A simple, festive, and inexpensive last minute gift idea, that comes from your kitchen, with gift wrap tips included!
When you need a last minute gift idea, especially at Christmas, the easiest thing to do is head to your kitchen. You can produce a batch of cookies, or a cake, or like I always do, some loaves of quick bread. Quick breads are easy, and provide a lot of bang for your buck. Depending on the recipe, it’s possible to get four to six small loaves of bread from one recipe. That means there will be plenty to give away, and also some to keep for your own family.
Before we get into the gift wrap information, here is a list of my family’s favorite quick bread recipes. All are tried and true, and are sure to please anyone on your list.
Last Minute Gift Idea: Quick Bread Recipes
- Snickerdoodle Bread
- Cranberry Citrus Bread
- Eggnog Bread with Rum Glaze
- Cinnamon Sugar Quick Bread
- Apple Bread with Walnuts
Once you make your batch of bread, those cute little loaves need some gift wrap to take them to the next level! What follows are a few different, really easy, ways to wrap a loaf of bread to give as a Christmas gift.
Cellophane Treat Bags
We’re going to start with the easiest method, and that’s using cellophane treat bags. These bags are available in craft stores, and online. It’s optional to wrap your loaves of bread in Cling Wrap or Press’n Seal before inserting them in the cellophane bags. Slip your loaves of bread in the bags, and tie them up with beautiful ribbon and a fun gift tag.
Brown Kraft Paper
Next up is basic brown kraft paper tied with twine. For this method, I recommend wrapping the loaves of bread in Press’n Seal first, then the brown paper. Wrap the loaves of bread just like you would wrap a box, and finish them off with twine, or any combination of different sizes of ribbon.
A really fun thing to do at Christmas is to insert a twig of fresh pine or eucalyptus under your twine or ribbon. Including that little natural element adds a sweet and custom touch to your gift.
A Linen Towel
Last and perhaps my favorite, is to use a linen or cotton towel, along with ribbon. First, wrap the bread with Press’n Seal. Any kind of kitchen towel will work, but choosing something vintage is a lovely way to present your bread. Kitchen towels come in all different sizes, so be creative with your folding, and you can definitely make the towel fit perfectly.
The best place to begin is to smooth the towel out on a flat surface, and fold it in thirds, the long way. Fold over the ends to the middle. It will take a bit of adjusting, but this is my favorite way to fold the towel. Bread wrapped in a beautiful towel is a step up from the brown kraft paper because the towel is included as part of the gift. Save this for someone very special!
Add a Gift Tag
I believe that the finishing touch to any wrapped present is a custom gift tag. The gift tags shown in the images in this post are available exclusively to On Sutton Place email subscribers. If you aren’t on my list, but would like to join us, simply fill out the short form below. These tags are part of a collection of more than 50 free Christmas printables. If you are already on my list, but want these tags, head to the Members Only Library to get the downloads.
I recommend that you print the tags on good quality white cardstock. To give them a finished look, carefully cut just inside the black line. Punch a hole, find some pretty twine, and you’re in business! The tags come five to a sheet, so print as many as you like.
The tags featured in this post are part of a giant Christmas printables collection that you can get by filling out the form at the end of this post.
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Last Minute Gift Idea Shopping Sources
- red and white twine
- kraft wrapping paper
- red striped ribbon
- red chevron ribbon
- cellophane bags
- white cardstock
- red plaid kitchen towel
- red striped kitchen towel
More Christmas ideas!
- Handcrafted Christmas Potpourri
- Mod Podge Holly Pots
- Wool Felt Ball Garland
- DIY Air Dry Clay Ornaments
- Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments