Thursday, July 16, 2009

Keep Giving Gifts

In the summer, I like my life to be uncomplicated and carefree! My family and I are lucky to be included in several fun events with friends and to show my appreciation to the hosts/hostesses, I will often give a small gift card instead of a homemade gift like jam or antipasto. But a gift card itself seems a bit boring, yes? So I challenge myself to create some interesting and fun items to house the gift card.

Here are a few that I use quite regularly...and if you have a few that you could share with me, I would greatly appreciate it!

One of my favorites is to tuck the gift card into a paper purse. If I have some smaller items to include, I safely store them in the purse too - so items like lip balm or a sparkly pen come to mind.

This purse was created as a Christmas gift but you could easily swap out the snowflake for some gorgeous paper flowers and gems. And to make the purse a tad more special, I top stiched the edges of my paper. (Supplies for this project include pattern papers by Black River Designs, Cuttlebug snowflake die and Tattered Angels glimmer mist in Frost, Pearl and Irridescent Gold.)

Sometimes I mail my thank you card with the gift certificate to the host/hostess. Here is a card that can be converted into many uses. There is an oversized paper clip book mark in this library pocket inspired card but there is also a Chapters/Indigo gift card clipped with the paper clip.

The supplies for this card/bookmark are Bazzill cardstock; Chatterbox (pattern papers, chipboard accents, alphas, brads); twine (source unknown).

And lastly, here is a card with an inner panel to house the gift card. An extra piece of paper tacked down makes the perfect pocket for the gift card and a special note.

Supplies for the card are Basic Grey (pattern papers, alphas); American Crafts (ribbon); Autumn Leaves (chipboard journal spot); Cuttlebug butterfly die and Glitz Designs (black gems).

There are lots of creative and fun ways to package a gift card - I hope you will share with me your secrets!


Anonymous said...

Wow V... you can come over to my house anytime.. I would love to be your hostess...
What great gift ideas..thank you
Laurie W

Jess said...

What great ideas V! I'm sure you get invited back time and again!

Cari said...

Great ideas Virginia!!!

Laura said...

Thanks for the fabulous hostess gift ideas V!!