I’m very excited!!! Spotlight have very generously sent me a gift voucher to buy a few of my favourite things from my local Spotlight Store. On top of that – they have also offered YOU all the chance to win a $500 Spotlight voucher EVERY WEEK for the next eight weeks! Think of what you could do with $500 at Spotlight! I will be showing you my purchases – and you have eight chances to win a $500 Gift Card!
My first weeks find is Mason Jars! I adore Mason Jars especially at this time of year as they are inexpensive, versatile and make for fantastic gift ideas that won’t cost you the earth. What are Mason Jars you might ask? Well they are pretty moulded glass jars with lids traditionally used for storing jams and preservatives over the winter months and originated in the United States. They are also (until now) notoriously hard to find here in Australia without spending a fortune on postage! But fear not! They are available nationally in every Spotlight Store in the kitchen section!
The Mason jars from Spotlight vary in size and price and start from $2.99. The jars I picked up (in the pictures) were $4.99 each with the standard metallic lid but I paid extra to get the red and white fancy lids ($7.99 for a pack of six) which really ‘pretty’ up the jars. They were even cheaper in a pack of six although the jars were plainer than the sort I am showing you here. Here are a few ideas you could use with Mason Jars.
We have a recipe or two on the website – but give the jars a really good clean (dishwasher is great) and dry well, then find a recipe that has lots of assorted dried ingredients that you neatly stack layer by layer. Attach a label with the amounts for the wet ingredients and how long to cook it for – and it makes for a very attractive and inexpensive gift for under the Christmas Tree. An alternative or twist on the Cookies in the Jar idea is breakfast in a jar (see picture below). Add some muesli, dried fruit or nuts, perhaps some chocolate drops and tie a ribbon over the top!
Make a Mason Jar Lolly Stack (see piccie)
This is a great one for the kids and really simple to make! Fill the jars with various lollies and stack them up! Add some eyes and a nose (from the craft section of Spotlight) and cut out a cardboard hat and your done. It makes for a lovely table centrepiece for Christmas that the kids will love to make!
Buy an inexpensive sewing kit and strategically place them in a jar. It’s a great gift for someone that doesn’t have a sweet tooth and is very practical. Choose items like cotton, needles, a measuring tape, safety pins and a pin cushion!
Home Made Jam
Mason Jars were made for home made preservatives, relishes and jam and they make for a wonderful Christmas gift. Try strawberry, marmalade, green tomato relish or home made tomato sauce! Nothing comes from the heart more than home made!
To win a $500 Gift Voucher courtesy of Spotlight – all you need to do is enter below in the RAFFLECOPTER giveaway widget and tell us about which special in their latest Spotlight Catalogue you would buy!
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Competition closes Monday 10th December 2012 at midnight and the winner will be notified via email!
Disclaimer: This is a paid promotion from Spotlight. Items chosen for the product reviews were chosen by me (Jody Allen) and not the promoter. The writing, ideas and opinions are my own honest and truthful experiences.