Martha Stewart is queen of hand made containers. A few possible containers include Candy Cones and another sort of favor cone. These can be decorated with Purim stamps or appropriate paper or could fit a theme.
Another simple Martha Stewart idea uses decorated mailing tube.
We will be doing a variation on this using toilet paper rolls. My daughter wants to dress up as a cat and I had been saving toilet paper rolls for a long time. I came across a cute Where the Wild Things toilet paper craft, and that’s what our cats are based on. Only our cats have bottoms and are of the sort that almost three year olds can participate in nicely. But it is the same idea of folding the top down on either side to make ears.
We also experimented with some other toilet paper projects. We tried a cat egg head and based on the “Grandpa Gregg” and “Aunt Peggy” egg projects from Family Fun, one of my chug participents made this:
The head, of course is too small but thats all I had for the eggs. She will probably use chocolate eggs for the head, but its intended to match her Shirley Temple costume.
Other toilet paper roll projects that can easily be adapted to small mishloach manot are:
For those you need to make sure to close the top and bottom of the toilet paper rolls.
This cow has a bit more room for mishloach manot but requires four closures.
And on the Toy a Day blog there are lots of boxes in the shapes of cute figure which could be used to match a costume or just for fun.
One last idea- not a container although it becomes self contained. Martha Stewart button cookies– you can easily package these cookies and lollypops or even thin carrot sticks together as a self contained package.
See also the post on Masks.