Welcome to the second post in our Simple Gifts series where we share easy homemade gift ideas that can be made in thirty minutes or less. You may remember last month I had the idea of making home-roasted nuts, perfect for last-minute gift-giving. This month I’ve chosen to make these simple Jelly Bean Treat Bags. This is absolutely the perfect little gift for Valentine’s day, and you can easily adapt it for any kind of gift-giving occasion.
Start at a candy store (or in the candy aisle of your grocery store if there is a good selection). Choose jelly beans in a combination of colors that your people will love. For example, people in my family are deeply fanatic Oregon Duck fans, so yellow and green jelly beans will be adored. Or if we are going to an OSU game, I would get orange and black. When making these treat bags for a gathering of my sister-in-law, Eileen’s family, they would be all green – dark green, medium green and light green – because they are Irish. If I were to make one bag just for my husband David, it would be all dark red because that is his favorite color. Because Valentine’s Day is coming up, I’ve chosen red, white and pink jelly beans. But the possibilities for color-combinations are endless!
• Small organza bags, white or ivory so the jelly bean colors will show through
• Heart-shaped personalized hang tags
Optional: Use cellophane bags with personalized labels instead of organza bags and tags.
• 3 or 4 cups of jelly beans, your choice of colors
Pour the jelly beans into a bowl and stir to mix the colors. Put about 1/4 cup of jelly beans into each organza bag; pull closed, tie the ribbon into a bow, and pull a tag over the knot in the ribbon. Your gifts are ready!
Guidelines for Simple Gifts:
• Plan ahead. Think about and decide what you want to do well in advance so you can do the shopping portion of the giftmaking along with other errands. Have all materials and ingredients on hand when it is time to make the gift.
• Packaging. Pretty packaging makes any gift special. Arm yourself with a supply of small boxes or cellophane bags and ribbon. We also recommend having your own personalized tags or labels on hand. Use generic wording so they can be used on a multitude of items. For example, mom’s tags and labels say “with love from Grammie.” With no reference to what the item is, they can be used on anything!
• It is not the item itself that is special; it is the idea that you think enough about a person to prepare something personally for them. Sometimes your gift doesn’t even have to be handmade; but hand-assembled. Follow this monthly series and you will see examples of both.