Holiday Gift Wrapping Dilemma #4: How to make gifts look pretty without sending wad after wad of paper (not to mention cardboard rolls) to the trash? This year I used peppermint themed dish linens. They’re bright, colorful, and help cushion breakables during shipment. The giftee can use them in the kitchen, or wrap a gift in it for someone else next year. Check out the clearance sections for inexpensive dish towels, dinner napkins, even table cloths. These make great wrapping for host/hostess gifts, because they can be used to clean up peppermint hot cocoa spills after the party. (For Peppermint Cocoa Mix, keep reading).
How To make the peppermint bow:
– Take a piece of wire from the junk drawer and wrap it several times around one end of a peppermint candy.
– Place another candy next to the first, and wrap the ends of the candies together.
– Add more candies, one at a time, until you end up with a cluster. If they don’t lie down correctly, or some of them are too loose, just twist the candies around each other until they stay in place.
– Use the end of the wire to attach to the gift, and leave a little extra to string through a handmade tag.
Peppermint Cocoa Mix:
1 cup dry skim milk
1 cup cocoa powder
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cornstarch
mini chocolate chips (handful or so)
crushed peppermint candies (handful or so)
instant coffee granules (optional)
Directions: Layer the ingredients in a bag, canister, or jar. The mix can be added to coffee for a Pepperminty Mocha, or to boiling water (about 3 -5 tablespoons per cup of water, depending on personal taste.) Make it a mocha mix by adding several tablespoons of instant coffee granules.
If you’re wondering why my ingredients aren’t layered in the photo, its because I messed up the proportions the first time. Um, I mean, I premixed it to make it easier for the gift recipients. To see how its really supposed to look, check out the original recipe here.
No tape required for this gift! Just roll it up in a dish towel and tie the ends with ribbon. For a cheerful “gift basket” sprinkle the container with extra peppermints. If you’re like me and you bought the mints in bulk to save money, well, you’ll have plenty to spare.
For some more alternative wrapping ideas, check out this cute blog: The Happy Married Couple .