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10 Food Gift Packaging Tips

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If you have taken the time to cook up something special to give, you want it to look as scrumptious as it tastes. Here are some ideas on packaging your food gift from the kitchen.

• A myriad of wonderfully-shaped jars, cruets, and bottles are readily available and relatively inexpensive to add to the presentation of your gift from the kitchen. For canning jars, cut out a circle of pretty paper or fabric 2 inches in circumference larger than your jar lid. Secure them with bright yarn or ribbon.

• Purchase pretty labels to clearly mark your gift with the contents, usage and recommended shelf life. Or, make your own labels. Adding a recipe for usage of the gift is an appreciated touch.

• Metal tins are available in many shapes, colors, patterns and sizes. Line with non-reactive colored tissue paper before loading in the goodies. Moist foods should also be wrapped in cellophane or plastic wrap.

• Gift bags abound and are very inexpensive. Most are plastic-coated, making them a good choice for moist foods. You can easily make a "peek" window in these pretty bags by cutting out a square or shape from the side of the bag and gluing or taping cellophane or plastic wrap to cover the opening. Staple bags shut, tack on a bow and voila! Or, line with pretty tissue paper, allowing the paper to peek out the top. You can also decorate your own gift bags for that added personal touch.

• Over-sized coffee mugs and soup mugs make good reusable containers for food gifts. Fill a bit overflowing the brim. Place on the center of a large piece of colored cellophane, gather the ends at the top and secure with a ribbon.

• Baskets are always a favorite, and some of the newer ones can even be placed in a low-heat oven for warming breads. You can decorate them with paint or line with a pretty linen napkin.

• Pick up orphan plates and platters at yard sales, flea markets, thrift stores, or store bargain bins to use for giving cookies and cakes.

• Save empty potato chip cans (such as Pringles and Stax). Wash insides and let them dry thoroughly. Use decorative contact paper or glue on gift-wrapping paper to cover the outside of the can. Stack cookies or fill with spiced nuts or candies, seal, and top with a fancy bow.

• Miniature kitchen tools are cute, functional, and make great package decorations. Pick up some smidgen measuring spoons or mini egg whisks to dress up your kitchen gift.

• Lidded clear plastic containers are not quite a dime a dozen, but they are very inexpensive and even come in colors. Dress them up by gluing a fabric or paper skirt around the bottom and coordinating insert into the outer indentation of the lid. A bow on top completes the package.

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