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Cookie Bouquets: Baked Blooms of Joy!

A cookie a day…keeps sadness away!”

We’re not quite sure who said that, but it was probably someone who loves cookies as much as we do! Cookies sure have come a long way back from the early days when they were used as “cake testers”. Yup, back in the day bakers used cookies or “small cakes” to test the oven with small amounts of cake batter before baking the entire cake- that’s how the concept of a cookie first originated! From back then,  to becoming many things to many people- a favourite dessert, an any time snack, great for on-the-go, chai’s favourite companion; cookies are here, there and loved everywhere! It’s no surprise then that enterprising bakers and lovers of edible bouquets soon came up with the concept of “cookie bouquets”. Cookie bouquets celebrate the coming together of two much loved and popular gifts, flowers and cookies and elevate them to a totally different, way funkier level!

Cookie bouquets are unique, creative and funky bouquets and make for a personalized gifting option

Gift a cookie bouquet and see the ‘cookie bouquet effect’ for yourself! Cookie Bouquet by Con Affetto

The original concept of cookie bouquets is often credited to Gwen Willhite, founder of Cookies By Design. From the first edible arrangements of custom shaped and hand decorated sugar and cinnamon brown sugar cookies on sticks arranged in baskets, cookie bouquets have come a long way. Today, from the baking and design to the decoration, cookie bouquets can be uniquely personalized to the recipient and occasion at hand. Here’s a fun look at how this deliciously delightful concept comes together:

Step 1: Choose your cookie!

Pick a cookie! Which one will it be?

Pick a cookie! Which one will it be?

Wanna go with the classic sugar cookie? Or is the snickerdoodle cookie more your style? Give it a twist with peanut butter cookies? Or chocolate chip cookies for lovers of chocolate? When you’re done with the flavour, pick your shape of choice. Will it be a heart shaped cookie or a balloon shaped one? Or would you rather go for stars, bunnies or tiara shaped cookies? Take your pick- if you can get your head around the dizzy assortment of choices, that is!

Step 2: Style your cookie!

Become a cookie designer for a day! Styling cookies is an art!

Become a cookie designer for a day! Styling cookies is an art!

Choices, choices! Style your cookie with icing, frosting, sprinkles, candy melts, drizzle or dip in chocolate- you can’t go wrong with chocolate & cookies ;)…or just go for a hand painted cookie! After all nothing says “I care” better than a freshly baked, warm from the oven, customized hand decorated cookie.

Step 3: Pick your cookie accessories!

Shopping for cookie accessories has never been more fun ;)

Shopping for cookie accessories has never been more fun ;)

Coz’ when you’re talking cookies, the more the merrier! That’s right, with cookie bouquets you get to accessorize your cookies too. What would you rather pick to accompany your cookies? From chocolate dipped crispy pretzels, melt-in-your-mouth marshmallows to an assortment of candies and chocolates, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Step 4: Put together your cookie bouquet!

Cookie bouquets are unique, creative and funky bouquets and make for a personalized gifting option

Put it together for awesomeness! Your Cookie Bouquet is ready! Bro Bouquets by Con Affetto

Yup, you guessed it right- more choices! Select the most aesthetically pleasing arrangement for your cookie bouquet. From traditional bouquets wrapped in confetti kissed cellophane to boutrays (bouquets+ trays!) to gift baskets to personalized containers; you can personalize your cookie bouquet arrangement whichever way you like.

With their versatility and chic style, cookie bouquets make for the perfect gift for just about anybody. And whether its a new baby announcement; a wedding gift basket, a special anniversary or a just because occasion (yup, it sure IS a legit occasion 😉 ) cookie bouquets make the cut everywhere! So the next time you’re thinking of gifting someone a regular flower bouquet (B.O.R.I.N.G. Besides, what a waste of those pretty blooms!); or searching for a flower and cake delivery option (could you possible be any more BLAH?), think outta the box- think cookie bouquets!

Here are some of our favourite cookie bouquets to give you that added inspiration 😉

Emoji Cookie Bouquets!

Cookie bouquets are unique, creative and funky bouquets and make for a personalized gifting option

Feeling emojional? 😉 Gift an Emoji Cookie Bouquet! (Image Courtesy: Cookies By Design)

If you love Emojis, you gotta love these Emoji Cookie Bouquets! The newest entrant on the cookie bouquet block, Emoji Bouquets are the perfect way to express yourself when you’re feeling particularly emojional;)

Sporty Cookie Bouquets

Cookie bouquets are unique, creative and funky bouquets and make for a personalized gifting option

The perfect bouquet for those sporty occasions! (Image Courtesy: Cookie Bouquets)

Perfect for the sports stars in the family, these ‘Have A Ball’ cookie bouquets are sure to score and win hearts all around!

