In the winter, I keep a large Folger can full of inexpensive cat litter, and keep it in my car. Cat litter is great to put under your wheels, if your stuck on ice.
You can go to www.folgerscoffee.com, click on "Apps" and then click on "decorate your canister". There are seasonal designs that you can customize and print out on adhesive paper.
I covered them with decorative Contact adhesive paper, and made storage containers for rice, dried beans, brown sugar, cornmeal, pasta, chocolate chips, coconut, breadcrumbs, etc. I put chalkboard labels on the front. They stack well on my shelves, and are pretty much airtight.