Sometimes, I gift some kind of homemade food gift plus a kitchen item. For example, I might gift a new pasta bowl and vintage spoons with a box of wholesome pasta and a jar of homemade tomato sauce. It’s a nice gift to a new home. Actually, it’s a very generous gift to a new home. Got a new neighbor? Give them that stat and make an instant friend.
But not all months are the same, right? Sometimes we’re living it up and sometimes we’re living paycheck to paycheck, I get it. Still, I don’t let the confines of my wallet or my time hold me back from giving something delicious that’s just as nice. Since we can’t all buy muffin containers for all the muffin gifts, I’ve whipped this trick up.
The cardboard box is my go-to when I need to wrap up a large food gift. I’m not talking about shiny, brand-new cardboard boxes. I’m talking old, slightly-beaten-up-but-still-pretty-strong cardboard boxes from last week’s mail delivery. Save a few of those and wrap them up in paper and voilà, your muffins are ready for prime time.
Instructions and my favorite muffin recipes below.
How to Gift Wrap Muffins and Cupcakes
- Cardboard box
- Gift wrap
- Parchment paper
- Trim the edges of your cardboard box to fit or match the height of your muffins or cupcakes.
- Cut a piece of gift wrap that’s larger than the box and place the box in the center.
- With a pencil, trace the lines of all sides of your box on the paper. Take those lines all the way to the end of the gift wrap.
- With scissors, cut out the small squares that result at each corner of the box.
- Pull up one side of paper, tuck it into the box and tape in place. Repeat with opposite side.
- Pull up the other side of paper, tuck it into the box and tape in place. Repeat with opposite side.
- Trace a piece of parchment paper to slightly larger than the base of the box. Slip it into your box to cover the taped parts.
- Place your muffins or cupcakes inside the parchment-lined box. Gift, as wrapped.
Need a muffin or cupcake recipe? Here are My Five Favorite Muffins from the Eat Boutique archives:
- These Coffeecake Muffins. Just make them.
- Denise’s Cranberry and Cocoa Nibs Morning Muffins started 2015 off just right.
- I talked about How to Be a Zen Hostess and these Cranberry Crumb Muffins late last year. I still make them!
- Matthew’s Toasted Coconut Coffee Muffins take the cake, err, the muffin.
- Christine delighted us with these Rhubarb Maple Muffins. Spring called and want a fresh batch now.
Photos styled and taken by Heidi/White Loft Studio.
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