How to Wrap Gifts in Vintage Cookie Tins

Vintage metal tins are budget-friendly collectibles that make wrapping beautiful gifts a snap, and, bonus: can be used again and again. Fill with homemade treats for a tasty gift they won't soon forget.

Christmas Gift Wrap Cookie Tins

Christmas Gift Wrap Cookie Tins

Different types of Christmas cookie tin wrapping aranged in a photo.

Tartanware Tins

When recipients are expecting cardboard boxes and paper bags, there’s something special about gorgeous reusable packaging. Nothing’s more nostalgic than receiving a tasty homemade treat in a vintage tin. Scotland-made tartanware containers have become collectible, and when used in holiday gift-giving, the wrapping becomes part of the gift. If a tartanware tin is nowhere to be found, any vintage container can be used in its place and repurposed over and over.

Materials Needed

  • vintage tins
  • tissue paper
  • ribbon
  • homemade cookies
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Line the Tin

Choose a color of tissue paper that complements the design of your vintage tin. Red and green are standard go-to colors and pair nicely with tartanware, but incorporating a complementary hue into your color palette can add an unexpected pop when the tin is opened.

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Place Cookies in Tin

Set your homemade cookies into the tin. Once the tin is filled, fold excess tissue paper over the cookies and secure the lid. Top with a neatly tied bow.

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