Homemade Gifts: Repurposing the Bonne Maman Jars

Remember how we were talking about repurposing the Bonne Maman jars? A while back? No? Well, check it out here.

Anyhoo, we had about eight Bonne Maman jam jars that we deemed too pretty to recycle this year. And over the months, we’ve used them to store leftovers, or to hold a little homemade something that we are passing along.

So this year, in addition to contributing to the teacher’s gift money that the class parents collected, we decided to make some of the famously addictive peanut clusters, and some of the fabulous Union Square Cafe Bar Nut Mix, and pass them along to the women who work so hard with our kids in school.

This picture does not do the cuteness justice, but to give you the idea:

Lining up the jars!

I slapped a little handwritten label on them and tied a bow around the jars, and put them in gift bags.

We had a few people more to give to than we had jars available. They got these cute little gift bags (and some scored Rich Roll Cookies — see your copy of The Joy of Cooking for the recipe):

And off we traipsed to school!

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2 Responses to “Homemade Gifts: Repurposing the Bonne Maman Jars”


  1. 1 Paula/adhocmom December 23, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I LOVE those jars. I’m actually kind of sad that we’ve officially switched to “fruit spread.” We use them for highballs!

  2. 2 Melisa December 27, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Jeez, Paula, you’re making me feel bad that you switched to fruit spread while I continue to feed my children sugar-filled jam. At least it’s French…. Using them as highballs is an excellent idea — maybe with your chips and dip on New Year’s Eve?!


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