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Packaging Ideas for Edible Gifts

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Which came first, the chicken or the egg? That's how I think of giving desserts and other baked treats as gifts. Either I think of how to package a certain baked good or I think of what baked goodie will fit in a certain packaging. Another point I consider when choosing a recipe and/or the packing is that I'm pretty frugal. I'd rather spend money on the baked good not on the packaging. With those thoughts in mind, here are some of my ideas for homemade gift giving.
List of My Favorite Homemade Edible Gifts
Tips for Mailing Homemade Goodies
Step-by-Step Photo Instructions for Packing Those Goodies for Mailing

1. Brand New Canning Jars

Using Canning Jars for Edible Gift Containers
Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Give a brand new canning jar with something as scrumptious as Pomegranate Nut Cake or Homemade Granola and you'll have a friend for life. To decorate this jar, with pinking sheers I cut out squares of fabric. I tied the fabric on with a coordinating ribbon, which also holds a card printed with what's in the jar and who it's from. Baking in Canning Jars
Pirates Cake
Pomegrante Cake
Banana Bread

2. Recycled Glass Jars

Packaging Jar Mixes
Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
This glass jar was filled with the dry ingredients for a recipe. Attached to the jar is the recipe with the instructions and what other ingredients are need to make the treat. This jar is decorated with tissue paper and curling ribbon. A square, cut with pinking sheers, and fabric ribbon can also be used.

Jar Mix Recipes
Brownie Jar Mix
Chocolate Candy Cookie Mix
Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix
Chocolate Covered Raisin Cookie Mix
Cornflakes Cookie Mix
Dreamsicle Cookie Mix
Oatmeal Raisin Spice Cookie Mix
Peanut Butter Cookie Mix
Raisin Crunch Cookie Mix

3. Store-Bought Containers

Embellished Store-Bought Container for Edible Gifts
Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
To jazz-up the already decorated jar, I found some coordination ribbon to tie around the top. I filled this one with sugared nuts. Sweet and Salty Snacks and Treats
White Trash
Popcorn TReats
White Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Peanut and Pretzel Bark
Salted Nuts
Sugared Nuts

4. Any Drinking Glass Will Do

Fudge-Filled Glasses
Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
This was so simple. It was like a double gift. The teacher got a reusable insulted glass filled with chunks of fudge. I put the fudge in a large piece of plastic wrap. I then dropped it into the cup. I twisted the plastic and ties it with curling ribbon. I printed business cards with my daughter's name. The name of the treat and its ingredients were printed on the back of the card.

Fudge Recipes
Marshmallow Creme Fudge
Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge
Dreamy Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
Chocolate Marble Fudge
Quick Peanut Butter Fudge
Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Fudge
Cream Cheese Fudge
Crunchy Fudge
Sweet and Salty fudge
Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge
Chocolate Fudge Easter Eggs
Russian Fudge
Fudge Brownie Pie

5. Plastic Wrap and Fabric Ribbon

Packaging Homemade Bread
Photo (c) by Carroll Pellegrinelli
Homemade breads make a great gift. It doesn't matter if it's loaves you've made with your bread machine or ones that you've sat home all day to allow for rising. Quick breads such as banana and pumpkin are always a big hit. It you've got tons to bake, the mini-loaves are the way to go.

Quick Bread Recipes and Tips
Baking Tips for Quick Breads
Step by Step Photos for Making Quick Breads
Zucchini Bread
Sweet Potato Bread
Coconut Bread
World's Best Pumpkin Bread
Spicy Ginger Pear Bread
Fresh Peach Bread
Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
Maraschino Cherry Nut Bread
Kumquat Nut Bread
Pure Maple Syrup Bread

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