Don’t shell out for special treat boxes and bags. If you know you’ll be giving the gift of snacks this year, start holding on to empty jars and cans now. We particularly love these ideas because there’s little or no cost involved. After all, you’re reusing the packaging from groceries you already paid for, and that was headed for the recycling bin anyway.
What you need:
- Empty cans and glass jars (we used these)
- Plastic cling wrap, parchment and/or tissue paper
- Twine, ribbon or washi tape, for decorating
Idea #1: Treat Jars
Fill empty glass jars from your kitchen with homemade candy, snack mix, nuts—you name it. And they fit a stack of mini cookies so perfectly, you’ll think they were made just to do it.
To make: Carefully peel off the label and thoroughly wash and dry the jar. Cover with plastic wrap or tissue paper, and seal with twine or rubber bands.
Idea #2: Cookie Canisters
Empty cans are surprisingly great for giving cookies. Especially with some tissue paper or washi tape, they’re festive (not to mention extremely durable).
To make: Remove the label and wash and dry the can inside and out. Carefully cover the inside metal edgeof the can with heavy duty tape to prevent cuts. Wrap a stack of cookies in parchment or tissue paper, tie at the top, and nestle inside the can.
Final cost: $0.99/roll for washi tape (on sale at Joann, not available online)