit inside them.  I think that knitted dish cloths would be nice, but I need a few more ideas.

Let the creative juice-flowing begin!

Thanks!

Joann

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September 9, 2012
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Table napkins are always nice.

September 9, 2012
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scrubbies; custom spice mixes, e.g. home made curry powder, favorite bbq rub, hot chocolate mix, etc.; dried salad dressing mixes, e.g. ranch dressing mix; home made fettucini; dried fruit rollups; jerkys; spiced mixed olives; flavored, spikced of cheesed bread crumbs.

For dried mixes and herbs, no need to fill quart jar — place dried product in resealable plastic bag and slip bag(s) into quart jars.

Use etching cream to place design on jars. Insert candle so that jars act as hurricane lamps.

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September 9, 2012
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For someone who likes needle work…embroidery floss, embroidery scissors, Aunt Martha’s hot iron transfers, plain cotton dishtowel.

I just created a new board on Pinterest … gifts in jars (and baskets)…you might get some ideas from there. you could probably find it under… 4unme or Judy Clear.

September 13, 2012
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I love giving gifts in jars, usally the small wrapped holiday candies, I like the holiday kisses in different colored foiils. I have so many of the old blue mason jars with the the originial lids, they look so nice filled with candies and a finished of with a raffia bow, I keep a couple extra handy for gifts for folks that drop in during the holidays.

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September 13, 2012
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I’ve given 10-12 jars away over the past 5-6 years.  Attached to the outside of the jar is a paperback copy of CHRISTMAS JARS by Jason Wright, inside is….well, you’ll have to read the book to find out!  sun

September 13, 2012
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Miss Pat, I just downloaded and read the Christmas Jars book on my Kindle. Great Christmas story! Thanks for the hint.

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September 14, 2012
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Cookie mix, homemade candles, sugar/olive oil body scrub, canned fruits or marmalades, hot cocoa mix, pack the jar with homemade candies or fudge; put art supplies like oil paints, brushes (if they fit) and other artsy & crafty materials. If for kids, put in small glue sticks, crayola, drawing pencils, and just make your homemade package of crafts for kids. You can add back to school items in a jar like, pencils, pens, small stapler, post its of different sizes, highlighter, white out, paper clips, binder clips, etc…clover

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September 14, 2012
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Brookdale, I’m so glad you enjoyed the book.  I love it, especially the anonymity. Those jars have never failed to grace us with the true spirit of Christmas. Enjoy!

September 18, 2012
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Miss Judy….I tried both of your names in pinterest and neither brought anything up????no

September 18, 2012
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I like to give home made vanilla in smaller jars; also homemade granola, seasoned nuts, cookie ingredients, dehydrated fruit…..sun2

September 18, 2012
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Miss Joann – you might find some inspiration in the old Community Cookbook in the Giftbasket category: https://chickensintheroad.com/chickens-in-the-road-forum-recipes/gift-basket-goodies/

Or over at Farm Bell: https://chickensintheroad.com/farm-bell-recipes/category/gift-basket-goodies/

There are quite a few mixes and such that could easily be given in a jar.  So many of them can be layered and look soooo pretty!  Have fun.

Anulos qui animum ostendunt omnes gestemus!

September 18, 2012
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I make chex mix and muddy buddies chex mix at holiday time and put it in recycled pb jars for gifts.

Remember, if it rains on your picnic it's also raining on your garden!

September 18, 2012
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leandjean said
Miss Judy….I tried both of your names in pinterest and neither brought anything up????no

 

I  got home from the CITR retreat today and just now getting to this post. Not sure why you couldn’t find my boards…one of my friends said she just went o the pinterest site and typed my name into the search box and then clicked on  “people” and it popped my picture up ( a pic of me and my brother when we were small).Then she clicked on the pic and my boards came up.

I enjoy giving gifts in jars. I like to find unusual jars at garage sales for my gifts.

September 23, 2012
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I found you!!

September 24, 2012
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Judy,

 

I found you but I can’t find your gifts in a jar board.  I saw containers and mixes but not gifts.   Any hints?

 

Boy, did I make a mistake looking you up over my lunch at work.  I could get lost on your board.  We must be kindred spirits!

September 24, 2012
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Well, Kelly B, it’s on there. I have so many boards it’s pathetic! The name of the board is “gifts in jars (and baskets)” I need to rearrange the boards in alphabetical order…ha! ha! ha!…like that is ever going to happenlaugh. I am sure I could combine some of my boards but then I wouldn’t be able to find anything.

September 26, 2012
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MissPat said
I’ve given 10-12 jars away over the past 5-6 years.  Attached to the outside of the jar is a paperback copy of CHRISTMAS JARS by Jason Wright, inside is….well, you’ll have to read the book to find out!  sun

I have been doing this for a few years now.  Like you, doing it anonymously is a true blessing in the Christmas spirit.  In Jan.  I start with a wide mouth quart Mason jar- only silver coins and I put the book inside of the jar.  Once I have it filled I start with another jar.  Once the two jars with the books inside are finished I start on two pint jars filling with silver coins.  I usually find two deserving recipients and they each get a quart and pint jar. 

I don’t keep any change on me- I break bills everyday so I have enough coins to do this.

 

Besides doing this project, my other favorite project is the Samaritan Purse shoebox projects.

It’s such a blessing filling those plastic shoeboxes not knowing where they are going and who they will bless.

"A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body."
Benjamin Franklin

October 2, 2012
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I love this subject!  So many great ideas for gifts.  I found your Pinterest boards Miss Judy, love your style!  Were you at the Retreat this year?  I wish I could remember everyone I met!  Had so much fun.  Can’t wait for next year happy-feet

Jan

October 2, 2012
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Yes I was at the retreat this year. I am trying to put faces with names and am having trouble too. I am the short “chunky ” one who wore her glasses on her head all the time. Every one thought the town I live in had a funny name…Knob Noster.

 

As I was leaving I saw a small magazine at the local Dollar General…”Gifts in Jars”. I’ll have to go back and check that out.

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