Get gift cards to your favorite coffee house, bookstore, gourmet grocery or bakery, then insert them into these little glassine envelopes. Add a label that has a photo of you (or your cat, or your house, or your open kitchen window with a hot pie cooling on the sill) and a few appropriate words. We added a little extra color by cutting cards out of heavyweight paper and inserting them into the envelopes behind the gift card. Nestle the cards cozily in a small container like the basket we used, lined with a doily or bit of colorful cloth, and you have an unforgettable gift unmistakably from you.
You are now ready for holiday guests, hostess gifts, and any time a gift is appropriate.
Guidelines for Simple Gifts:
• Plan ahead. Think about and decide what you want to do well in advance so you can do the shopping portion of the giftmaking along with other errands. Have all materials and ingredients on hand when it is time to make the gift.
• Packaging. Pretty packaging makes any gift special. Arm yourself with a supply of small boxes or cellophane bags and ribbon. We also recommend having your own personalized tags or labels on hand. Use generic wording so they can be used on a multitude of items. For example, mom’s tags and labels say “with love from Grammie.” With no reference to what the item is, they can be used on anything!
• It is not the item itself that is special; it is the idea that you think enough about a person to prepare something personally for them. Sometimes your gift doesn’t even have to be handmade; but hand-assembled. Follow this monthly series and you will see examples of both.