Christmas Gift Ideas on an NGO Budget! The Jar Edition

It’s that time of the year when we usually pause to appreciate our colleagues; from board members, staff, and volunteers. While we would all love to individually acknowledge their sacrifice and contribution to the cause our budget can get in the way.

So the question arises, can you say ‘Happy Holidays and Thank You’ without going into debt? The answer; yes you can! We’ve put together some really awesome, thoughtful and affordable ideas using jars and we hope you’ll love them!


The Jam Jar of Sweets

Using a jar (recycled jam jars with the label cleanly removed can work) fill with various candy. Decorate the jar with ribbons and add a personalized note. The note can acknowledge how sweet the person has been during the year!

Average cost $45 can make 2 – 3 jars depending on the size of the jar.

Personalize the jar more by placing a photo on the inside of the jar that really captures that person in their NGO mode!


The Mason Jar of Calm- Whoooosah

Managing and even just working with an NGO has its stressful and even sad moments. Sometimes we need to take a step back and breathe. For this gift idea, you’ll need a mason jar with a handle – You can personalize it with a sarcastic saying, cute picture or a reassuring and motivational Bible verse.

Fill the jar with an assortment of tea, hot chocolate, and coffee packs. Average Cost $45- $65


The Green Jar

Now, this is a messy, but a worthwhile gift to put together. You’ll need a tiny glass jar, some colourful pebbles, potting soil, some ribbon or string, and the cutest succulent ever!!!!  (Ask a neighbour or get one at the plant store). Layer the bottom half of the jar with pebbles, the top with dirt, and insert the succulent. Tie a bow around the jar and attach your note! Succulents are low maintenance and look great on any desk.

Not ready to get down and dirty? You can buy one at the agricultural store for $25- $45

What do you think about our NGO Christmas Jar Edition? Have you tried any of these yourself or, do you have an idea you’d like to share with us? Leave your feedback in the comment section below!

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