We get to go places for Christmas Eve and Christmas brunch, so I have had fun putting together little hostess gifts for the last couple of years. This year I really had fun though. As usual, I turned to Pinterest and was reminded of this idea (from here). Next thing I know, for some reason, I decided there needed to be a collection of birthday candles too and that is how "Make a Wish" kits were created.
The sandpaper idea really does work. We used 150 grit paper and actually punched several circles out to include with each jar so that it can be used over and over. As the original source said, make sure your matches are the strike anywhere kind. Then for birthday candles I raided Target and Party City. As you can see, I pretty much could not resist any pack of candles I came across.
I figured now the recipients would have plenty of candles to choose from as their families celebrate birthdays in the coming years. A word of warning, the jars are super tricky to stack and get tied with ribbon, so you might want to wrap them up another way, but you're welcome to download a copy of the tag here in case you want to make up a kit of your own.