and Gift Ideas
We all expect to see
beautifully wrapped gifts under the tree on Christmas morning,
however, a pretty package doesn't necessarily have to be wrapped
in paper. There are alternatives and they can be just as
attractive while at the same time, saving us money.
Here are a few more
Faithful readers of
Dollar Store Style (bless you!) will notice that we have used this
red storage box in a previous Christmas column. We like them
because of the sturdy construction and the metal accents. They
come in two different sizes and different colors, as well. Being a
hard core traditionalist, I am more easily drawn to the
This time, in keeping with the desire to use less
wrapping paper at Christmastime, we have adorned this reusable box
with silver wire-edged ribbon and two small Christmas picks. Add a
tag and you have a simple, beautiful gift to present to someone
special on your list.
The square green box
is 4 1/2" deep, has a padded lid and comes pre-adorned with a
fabric wrap, ribbon and leafy embellishment. All you have to do is
add the gift and a tag. We've seen these in red, as well.
This is called a
child's backpack but it might also be used as a toiletry bag for
travel. It has a draw-string closure under the flap. They come in
a variety of colors but we chose a green one (what else?),
disguised the outside closure with a decorative bow and added a
three-dimensional gift tag.
We found this plain
wooden box in the craft aisle at Dollarama, added two lengths of
thin ribbon, a bell decoration and a three-dimensional gift tag
for a slightly different take on tradition. The box is 9"
long, 6" wide and 2" deep, which makes it the perfect
fit for a pair of gloves nestled in some tissue paper. The bell
decorations come on a card of six for a dollar. This might be a
good idea to give to someone who likes to do crafts.
For more on using
less wrapping paper see Creative
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