Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! I love all the hearts and any excuse to play with red and pink colors, so I put together a few quick and inexpensive Valentine gift ideas to share with you. What could be better than that? Well, how about if all of the gift ideas are in a jar too? Yes, that’s where I’m going, but that’s still not the best news. I’m holding an awesome giveaway — $100 to spend on your own canning jars, food storage containers and more for making your own food gifts or for canning. Be sure to check the end of this post to enter.
Here’s my 3 Quick & Easy Valentine Gifts in a Jar Ideas:
Idea #1: Valentine S’mores in a Jar
Super easy to do and what I like about this is that it’s works as a family gift. I laid Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Treasures (in a Valentine wrapper) in the bottom of a 32 ounce Legacy canning jar. Then, I added the graham crackers to create 4 sides, so I could put marshmallows in the middle.
Finally, I finished with more marshmallows. The marshmallows I used are Kraft Jet-Puffed Jumbo HeartMallows.
I added a tag and that was it!
Idea #2: Candy Jar with Nestled Heart
Of course, it’s super easy to put candy in a jar and give it to someone, but I wanted to do something extra special. I wanted to create a nestled heart column in the middle of my candy jar. Here’s how I did it.
With an 8.5×11″ sheet of copy paper, I cut it in even quarters lengthwise (first in half and then each half in half again). Then, out of these strips, I cut a length of 4.75″. This is the size I needed for the 16 ounce Legacy canning jars, but if you are using something else, you’ll want to measure your jar. You want the length to fit perfectly from the bottom of the jar to the top edge.
Two edges were glued together with Elmer’s Extra Strength Craft Bond glue stick. When dried, I created a heart and determined that I need to also add glue on one of the edges of the opposite side of the paper.
The edge I just added glue to, plus the other edge that hasn’t been glued, it brought together with the glued edge to form a heart.
Once it is dried, it is placed, standing up, in the middle of the canning jar.
Very carefully, the outside of the heart is filled with candy (I used strawberry Jelly Bellies), but while doing that, the middle of the heart is also filled with a different candy (I used cinnamon hearts). If the heart tube moves at all, use a skewer to gently move it back where it should be. Also, filling the heart is easier with a funnel.
Idea #3: Popcorn with Cinnamon-Sugar Shaker
I love this gift idea because it’s so inexpensive and it makes a great gift for someone who either loves popcorn or for families. Rather than just filling a jar with popcorn, I decided to go one step further and create a cinnamon-sugar shaker that is nestled within the popcorn. The mixture I created is 4 tablespoons powdered sugar, 4 tablespoons granulated sugar and 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon All this is placed in a small spice jar that I picked up at The Containers Store.
Using the 32 ounce Legacy canning jar, I filled it up about 3/4 ths of the way with popcorn kernels. Then, the cinnamon-sugar shaker is nestled into the kernals. I put it down just enough so it’s level with the top edge of the jar.
Now onto the giveaway!
Freund is giving one of my readers a $100 gift certificate to shop in their store!
The Legacy canning jars I used in these Valentine gift ideas is available at Freund, but there is SOOOO much more available too! I absolutely love doing foodie gifts and there store is full of great ways you can package food gifts or use them items in a number of other ways. Some ideas of what you could get with your gift certificate if you win:
Syrup & Honey Containers
Jelly & Jam Jars
Food Storage Jars
Freund Container & Supply is the largest distributor of glass bottles, containers and wholesale packaging supplies online… Freund offers over 5000 items in stock every day, 98% same day shipping and low-price guarantees. Take a look at Freund’s wide selection of jars, tins, bottles and vials for all your crafting and food related needs!
To enter the giveaway, just use the Rafflecopter below. The only required entry is to answer the following questions in the comment area below:
What’s one of your favorite Valentine’s gifts to give OR receive? Or, if you prefer, leave a comment about the gifts in a jar I put together.
Giveaway is open to both US and Canadian residents, however, if you are a Canadian resident, please be aware of the following: Canadian residents are eligible to enter the giveaway with Freund but may need to use more of their gift certificate for shipping rates than their US counterparts. This is due to Canadian shipping rates being fairly high because Freund don’t have much volume heading that way.
Want another chance to win? My friend, Carolina at 30 Minute Crafts is also holding her own $100 Freund Gift Certificate Giveaway! Head on over there to enter and double your chances of winning.
Disclosure: I received product from Freund, and they are providing the gift certificate prize for this giveaway.