Did you put up extra jam or pickles over the summer to save for gift giving? I do this every year and it’s a brilliant way to give homemade gifts without added stress during the busy holiday season. It’s one less thing to make or buy during the busy holiday season and can be easily combined with other items for larger gift baskets. Learning how to give home canned gifts for an easy and festive presentation is easy with these tips:
1. The Tried & True Favorite
We’ve all seen it, probably given and been given the jar covered with a piece of fabric and a canning ring. It’s basic, pretty, and easy. Nothing at all wrong this, make it even better by tying on a pretty label.
2. The Upcycled Canning Lid Label
Using an awl, punch two holes about 1/4 inch apart into a canning lid. Be careful not to bend the lid too much. Put the canning lid onto a flat surface covered with newspaper. Run a bead of white glue around the rubber rim of the lid. While the glue is still wet, sprinkle with glitter or confetti. Allow the glue to dry completely before shaking off any excess. (You may want to do this outside, because glitter can be such a nightmare to clean up.) Write the contents of the jar in the center of the lid with a permanent marker. Thread ribbon or yarn through the holes and tie to jar or ring for a lovely presentation.
3. The Shrink Wrap Label
Pantry Paratus gave me a package of these shrink wrap labels to test and review. When I first saw them, I thought they were so cute but honestly, couldn’t see myself shrink wrapping every jar in my pantry. However, I did immediately see the gift-giving potential.
They come in sizes to fit standard canning jars and in a variety adorable label styles. Simply slip the label over the jar and dip in boiling water (using a jar lifter to hold the jar). The hot water causes the label to shrink and mold to the jar. It’s super easy, works great, looks beautiful and easy to remove when the jar is empty.
It’s a lovely way to present jars of home canned goodies. I found that this was an especially great way to label jars that were being mailed. It allows for pretty presentation without much fuss when the jar is being wrapped with bubble wrap and stuck into a box going miles and miles.
What’s your favorite way to present home canned goods as gifts?