After our marathon baking day, I packaged up some of my yummy baked goods and shared them with friends, and I thought I'd share a few of my little not-so-secret tips for adding a little bit of "wow" factor to my gifts of food.
I collect containers all year long (yard sales, thrift stores...) so that I always have something on hand to hold treats to give away. You know, small crates, tins, vintage plates or bowls, and baskets that are just the right size for creating a cute hostess or holiday gift, and that I don't need to have returned to me.
I dolled up this little crate for my hairstylist a couple of weeks ago. By adding a substantial layer of white shred (I keep white, and cream shred in my arsenol at all times, as well as using my handy paper shredder to shred old book pages when I need a more vintage look.) it takes less cookies or whatever baked good you are giving, and it makes it look so much more appealing. I then added a vintage ornament tied with a homemade tag, and I was already halfway there.
I added a few of Trader Joe's dark chocolate star cookies in with my sugar cookies and snowballs to add a little dimension. (Candy canes are a fun added item too!) The unexpected item for her lil' cookie gift was a pair of turquiose and white striped mittens. ($1.00 at WalMart, and about the cutest mittens I've ever seen!)
Another tip about the mittens: Since I love adding mittens to winter-time baked goods gifts, so I keep my eye out for end of the season clearance mark-downs and keep them in a small wire crate in my workroom.
Other fun items to add in with your baked goods are Christmas ornaments, candled (votives in glass holders, or tapers tied with a pretty coordinating ribbon) or even a little framed quote that goes witht he season. (The Dollar Store has some great little frames...)
So there you have it. MY way of taking the expected and (yawn) ordinary baked goods as a gift, to the next level. I'd love to hear what kinds of little extras you do when giving gifts of food.