Message in a jar
For this riff on the romantic “message in a bottle” concept, write or print out a love note or poem on a long, thin ream of paper. (The larger the font, the more your sweetheart will need to unfurl as s/he reads.) Roll it up, stash it in a decorated jar and hide it where you know s/he’ll be surprised by it
Light up the night
Slip a votive candle into a baby food jar that’s been securely wrapped with wire. Hang a few from a fireplace mantel, a nail in the wall or use it on the table to lead a path to dinner, and light the way to a dreamy evening.
Silly snow globe
Glue an upside-down figurine to the inside of the lid; add water and glitter, then screw shut and shake — it's your very own snow globe!
Decorate cleans jar with ribbon or construction paper, then fill with soil and add the flower bulb of your choice to your baby jar planters. Line ‘em up on a sunny windowsill and watch them grow, turning your V Day gift into a cool at-home science experiment. When spring arrives, bring your bambino outside for some fresh air and transplant the bulbs into the soil together.
Decorate lids with circles of felt, ribbons, or other pretty material. Fill clean, dry jars with loose Valentine's Day candy (conversation hearts, red-hots, chocolate kisses, or red and pink M&Ms) and cap.
Sexy s’mores in a jar
For dessert, savor these delicious-looking (and surprisingly easy-to-assemble) s’mores, which require just a few minutes in the oven. Hot hot hot!
Set the mood with homemade candles you make inside old baby food jars.
Mmm-mini cherry pies
Just line clean baby food jars with dough, stuff with cherry pie filling, top with dough hearts and bake for a homespun little treat.