How to Make a Christmas Cookie Bento Box

Sharing how to create a beautiful Christmas cookie bento box for your family and friends! A perfect hostess or thank you gift for the holiday season.

How to make a Christmas Cookie Bento Box | Homemade Christmas Gift Idea | Louella Reese

Tell me who wouldn’t be excited to receive a box full of delicious cookies? I know both Joshua and myself would be VERY excited!

With this being the season of baking and giving it is the perfect opportunity to create a Christmas Cookie Bento Box. Spice up the traditional cookie exchange with a festive box of your favorite Christmas cookies. Or gift to your neighbors, friends, and family this holiday season as a delicious, creative homemade gift. Pair with a bottle of wine or hot chocolate mix for the ultimate combination.


First you need to know what kinds of cookies you are adding to your Christmas cookie bento box.

I recommend using a mix of homemade and store-bought cookies. Unless you’re having a full baking week and whip up a wide variety of cookies. You can also do fully store-bought if baking isn’t your thing! No shame in that. You’re still taking the time to create a beautiful, delicious box for your recipient to enjoy!

When making your cookie selections :

Create a mix of sizes and shapes

Having a variety of shapes and sizes will create dimension. Which will make the cookie bento box more visually appealing! A classic round cookie, an oblong cookie, rectangular shortbread cookies, and oversized waffle cookies were the variety I selected.

A variety of flavors

Having a variety of flavors makes sure there is a little something for everyone! Plus a traditional bento box usually includes a wide variety of flavors, so this shouldn’t be any different. To give you a few ideas: chocolate, shortbread, fruit or preserves, gingerbread, and nuts.

Add another treat

Again to create a more visually appealing box adding an additional item or two is necessary! Think bits of candy, nuts, or fresh fruit.


After you’ve selected the cookies you’ll be including it’s time to pick your box! What you’ll be placing all those cookies inside of. A few options; simple disposable paper boxes, a tin box, a wood box or even a smaller crate would be cute.

The box I used, is actually a door organizer box. We have several for our kitchen and had an extra so I figured why not give it a new purpose! Tis the season to get creative, right?

To decorate, I added paper cupcake liners to place one set of cookies in and twine to wrap a stack of homemade cookies. If you have more space in your box or are using a smaller crate, include a pretty cloth napkin or wide ribbon. Have fun and let your creative side out!


Honestly, this part is all a little trial and error! Figuring out where your cookies will fit – kind of like a puzzle!

Though you do want to make your cookies fit in the box, you always want it to be visually pleasing. So my top recommendation for doing that is stacking the cookies at various heights with various amounts of each type of cookie in it’s particular stack. Don’t be afraid to stack them sideways, if they fit better that way & look pretty.

If you are going to using cupcake liners to place one of your stacks inside of, I recommend placing that stack first and building around that. That is what I did and then started to fill around them, starting with my biggest cookie & working my way down till the puzzle, I mean box, was complete!

Now show off that beauty with pride & try your hardest not to dive in before gifting it!

Homemade Christmas Gift Idea | Louella Reese

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  1. Morgan wrote:

    This is seriously the CUTEST!!! I’m all about the Christmas cookies! And I know its not the focus of this post – but I NEED that sweater for after baby! LOVE it!

    the HER chronicles []

    Posted 12.17.20
  2. Dana wrote:

    UM OK this is SUCH a cute idea!!! And I mean, who WOULDN’T want to receive this?!

    Dana | It’s Casual Blog 

    Posted 12.17.20
  3. Celyn wrote:

    This looks like such a great idea! I would love to get one of these so I think anyone receiving this would really love it! Thank you for sharing!

    Posted 12.21.20
  4. I am usually a cake person, but lately I have really been loving some chunky cookies. So this post really speaks to me on gastronomical level 😀

    Posted 12.21.20
  5. Rach wrote:

    This Christmas Bento Box is a genius idea! We make so many different kind of Christmas cookies and this is a great way to gift them!

    Posted 12.21.20
  6. OMG this is the cutest thing ever!!! I love how this looks and it would be such a cute gift idea! Xx.

    Posted 12.21.20
    • aw thank you carrington! we loved gifting a few of them over the holidays!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 1.8.21
  7. Jessica Camerata wrote:

    Give me all the cookies this year! I am rarely into baking but this year I’m all about it. Love this idea!

    xo Jessica
    an indigo day

    Posted 12.21.20
    • yessss! the amount I ate was out of control but I’m not upset about it!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 1.8.21
  8. Stephanie wrote:

    What an incredibly creative and thoughtful gift idea – or a great concept for a gathering as well (in the future). I do love a good cookie and putting together a fun bento box like this would probably be a blast. It’s a good way to mix together all the best cookies!

    Posted 12.21.20
    • aw thank you girl friend! so true – would be very cute for a gathering in the future. they really were so fun to put together – might have to make an excuse to make them outside of the Christmas holiday as well.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 1.8.21
  9. Kileen wrote:

    This is such a cute idea! I’ve never thought about making a bento box for cookies but I would love to make something like this!

    Posted 12.22.20
  10. I love this idea as a gift…would love even more to receive one! lol xoxo, Sarah

    Posted 12.22.20
    • thanks girl friend! haha right? me too. I won’t lie we totally made one for ourselves and enjoyed it on a road trip.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 1.8.21
  11. Lizzie wrote:

    OMGG this is the cutest idea, Laura! I totally want to make one of these! So fun and such a great gift idea!


    Posted 12.22.20
    • aw thank you Lizzie! hope you made one and enjoyed it over the holiday season – or gifted to someone to enjoy!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 1.8.21
  12. Stephani wrote:

    This is such a cute idea!! I love this!

    Xo, Steph

    Posted 12.24.20

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