In the past year, I’ve learned that the packaging is just as important as the goodies inside the box. A lot of my friends and family have been requesting baked goods in lieu of gifts for their birthdays. I thought it would be awkward handing over a ziploc bag of cookies or a shoe box of cupcakes. So I started to invest in some baker’s boxes, ribbons, tags, and papers and began my work creating pretty packaging. There are so many different ways you can decorate a box. There is so much out there you can get overwhelmed by the choices. I like to keep it simple and pretty. My go-to packaging is a baker’s box in kraft paper, a tag, polka dot tissue paper and a ribbon. This is obviously a look for a girl. I like this look because it’s simple and it suggests something homemade and personalized. I’m also a big fan of rustic touches like baker’s twine. These are my favorite places to buy packaging supplies in nyc: Michael’s, Paper Source, Paper Presentation, and The Container Store. There it is! A pretty packaged gift that’s also sweet.