Homemade treats are a great idea for Christmas gifts. They show time and effort, and they're something that people actually want or need this time of year instead of gifts that create clutter. If you are sending homemade treats for gifts this year, take a look at the following ways to make them look as fantastic as they can be.
Forget the Treat Bags
Treat bags are nice for school Halloween or Valentine's Day parties, but they are not meant for Christmas gifts. Don't toss cookies in a treat bag and be done with it! Instead, buy boxes, tins and candy dishes to make your homemade edibles really stand out.
Line the Tins and Boxes
Never place a cupcake in a cardboard box and leave it as-is. That's so boring! Instead, stuff the box with tissue paper of differing colors to create a dramatic presentation. Giving cookies this year? Find a great, colorful cookie tin and tissue paper that matches. Place a layer of paper in the bottom of the tin, then do a layer of cookies. Place more tissue paper, and then more cookies, and so on until your tin is full. Always top the last layer of cookies with tissue paper.
Decorate the Outside
That cardboard box may have a fancy pattern, but it could always use a bow, too! That cookie tin could be made cuter with some curly-q ribbons, and those baskets of brownies would look much better with tufts of tulle. Jazz up the outside of your package and make it over-the-top for dramatic effect. The best part about this is you can get many of the items needed to make your treats look even better for under $5 at craft stores, retail bargain bins and Dollar Stores.
No gift is complete without a tag. Make a homemade tag from scrapbook paper scraps and attach it to your tin, basket or box. Make it as dramatic as the packaging for the best results and handwrite a note on the tag to go the extra mile. Who said giving cookies and other such goodies meant boring wraping paper? Not anymore!