Even if you’ve picked out your perfect Christmas cookie recipe already, you might be looking for ways to package those Christmas Cookies as gifts.
Though the big crowded cookie swap I usually attend every December is canceled this year due to the pandemic, homemade Christmas cookies are definitely not canceled. In fact, I’m hoping to make lots of sweet treats to either mail or pass out to friends and neighbors — from a safe six-foot distance of course — to let all my VIPs know I’m thinking of them.
Don’t worry if you aren’t a cookie-making superstar, you can do this too! We have loads of easy and yummy recipes, like this one sugar dough that can make ten different Christmas cookies, or no-bake holiday cookie ideas that are so creative and delicious. And don’t miss this list of 11 of our favorite classic Christmas cookie recipes if you want to stick with something traditional.
But once you have all your cookies made, you’ll need a way to package them to either be safely mailed, or carefully left in mailboxes and on front steps for no-contact delivery.
Keep reading for ten festive ways to package your precious cookies for friends and family, whether you’re handing out dozens, or just a few special ones for the grandparents from the kids. Just remember to set aside a few for Santa.
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Give your Christmas cookies their own little homes
Your homemade cookies will be adorably nestled in these DIY Printable Cookie (and cupcake) Boxes from Claudine Hellmuth that look like little shops all decorated for the holidays. You’ll need some thicker paper stock and colored ink, as well as the printable PDF and a few minutes of folding time, but the end result: super cute treat boxes that can hold something sweet for your very favorite people.
If you’d prefer not to print your own cookie homes, it’s easy to grab a set of these miniature Paper House Cookie Boxes from Paper Source, in person or online. Love the tiny details like a colorful lamp peeking through the window of these kraft-paper treat holders. Each set comes with three houses that you can fold, fill, and tie up with black-and-white twine for a most welcome way to package Christmas cookies
Get supplies for Christmas cookie boxes the kids can decorate
Keep those little hands busy doing something other than eating all the cookies you’ve baked with these handmade Takeout Container Holiday Cookie Boxes from Crafts Unleashed. With containers you can find at your local craft store and your own arts and crafts supplies, this is such a fun project to do together whether your kids are toddlers or teens.
You can also set out some plain kraft boxes, construction paper, and some other doo dads from your kids’ crafting supplies, and see what the kids create.
This cookie gift box craft from Pottery Barn Kids is a perfect way to package Christmas cookies you’ll be handing out to grandparents or other family members who will flip for artwork created by the kids. In fact, they may cherish the box more than the cookies inside!
Personalize those Christmas Cookie boxes for a special touch
For those of us who will miss seeing our extended family this holiday, how about sending them a whole big delicious box of homemade cookies personalized with the family name? These Personalized Cookie Boxes from White Confetti Box are so special and come in loads of label styles, from sophisticated to adorable. You’ll need to expedite your order to get the box in time for the holidays, but I think it is worth it for a box that becomes the gift.
If you are like my own mom, you will bake enough holiday cookies to easily fill up all eight of the larger Personalized Cookie Gift Boxes from The Favor Box — and still have plenty leftover for your own family! And then you can ho-ho-ho to all your best friends’ and neighbors’ homes and leave one of these sturdy treat boxes on their doorstep.
Another personalized way to package Christmas cookies, these smaller Chalkboard Style Christmas Cookie Boxes are sized just right for a pair of cookies to pass out to teachers, friends, neighbors, your postal carrier, or the Instacart delivery person who comes through for you every time. They come in sets of 12, in kraft or white paper, and just need a little assembly from you or your elves.
Jazz up plain Christmas Cookie containers with free printable labels
Clear plastic cylinders make excellent cookie holders, especially when you pair them with the Chalkboard Christmas Labels from Frog Prince Paperie. These would work well for baton-style cookies or even chocolate-covered pretzel rods if that’s how you roll.
Whether you want to hand out boxes, bags, or tubes of cookies, check out these free printable Christmas Cookie Bag Tags from Balancing Home as a simple way to package Christmas cookies. I love how they look clipped with a clothespin to the top of a colorful gift bag, though they’d be cute affixed to any container at all.
Over the years, I’ve somehow amassed quite the collection of reusable cookie tins, some of which don’t have the uh… most attractive illustration on the lid. That’s one reason I love these Free Printable Cookie Tin Labels from Studio DIY, who we can always count on to make all kinds of helpful free printables for holiday gifts each year. Use these labels to repurpose an existing tin, or grab some affordable new tins in various sizes, so you can share cookies with everyone on your list.
I’m pretty sure sharing cookies is one of the true meanings of Christmas.