Homemade baked treats are a special surprise for any occasion. The time and energy put into baking for someone is sometimes more appreciated than an expensive store-bought gift. Sweet treats deserve packaging that complements their look and taste, whether you have baked simple chocolate chip cookies or elaborate, souffle cakes. A beautifully wrapped treat can be packaged so that it doesn't shift in the transporting, looks beautiful and inviting when received, and remains intact when opened.
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Things you need
- Festive ribbon
- Glass jars, containers or bottles
- Waxed paper
- Silver containers
- Tissue or decorative paper
- Small stickers to fasten tissue paper
- Medium label stickers
- Cardboard boxes
- Candy wrappers
- Plastic cellophane bags
- Brown paper bag
- Scalloped scissors
- Hole punch
- Cookie cutter
Incorporate a store-bought gift with the homemade item. Bake dessert in a new dish that becomes part of the gift, present a cake you made on an attractive stand or tuck homemade bread into a bread box. Wrap each item by cutting cellophane in a large square so that, when pulled up, each side extends far beyond the top of the item. Wrap tightly and hold with one hand. Tie ribbon around the base and loop into a big bow.
Fill tall decorative bottles, glass jars or containers found at flea markets or antique stores. Layer baked items, such as caramel waffle sandwiches, on top of each other until the glass is filled. Place a small piece of waxed paper between the items if they are likely to stick together. Add a square of decorative tissue paper or fabric over the lid and fasten with a bow at the neck of the bottle.
Place small treats, such as sugared cranberries, into small, round silver containers. Line each container with decorative tissue paper or brightly coloured cellophane that extends about two inches out. Place the small items inside and fold the paper over the food. Secure with sticker. Replace lid, making sure it is tight. Label with a sticker.
Line a long, cardboard jewellery box, such as something a necklace would come in, with decorative paper. Place truffles, candy balls, squared fudge or other width-appropriate treats in paper baking cups and place them in the box. Tie the box with ribbon.
Arrange four or six large baked items, such as muffins or large, chocolate-dusted truffles, in a shallow gift box. Line the box with decorative paper first and then place baked goods in bon wrappers in two or three rows, depending on the box's width. Neatly fold paper and fasten in the middle with a sticker. Secure the box top and tie a ribbon. Add adornments that colour-coordinate with the goodies inside.
Mix ingredients for a simple baked-good recipe in a plastic cellophane bag. Twist the bag and tie securely with a ribbon. Place bag in brown paper bag, fold the top down about two inches and punch two holes about two inches apart. Cut a four-inch circle out of paper by using scalloped scissors, and write a message on the paper. Place tape underneath the circle and adhere to the bag's front. Loop a ribbon around a cookie cutter and then back through the holes. Tie into a bow.
Tips and warnings
- Sticker labels with fancier designs can be created on the computer.
- Include the recipe with your baked goods.
- Find decorated cellophane bags at craft stores.
- Wrap glass containers in bubble wrap before sending in the mail.
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