Holiday/Christmas Cookie Box Preparation?

Well, it is my first holiday season as a business and being that I am overwhelmed as is, I am looking for ANY clarity or tips anyone has when it comes to how you conduct your business during the holidays.

 

More or less I have a few (million) questions:

  • What do you offer for the holidays - pre-arranged cookie boxes with a fixed price, only certain designs bagged, only cookie platters?
  • Do you buy tins? Is that too expensive?
  • When do you let the public know what holiday themes you are offering?
  • How many designs do you offer?
  • I have a two dozen minimum . . . do I lift that and let people order smaller numbers for xmas gifts?

 

Oh my god . . . these questions could go on forever! I am so sorry! If you answer even one, I would be thrilled. No reason to go through more unnecessary work with the holidays! Any tips, I am ALLL EARS!

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I would definitely lift the minimum.  I have found people are so relieved to know you don't have a minimum.  Small/medium and consistent  orders will lead you to larger orders.   You need to find what works for you...have fun...we all learn by our mistakes......

I kind of have a follow up question to this.. You may have some answers because this was an older post. I would like to create cookies either as gifts for coworkers and teachers.. Do you have a certain size box or bag you frequently use to package and arrange cookies.. It could be either 2 larger cookies with some crinkle paper, or like a small arrangement...  Maybe an answer is to plan out some cookies then buy boxes.. But I'm not sure where to buy them or for cookies what is a 'common' size... 

Jonesy posted:

I kind of have a follow up question to this.. You may have some answers because this was an older post. I would like to create cookies either as gifts for coworkers and teachers.. Do you have a certain size box or bag you frequently use to package and arrange cookies.. It could be either 2 larger cookies with some crinkle paper, or like a small arrangement...  Maybe an answer is to plan out some cookies then buy boxes.. But I'm not sure where to buy them or for cookies what is a 'common' size... 

I would suggest you do it the other way round: get a box and design the cookies to fit in the box. Base the first choice of box size on cutters you know you will use, but work around the box from there on. E.g. if you will be putting in a Christmas tree, it is a pain to find out that the cookie will just not fit in a box and you have to use a bigger box but then the box looks half empty and you have to fill it up with cookies you hadn't budgeted for in the price you communicated to prospective clients. It happened to me when I made the biscuits, photographed them without any wrapping/boxing and put a price on them. When it came to boxing them to deliver, it was an unpleasant surprise.

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