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Oct 27, 2011 09:32 AM

Gifting cookies - how to package?

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. 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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    1. re: todao

      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.

      1. re: LulusMom

        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.

        1. re: perk

          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.

          1. re: LulusMom

            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.

            1. re: chowser

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

            2. re: LulusMom

              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.

        2. 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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          1. re: Terrie H.

            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.

            1. re: Terrie H.

              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!

              1. re: kyoules

                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.

                1. re: MsMaryMc

                  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!

                  1. re: LulusMom

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

                    1. re: chowser

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

                      1. re: chowser

                        I'm seriously hitting Ikea this weekend.

                        1. re: lilgi

                          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.

                          1. re: LulusMom

                            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.

                            1. re: lilgi

                              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).

                          2. re: lilgi

                            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.

                            1. re: chowser

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

                  2. re: Terrie H.

                    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.

                    1. re: LulusMom

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

                      1. re: LulusMom

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


                    2. 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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                      1. re: sunshine842

                        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.

                      2. 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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                        1. re: sherriberry

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