Can a simple jar bring happiness? I've just bought some of these kilner jars from Jamie Oliver. I loved their ceramic lids, which come in green, blue and cream (or 'pea', 'duck egg' or 'almond' as they call them - brilliant marketing.) They come in 4 sizes, and weren't too expensive - the largest one was £5. The teeny kilner jar would be perfect for storing spices.
And doesn't this marmalade jar from Lucky Little Dot's Etsy shop make a very stylish pen pot?