Turn plain paper sacks into pretty little bags and fill to the brim with regional treats.
All kinds of interesting sticker labels are available nowadays. Find a style you like, hand write the contents (Mom's famous lemon muffins!), and adhere sticker to the front of the bag.
If you think a gift just isn't a gift without a bow, this idea's for you. We filled a bag with dried fruit and nuts, folded it over to form a little flap, and punched a pair of holes in the middle of the flap to tie a bow through.
Transform a brown bag into a cute basket with a nifty handle, and fill with fruit for a fresh-from-the-market feel. To make ours, trim the top with scallop scissors. Fashion a handle from the discarded paper and glue the ends inside the bag.
Use patterned paper (wrapping paper is a great option) to upgrade a brown bag. First, fill the bag with a treat that's location-specific (e.g., walnuts for a wedding in the country). Then fold the top over and glue the decorative paper over the flap.