Have your food gift in mind and just wondering how to give it a bit of glam? Here are some ideas that we consider an essential part of the gift.
1. Line your boxes or tins with parchment paper â€“ it gives the appearance of tissue paper but absorbs any moisture and won’t bleed colors.
2. Include an ingredient list, particularly when you are giving to neighbors or others who might have food allergies and who may hesitate to ask.
3. In fact, include the whole recipe! The easy way to do it is to just hit â€˜printâ€™ on the recipe page and you’ll get the recipe with a photo, plus the link to the site in case they want to check out your favorite site as well.
4. Include instructions on how to use the gift, particularly if it’s a spice or liquor that might not be known to them.
5. Label your gift with storage information and expiration date.
6. Use your food gift as the tangible part of a bigger gift. For example, attach a cookbook, or a gift certificate to a restaurant. Use the food item to notify them that a shipment of meat is on its way, or to commemorate a charitable donation in their name, or perhaps to tell them you are treating them to cooking lessons.
7. Attach a holiday ornament, cookie cutter or kitchen tool as part of the gift.
8. If you take your item as a hostess gift, do not expect it to be served with the meal â€“ in fact, attach a card that explains something like, â€˜This is a treat for you after the party is over!â€™
9. Think green and use reusable packaging such as baskets, tins or plastic ware.
10. Reduce waste even further by taking the minimalistic approach to wrapping, and just use ribbons, boxes or jars without additional paper wrappings.