This year I am being super organised when it comes to Christmas. I have already bought nearly everyone’s presents and most have even been wrapped up in festive paper and delivered to their recipients already. As well as being uncharacteristically organised this year, I also decided to hand make some of my gifts. I love a gift that has been lovingly made by someone, a gift someone has put real thought and effort into and not been plucked off a shelf in a stressful Christmas shopping frenzy. I have recently fallen in love with knitting so, of course, I decided to knit a few gifts but, after spending lots of time on Pinterest, I decided to get involved in all this mason jar business. I have 3 lovely nieces (ages 9 – 11) and as Oli and I are always unsure what to buy them, I decided to create a mason jar of Christmas treats for them. This is a cheap and cheerful gift that also looks great and will (hopefully) be happily received.
So, if you fancy making a Christmas treat mason jar perfect for a little lady in your family, here is what you will need…
* A jar – I got mine from Ikea. They are quite big and have a strong clip for the lid. At only £2.50, these jars are perfect.
* Accessories – To fill these jars I had to send my mind back to my childhood and try and remember what things an 11 year old loves. I had a browse around Claire’s Accessories and before I knew it I had filled my basket with nail varnish, hair accessories and make up (the kiddies stuff, I don’t think my sister would appreciate me giving her pre teen a jar full of MAC foundation!) I also popped in to Primark and grabbed a pack of about 20 hair bobble for £1. As I was buying for 3, I found it worked out cheaper to buy multi packs of hair accessories and split them between the 3 jars.
* Sweet treats – Who doesn’t love chocolate? I bought a big bag of chocolate coins and added a handful to each of the jars to add to the festive feel. I also bought some hot chocolate sachets and mini marshmallows and added them as well (Asda have an offer of 4 hot chocolate sachets for a £1, this made me very happy). Hot chocolate at Christmas time is a must, right? I also got a tin of Lollipops and Love hearts etc for £5 from Tesco and filled up the rest of the jars with these.
* Decoration – I decided not decorate the actual jar as I thought if the girls wanted to they could do this themselves. They are all quite creative and would probably enjoy painting/sticking things to the jars themselves. Also, by leaving the jars plain, the girls can now use them for keeping whatever they want in once they have emptied out all their Christmas treats (if I had decorated them in Christmas ribbon or varnish they may have been more inclined to bin them along with the wrapping paper). I went for a minimalistic look and just stuck a star ribbon to the lid and tied a cute little brown gift tag to each, simple yet effective.
What do you think of these Christmas treat mason jars, would you make something similar? I really hope the girls like them as much as I enjoyed putting them together for them. Do you like hand made gifts too?