One thing I like to do before every gift giving season is get stocked up on cute things that make those special gifts you are giving look a little more special. There are so many easy and inexpensive ways to spruce up these gifts if you keep your eyes open for possibilities. Some of my favorites were found in the Target dollar bin or made (very easily) by myself or my kids.
Here are 7 of my favorite things you need to wrap the perfect gift!
1. Bakers Twine and Jute
Not only does bakers twine come in like a million different colors but it makes EVERYTHING look much more perfect. Named bakers twine, you would assume that it would be a fabulous match for wrapping baked goods and you are right, it is! But it is also a colorful way to attach gift tags or cards too or it can add a nice finishing touch to your small gift. You can get bakers twine at any craft store or do a simple search online to come up with many sources. I often find some on Groopdealz.
2. Gift Tags
These are the easiest things to make and the perfect time to make them (anytime)! Head to your local craft store and grab some cardstock. You can use any color but I love the look of a basic brown cardstock. Trace the classic shape of a tag and cut one out to make a pattern. Then make a bunch. With a hole punch, punch one hole at the top of each one. Now you have tags for a long time to come! You can attach them with baker’s twine or ribbon and they add such a nice personal touch!
Labels are something that I look for all year long. When you find just the right ones, they really make a gift look incredibly special. Some of my favorite places to keep my eyes open for them are on Etsy and Groopdealz. But you can also find them in the dollar bin at your local craft stores or at Target. I just found the most adorable series of labels that I bought a ton of to stock up on! How cute are they?
4. Pillow Boxes and Other Interesting Containers
Another thing I love to have on hand are small interesting boxes with which to wrap tiny gifts or even some handmade ones. I generally make a batch of these earrings every year (you should make some, really, they are SO easy) and I like to place them in special little boxes. Pillow boxes can be easily found or made. I love this tutorial on making your own. (You can find the free printable and materials here.)
This is something that will ALWAYS come in handy! Head on over to your local craft store and grab a roll. When you need a few minutes of quiet, tear off a piece and have the kids start decorating. There is your next piece of gift wrap for that special family member. Even used plain, it can be spruced up with some colorful ribbon or bakers twine. I love the look of this brown craft paper!
6. Small Paper Bags
Another container to keep in stock are the small brown paper handled bags. They are great when packing food gifts (homemade jams, breads, etc.) or other small items. Again, I tie the handles together with some fun string or ribbon and you can even use some stamps to liven up the bag. Add a bit of tissue paper or leftover recycled paper and you have a great gift container!
7. Fun Markers
Invest in a package of multi-color markers. I love the Bic Mark-Its, ultra-fine point. Again, who wants a birthday card or holiday card with plain old black ink? It is SO much more fun to color it up a bit! And these will come in handy for your tag making as well:)
Now who doesn’t love getting a personalized gift?