Originally Posted by cambo
Must agree with everyone here! You can find tons of unique containers at the dollar/discount stores! I find that Joann Fabrics is cheaper on foam bricks than anyone, including WalMart! I also agree with AgentCakeBaker about a cello bag/bow over the entire creation making a better presentation, however, I individually wrap mine. It always used to gross me out when people at work would get deliveries from "that company", open the cellophane wrapper, then all day long people are touching/handling the cookies! Yuck! So, I always individually wrap them for that reason, and to preserve freshness for the cookies that aren't being eaten right away! That's just a personal choice though!
I also wrap my cookies individually before wrapping the entire basket. I totally agree with you cambo. This is exactly why I wrap both ways.
I'm on the lookout for more unique containers from my local Dollar Tree store. I'm going on my lunch break today.
Here's another thought too. You can find some nice inexpensive wicker baskets such as the ones at the Dollar Tree and spray paint them pink, red or white for Valentine's day. This would help anyone who can't find any unique containers. Also, you can find the foam at Dollar Tree as well. It's not the hard styrofoam like the ones at Michael's or Walmart but I find it much easier to work with. Since its not as heavy, I use tissue paper and paper shreds to weigh it down.
I was very successful during Christmas for cookie bouquets and platters so I'm looking forward to Valentine's Day. I'm going to make samples this weekend.