Although we really shouldn’t, judging a book by it’s cover it’s still something we all do – and gifts are no exception. How many times have you seen an exquisite wrapping job, only to receive another pair of socks. Or maybe you have a loved one that’s a practical jokester and wraps their expensive gifts in a heinous way. Either way, gifts that look personal before unwrapping can make gifts, and the relationship between the giver and receiver, seem that much more special, memorable, and heartfelt.
One of the most important parts of your gift is often the last thing you put on it – the gift tag! Obviously the person you’re giving it to needs to know who it’s from. For a fun and unique gift tag, try making one out of a custom sticker. A custom sticker of your recipients name, monogrammed initial, or even date of the special event can not only elevate the gifts personalization, but makes for a super fun and unique added bonus as well. A custom sticker can be used to decorate notebooks, water bottles, laptops, cell phone cases, or anything your loved one can think of. Best part is, everytime they look at their sticker they’ll be reminded of you and your awesome gift giving skills.
Tired of wrapping your gifts in generic wrapping paper? This hands on DIY is a great way to get the whole family involved and all you need is some kraft paper, paint, and a set of hands! Paint you and your family’s hands complimentary or seasonal colours and stamp away on some plain kraft paper for a totally one-of-a-kind and personal wrapping paper! This idea is great for gifts that are from the entire family because literally every family member had a hand in creating it.
Cloth & Patches
A great way to gift presents for the eco-friendly friend in your life (or maybe you are the eco-friendly friend) is to use reusable and waste-free cloths as wrapping. Patterned cloth makes for unique stand-out wrapping that the recipient can then use as they desire. To take your cloth wrapping up a notch, attach a custom printed patch as a tag that your loved one can use as a cool personalized accessory. Make a patch of your friend or family members favourite character, saying, initial, or photograph and even merrow the border in a complimentary or favourite colour. This way your friend not only gets a sustainable gift, but also a thoughtful added bonus.
Maybe you have a friend who’s moved far away, or you and your special someone met somewhere you don’t reside in currently. A super personal way to wrap gifts is to do so with a map! Maps are still relatively inexpensive and can be found at most tourist centres or even online. Wrap a gift for someone from a map of where you met, or wrap separate gifts in maps from the place you live and a map of the location your friend or family member has moved to. This lets loved ones know that no matter where you are in the world, your relationship knows no bounds.
This gift wrapping idea is a little out of the box – literally. For a totally one-of-a-kind wrapping idea, forgo the gift boxes and paper and opt for a tin! Perfect for smaller gifts, tins that mints come in can be found at convenience stores, and plain reusable ones are readily available at a lot of dollar and craft stores as well (of course mint tins can also be decoupaged with patterned paper if you don’t want them to think you’re pulling a fast one on them). To up the ante, include a gift card that’s actually a custom magnetic name badge. You can make the name badge something related to the gift or something that symbolizes your relationship. Magnetic badges are a cool accessory because they can be easily removed and repositioned from any article of clothing, accessory, or kitchen appliance. Magnetic backed badges make for an incredible personal gift that lets others knows just how attached you are to them.