Last Minute Gift Idea From Your Kitchen

A simple, festive, and inexpensive last minute gift idea, that comes from your kitchen, with gift wrap tips included!

bread loaves in Christmas wrap

When you need a last minute gift idea, especially at Christmas, the easiest thing to do is head to your kitchen. Chances are 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. Most of the time, 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

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.

last minute gift idea small loaf of bread with ribbon

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.

small loaf of bread wrapped in brown 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.

last minute gift idea bread wrapped in brown paper

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!

last minute gift idea small loaf of bread

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. They feature graphics from the 2021 Christmas Printables Collection. If you aren’t on my list, but would like to join us, simply fill out the short form below. I’ll send the printable gift tags directly to your email inbox. If you are already on my list, but want these tags, go ahead and fill out the form. I promise you won’t duplicate your subscription!

loaf of bread in cellophane bag with gift tags

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.

loaf of wrapped bread and gift tags

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17 Comments

  1. All of the breads sound delicious, and the wrapping ideas are beautiful!

  2. 5 stars
    Everyone I know loves home baked goods. Wrapped in a kitchen towel? Even better! Great idea, Ann. It is so comforting.

  3. 5 stars
    Merry Christmas to everyone. I cannot tell you how much I look forward to all my email notifications from your blog. Thank you for sharing all your great ideas; know they are so appreciated.
    Can someone help me find the Christmas tree tag that says “We wish you a Merry Christmas”? I love them all but this one is my favorite. And then again, this design may not be a printable as a gift tag yet.
    Thanks again and Merry Christmas.

    1. Ann Drake says:

      Hi Teresa…fill out the form at the end of the post and I’ll email a link to the tags. Merry Christmas!

  4. Great ideas! Thank you & Merry Christmas!

  5. Fantastic gift ideas! Thanks for the inspiration. x

  6. Pam Prueter says:

    Got your ideas just in time! I wrapped some banana nut bread in craft paper but used simple red satin ribbon – had no twine – & it looked very nice. Thank you for the inspiration!

  7. Those are some great ideas, thank you. I need one for the lunch that I went to yesterday… a bit late I know, but perhaps I can make it up with a home-baked item.
    Hugs, Cindy

  8. BamaCarol says:

    Thank you for the recipe and ideas! I search through places like Homegoods and TJ Maxx for kitchen towels that are on sale and purchase those to wrap my breads in. Just about everyone can use another kitchen towel! Yours are very pretty and special and I would save those for a VERY special friend.

  9. Ricki Jill Treleaven says:

    Lovely ideas, Ann. Thank-you!

  10. Beautiful ideas! I now know what to give my special neighbors, thanks Ann!

  11. Nana Diana says:

    Those are some really, really cute hostess gifts, Ann. I love them all- xo Diana

  12. It’s a great gift. I love how you wrapped them.

  13. There all just perfect. I love the linen towel also and can’t wait to try the bread. My hubby loves that recipe in cookie form so I bet the bread will be a hit also:)

  14. Mary@athomeonthebay says:

    Those are great ideas Ann, and wrapped so pretty.

  15. Dori Troutman says:

    BEAUTIFUL Ann!!!!! I love them all. My favorite is, of course, the tea towel and ribbon! I love Snickerdoodle cookies so I must try this quick bread. Looks so yummy! ~ Dori ~

  16. debbiedoos says:

    Mmmm…mmmm..good. I will take two. How pretty Ann. I would truly love this gift.