As someone who loves to bake, I love to give (and get) gifts of food. For me, food gift wrapping is always the challenge. Sometimes the cute tin costs more than the contents of the packaging!
Recently, a walk through Walmart resulted in the purchase of the magazine, Better Homes and Gardens Food Gifts. I am a big fan of BH&G’s “special interest publications.” There is always something super helpful in that collection, and this magazine was true to form.
Not only does it list tons of recipes for giving, but it also shows you how to package them in a pretty way.
So, I loved it when I saw their feature on using recyclables to wrap your gifts. I remember years ago when friends saved all their Trader Joe’s coffee tins for months and then filled them with cookies and wrapped them as gifts. (Thanks again, Megan and Marty!)
If you can’t get a hold of the magazine, you can see some of the BH&G ideas in this slideshow.
Seeing as I had a ton of plastic containers, I set out to make my own prettier-than-your-average cookies-in-a-ziploc-bag food gifts. I didn’t go to the great lengths that BH&G did, but that was okay. I enjoyed being inspired.
I had batches of Lemon Ginger Bars, Easy Eagle Brand Fudge, and Farm-Style Oatmeal Cookies waiting in the freezer and the makings of Double Chocolate Magic Bars in the pantry. So, I layered, I bundled, I stacked. And then I tied and taped.
- I stacked the Lemon Ginger Bars between sheets of waxed paper in a plastic box and tied on a white ribbon and ornament.
- Each piece of fudge was nestled in a mini cupcake paper and then arranged in a plastic tomato box. Add a card, ornament, and red ribbon.
- Fill an empty pretzel jar with waxed paper and oatmeal cookies. Tie on a bow and ornament.
- Place the ingredients for Double Chocolate Magic Bars in a paper sack, include the recipe and add a bow and ornament.
Seeing as the packaging was free and I already had the ribbon, I really only paid for the cost of the magazine, the baking stuff, and the package of Christmas tree ornaments. The baking supplies easily cost less than $15, so combined with the cost of the magazine, these four gifts ended up being less than $5 each. If I were going to make gifts in greater number, I could easily reduce my costs even more since I still have leftover supplies.