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My kids and I bake cookies for Christmas, and give them as gifts to their teachers. I save around 10 empty 28 oz. Plastic Peanut Butter Jars, (Jif Peanut Butter is what I prefer to use. It gives you a red lid, good color for the holiday season.) I tear off the printed label, and run the jar and lid through the dishwasher on the top rack.
To prepare the “Christmas Cookie Gift Jar”, the kids and I cut out a strip of red or green construction paper, 3-4 inches high x 6-7 inches wide. This will become the “new” label for the jar. The kids decorate the label as a Christmas card for their teachers and sign their names. Be creative, and you can use glitter, glue, ribbons, and even stickers if you want. Next, we glue the label they created onto the jar and let it dry.
Next, take one (1) clear cellophane bag (you can find these bags at any dollar store around the holiday) and place inside the jar first. Fill bag with homemade cookies and candy, and use a twist tie to close. Last, put the lid on the jar and add a colorful bow.
I like to use the plastic jars because they are a safe way for the children to travel to school with them, rather then glass. The teachers can reuse or recycle the jar when they are finished.
We normally make around 6-10 jars for teachers each year, i.e. Piano teachers, grade school teachers, Sunday school teachers, pre-school teachers and aides.
Have fun! Save money when using items you normally purchase, and create new things!
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