Martha's Baking Up More Book Business....
Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook!
She's getting everyone in the "mood" by having some very good hints and suggestions up on her site. Lots of images of "baked stuff", "how to" videos....and, of course, holiday baking recipes....even a few from the new book. She's such a delicious tease!)
She got a great pdf up on her sit about preparing and having a successful "cookie swap" This alone would make a great gift on it's own if you print it out and put it in a binder along with some cookie cutters or spatulas!
Martha also has some ideas on shipping your baked goods as presents:
Instead of consigning your thoughtfully shaped and baked goods to an old shoe box or used coffee can, try one of the following decorative ideas for storing and presenting them.
1 Pudding molds lined with parchment make excellent vessels for soft chocolate truffles.
2. Long, lidded bread pans, swathed in bright taffeta or velvet ribbon, are the perfect container for delicate cookies like biscotti.
3. A paint box, found in art-supply stores, displays a variety of different cookies in mini cupcake liners.
4. Heavy-duty square cake pans with notched corners are perfect for securing crisscrosses of ribbon or rickrack over parchment-paper lids.
5. Even clear plastic airtight containers make pretty packages when dressed up with lengths of ribbon.
Every gift you ship should have two basic lines of defense: It should be well packed in an inner gift box, then well packed in a second, outer gift box.
—Choose a box that is appropriate in size to the cookie tin within. This will help keep the tins from shifting and the cookies from breaking.
—The ideal cushion is 2 to 3 inches of packing material on all sides.
—Reuse or recycle packing material like boxes, Bubble Wrap, and foam peanuts.