I recently bought half a dozen cookie tins from Michaels - the brand was Creative Inc/Westrim Crafts, and after spending a lot of time and energy hand decorating and painting them, I spotted the sticker on the bottom which reads, "For decorative purposes only; Not safe for consumable products."
Now besides the stupidity of manufacturing a food container that can't hold food, I'm wondering if anyone else has had this experience and knows why it is unsafe. It looks to be plain old aluminum, just like other cookie tins. I can't get anyone on the phone from the company, and Michaels doesn't know anything about it, so I'm wondering if anyone out there in cyberland might have already gone through this and possibly discovered that it's ok to put cookies in the tin as long as there is a barrier of plastic wrap of foil in between. I don't understand why it wouldn't be, but I don't want to poison my gift recipients. Also, with three days till Christmas, I'm getting a little nervous about my other options.