Now that you’ve made those delicious and beautiful tarts, cakes, pies, cookies, and candies, here are some clever ways to wrap them up for holiday gift-giving.
Haunt flea markets and consignment shops for vintage tins, canisters, and ceramic planters; line them first with colored tissue or unbleached parchment, if you like (A caveat: when scavenging this way, you may find yourself tempted to hang onto the best finds instead of giving them away.) Anne Disrude, a food stylist, advises finding an interesting container first and then cutting cookies to fit into it.
Use a pretty dishtowel or napkin, secured with ribbon, to wrap cookies. (The Japanese often wrap gifts in fabric.) Set a small bowl or disposable foil dish in the center of the cloth to hold the cookies.