One of the most clever Christmas gifts I received this year was this faux gumball machine. I love that my friend even added some vinyl that says Hugs and Kisses and then filled the jar with just that.
I have seen this idea on several blogs and also found a couple tutorials here and here if you're interested in making your own.
The Dollar Tree carries the glass bowls just as a heads up.
Updated: I have gotten lots of questions about the lid. A smaller saucer is glued to the underside of the bigger saucer so the lid doesn't slide off. Here are a couple pictures to give you a better idea.