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Tips for Packaging Homemade Holiday Treats
December 7, 2011 • Posted by Jennifer Perillo

You’ve got your list of cookies and cakes to bake, but how do you plan to pack them up for gift giving? First, it’s important to make a list, so you can determine what materials you need. Small jars work for single servings of loose items like granola, homemade pancake mix and hot cocoa mixes. Recycling well-washed coffee cans and oatmeal tins add a pretty touch, and are good for larger portions, as well as cookies too.

Gift tags are a chance to include a sweet sentiment for the holidays and New Year ahead, so think about the message you’d like to write. You can buy good quality card stock at a stationary store, print a few gift tags per sheet, then hole punch them to tie with a ribbon on each package. You can even get the kids involved, by having them cut brown kraft paper into festive holiday shapes and write a note or color a picture on the gift tag.

Here’s a checklist to make sure you’ve got all your holiday packing materials:

  • Parchment Paper— It’s not just for baking cookies. Parchment paper is great for wrapping small bundles of cookies or cakes—just tie with raffia ribbon or butcher’s twine.
  • Reduce, Reuse, And Recycle— Old coffee cans, oatmeal tins, jelly and mason jars save money and the planet.
  • Waxed Paper— Tuck a sheet between layered stacks of cookies in tins to prevent them from breaking.
  • Bubble Wrap— A must to cushion cakes and cookies if you’re shipping them.
  • Fragile Stickers— This may seem over the top, but if you’re shipping some homemade love, you want them to get there in one piece—taping a few fragile stickers to the box helps ensure just that!
  • Cellophane Wrap— Festive colors, like red, green and blue, for Hanukkah, go quick, so stock up on them early. Cellophane is great for wrapping trays and plates of cookies, and loaf-style cakes.
  • Cellphone Bags— Baking supply stores sell these in bulk, and a variety of sizes. Small ones serve dual purpose, as they hold a few cookies, and are also good for wrapping up mini loaf cakes.
  • Ribbon— Rolls of colored and holiday themed ribbon are nice, but old-fashioned twine adds a homey, country look too.
  • Twist Ties— Use them to close bags first, to make tying on ribbons and trim easier.

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