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Gifting cookies - how to package?

LulusMom Oct 27, 2011 09:32 AM

I'm hoping to make a batch or two of cookies tomorrow to give to some friends. I don't want to give a huge number - just maybe 4 or something like that. I have absolutely no idea how best to package tis gift, and would appreciate any advice, help, ideas you can give me. Thanks in advance.

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  1. todao RE: LulusMom Oct 27, 2011 09:36 AM

    As long as they're not too delicate, you can stack them, separated with tissue paper, and wrap the stack with colored tissue paper tied at the top with contrasting colored curly ribbon. Simple but it still makes a nice package.

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      LulusMom RE: todao Oct 27, 2011 09:44 AM

      OK, and I guess I can get tissue paper at a card store type place? I am the WORST gift wrapper of all time; always leaves me in a quandary how to present stuff. I'm assuming this won't do much for their freshness the next morning? Thanks for the idea - its sounds really pretty.

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        perk RE: LulusMom Oct 28, 2011 12:13 PM

        I'm sure I'm a worse wrapper than you. I'm world class awful. I sometimes give food gifts in those cute little "Chinese food to go" containers. Just tissue paper inside. Cost Plus usually has the containers. You can find tissue paper anywhere.

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          LulusMom RE: perk Oct 28, 2011 01:58 PM

          I like this idea a lot. I make a lot of food type gifts, but presentation is always a problem. I have never heard of a Cost Plus, but I am guessing I can find the chinese carry out containers, and when I do, I will buy a bunch of them. But I must say, I was happily surprised with how easy it was to get the bag things at the card store.

          My in-laws are world class wrappers - like Martha Stewart herself wrapped the stuff. Meanwhile there are tears and wrinkles all over mine. Oh well.

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            chowser RE: LulusMom Oct 28, 2011 02:52 PM

            It's also known as World Market. They have everything there, from international food to wine to furniture to rugs to kitchen goods to eGuittard waters and Nielsen Massey vanilla.

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              LulusMom RE: chowser Oct 28, 2011 03:51 PM

              Ah, OK. I think we have a World Market nearby. Thanks.

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              ForFoodsSake RE: LulusMom Oct 29, 2011 07:45 AM

              You can get those little chinese containers at Michael's craft store too, if you have one nearby. They carry them with seasonal decorations.

              Other options: Inexpensive jars with a cute ribbon or tag; Cardboard tube decorated with a gift tag or ribbon.

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              mnosyne RE: perk Oct 29, 2011 07:19 AM

              +1 on Chinese food boxes!

        2. Terrie H. RE: LulusMom Oct 27, 2011 09:57 AM

          If you have a paper or party store close by, they'll have things like little party favor bags that are cheap and easy for you.

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            pine time RE: Terrie H. Oct 27, 2011 10:33 AM

            Yup, I like to go for the cello bags, and I prefer the clear ones. That way, you can add a layer of colored tissue paper and tie 'em up with a coordinating color. I like to do 'em with the theme of the cookies (or holiday)--beige/browns for chocolate chip, lavender for my lavender sugar cookies, etc.

            I've also bought the mini Chinese take-out boxes. Sometimes I'll add stickers to decorate, or have the grandkids color 'em in the theme du jour.

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              kyoules RE: Terrie H. Oct 27, 2011 10:35 AM

              I would second the favor bags (you can get like 25 bags for $2 I think), and I like to fold the top down and staple pretty paper over the top as a tag. I usually cut an 8 1/2 x 11 paper into 4 equal sections, and then fold each piece cross wise and staple at the bottom. You can find all the supplies you need at Michael's or Joann Fabrics. Look in the food making aisle for the favor bags, and paper from the scrapbooking paper aisle for the tag. This makes a beautiful presentation for even 1 cookie. I've also stamped things like "It's a Boy!" on the tag for baby shower favors. To get really fancy, I've used a lacy border punch on the bottom edges of the tag.

              For gifting a dozen - I've seen pictures where the giver wrapped pretty paper around an empty Pringles can, and stacked the cookies up like Pringles!

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                MsMaryMc RE: kyoules Oct 28, 2011 12:34 AM

                Michael's usually has a variety of fancy gift boxes and bags, especially around the holidays. One year I went to their after-Christmas sale and bought a whole bunch of pretty boxes--I think they were from Martha Stewart's line--and used them for holiday goodies for the next two or three years. I'm giftwrap-challenged, too, but this was an easy (and cheap, at clearance-sale prices) way to make a really nice presentation.

