Gift wrapping ideas for baked goods

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Gift wrapping ideas for baked goods
Woven baskets are one of many ways to gift wrap baked goods. (Bread in basket image by Susanne Karlsson from Fotolia.com)

Wrapping baked goods for gifts, bake sales and raffles is no longer limited to plain, plastic baggies. From baking cupcakes in terra cotta pots and garnishing with frosting flowers to creating a decorative, edible wreath of bagged cookies, there are dozens of ways to create artistic, charming and edible gifts.

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Baskets

Use edible baskets to give baked goods to a large group, such as an office staff; choose a variety of baked goods, such as cookies, bars and brownies. Create the basket from a giant woven pretzel or shaped loaf. Accent the basket with fabric ribbon, curling ribbon, embellishments and plastic filler. Bake a large round loaf; hollow out the inside. Line it with a new dish cloth and fill with small bags of cookies, homemade candy or peanut brittle.

Tea or Dish Towels

Wrap a single baked loaf or small cake in a tea or dish towel as a gift within a gift. Use a solid-coloured towel or one with a pattern that matches the recipient's kitchen motif. Tie the towel around the loaf or cake; seal it with curling ribbon, raffia or fabric ribbon. For holiday giving, add an accent piece like a small dreidel, Christmas tree or other detail, as well as using brightly coloured, holiday-themed towels.

Cookie Kits

Susan Braun of WAHM, the Website for work-at-home moms, suggests packaging homemade cookies in a new plastic toolbox with frosting, sprinkles, candies and decorating tips. Giving a cookie decorating kit -- as well as cookie kits with recipe cards for a variety of cookie types -- makes the gift last longer by having multiple uses.

Tea Pots

Package small tea cakes in a tea pot, either decorative (not food safe) or usable (food safe). Decorate the teapot with raffia or fabric ribbon; consider adding a tea that complements the baked goods.

Plastic Trays

Use a disposable plastic tray garnished with festive ribbon curls; it should be wrapped in printed cellophane for office staff, teachers or a class party. Disposable trays are inexpensive and save the trouble of worrying about more costly trays.

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