Flavorista Jen wrote in from Indiana and wanted to know of some ways to package homemade goodies for holiday gifts? For tins, I love to check out Dollar Tree. This year, I found some really pretty golden orange tins that are going to be filled with Chocolate Peanut Bark then tied with raffia ribbon (as suggested by Flavorista Scott).
I am also a hug fan of clear cellophane bags tied with satin ribbon and a pre-cut gift tag. Cellophane bags are great for nuts, chex mix and granola. Both wax paper and parchment paper work well to divide layers of treats. Simply cut and fold the paper to fit into the container.
Anything "put up" over the summer is a perfect gift in its own jar, maybe wrapped in tissue and tied with ribbon. Never underestimate the prettiness of real ribbon; I try to keep an assortment of inexpensive, thin, colored ribbons on hand. I usually pick up ribbon for $1/roll at AC Moore, but would guess that most craft stores carry the same thing. Speaking of craft stores, there are all kinds of super pretty Chinese take-out boxes ready to be filled with your homemade treats.
Some additional ideas for wrapping homemade goodies: