I thought I'd stop in today with a easy tip before everyone heads off to the post office to send out their Christmas packages. For several years now, I've used freshly-popped popcorn for cushioning and it works beautifully.
(Shipping out the custom stamp for the contest winner.)
The only thing to remember is that you have to make it in an Air Popper
because all other methods will add oil or butter, which obviously is not a great thing.
The first time I made popcorn this way as an adult was a revelation. It's even faster than in the microwave and you don't risk filling your house with that scorched popcorn smell.
What I love about using it as packaging is that it's cheap and environmentally friendly. And once they've opened their gift, the recipients can even use it to string up garlands for the birdies.
And you get to eat any leftovers.