If you’ve given or received a gift, especially with kids or during the holidays, then you’ve probably witnessed the massacre of what was a neatly wrapped token of affection, torn to shreds in anticipation to see the contents inside.
Some of us are tidier about opening presents; still the wrapping paper is usually discarded along with the care put into the presentation.
Creating reusable containers for gift giving can be fun and save a lot of time and resources. You can use almost any container. A Shoebox or hatbox would work. As would cookie tins, brown bags, and baskets. Even empty coffee tins will suffice.
You can start by making sure the container is empty and cleaned thoroughly. If using a box or a tin, cover with fabric or decorative paper, using hot glue to secure it. You can then add lace and ribbon. Or adorn it with buttons and other decorations. Tags can easily be added as well.
To do so, take a piece of construction paper the size of a note card, punch a hole through one of its corners and thread a ribbon through it. Then, in your neatest script, write whom the gift is from and the recipient. Should there be room left on the tag, decorate it too with stamps or freehand.
If padding is needed, try recycling newspapers or other materials, so not to rely on tissue paper or Styrofoam. Baskets can be filled with goodies and covered with tulle fabric, bringing the corners of the fabric above the handle of the basket and tying the corners with string or ribbon.
If you don’t wish to make your own, you can still use gift bags or reuse an already attractive tin. Luckily, some stores are also beginning to sell decorative containers for reuse.
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