Packaging Ideas for Edible Gifts

by GettingFreedom on November 18, 2009

**UPDATED** Winner is announced at the bottom.

Welcome to this weeks round of the Holiday Food Fest! This week we’re covering Packaging Ideas for Edible Gifts. I absolutely adore packaging Christmas presents. My husband makes fun of me for all the time I spend on packaging up our gifts.

I usually try to give a fair amount of homemade gifts every year. Not only do I find it to be more personal, but it makes for a frugal Christmas. Over the last year I have become more comfortable and confident in the kitchen, so I purposed to make even more edible Christmas gifts this year.

For Thanksgiving this year, we are going to see my family in Iowa. What a great opportunity to drop off some Homemade Christmas Gifts!

I took a jar of Jalapeno Jelly and a jar of Corn Cob jelly and attached a festive ribbon around the jar band. For the tag, I used a piece of white cardstock and wrote the serving instructions inside. For this gift I also included Buttermilk Biscuit Mix with a cute snowflake cutter. The candy cane bag was purchased at Dollar General for $1. Total Cost=Under $4

{Please forgive the quality of the photos from here down. My 4yo knocked the camera off the counter..I have yet to find part of the lens that flew off. :( }

I’m so upset that you can’t see this basket very well. This is a Breakfast Basket and includes:

  • Cinnamon Pancake Mix
  • Buttermilk Buscuit Mix with Snowflake Cutter
  • Homemade Vanilla Chai Tea Mix with Snowman Mug
  • Jalapeno and Corn Cob Jellies in Red Snowman Bag
  • Plastic Condiment Bottle w/these instructions on a cute printable Christmas Label: Fill with favorite pancake batter and draw on hot griddle for fun, shaped pancakes! My children LOVE it when I pull mine out!
  • Wooden Spoon for mixing
  • Plastic Spatula for flipping pancakes
  • Green Snowman Towel for cleaning up
  • All of this is contained in a plastic green bowl, perfect for use later on.

Total Cost: Under $8

This is more of an All-In-One Basket, I used Jars for the mixes intead of bakery bags. It includes:

  • Homemade Vanilla Chai Mix with Snowman Mug {Breakfast}
  • Buttermilk Biscuit Mix {Breakfast}
  • Jar of Homemade Apple Butter {Breakfast}
  • Chili Mix in a Jar w/plastic serving spoon {Dinner}
  • Brownie Mix w/wooden stirring spoon {Dessert}
  • Snowflake Towel for cleaning up
  • Also in a plastic green bowl.

Total Cost: Also right around $8

When making homemade mixes, be sure to attach a label with directions so the recipent knows what to do. I did a quick Swagbuck search for “Christmas Lables” and found a lot of really cute options. I use a fair amount of ribbon and Christmas Stationary because it adds a special touch. If you want more of “country” feel, you can use Raffia in place of the ribbon–or even together. Before passing these gifts along, I will wrap the baskets in cellophane and tie off with coordinating ribbon and another home printed tag.

Oh, I can’t wait to give them out!

Additonal ideas: I packaged up hot cocoa, homemade marshmallows, and made baggies of Heaven on a Stick for teacher gifts.

Now it is your turn.

What Edible Gifts are you giving this year? What are your Packaging Ideas?

Last weeks giveaway winner is: Saveur at TasteSpace! This week if you link up you enter to win an EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Scale.

“The EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Kitchen Scale is a versatile multifunction home appliance. Designed to be highly accurate and aesthetically pleasing, the Precision Pro is manufactured to the highest quality specifications. Weigh items up to 11 lbs quickly and accurately, with results displayed in four different units: grams / ounces / pounds / kilograms. Weigh food items directly on the scale platform or utilize the scale’s tare (zero) function, which eliminates the weight of a plate or bowl and makes cleanup a snap. The high resolution screen provides easy viewing angles on any kitchen counter and the five rubber feet eliminate sliding. Additionally the three minute auto-turnoff feature ensures that you will never again lose your measurement in the middle of your recipe prep!” ~Excerpt from

Digital scales are a great tool for any cook. They come in handy when having to measure ingredients for canning, or even bread making–as some recipes state the weight of an ingredient versus a measurement. This scale is pleasing to the eye, so it won’t be gawky sitting out on your counter top. The Auto-Turnoff is especially handy for forgetful cooks like me–don’t want to waste those batteries!

Link up or comment on this post to enter to win! Must be in the United States to win. Winner will be announced on Wendesday, November 25th.

Can’t wait to see your ideas!

Linda from Gluten Free Homemaker–you were picked by!!

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