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Christmas Gift Giving: Packaging Ideas

Christmas Gift Giving: Packaging ideas and tips. Easy, budget-friendly ways to wrap small homemade gifts for neighbors, friends or co-workers. Includes ideas for the gifts too!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.

Christmas Gift Giving: Packaging ideas and tips. Easy, budget-friendly ways to wrap small homemade gifts for neighbors, friends or co-workers. Includes ideas for the gifts too!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. 

Christmas Gift Giving: Packaging ideas and tips. Easy, budget-friendly ways to wrap small homemade gifts for neighbors, friends or co-workers. Includes ideas for the gifts too!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. 

Christmas Gift Giving: Packaging ideas and tips. Easy, budget-friendly ways to wrap small homemade gifts for neighbors, friends or co-workers. Includes ideas for the gifts too!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. 

Christmas Gift Giving: Packaging ideas and tips. Easy, budget-friendly ways to wrap small homemade gifts for neighbors, friends or co-workers. Includes ideas for the gifts too!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. 

Christmas Gift Giving: Packaging ideas and tips. Easy, budget-friendly ways to wrap small homemade gifts for neighbors, friends or co-workers. Includes ideas for the gifts too!Finally is the simplest method of all. A gift bag, tissue paper, ribbon and a tag. 

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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Here are some easy links to sources:

Large treat bags
Small treat bags
Berry baskets
Brown kraft bags
Brown kraft tags
Red striped kitchen towels
Red striped ribbon

Click HERE for another gift idea, more ways to package homemade bread, plus the recipe for Snickerdoodle Bread!

Hostess Gift Ideas: Snickerdoodle Bread

 I’ll be back on Thursday with a very simple Christmas No Sew Pillow Cover.
See you then!

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21 Comments

  1. Linda Gerber says:

    how do you keep the glaze from sticking to the cellophane on the eggnog bread?

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Linda…wait to put the loaves in the bags until the glaze has set up nicely and hardened. Also, make sure there is some air in the bag before you tie it off. The glaze may stick a little, but it will be OK. Enjoy!

  2. Once again Ann, great job! These are different, thoughtful, and beautiful. I love them! Thanks!

  3. Christina says:

    What wonderful ideas. My gift wrapping is horrible, so any ideas are most welcome. Thanks for the eggnog bread recipe also. I will have to give a try sometime, I used a good one last year that used rum flavoring since I have friends that don’t like alcohol.

  4. I didn’t get the wrapping gene from my mom…thanks for the great ideas! ;)

  5. Laurie Tuttle says:

    Hi Ann,
    Like so many of your readers, I absolutely love your posts! Beautiful ideas and delicious recipes. I noticed that you used antique-looking bells to decorate a tea towel wrapped bottle of wine. Did you purchase them online or at a store? The color is elegant. Thanks so much!

  6. Chloe Crabtree says:

    I always think the appearance and wrapping of a gift is as important as the gift itself. Taking the time to wrap a gift in an attractive way is a gift to the recipient as well as what is all wrapped up!

  7. Your idea was just what I needed. My friend and husband are beekeeper ( he was our large state’s Beekeeper of the Year 2015) and so I bought cute jars for gifts. But presentation?!! Now I know!!! Thx for the ideas. ❤️????

  8. Beth Beard says:

    Oh Ann I was so excited to see your post today! I am so copying your ideas and making the eggnog bread, vanilla and packaging. Thank you for all you do and sharing your your brilliant ideas! You are bursting with talent.

  9. Marlene Stephenson says:

    Cute ideas for wrapping,really like the one with the berry basket and towel. I will be making some of your bread it is always a hit at my house. Have a Merry Christmas.

  10. Looks terrific! Thanks for the great ideas! Going to make your bread! Merry Christmas to you and family!

  11. Jami @ An Oregon Cottage says:

    What perfect, simple ideas, Ann! I kept imagining how I would feel if a neighbor dropped off a gift like these – what a way to bless at Christmas. :)

  12. Such beautiful wrapping, I think anyone would be so happy to receive one of these beautiful gifts. I wish I was half as organized and talented as you are, I think the good Lord forgot to put that part of my brain in.

  13. Such pretty ideas! Thanks.

  14. Merry Christmas, Ann! I enjoy your site and our visits, tremendously. I look forward to next year the and many wonderful ideas you will share with us.

  15. Friends–Ann’s Eggnog Bread is amazing!!!!! I made some for neighbor gifts ( which weren’t “wrapped” with nearly this much style????….will be making more for our family Christmas brunch! Thanks Ann!

  16. Annie Roberts says:

    Really enjoy your posts. Thank you for sharing.

  17. I love your packaging ideas! A gift is so much more when it’s presented in such an adorable manner. Thank you!

  18. While I always enjoy your posts I especially enjoyed this one. It was both lovely and helpful.

    Merry Christmas. I wish abundant blessings in 216

  19. Ann, they’re all so cute! I think the packaging of the gifts is always my favorite part:)

  20. Wonderful ideas and simple. My husband lived in Japan for years and he said the presentation of the gift is as admired and important to them as the gift inside. They also take time to admire it and open it slowly and lovingly. We could learn from them, I think.

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