When I first decided to put together treat packages for our Christmas gifts this year, the first thing I thought about wasn’t the treat themselves.  It was the packaging.  To me, the treats are usually able to stand alone but it’s the packaging that makes everything so festive and I don’t know…complete.  And by complete, I mean finished, done, ready-to-go, now I can sit down with a glass of vanilla eggnog (perhaps with a shot of something in it).  So, at the request of a few of you, I’m going to show you just a few ideas about how I’m packaging up my treats and also send you over Annie’s way since she wrote a great post about this yesterday as well.

This year, I got crazy organized.  I started out by outlining everything I wanted to make, when I needed to make each treat, and all of the ways I wanted to package everything.  A spreadsheet was the easiest way for me to do this since I can keep track of everything in one place and change things as needed without scribbling out my notes on paper.  Note that I also included the names of the treat receivers in my working sheet in the gray cells that are blank in the first column but I removed them for this screenshot because I don’t want to spoil the surprise if those people are reading this.

I found all of my printable tags via Martha Stewart and saved the files to my desktop so I don’t have to go back to the website every time I need to print more tags; two of those tags are shown in the first photo of the post.  The MS site also has a link to Avery that has customizable holiday templates that you can print on labels or paper (which is where the tags in the photos above and below came from).

My go-to packaging method has been to use cello bags since I haphazardly buy them at least once a year, forgetting that I still have a whole stockpile somewhere in the house.  I also put my granola in mason jars to keep it fresh for a little while longer and well, because I just love mason jars!  I bought a couple rolls of raffia and went with a more rustic look rather than the traditional green and red ribbon that I’ve used every year since I was a teenager.

All of the treats will be packaged up in these adorable and sturdy Christmas- and winter-themed boxes that I found at Michael’s last week with either tissue paper or the brown packaging paper from the Amazon.com boxes we’ve received recently (yay recycling!).

I’ve still got a few more things to make this week but so far, I’m loving how my treat boxes are turning out!

What are you putting in your treat packages this year?

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  • December 20, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    I absolutely love your packaging – it’s so festive! I wish I was half as organized as you when it comes to my homemade gifts 🙂

  • December 20, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    LOVE this post! Everything looks amazing! I am finishing up all of my homemade gifts right now as well (tins of cookies, homemade hot chocolate mix and marshmallows). Thanks for the link to Martha’s site, I was looking for some cute labels/stickers! Merry Christmas Tara!

  • December 20, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Great post, thanks! I love your packaging ideas – and the use of a spreadsheet to keep organized!

  • December 20, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    You’re right- that packaging totally makes it! Love the boxes and gift tags!

  • December 20, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    Tara, this makes my nerdy, spreadsheet-loving heart flutter. Love your organization, and I LOVE the packaging!!

  • December 20, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    What a beautiful job. You had me at the spreadsheet 🙂

  • December 21, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    I LOVE the mason jars! I always use the cello bags. I make granola all the time and LOVE to share it. I am definetely going to try the mason jars..if I can find them! Where???!
    GREAT POST!

  • December 21, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    super cute packaging!

  • AliceBlue
    December 21, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    You are officially my hero!

  • bmk
    December 22, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Beautiful! You have some lucky people to be receiving those awesome packages! Thanks for sharing all the tips!

  • December 27, 2011 at 7:02 AM

    My sister likes to say, “The package IS part of the gift!” Even wrapping a simple present with red and green ribbon has to be done with love and care. Thanks for sharing all your tricks! Maybe next year I won’t resort to tins and parchment paper and get creative like this! Beautiful!

  • January 19, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    These are lovely! This year I made Chilli Jam, Apple and Cranberry Chutney and Vanilla Extract. I really want to have a go at chewy caramels next year.

  • February 1, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    I just found your blog today and I couldn’t add you fast enough to my list of blogs I enjoy following! You have a great site — great ideas and recipes! I love your site design too! 🙂

    Looking forward to reading about all of your kitchen adventures to come!

    ~ Katie

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