10 Christmas Cookie Packaging Ideas You Haven’t Thought of Yet

Find unexpected ways to gift Christmas cookies this year.

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You’ve already taken the time to bake a batch of beautiful Christmas cookies. They deserve to be wrapped up in an equally beautiful package! With some of these options, friends and loved ones will know right away they’re getting a package of cookies, but with others, it will be an unexpected treat! Not sure what to bake? Start with our Top Christmas Cookies.

Check out our Christmas Cookies Baking Guide!

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Stacked cookie tins

Cookie tins are a go-to for delivering sweet treats to friends. You can make the presentation a bit more special by stacking tins together. A simple color scheme like white and gold looks especially nice. Don’t forget to finish it off with some twine and a tag.

Cookie Recommendation: Candy Cane Cookies

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Make a DIY decorating kit

If you know the recipient and their kiddos love to decorate, don’t gift completed cookies. Instead, give them a cute cookie decorating kit. Use one of our favorite cutout cookie recipes and bake them up. Deliver them along with some cute sprinkles, candies and a tub of frosting for a fun holiday activity.

Cookie Recommendation: Decorated Christmas Cutouts

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Upcycle an oatmeal container

Don’t toss that oatmeal (or cornmeal or breadcrumb) container yet! You can clean these containers out and wrap them in decorative paper. Then line them with tissue or waxed paper and fill them to the brim with tasty cookies.

Cookie recommendation: Double Chocolate Pecan Cookies

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Wrap up slice-and-bake cookie dough

Slice-and-bake cookies are some of our favorites, and they’re easy to pack up. Just wrap up the logs of cookie dough in waxed paper, then wrap them candy-style in crepe paper or tissue. Tie off the ends with fluffy yarn or ribbon and you’ve got an adorable treat. Don’t forget to include the baking directions written on the outside.

Cookie Recommendation: Lemon Slice Sugar Cookies

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Repurpose a box of plastic wrap

When you finish a roll of plastic wrap, aluminum foil or parchment paper, save the box! It’s the perfect size for holding a sleeve of small cookies. Start by removing the box’s teeth with scissors or a utility knife. Paint the box or wrap it in wrapping paper. Place a lining of waxed paper in the box, then fill with cookies. Tie tightly with ribbon or string.

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Cookie Recommendation: Date-Nut Pinwheels

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Deliver cookies in a mug

Almost everyone loves to dunk their cookies in milk or coffee (these recipes were made for taking the plunge). Give your friends a vessel for dipping with a festive holiday mug filled with cookies.

Cookie Recommendation: Cherry Chocolate Chunk Cookies

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Stack foil tins

Place cookies in three disposable foil tins. If you can find red or green ones, even better! Top with lids and stack on top of one another. Place a piece of double-sided tape between each tin for extra security. Wrap a large ribbon around the stack and tie off with a gift tag.

Cookie Recommendation: Vanilla Butter Rollouts

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Decorate a plain brown box

Take a simple brown box and turn it into a beautiful gift filled with delicious cookies. Set holiday cupcake liners in the box and place the cookies inside. A large ribbon tied to the outside commemorates the occasion. If you want to go a step further, place three boxes on a simple wooden tray and give the entire package to your host or hostess—they deserve it!

Cookie Recommendation: Chocolate Gingersnaps

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Dress up a Mason jar

Mason jars are the perfect vehicle for food gifts. If you’re using them to deliver cookies, dress up the outside to match your cookies. Confectioners’ sugar-coated cookies look great in a snowman jar. Chocolate cookies could look great in a reindeer-decorated Mason jar. The options are limitless.

Cookie recommendation: Russian Tea Cakes

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Wrap cookies in cellophane and attach a cookie cutter

If you’re making cutout cookies for a friend, give them an extra gift by attaching a cookie cutter to the top of a cellophane-wrapped package. Place a few cutout cookies in a cardstock baking cup. Wrap the cup with cellophane and secure with a ribbon. Attach a cookie cutter to the ribbon, and tie the ribbon in a bow. Personalize the gift by using a cookie cutter in the shape of the recipient’s favorite animal or initials.

Cookie Recommendation: Spiced Eggnog Rum Cookies

Emily Racette Parulski
Emily has spent the last decade writing and editing food and lifestyle content. As a senior editor at Taste of Home, she leads the newsletter team sharing delicious recipes and helpful cooking tips to more than 2 million loyal email subscribers. Since joining TMB seven years ago as an associate editor, she has worked on special interest publications, launched TMB’s first cross-branded newsletter, supported the launch of the brand's affiliate strategy, orchestrated holiday countdowns, participated in taste tests and was selected for a task force to enhance the Taste of Home community. Emily was first mentioned by name in Taste of Home magazine in 1994, when her mother won a contest. When she’s not editing, Emily can be found in her kitchen baking something sweet, taking a wine class with her husband, or making lasagnas for neighbors through Lasagna Love.
Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is a former Taste of Home editor and passionate baker. During her tenure, she poured her love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. Lisa also dedicated her career here to finding and testing the best ingredients, kitchen gear and home products for our Test Kitchen-Preferred program. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.