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Mason Jar used for gifting ideas. DIY

Mason Jar Gifts

Mason Jar Gifts

The popularity of mason jars has grown through the last few years. And why not- they are cute and functional! A growing trend is using the jars to give gifts – and they are the perfect small gifts for neighbors, co-workers, and friends. Of course, some ideas are more appropriate for one audience vs another, so we have compiled a list to help you out.

Cupcakes in a jar – Of course there is a company that hit it big on Shark Tank with this idea already, but you can keep it low scale, and make them yourself in much smaller batches. Just bake the cupcake directly in the jar – make sure to only fill it a little more than half way so you have room to add frosting and toppings.

Hot cocoa in a jar – Fill up half of the jar with your favorite hot cocoa mix, and then fill the rest with marshmallows. This is a fairly inexpensive option as well because you can buy the mix in bulk and fill up a lot of jars.

S’mores in a jar – Add in graham crackers, a couple Hershey bars, and some big marshmallows, and you have instant s’mores!

Bunch of cookies in a jar, please eat me!

Chocolate chip cookies in a jar – Layer the ingredients, and attach a small piece of paper with the instructions. Aside from the ingredients you have added instruct them to preheat the over to 375, add 1 egg, ¾ teaspoon of vanilla extract, and bake for 9 to 11 minutes. These are the ingredients for you to layer in the jar.:

  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups (9 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips

Candy jar – Fill up the jar with any variety of candy – just chose colorful candies – they are the decoration and the treat!

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Tis the Season

Time for the Christmas trees, lights, decorations, and hot chocolate. Time to break out those ugly sweaters, hates and mittens. My kids always get so excited with they see the storage tub come out from the attic. They love to decorate the tree with all their ornaments we have collected over the years. Each year we add to out collection, whether it is a family ornament for all of us or an individual one for each kid. My daughters favorite part is her advent calender. We have one from when I was a kid with twenty five different classic mini stories. Each night we read a story and we have to do the advent calendar with the little chocolates as well. My favorite part are all the different lights. I love seeing the new creative ways people light up their homes. I saw a new decoration, which i thought was funny. Someone had a pretend Santa hanging from their chimney, it looked like he was hanging on trying not to fall. There is also this new laser light display you can buy, so your not struggling with the old fashioned lights on a string. The aggravation of untangling them for hours just to find out the middle of strand wont light up. With the laser lights its a projector that covers your whole house. You can operate these lights using your smartphone. My son loves the lights that go with the different Christmas carols. There is a street by my old house, that goes all out during this year. Every neighbor on the street competes with their decorations and the winner gets a gift that everyone pools together for. Its a great way to get everyone together for the holidays, working together and appreciate the meaning of Christmas.

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