Christmas gift giving is one of my favorite things about the holiday season…but the gifts don’t have to be expensive or elaborate. Sometimes the simplest things mean the most…so giving something homemade from the kitchen is one of my favorite things to do. Last year I gave friends and neighbors Snickerdoodle Bread along with handmade clay tags from my shop. This year it’s homemade Vanilla Extract along with the most amazing Eggnog Bread you will ever taste. I think lovely packaging can actually be considered part of the gift so I try to do something special. I’ve come up with a few festive ideas that will work with the vanilla/bread option but other gifts as well.
First thing to do is get your gifts in order and gather your supplies. This first idea is a simple kraft paper bag. A small loaf of bread and bottle of vanilla fits inside perfectly. These are sturdy, thick bags that I found in the gift wrap aisle at Hobby Lobby.
I folded down the top and stapled a piece of ribbon to the fold. I slipped the tag onto the ribbon and tied a bow. The piece of fresh greenery is just tucked in. I embellished a plain kraft tag with a snowflake cut-out and a snowman sticker.
Next is the berry basket. You can use anything you want as a container for this method. Any sort of basket or decorative box will work. Simply fold a towel and lay it into your basket. Add your gifts and that’s it! If you want to put this entire thing in a bag, a bit larger gift bag would work. Another option is a cellophane bag meant for cookie plates. It’s literally called a cookie plate bag. You can find them at craft stores and even places like Walmart.
This next idea worked much better than I expected! Just lay a kitchen towel in a basket, add your gifts, bring up the ends of the towel and tie with twine or ribbon. I wasn’t sure if the kitchen towel would look right all gathered up…but it looks pretty good. It’s nice too that the recipient gets a new towel along with the edible gifts.
The red striped kitchen towel reminds me of a grain sack and can be purchased at any craft store. I know Joann and Hobby Lobby both have them. They are in the same area as the knitting and needlepoint supplies. Now is the best time to buy Christmas kitchen towels. Most places still have a decent selection yet almost everything is on sale.
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I’ll be back on Thursday with a very simple Christmas No Sew Pillow Cover.
See you then!