For those occasions when a simple gift is needed, cookies and treats stashed into decorative tins, boxes or other containers are the perfect thing.
Packed properly, the food will stay fresh for several days. The containers make festive decorations and easily accessible gifts-for the kitchen or dining room.
Use Paper Loaf Pans and Festive Plastic Wrap.
After baking’s completed, you can start packing by using paper loaf pans, which will give your baked goods a professional look.. In addition, the pans don’t need greasing so they’ll save you kitchen time.
Festive plastic wrap (the ones that come in several colors) will make your holiday goodies look even better and keeps them from drying out or getting soggy. Also, you can ball it up (the plastic wrap, I mean) and use as a cushion when packing.
Use Sturdy Plastic Containers.
To protect the cookies and any candies from even the roughest handling (to further insure that your cookies arrive in good condition. You can send thick, sturdy types that won’t melt or break, (like bar cookies or biscotti). They make great gifts, too.
Use Sturdy Packing Boxes For Shipping.
This is the first defense against bumps and dents. Choose a box that’s large enough to hold your tin or container and allows room for those Styrofoam “peanuts” to further protect the contents.
Use clear, heavy-duty packing tape. Many companies won’t accept masking or duct tape.
You can place an index card with the recipient’s name and address inside the box. If the box is damaged, it can still be forwarded to its destination.
Use a Scale.
A kitchen scale can save you time and money. Weigh packages beforehand so you know exactly how much postage you’ll need (and you’ll have enough to pay for it).
A fun way to wrap gift certificates: Cut up empty wrapping paper tubes, pop the present inside, wrap the paper around it and tie at both ends like a candy wrapper.
Got a hard-to-wrap gift?
Think “outside the box” and use a brown paper bag instead. Decorate it with scrolls from a gold leafing pen or stamp with ink, then cinch with a festive ribbon.
Do you have gifts for little ones who can’t read yet?
Photocopy your toddler’s picture and glue it on a gift tag to make the hunt for presents easier.
If you’ve got plain gift bags (or boxes), fold the bag over and cut five vertical slits on top (or edge of box). Lace ½” wide grosgrain ribbon through holes for a stylish custom trim, and gently knot the ends.
Don’t waste wrinkled paper-just crinkle the whole piece and then smooth it out and wrap as usual.
At www.containerstore.com, there’s a variety of fabulous packing material and supplies, such as White Gift Boxes (3-inch square-great for cookies!) for 69 cents each and Glass French Terrines (They’re 25 oz. The retail price is $8.99 each. This is good for mailing candy, peanut brittle, mini-bars, etc).