The Cutest Ways to Package Food Gifts

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Go beyond the tin! We've got plenty of creative ways to wrap up food gifts and homemade treats just in time for the holidays.

No doubt about it: Homemade treats are just about the most heartwarming gifts you could give (or receive). After all, who doesn’t love to open a package only to find it’s filled to the brim with your favorite cookies? What makes these homemade gifts even more special, though, is wrapping them up in creative packaging—and it’s simple to do. Here are some of our favorite ideas.

Use Mason Jars

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Mason jars are ubiquitous in the crafting world, but for good reason: They’re super practical. You can fill them with all sorts of delicious recipes, like this cranberry sauce (what a great hostess gift!). To finish them off and make the especially giftable, tie a ribbon or twine around the neck. Those little touches make it just a bit more special.

Be sure to check out these other Mason jar-ready treats, too.

Wrap Ready-to-Bake Goods

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Cookies are a great gift, but so is cookie dough. These homemade slice-and-bake cookies are wonderful presents. Who wouldn’t love a shortcut sweet on hand? To wrap these, roll in parchment or waxed paper. Then get creative with your wrapping. Use tissue paper, crepe paper, gift wrap or even paper doilies to embellish the outside of each roll. Lable with baking directions and you’re ready to spread some cheer.

Upcycle Containers

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Think twice about tossing that oatmeal canister or waxed paper box. You can upcycle these and many other containers and use them as packaging. Give them a quick cleaning and cover them in wrapping paper. Line with parchment or tissue and then fill to the brim with goodies, like these holiday candies.

Give a Double Gift

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If you’re gifting a treat to a fellow baker, why not give them the gift of some new bakeware? Easy quick breads go great inside new loaf pans (have you seen our new Taste of Home bakeware line?). Just finish off with a bow and a thoughtful note and you’ve got a sweet gift that your friend will treasure after the treats are long gone.

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Nicole Doster
Nicole is a writer, editor and lover of Italian food. In her spare time, you’ll find her thumbing through vintage cookbooks or testing out recipes in her tiny kitchen.
Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.