Dec 5, 2015

Happy Holiday Hack: DIY Gifting Made Better

Tomorrow is St. Nicholas Day! 

Since I'm half-German, that was the first official holiday day of the Christmas season for me. I always cleaned my boots the night before, placed them outside my bedroom door, and found them full of candy and fruit (clementines and apples, mostly, though sometimes I also lucked out with prunes and dates) the following morning. It was so exciting!

st nicholas day gifts
These aren't mine (I'm - sadly - not an owner of wooden clogs) but this is an example of a great haul for a few lucky kids!

Tomorrow is also the first night of Hanukkah! Needless to say, gifting season is upon us. 

DIY gifting is a popular way to keep holiday spending in check without missing out on the most significant part of holiday presents - the thought! Since I love to bake, my favorite DIY gifts to give are homemade baked goods. 

This year, I found a way to make my DIY baked good gifts even better! Read on to find out how to take your DIY gifts to the next level!
Presentation makes a difference. Think about it - interior decoration (and Christmas decoration) isn't wonderful because of functionality. It's all about presentation!

To take your DIY gifts to then next level, make your baked good look like they came from a bakery with beautiful bakery-style boxes from Marion's Vintage Bakery, a New York-based small business!

You can get boxes in all different sizes and shapes and colors from Marion's Vintage Bakery, to suit whatever your baked good needs are. Whether you're baking cupcakes, muffins, cookies, breads, cakes, rolls, or a combination of the above, you're sure to find something that works!

The boxes ship flat, but are sooo incredibly easy to assemble.

Not a single box took more than 15-30 seconds to assemble.

This particular box, which I think would be absolutely perfect for gifting decadent homemade chocolate truffles, just pops up into shape with a few well-placed tugs and taps!

It's amazing how easy it is!

I love that you can get cute little boxes to gift individual cupcakes or jumbo muffins in. 

The viewing window is a really nice touch and it makes a perfect little gift for coworkers, a Secret Santa exchange, or a friend with a sweet tooth!

Marion really thinks of everything, because she offers these handy little cupcake holders to go with the cupcake boxes, so your sweet treat doesn't slide around in the box.

Order soon so you can get your boxes in time for your holiday gift-giving needs! Your baked goods will have the aesthetic appeal of baked goods from an artisan bakery, but the loving, personal touch of the homemade baked goods that they are!

It's the best of both worlds.

Do you already have your holiday gifts sorted out for this season?

What are your favorite recipes to gift?
Links are welcome!

What are your favorite DIY gifts to receive? 

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