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                  LulusMom RE: MsMaryMc Oct 28, 2011 02:19 AM

                  Michael's never would have occurred to me either, but a great idea. One year I bought a bunch of christmas cookies on clearance in January, all in very nice cookie tins. Well worth the price even if tossing the cookies just to get those tins.

                  Really glad to know I'm not the only giftwrap challenged person out there!

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                    chowser RE: LulusMom Oct 28, 2011 05:04 AM

                    IKEA also has nice containers for things like this--most not disposable but almost as cheap and reusable which is even better.

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                      LulusMom RE: chowser Oct 28, 2011 05:27 AM

                      Unfortunately the nearest Ikea is more than 2 hours away. Oh, how I wish we had an Ikea.

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                        lilgi RE: chowser Oct 28, 2011 09:56 AM

                        I'm seriously hitting Ikea this weekend.

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                          LulusMom RE: lilgi Oct 28, 2011 11:54 AM

                          Making me envious ....

                          However, I did make it to the Hallmark store (a poor substitution, but it did the trick). I was able to find some orange and black (everything was holiday themed, but at least these are just sort of an abstract design) little bags and some skinny black ribbon to go around them. I feel like a new woman - I've actually learned something useful the past few days. Thanks to everyone who helped.

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                            lilgi RE: LulusMom Oct 28, 2011 12:40 PM

                            Lulu don't feel bad, mine only 40 minutes away by LIE (traffic always a nightmare) and a $12 toll >.<

                            I wanted to run by another option for you. I've used this website in the past, not necessarily the most frugal place to purchase from but fun, especially if you need to purchase a variety of packaging items; it can be worth your while. I used to buy a lot more from here, now I at least get velvet, satin, and tulle ribbon for holidays and for gift wrapping and it's worth it since a spool goes a long way.
                            http://www.papermart.com/

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                              LulusMom RE: lilgi Oct 28, 2011 02:00 PM

                              It is ridiculous - you people are changing my life! Suddenly people will look at me askance and ask "did you wrap this??"

                              Have fun at Ikea (typed enviously).

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                            chowser RE: lilgi Oct 28, 2011 02:54 PM

                            A couple of years ago, I bought stackable box within a box there, 12 Christmas boxes in all (the smallest was about 2"). I thought it would be cute to fill each box w/ a different type of cookie and bought a few sets. I was cursing myself halfway through baking--it was so time consuming! While the top box was easy because it took one cookie, the bottom one took at least a batch of cookies to fill.

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                              lilgi RE: chowser Oct 28, 2011 05:40 PM

                              What a fun idea though, I'm tempted to some shopping now.

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                    LulusMom RE: Terrie H. Oct 27, 2011 10:42 AM

                    Perfect!! I would never have thought of a party/paper store as a place to buy this sort of item, but it sounds absolutely the right way to go. Thanks so much to everyone. I really appreciate it.

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                      Terrie H. RE: LulusMom Oct 27, 2011 02:11 PM

                      One additional idea is to get your bags before you do your cookies so you know what size to make the goodies.

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                        chowser RE: LulusMom Oct 27, 2011 02:22 PM

                        You can also find little boxes that look like chinese take out containers that are perfect for it, like pine time said, like these:

                        http://www.fancyfortunecookies.com/Co....

                    2. sunshine842 RE: LulusMom Oct 27, 2011 02:45 PM

                      I usually go down to the local Asian store and buy a big package of takeout boxes -- sometimes clear plastic, sometimes foil with a cardboard lid. 25 foil pans with lids is about $5, the plastic boxes a little more.

                      Line with tissue paper (or cute printed cellophane...or both), add your cookies, and pop the lid on.

                      For the cardboard lids, I usually decorate them with markers and stickers.

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                        lilgi RE: sunshine842 Oct 27, 2011 03:42 PM

                        Funny, I buy the round plastic containers with lids they use for wonton soup for about a quarter each and use those for homemade ice cream.

                        The foil pans with the clear lids is a great idea; they use a ton of those at Fairway for takeout, put on a wide colored tulle ribbon around and done. I should probably find out if I can buy a bunch to use for xmas this year.

