If you haven't already noticed, Mason jars continue to be everywhere, whether they're used as a water glass or to transport your lunch salad. They also make for a rustic, practical, and affordable vessel for food gifts. Load them with granola, or pancake mix and consider that long list of gifts you need for family and friends taken care of. But while it's really what's on the inside that counts, it's the holidays, so spend a few extra minutes dressing up the outside as well. Here are five easy ways to make your Mason jar food gifts feel extra-festive this time of year.
1. Add a tag with directions.
While the gift of granola is pretty straightforward (sprinkle over yogurt, eat, and repeat), other food gifts, like hot cocoa mix, benefit from a little instruction. Write the cooking instructions on a small gift tag and tie it around each Mason jar so your recipient will know just how to enjoy it.
2. Paint a fun design on the outside.
Get crafty with your Mason jars before you fill them up by painting the outsides with a fun design. Go seasonal with white snowflakes or grab some chalkboard paint, which you can then write a message on.
3. Tie a spoon on it.
Sure, your recipient may already have a wooden spoon on hand to stir up the instant mac and cheese you're giving them, but tying a pretty one to each jar encourages them to dive right in and cook themselves up a bowl of comfort.
4. Print out a colorful label to add to the lid.
Downloadable labels for Mason jars are all over the internet, and most of them are free. Find one you like for a fast and easy way to dress up the jars and also let your recipients know what's inside.
5. Wrap it in a decorated brown paper bag.
A gift feels even more special when it's wrapped up in something that you have to tear open. While a traditional gift bag will do, you can actually get even more creative with a regular brown paper bag. Put a Mason jar inside the bag and then seal it up and decorate it to fit the season.
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