3 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the Holidays

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Last year I wrote a blog featuring Seven Festive Ways to Use a Mason Jar. I received a lot of positive feedback so I wanted to blog about a few more fun ways to use a mason jar for the holidays. These ideas are simple, fun and make great gifts. Don’t forget that you can get most, if not all of the items to make these gifts at your local Coborn’s!

Mint Cocoa Cocktail

First let’s start with a fun “Adult” gift, The Mint Cocoa Cocktail. A little mint a little cocoa and a little liquor make for a great way to unwind from a long winter day. Click Here to print the Free Printable Gift Tags that include the directions on how to make this Christmas-y Cocktail.

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Mint Cocoa Cocktail Mason Jar Gift
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Ingredients
  • Mason Jar
  • Handful Peppermint Candies
  • 2 Small Bottles Peppermint Schnapps
  • 2 Packets Hot Cocoa Mix
  • 2 Peppermint Candy Canes
  • One 8" Round Piece of Material (peppermint pattern)
  • 4.5' Twine
  • Four 1" Bulbs (I used 4 different colors)
  • Free Printable Tag
Instructions
  1. Place peppermint candies in the bottom of the jar.
  2. Place 2 hot cocoa packets in the back of the jar.
  3. Place 2 bottles of peppermint schnapps in the jar in front of the cocoa packets.
  4. Add 2 candy canes in the jar for stir sticks.
  5. Screw the lid on the jar.
  6. Place the material on top of the lid.
  7. Wrap the twine twice around the lid to secure the material on the top of the jar.
  8. Attach free printable tag with twine.
  9. Tie the bulbs to the end of the twine.
  10. Stir with candy canes and enjoy!

 

Cinnamon Popcorn Santa

My next mason jar gift idea is a tasty treat that anyone on your list will love!

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Cinnamon Popcorn Santa Mason Jar Gift
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Ingredients
  • Mason Jar Supplies
  • Large Mason jar
  • Little Santa hat
  • 1 Foot 1" Black Ribbon (or paper)
  • 2" x 2" Sparkly Silver Paper
  • Cinnamon Candy Popcorn
  • Hot Glue
  • Cinnamon Popcorn Ingredients
  • 8 Quarts Popped Popcorn
  • 1 Cup Butter, cubed
  • ½ Cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 9 Oz. Red Hot Candies
Instructions
  1. Mason Jar Instructions
  2. Hot glue the Santa hat on the lid.
  3. Hot glue the black band around the middle of the jar.
  4. Hot glue the silver buckle on the black band.
  5. Fill the jar with Cinnamon Candy Popcorn.
  6. Cinnamon Popcorn Directions
  7. Place popcorn in a large bowl; set aside.
  8. In a large saucepan, combine the butter, corn syrup and candies; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently for 5 minutes.
  9. Pour sauce over popcorn and toss to coat.
  10. Transfer popcorn to two greased 15" x 10" x1" baking pans.
  11. Bake at 250°F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  12. Dump popcorn onto waxed paper to cool.
  13. Break apart; store in airtight containers.

 

Edible Play Dough Snowman

My last mason jar gift idea is an edible play dough snowman. This is a great gift for the kids on your list. It is not a tasty treat, but if it is consumed, it is at least made with all edible ingredients! Not to mention it is pretty adorable as well.

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Edible Play Dough Snowman Mason Jar Gift
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Ingredients
  • Mason Jar Snowman Supplies
  • Mason Jar
  • White Spray Paint
  • Two ¾ -1" Black Buttons
  • Four ½" Black Buttons
  • Small Piece Orange Felt
  • 16" Square Piece of Material
  • Styrofoam ball - 3" Round and 1 ½" high
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue
  • Edible Play Dough Ingredients
  • 1 Box White Cake Mix
  • 1 Stick Butter, softened
  • Water
Instructions
  1. Spray paint the Mason jar white.
  2. Cut orange felt into a triangle to create a nose.
  3. Hot glue button eyes, button mouth and felt nose onto jar.
  4. Lay material right side down and place jar lid on top.
  5. Cut Styrofoam ball to fit on top of the jar (use a steak knife).
  6. Pull material up around the lid and ball and tie it, cutting off any excess.
  7. Make Edible Play Dough by combining cake mix, stick of softened butter and water. Add water as needed to create desired consistency.
  8. Push play dough in the jar and seal it with the lid.
Notes
The white spray paint is optional. You will still get the white color of the snowman by placing the white play dough inside the mason jar.

 

I hope you enjoy making these fun and festive mason jar gifts for your friends and family this holiday. For more fun gift ideas using mason jars Click Here and start following us on Pinterest today!

Lynell
Coborn’s, Inc. Graphic Designer

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Cut Down on Candy this Halloween

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Kim

Happy Halloween! It is now that scary time of year when ghosts and goblins visit our homes looking for treats.  But that’s not the scariest part……oh no, much scarier than the ghosts and goblins is the number of sweet treats that will now enter our homes.  Some ways to combat the “scariness” are to set limits on the amount of sweet treats that are consumed.

  • Have kids pick out their favorite items and let them “treat” themselves once a week to an item.
  • Offer kids the opportunity to “trade” the candy for something else they would like.
  • Participate in a “candy buy back” in your community.  Often dentist offices will offer this program.
  • Or create your own “candy buy back” with your kids.  *Now keep in mind, this doesn’t mean you have to eat all the treats!  Bring them to the office and put them on your desk or in the employee breakroom.  Portion control is always key and there is definitely something to be said for the more people you put in the mix, the less you are apt to eat yourself!

There is still another scary part we haven’t touched on and that is what treats to offer the ghosts and goblins that come knocking at your door.  Candy bars, lollipops and gummy bears, oh my!!  There certainly are more nutritious alternatives than these.  Consider these options:

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Although a homemade snack might be more nutritious than some store bought items, from a food safety perspective this is still something that is taboo.  These are often thought of as items that could have been tampered with and all your creative efforts could ultimately end up in the trash.  Use these efforts on family and friends or throw a neighborhood Halloween party where all can enjoy your wonderful creations!

*Another good alternative is non-food snacks – stickers, tattoos, pencils, crayons, small notepads.  Kids will have a great time with these as well.  Let’s not forget one very positive thing about Halloween… Kids are active! – walking from house to house getting some exercise and fresh air.  So don’t give in to driving them around the neighborhood!  Walk with them and enjoy the time together!  Have a safe and fun Halloween!

Kim
Coborn’s, Inc. RD and Food Safety Coordinator

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