Creative Ways to Give a Gift Card: The Mason Jar Gift

Thank you to Target for sponsoring today’s hour or less gift idea.

Do you love getting gift cards?  Most people do!  You can get what you want, or put it toward a big purchase you might not otherwise make on your own.  You get the right size, the right color, the right brand.  Target’s recent research shows that 90% of people love getting a gift card as a holiday present.  9 out of 10 of us would be just as happy picking up that great new toy or clothing item for ourselves as we would writing it down on our lists for someone else to buy for us.

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You know what they also found?  Only 30% of us actually feel good about giving a gift card.  Handing over a piece of plastic can feel kind of impersonal, I know.  I mean, this time of year, we give gifts to convey the care and love that we feel toward our family members and good friends.  But let me assure you, there are ways to make the gift of a gift card thoughtful, meaningful, and fun!  Today I’m going to show you how a few dollar-section finds and inexpensive beauty items come together to make a pretty, useful, and personal gift card gift.

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So here’s where to start.  On your next Target run (you totally know you’re going soon, if you’re anything like me), swing through the dollar spot.  Pick up one of these gorgeous snowflake-themed hinged mason jars, and a couple of items to dress it up.  I grabbed some shredded filler, baker’s twine, tiny ornaments, and some stickers that I added to a simple scrapbook paper tag.  For an extra touch, pick up a bag of nice chocolate.  Or two… ahem.  These supplies will make up 3 or 4 jars, so if you have more gift cards to give, be sure to pick up extra jars.

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Next, think of something small that your recipient loves.  Is it coffee?  Cozy socks?  Office supplies?  My sister is totally into doing her nails, so I picked up some inexpensive nail polish colors and a nail kit.  Other great ideas to add are lip balms, makeup brushes, or travel-sized lotions. Or?  Just fill it up with chocolate.  Lots and lots of chocolate.  You can easily create a gorgeous jar with these happy additions for under $20.

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Arrange your gift items in your jar, along with your primary gift: the Target GiftCard®.  Think of it like a tiny gift basket – with a jar that your friend can re-use, and items to pamper herself inside.  And the hero item is whatever she wants it to be. It’s an easy size to travel with, you didn’t have to ask her size – it’s a win, all the way around!

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Write a personal note, or make a gift tag to tie on.  If you’re not crafty, you can use a pre-made card, or even just cut a plain white tag and write a nice message.  If you read here often, you know I can’t resist some handmade touches – so I made my tag out of my paper crafting stash, and the stickers I found in the dollar spot.  Tie it on with baker’s twine to tie into the mason jar’s rustic look.  For a little extra cheer, add a couple of tiny plastic ornaments.

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And just like that – you’ve got a gift with beautiful presentation, that shows you thought it out well, and ultimately chose something you know your recipient is going to love: a Target GiftCard®!


So what do you think?  Do you feel good about giving gift cards?  Do you like to get  them?

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  1. Brittany says

    what a cute and clever way to give a gift card!! I will be stealing this idea for a few gift card recipients on my list this year!! thank you adrianne!!!

  2. Crystal says

    I love this idea!! What a great way to give a gift card!! Love the addition of chocolate and nail polish. So fun!! Thanks for the great idea!!

  3. Teresa Dalton says

    As always, kind, brilliant and clever! Personally, I love Giftcards! But your idea really makes it special. Thanks for making me smile again.
    Teresa Dalton.

  4. says

    Such a cute gift presentation. The good part is that she can either use the gift jar for something else, or pass it on with another gift inside for another recipient. Sweet!

  5. Alyssa Hall says

    I just love this idea! It’s super cute! I know that this was posted a few years back, but I was wondering if you knew the size of the jar that they used?

    • says

      I don’t, I’m sorry, but if it helps it was definitely larger than a quart size – maybe a 50-60 oz sized jar? I have seen many jars of similar size with this hermetic-style sealed lid in kitchen aisles for storing things like sugar, flour, pasta, and more.

      When I shopped, it helped to just bring the jar around with me and see what fit inside it. I know that doesn’t help if you are shopping online, but remember that if you’re somewhat flexible about what to include, gift card packaging comes in all dimensions these days. You can make other sizes (both large and small) work equally!

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