Q: I love to give homemade cookies as holiday gifts, but I never
know how to package them so they look like a "real gift" rather
than just something I threw together. I've used tins and those
holiday zipper bags but I was hoping for something a little more
appealing in the presentation. Any ideas?
A: Courtney has a great question. Cookies, brownies, and homemade
candies are wonderful gifts from the heart. But what are some fun
and pretty ways to wrap your treats? Try some of these ideas when
wrapping up your holiday gifts.
Use mason jars (completely cleaned and dried) to stack homemade
cookies in, then
decorate the lid with a pretty bow tied from holiday ribbon.
When using cookie tins, try wrapping the cookies in colored
plastic wrap and tying with thin colorful ribbon. To wrap, place a
rectangle of plastic wrap on the counter, place a short stack of
cookies in the center of the plastic wrap, then gather the plastic
wrap together above the cookies. Tie with ribbon and blossom out
the top of the plastic wrap so that it looks attractive.
Use empty (washed and dried) Pringles cans to stack cookies in.
You can decorate these with wrapping paper, contact paper, or
paint and ribbons. You could even use aluminum foil and a pretty
Baskets make a WONDERFUL presentation for edible gifts. Bundle
cookies in colored or clear plastic wrap as indicated above, then
arrange in a basket that is lined with tissue paper. Insert extra
tissue paper as filler and "fluff" it up to make it pretty. Tie a
big shiny bow to the handle of the basket or wrap the entire
basket in cellophane then adorn
with a bow.
Mugs & Plates
For smaller portions of cookies, wrap in plastic wrap and put
inside a coffee mug, add a package of cocoa, a cinnamon stick or
candy cane, wrap with cellophane and a bow. For larger portions,
you can use a holiday plate wrapped in cellophane, embellished
Cookie suckers are always a big hit. When your cookies are ready
to go into the oven, press an ice cream or lollipop stick into the
dough, then bake. Wrap cookie suckers individually with colored or
clear plastic wrap and tie closed with a pretty ribbon.
Though a little more extravagant, place cookies inside of a new
holiday or everyday cookie jar. Wrap the cookie jar in wrapping
paper, add curling ribbon in several colors. This gift will keep
giving for many years to come!
You can top off home baked gifts with a fun poem or friendly hand
written note. If your gift recipient enjoys baking, include the
recipe and a wooden spoon or wire whisk with the gift as a special
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