How to gift wrap food gifts

No need for wrapping paper, 4Food show you how to pimp up your edible presents using nothing more than kitchen bits and bobs

Christmas wrapping paper can be expensive, and when you've hand-baked your gifts you need the perfect finishing touch. Get your scissors out and raid the cupboards, here's how to pimp up your presents without even leaving the house.

Jars pots and teacups

Pots, jars and teacup gift boxes

You don't need shop bought boxes for handmade chocolates. Use small pots, jars and old teacups. If you have to transport the gifts, just sit the pot in a clear bag or some cellophane.

Fill with these chocolate truffles and chocolate Christmas bites

Greaseproof paper labels

Greaseproof paper tags

Use greaseproof paper or cake cases to cut out tags. Stars, snowflakes or festive paper chains can be tied or stuck onto your gifts. (NB - You'll probably need a marker pen to write on them.)

Tie onto this apple and cinnamon vodka

Mince pies

Kitchen string and foil ribbon

Stack homemade cookies or mince pies and secure with kitchen string or even green garden wire (rinsed first). Tie on bits of ribbon or make bows with kitchen foil or coloured cake cases.

Stack these mince pies

Spice decorations

Orange and spice decorations

Dried oranges make a lovely decoration for a gift. Simply slice and dry for a few days in a warm airing cupboard. (Or in a very low oven overnight to speed up the process.) Try sticking on cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise. They'll look pretty and smell delicious too.

Stick onto a jar of these spiced nuts

Dry mixture jars

Dry mixture jars

Use old jars to create 'make your own' gifts. Fill with the dry ingredients and include cooking instructions for a budding baker.

Weigh out this Caribbean fruit cake recipe



Have a good look around your kitchen and get creative with: foil, old card, dried orange slices, coated garden wire, old jars, cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, teacups, paper cake cases, edible silver balls, kitchen string, greasproof paper, scissors, glue, coloured pens and marker pens, sellotape


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