Handmade Holiday Gifts: Affordable Ways to Wrap Homemade Goodies
The holidays are a time to give yummy, handmade treats. Personally, I love to give handmade yummies for Christmas and holiday hostess gifts. It's actually how I started out making chocolates professionally. I had so much fun wrapping them up in beautiful packaging, and everyone always raved about the taste and quality, I figured I had better try to turn it into more than a hobby.
Though I didn't just give treats because of my passion for cooking. On the contrary, it was born out of necessity. As a new mom (with a lot of new in-laws), I struggled financially to give to all of my friends and family something special for the holidays. I knew that making something homemade in bulk was the most affordable way to be able to give everyone something for Christmas. Though I was determined to create something that was equally beautiful as it was delicious.
No matter what the handmade treat is you want to make for the holidays, you can always bet it will look professional and gourmet when tied off with a shiny, satin ribbon. Even if all you can afford are inexpensive cello bags, they still look like something out of a sweet boutique with a cute little ribbon on top. However I often use brown tin-tie bakery bags (the kind I use for packaging my chocolates). They make a simple bag of homemade goodies look so much more substantial and professional. You can add a little gift tag or a small ornament to dress it up even more. I like to use those mini gift tags I find in the gift wrap section at the grocery store or near the candy wrapping supplies in the craft shop. I also love to use dollar store ornaments as affordable and festive gift toppers. If you have a hard time making the perfect bow, the holidays are the perfect time to stock up on pre-tied mini bows. I always get the mini red velvet bows. They're often held together with twisty ties attached, which makes it very easy to affix them to packages.
How do you like to dress up homemade treats?
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