brookskaren - I had to check the name of the person posting this because I thought it was me
I follow the same procedures as you. I have signs with what the item(s) is and the costs and try to bag as many things as possible for a "ready to give" look.
Last year, DD and I stamped regular lunch bags and put labels on them with our contact information to put purchases. They got a good response from people too. Not overly decorated, but cute enough to stand out.