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Gift container for a spread?

Hi everyone, it's my first time posting on this board -- I'm usually on the New Orleans board. I would like to give a handful of people a spread I've created and I'm a bit stumped as to what sort of container to use.

If it were a jam or jelly or infused oil or vinegar the choices would be pretty obvious.

Something along the lines of the old fashioned cheese crock leaps to mind but I fear the expense would be offputting and I'm not sure they even make them in the size I'd want to use. For size, imagine just a little bigger than the usual small ramekin.

What would you think about the small cups you can get at Asian markets with plastic wrap on top, assuming it can be made to look not too tacky?

And how dopey is it to give someone one of a piece of something that's usually found at least in pairs if not a herd, excuse me, set?

TIA for your assistance, and Happy Holidays!


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  1. The first thing that comes to mind is a short mason jar. you can decorate with a piece of fabric or a nice ribbon. i'm not sure of the exact size you would look for, but there are a ton of options out there. good luck :)

    1. I have started using glass containers with fitted plastic lids for that type of gift - they are inexpensive (you can get sets of 3 8oz jars for like $5 at Bed Bath and Beyond) and they are very useful - like tupperware, only nicer. Pyrex makes them, but there are other less expensive brands as well. They come in lots of sizes and shapes, too. The only problem I've encountered is that people usually think you'll want the container back - so you have to tell them it's part of the gift!

      1. I've taken to using canning jars, even if that's not the purpose I need them for. Mason jar sounds good, too, and I've also used Christmas coffee mugs to hold savory spreads--it's a 2 for 1 gift.. Another idea: I found some perfect jars at (of all places) the dollar store--cheap, decorative, and reusable. Decorate it a bit, and it's a perfect gift.

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        1. re: pine time

          I agree with the mason jar, you can get them in different sizes, and can make a decorative top.

        2. Not cheap but very beautiful. The Littala mini jars by Pentagon Designs


          1. Amazon has some cute onion soup crocks that might be very cute - there's one set I was looking at recently that was 4 for $20 or $25. Depending on how many you are gifting that might work.

            1. Here are links to 2 suggestions:

              8 oz jelly jars http://www.amazon.com/Ball-Deluxe-Qui...

              8 oz wide mouth canning jars http://www.amazon.com/Jarden-Home-Bra...

              They may not be super fancy but you can fancy them up with ribbons. If you want to go through the hassle and expense, you could even fancy them up by acid etching designs or the name of the spread like "Roxie's Hummus Spread".

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              1. re: Hank Hanover

                I'm a big fan of those short wide mouth canning jars for things like spreads- they seal nice and tight.

                I'll be using them for onion marmalade next week!

              2. Check a restaurant supply place -- you can get soup crocks for less than $3.00.

                1. Lock and Lock would be my pick, love those things.

                  But a bit ago I was in our Lucky supermarket and thought of this when I saw a display of soup mugs with plastic lids. That would be a nice reusable container, and appropriate for a cold weather gift.

                  1. like pine time suggested, I'd check your local dollar stores. Monday I saw some clear glass at my 99 Cent Only store. Also check out World Market. I have some with the metal "clamp down" top that I use for dried herbs and spices. They were only a dollar or two each.

                    1. IKEA has clear spice jars with screw on lids quite inexpensive. Who wouldn't want a handy little jar?

                      1. Weck makes squat jars (I think about 250-300mL) besides the more standard taller ones; they're a bit different from standard Mason jars, and I find them entirely too lovely.

                        1. www.replacements.com offers lots of containers for inexpensive prices.

                          I particularly like some of their colored pieces, like the ones on this page: http://www.replacements.com/webquote/...

                          1. IKEA has some hinged lid, gasketed storage jars, the smallest holds about a cup, IIRC. I buy them by the boatload to use for food gifts.
                            If you need something smaller, WECK jars are lovely and not too crazy expensive.