If there’s one thing I love, love, love about the holiday season, it is the crafty and clever ways to decorate and gift that people come up with. The holidays bring out the best ideas.
Plus it’s all normal to craft at this time of year so people don’t look at me like I’m crazy when I show up covered with glitter glue.
I’ve been pinning my favorite gift baskets, gift wrap and packaging ideas for over a year on my “Present Style Love” board on Pinterest and I keep finding myself going back to that board again and again for ideas for teacher and family gifts to make, pack prettily and fill up someone’s day with love and whimsy. Here are a few ideas from that board and beyond that I thought I’d share with you.
Note: Not all of these ideas require you to be crafty.
1. Emergency Use Only
Can’t pop over to Barcelona to do your shopping? Pack up some goodies in clear plastic sorters or empty pillboxes a’la Happy Pills. I love this idea for a teacher’s assistant or a friend you’d like to give a little something to. Find out more on Design Milk.
2. We All Scream For This Present
Here is a great gift for the neighbor who throws all the great block parties, for a younger sibling, for a family foodie… oh heck. Who doesn’t like ice cream parties? Learn more on Family Bites.
3. Not For Players
Even though we ain’t got money… I’m so in love with you honey…. This is the sweetest nearly free gift idea I’ve seen in a while. I want to make these for each of my kids. Only issue is that we only have decks that are missing a few cards. Which is kinda perfect for a project like this if you want to call it “50 things I love about you” or “49 reasons you are awesome” ! Idea via Craftster.
4. Dishwrap It
Here’s a perfect hostess gift or gift for a newish chef. I love how cleverly this cookbook is wrapped in a dish towel with wooden utensils to decorate the gift. Thanks, The Housewife Rookie!
5. Rudolph Would Be Proud
I’m going to have to rush out and buy some red pom poms, googly eyes and brown pipe cleaners just in case I need to do some impromptu beer gifting this holiday season. How clever are these Reindeer Beers via Life of a Modern Mom? (Pictured above.)
6. No Trees Were Harmed
There’s something so nice about fabric wrapping your gifts. Much more eco friendly and no giant guilt-inducing bag of wrapping paper to dispose of. Love a tree.
7. A Case For Present Sacks
After the presents, you can take a nap. Here’s my own take on fabric gift wrap. We like to whip up a batch of pillowcases to present our presents in each holiday season. Half the joy is in matching the fabric to the recipient. Tutorial on Momfluential.
8. Roll Up Your Sleeves
Here’s a wine bottle cover worthy of the CEO in your life just be sure to insert a good bottle of wine. Use an old/stained shirt and add cufflinks for extra flash. Perhaps tie with an old tie? Instructions — and more ideas — on In Your Back Pocket.
9. Door Number 2
I’m tagging Design Sponge for the inspiration on a gifting portal project I’m currently working on. I’m calling it “Door number 2” as in “What’s behind Door number 2?”. When the tooth fairy, Santa etc visit your home, sometimes they like to hide a little something (Cash? Gift card?) behind Door number 2. But there must be a Door number 2 to leave these gifts behind… Stay tuned!