I came up with two versions of a neighbor/teacher gift for today’s post. The ‘easy version’ is to spend an hour or two baking a couple dozen muffins and divvy them up into sets of four for delivery (I’ll show you how to make a cute basket from a paper plate). The ‘easier version’ dispenses with baking altogether–all you have to do is dress up muffin mix packets with a doily and some baker’s twine. Both options are quick and inexpensive, and either one will be appreciated by the recipients. I’ve created a printable tag and circle label that say “You’re gettin’ muffins for Christmas!”
The easy version (paper plate basket):
Once you’ve cut and folded the paper plate as shown above, just tuck the ends in to form a basket. Tape or tie the basket closed with some twine, ribbon, or washi tape. Tuck four muffins in and tie it up with a little more twine, adding the tag version of the printable:
The easier version (doily wrapped muffin mix):
Place a doily on top of the muffin mix and wrap it with twine, tying twine in a knot right in the center of the doily. Cover with circular label.
I printed my tags and labels on Avery labels using their design and print online software. I haven’t used Avery labels in years (not since my last full time job 12 years ago!) and I was amazed with the variety of labels they now offer. The 2 inch circular labels would be perfect for lots of gift giving–they make it super easy to jazz up the muffin mix and would look really cute on top of a mason jar full of cookie mix or jam. (They have a whole Pinterest board full of examples–check it out here!)
I was even more excited to see that Avery makes tags now–they’re awesome! You just print your design and then pop out each tag. They even come with cute little ties that snap together so you can attach the tags to just about anything. Cool, right?
If you want to make life simpler this Christmas, you can use these printables for your own gift giving. If you want to print on the Avery labels, click one of the files below. You’ll download a .jpg file that has one tag or label which you can then upload to Avery Design & Print Online tool.
If you’d like to print these out on cardstock and just trim around them yourself, download one of the files below. Each one is a PDF that will print 8 tags or 12 circles on an 8.5×11 piece of paper. NOTE: the tags are just rectangles, so you’ll need to trim the edges at a angle and punch your own hole for the “tag” look.
Click here for circle labels!
Click here for Houndstooth tags!
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