Get Well Soon Cookie Bouquets

Cookie bouquets are unique, creative and funky bouquets and make for a personalized gifting option

A Cookie way to feel better! Get Well Soon Cookie Bouquets! (Image Courtesy: Shari’s Berries)

We’re all abuzz about this cute as a bumble bee Get Well Soon cookie bouquet! With its warm cheery buzz, it’s sure to help with the getting better process!

Unique; funky; personalized to the ‘cookie’ 😉 , do we even need a reason to gift someone these delightfully delicious cookie blooms? So, which cookie bouquet will it be for you today? :)


Master the Art of Gifting in 7 Simple Steps

Have you ever trawled the malls the day before a friend’s birthday in desperate search of the perfect gift? Does the thought of finding suitable presents for everyone and their aunt send you into a tizzy each time the festive season rolls around? Or maybe, you’ve been at the receiving end and gotten a gift you absolutely detested? If you answered ‘YES!’ to even one of the above, fret not. We’ve put together a snazzy little guide that will help you master the art of gifting in no time!

7 easy steps to master the art of gifting

1. A little gift planning goes a long way…

Seems silly to start thinking about Diwali gifts when you’re just packing away the winter woollies? A little advance planning doesn’t hurt! You don’t have to actually start shopping for gifts months in advance, but you can start thinking about what you might want to gift your in-laws for their anniversary, or your soon-to-be-married friend, a couple of months before the actual event. When it comes to corporate gifting, planning well in advance is the norm and it totally makes sense! Think about it; you never know when you might get lucky and hit upon some awesome deals or find that one in a million gift idea. Sure beats that headache inducing last minute trip to hunt for gifts, doesn’t it?

2. It’s the thought that counts

Anyone who’s ever been gifted a gym membership (ouch!), or worse, a hair removal cream (true story!) knows what I’m talking about. Chances are, the message you send out when you gift something like that is all wrong, no matter how noble the intention!

Putting some thought into gifting is way more important than spending truckloads of money.

Consider the recipient’s personality, likes and even dislikes. Do you have an overweight, terribly sensitive friend who you know could do with some feel good? A relaxing massage or a bottle of her favourite perfume might be what she likes best, instead of the gym membership you think she really needs.

3. Personalize your gifts

Personalized gifting ideas to add that personal touch

Personalized gifts are truly heartfelt and show it.  One of the latest trends when it comes to corporate gifting as well, personalized gifts are a great way to gift something that has utility, yet make it special at the same time. A set of towels are elevated to another level when they come embellished with the recipient’s name. A box of cookies with the flavours, shapes and designs customized are so not going to get lost in a sea of cookies! Superman cookies for a super duper employee, for example. Customized gifts are a unique, sure shot way of saying ‘I care’.

4. Try DIY gifting

Ever been gifted a batch of home made cookies? Or a painting lovingly created by a friend? Nothing tugs at the heart strings more than a gift into which you’ve invested time and effort. And its not like you have to be the next MasterChef or Picasso to put a DIY gift together. A collage of photos capturing memories; a compilation of some favourite tracks or even a handwritten letter all count! After all, it’s the thought you’ve put into it that’s most important, remember?

5. Be a little adventurous!

Try something different and gift an experience to remember. Your globe trotting husband might like an exotic cruise or a safari; for your sleep deprived new mommy friend, a massage at a nearby spa might be what hits the sweet spot and for your own mom, something as simple as a coffee date with you might just be the perfect gift. Let your imagination run riot and create memories that will last a lifetime!

6. Take your gifting online

With e-commerce taking over pretty much every aspect of our lives, there’s really no reason you shouldn’t use the plethora of ever expanding online options for gifting. From funky accessories; home décor; gourmet baked products to unique corporate gifting solutions, you’ll get it all online. What’s more, several companies give you the option to customize your gift, making it that much more special.

7. Un-box your gifting

Edible flowers

No, that doesn’t mean getting rid of the gift wrapping; it means thinking out of the box when it comes to the way you gift. Some of the best gifts have a true spark of creativity behind them. Hand written gift vouchers for your beloved to redeem his/ her favourite treats (your special walnut brownies baked to order!); personalized mobile USB chargers for your employees; or an author signed copy of your brother’s favourite book….do away with the boring and think up something unique! Edible blooms like these instead of regular ol’ flowers. Customized gourmet baskets for corporate gifting instead of done to death dry fruits. When you begin to un-box, the possibilities are endless!

At the end of the day, gifting is so much more than the mere exchange of material objects. When you give someone a gift, you send out a message that can strengthen a bond and cement a relationship. Do YOU have any tips for finding that perfect gift? Tell us in the comments; we’d love to hear from you!