With the Christmas season quickly approaching we thought it would be fun to share with you inexpensive ways to package homemade treats for gift giving. If you are like us, you have put so much money into the candy making ingredients that you don’t want to purchase expensive containers. But, you do still want your foodie gift presentation to be pretty. We have a great idea on how to cut the expense of the containers plus a great variety of options to choose from.
Inexpensive Ways to Package Homemade Treats…
The very first thing that we always do is go out shopping for Christmas items the day after Christmas. We get great deals the day after on all kinds of Christmas wrapping paper, bows, boxes, decor and really cute food containers. Another thing we do is watch for the 30% to 50% off items (that are available the day after Christmas) to go to 75% to 90% off the weeks following Christmas. This is when we hit the home runs and buy in bulk for the next year. It is amazing all the items we get for a little bit of nothing! Watch the ads after Christmas for clearance mark downs. This will be a big part of how you can have different options for inexpensive ways to package homemade treats
If you are interested in any of the goodies pictured below, we have all of the recipes linked in this article! The puppy chow recipe is definitely one that never gets pushed to the back of the recipe box! 🙂 Peanut clusters are so easy it’s embarrassing! We’re serious…ANYONE can make these. Homemade caramel corn is worth the extra effort. There is so much flavor and caramel goo that you just can’t get from a caramel corn microwave bag. We love shortcuts, but don’t take the shortcuts on this specific recipe. Trust us, it’s worth it! And the last recipe included in these photos are the Rolo pretzel treats. This is another recipe that is super easy.
Cardboard Holiday Treat Boats
Since there are so many inexpensive ways to package homemade treats, we are able to give treat gifts to more people. Here is an example of these cute little containers we got last year a few weeks after Christmas for 90% off. They are perfect for candy gift giving to a coworker or school teacher. These are really nice when you don’t want to bombard someone with a bunch of goodies.
The ever popular Mason jar is perfect for candy gift giving. We love these because they come in a variety of sizes. If you have a larger family you are gifting to you can choose a larger jar. The other great thing is that these travel really well. Several companies make these jars so always watch for sales and clearances. Add some decorative ribbon and you have a really cute gift!
Bakery-Style Boxes with Window
We love these next boxes because they hold a large amount of candy. These bakery-style boxes are perfect for the larger family you are gifting to. Once again, watch for sales and clearances and it helps make more inexpensive ways to package homemade treats. They come in all types of holiday patterns. You can get boxes for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, etc. The cute little see-through window is so much fun for the recipient! Stock up after the holiday is over for the best deal. Side note: if the goodies you are making tend to be sticky, put a little sheet of wax paper in the box so they don’t stick.
The Super Easy Paper Plate
There is absolutely nothing wrong with the good old paper plate. I think this is actually the original idea when we started a list of inexpensive ways to package homemade treats. It’s just a super easy and cheap go-to. Just make sure it is heavy duty and pick one that is holiday themed. Honestly, people will be thrilled to receive your delicious candy no matter what it arrives in. 🙂 These cute large paper plates hold a lot of candy. You can jazz them up with some plastic wrap and a cute bow on the top if you so desire. Check this out!
If you really get into the variety of gift giving containers…then the sky is the limit on what you can use! This next picture shows this really cute wooden box that we got on clearance at the end of summer (this particular one came from Michael’s in their garden/faux plant section). It is a box to put succulents in. We got it for a little bit of nothing at the end of the season. Now we are able to give a large amount of candy and the recipient has a really cute box to use however they would like after the goodies are all gone. If you plan ahead and watch for clearances you can put together a really nice foodie gift for a little bit of nothing!
We love the containers as much as we love making the candy. It is so much fun shopping and seeing how we can use different items for gift giving containers. We also love the challenge of hunting and getting an awesome deal! Sydney and I want to challenge you this year to see how many inexpensive ways to package homemade treats you can come up with after your clearance buys during Christmas sales.
We hope this article was helpful and you can come up with some great gift giving containers for your Christmas goodies. We may even run into you the day after Christmas getting your supplies for next year! 🙂
Do you have a unique type of container that you use? Comment and let us know! We are always looking for new ideas.
Have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy some homemade candy this holiday season!