Un-Gift Guide 2007: Old-Fashioned Candy Goodie Bags

We love using plain, old-fashioned packaging at holidays, especially when giving food gifts. We stock up on craft paper, rough butchers twine, and postal mailing tags.

Here’s a pictorial guide to how we packaged our homemade Cocoa Molasses Toffee for friends near and far this holiday.

This is a quick, non-fussy way for those of us who feel better at baking than crafting to do up our little treats. People always seem to love the old-fashioned look – it promises extra-good treats, we think!

All of these materials are also very economical. As much as we love the creative Martha Stewart lines and other great packaging, we find the costs a little steep. All of the packaging for a couple dozen bags of candy cost us less than $5. (Still using the same ball of twine from two Christmases ago…)

What you need:


  • Small brown paper sacks – about $2 at Target for 2 dozen

  • Brown twine – check Target or craft stores. It runs less than a dollar.

  • Hole-punched postal tags – also at craft stores. Big office supply stores also carry these.

  • A spray of decorative flowers from a craft store – I used gold sprayed glittery things. Usually I use red berries.

  • Homemade candy or other individually wrapped goodies. This can work for small cookies too.

  • A hole puncher

  • Scissors

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