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Cookies - A DIY Gift For Any Occasion

Updated on March 10, 2014

Hmmm... Cookies?

Gift-giving is one of those things that makes us feel so good but sometimes it is so, so hard to find something that your recipient will love as much as you hope!

There are people on everyone’s list who are hard to shop for, seem to have everything, seem to like nothing, or seem to like everything out of your price range!

How do you please these people? It really is the thought that counts, but no one wants to give or receive a dud.

The answer is in the kitchen: cookies are the ideal DIY gift for any occasion, any recipient, and any budget.


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When to Give Cookie Gifts

Cookie gifts, gift baskets, and cookie bouquets are wonderful for the traditional holidays and usual occasions including Christmas, Thanksgiving, anniversaries, and birthday gifts.

But they are also thoughtful and appropriate for the trickier situations that life tends to throw at all of us, including:

  • The arrival of a new neighbor, coworker, or boss.
  • The retirement gift for a coworker.
  • The passing of a friend or family member’s loved one.
  • When someone is recovering from an illness or injury.
  • Housewarming parties.
  • Meeting the soon-to-be in-laws or other important people.
  • Attending a picnic or barbecue.
  • For business or work meetings.
  • Anytime you want to show off your culinary genius.

Cookie Favors

Types of Cookies

There are endless varieties of cookie arrangements but our favorites tend to be: chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, peanut butter, sugar, and sandwich cookies. If you do not know the recipient very well, as in the case of that new neighbor or coworker, you are very safe in baking a selection of these classics.

When you know the recipient better, then you can break out the specialty cookies, like double chocolate coconut macadamia dipped in more chocolate.


Sending Your Cookies

Here are some more tips for giving the perfect cookie gift:

  • Select two or three cookie recipes to make. If you do more, you risk becoming overwhelmed – and it does drive up the cost if you have to buy ingredients for more than just a few cookies. In addition, if you choose the recipes with which you are most comfortable, you have that much more certainty they will turn out beautifully.
  • If you are decorating cookies, such as sugar cookies, chill the dough before and after cutting them. This will prevent them from spreading while baking, which distorts the shape. Also, instead of using flour to prepare your work surface or on your rolling pin, sprinkle confectioner’s sugar.
  • If you like to give cookies as holiday gifts, hit the clearance sales starting December 26 and pick up discount tins, boxes, and other containers for next year.
  • Invest in some good quality baking supplies. This will make your gifts that much more delicious, and, you will be using them for years. A great cookie sheet is a must; it will have shallow lips on two sides for handling, and the other two sides are flat. This allows you to simply slide cookies off the sheet, and the design ensures they bake evenly.
  • Use muffin paper liners to stack your cookies in, and then layer them in your container. Many people like to do one box per cookie variety, but you can mix and match, if you want.
  • If you are shipping, choose varieties that will not break, get stale, or be otherwise worse for the wear from the trip. Some good ones to try: biscotti, hermits, ranger cookies, brownies, chocolate chip cookie bars (bars ship better than cookies), oatmeal raisin, and sugar cookies without icing. Chocolate-coatings will melt, so it’s best to skip that step.
  • Before you package your cookies, freeze them for a day. Individually wrap each one with plastic wrap and pack tightly into a container. If there is wiggle room, pack with tissue paper, newspaper, or crinkle-cut paper.
  • Consider giving a cookie mix-in-a-jar. You can attach a whisk, wooden spoon, or set of measuring spoons with a ribbon for an extra special touch.

C is for Cookie

So what do you think? Would you consider sending cookies as a little gift to someone?

Giving cookies is like giving a bit of warmth.There is a reason that these are our classic comfort food: they make us feel a bit happier with each bite.

Will you make a cookie gift sometime?

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    • poetryman6969 profile image


      3 years ago

      I won't make cookies but I will take some! It is never the wrong time for a cookie. And you can never have too many cookies around because you can always save some for later.

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      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love to give cookies as gifts, and these are some great ideas. I'm going to check holiday clearances for tins I can give away. I also like your suggestion to buy quality ingredients and supplies--and to stick to no more than 2-3 recipes. It's easy to get overwhelmed, even when making cookies. Voted up! Thanks!

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      Linda Chechar 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      Cookies are a great gift! This is a useful Hub full of wonderful ideas. Has me thinking about baking some for that next occasion. I also like to give a homemade cookie mix--that way I can put the dry ingredients and recipe together and have them on hand to give at the last minute. Voted up, useful and awesome! :)

    • moonlake profile image


      5 years ago from America

      Good ideas for cookies I often give them as gifts. Enjoyed your hub voted up.

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      People love cookies so much there are entire businesses built around baking and delivering cookies as gifts. Baking your own can only add value to the cookies because they will be unique and made especially for the recipient. As you point out, cookies make an excellent gift for any occasion.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 

      5 years ago from Mumbai,India

      These different variety of cookies look fantastic! I love to eat and to give cookies. Up, useful and interesting. Sharing too.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      Recently my sister gave birth to a baby girl. Interestingly I went to visit her with a packet of cookies.

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      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      Cookies are easy and inexpensive and great for any occasion, but with the holidays coming up they're worth considering. People who entertain a lot would probably appreciate the gift of cookies to make their holiday preparations easier. Great ideas here!

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      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Who doesn't love home-made cookies! I like to give cookies as gifts to my customers. We have a vending machine business and from time to time I will bake cookies and take them to the owner of the business where we have one of our vending machines. It's just a great way to show our appreciation for them allowing us to put a soda machine in their business. This is a great hub! Voted up and useful. Have a sweet day! :)

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      Aman Thakur 

      6 years ago from India

      I love eating cookies. They are my favorite time pass.

      I completely agree with you that cookies are best gift to anyone either for your guests or when you go as a guest somewhere.

      Thanks for sharing such a cookies hub!!!!!!!!!!!

      Voted up and shared!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      You're absolutely right! Cookies are inexpensive and nearly always appreciated. You might check ahead to make sure a person isn't diabetic, so that you can make accommodations for that with your recipe. It's so easy to make them look special by wrapping them pretty too.

      Especially like your shipping tips. With the economy so bad and Christmas coming up before you know it, this hub could be the answer to gift giving for lots of people with a very small gift budget.

      Voted up, useful, and will share!

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      6 years ago from Pakistan

      Super duper hub.The picture was tempting to say the least at the star.Always love cookies!!Voted up!

    • RTalloni profile image


      6 years ago from the short journey

      Super tips here on gifting cookies--thanks!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      I loved this Hub. I make cookies all the time. I just wrote a Hub with the recipe for Nutty Butterscotch cookies. I make them for all occasions.

      I like your dividers (the script). Want to share how you did that??

      I voted this Hub UP, and shared. Mary

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      Janice S 

      6 years ago

      I love giving and receiving cookies as gifts - they really are perfect for any occasion or holiday.

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      6 years ago from Minnesota

      I love baking, but don't get to do it nearly as often as I'd like. I do have a few people who request my chocolate chip cookies though, so it makes me feel good to bring a smile to their face with some home-baked goodness! I agree that cookies are great for any occasion!

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      Sarah Carlsley 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      I love giving cookies for housewarming gifts, and also as holiday gifts. Everyone loves cookies, so you really can't go wrong. The pretty packaging is the best part :)


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