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                        sherriberry RE: LulusMom Oct 27, 2011 04:01 PM

                        Lazy man's solution-keep a few rolls of colored Saran wrap on hand. They are usually available around holidays-stock up then for future use. Simply place cookies in the middle of a rectangle of it, gather up, and tie a ribbon around it. fluff out excess sticking out of the top. Curling ribbon works well and makes a nice presentation. Hole punch a small card and tie on w/ the ribbon. Bonus-can use as regular plastic wrap if you have purchased too much. Also good for wrapping gift baskets.

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                          LulusMom RE: sherriberry Oct 27, 2011 04:18 PM

                          OK, for SURE this year I'm buying the colored saran wrap. I'd never figured out before why anyone would need that stuff, but this is perfect.

                          I usually keep those 6-8 oz. plastic containers that stuff like mozzarella comes in for when I make cupcakes, but there is absolutely nothing elegant about the presentation. But who would turn down a cupcake based on that?

                        2. ipsedixit RE: LulusMom Oct 28, 2011 09:42 PM

                          Put them in empty Pringles cans, then decorate the can with wrapping paper, ribbons, etc.

                          1. roxlet RE: LulusMom Oct 29, 2011 06:04 AM

                            If you go to Michael's, the have very pretty Martha Stewart packaging for cookies and such, and they only hold a few cookies each. I, like others here, always use those cello bags for cookies. You will also find them useful to send Lulu to school with treats for her class or bake sales. I have put individual cookies (though they would certainly hold 4), whoopie pies, etc., in them. Michaels has very inexpensive narrow ribbon rolls (about $1 per roll) in many colors and designs, and I use those to tie a pretty bow on the bag instead of using the twist ties that come with the individual cello bags.

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                              badrockandroll RE: LulusMom Oct 29, 2011 03:29 PM

                              If you drink a lot of scotch (& I guess I do), the tubes that the bottles come in are great, once you decorate them (& you decorate them well if you drink a lot of scotch).

                              1. LulusMom RE: LulusMom Oct 30, 2011 02:20 AM

                                So I did end up with the bags from the card shop. This time around the problem wasn't my gift bagging - it was the cookies. I made some on Friday that were ok - not great but ok. Then yesterday I made a batch of cookies from a recipe I've used many times and loved and they were a catastrophe - all melted together into one big flat thing on the cookie sheet. So ... ffffttt. Not a great beginning to the new me, wonderful presentation but so-so cookies and only one kind. Next time! Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the help, and am sure it will come in handy next time around.

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                                  KaPat RE: LulusMom Jun 26, 2012 02:22 PM

                                  Maybe your butter was too warm/over-softened? As for packaging, I like to use plastic holiday tupperware (I think mine are made by Ziploc, so not technically tupperware, but I'm sure lots of companies make them). They come in colours like sparkly red or sparkly gold. It's like a bonus gift! I'll stick on a bow or curl some ribbon and add the gift tag. I've also seen inexpensive holiday tins in various sizes at dollar stores. If you choose solid colours, then you can use them for any occasion, really. I prefer using packaging with structural integrity, so I don't manage to squish or crumble the cookies in the transport! :)

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                                  kyoules RE: LulusMom Jun 5, 2012 04:51 AM

                                  Here's a photo of packaging I made for a single cookie, but you could also put 2 cookies in the bag if you prefer. It's the method I described in my previous post in October, using favor bags and cardstock and stamping. The cookies were made by Sweet Heather Anne in Ann Arbor and used as favors for a bridal shower.

                                   
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                                    modthyrth RE: kyoules Jun 26, 2012 02:44 PM

                                    I just did something very similar for a little friend's luau birthday. It's so easy to make cute, customized packaging with just a bit of pretty paper and a clear treat bag. But I can never get my edge punchers to work and produce anything half as pretty as your picture! I'll have to stick with straight lines. ;-)

                                     
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                                    modthyrth RE: LulusMom Jun 26, 2012 02:40 PM

                                    These little brown kraft boxes from Papermart.com are really fabulous:

                                    http://www.papermart.com/Product%20Pa...

                                    Sure, you have to buy 50 of them at a time, but they store flat and don't take up much room. Tie with a piece of ribbon or even just a strip of fabric for a charming little package. I've used them for boxed lunches at parties, to send a snack to school when my daughter needs something completely disposable for a field trip, and giving goodies at Christmas.

                                    I particularly like how it has a kind of waxy interior coating, so you don't have to worry about buttery cookies making a mark.

                                     
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