A simple and easy "homemade" gift to give to teachers or others that deserve a little "Thank You" gift this Christmas time is the time honored Candy In a Jar.
Everything I used to make these, for my youngest two daughter's Sunday school teachers, I had on hand- except for the M-n-M's.
We used to run a hand crafted soap and body care business and I have a few odd jars left over from that time. I used a square jar with a cork lid but any shape will do and if you can't find anything with a lid a wad of tissue paper will work nicely. Garage sales and thrift stores are great places to look for containers but craft stores and supermarkets will usually have something too.
We sorted the M-n-M's by color- something all the kids enjoyed helping with- by dumping our Costco sized bag onto a cookie sheet and grouping them into piles. Then we carefully filled the jar by the rainbow... ROY G BIV (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet) and sealed it up.
Next I tied some wire-edged ribbon around the jar.
And attached a little thank you note with string and a hole punch.
Simple, pretty, and inexpensive! It works with a lot of different types of candies and can be adapted to other holidays and occasions. Being thoughtful doesn't have to break the bank.