Monday, October 29, 2012

Gift Boxes for Your Favorite Crafters

Gift Boxes for Your Favorite Crafters

Organic cotton yarn

No matter the occasion, putting together gift boxes for your favorite crafters can be a great time. Not only do you get to spend hours in the craft store, browsing through all of the items for sale, but you get to see the excitement on the faces of the people that you love. If you’ve got a crafty friend on your gift-giving list, here are five great ideas that you can use:


We all have a friend or two that love to document important life events in a scrapbook. For the scrapbooker on your list, put together a gift box full of colorful papers, fun stamps and beautiful ephemera that they can add to their pages. Remember to keep your friend’s personality in mind when picking out items; these things will be used by your friend so make sure that you choose papers and items that suit their personality.

Don’t you find it amazing that someone can sit down at a sewing machine can create something wonderful? If you’ve got a sewer on your list, put together a box filled with threads, bobbins, needles and beautiful fabrics. If you know that your friend has been absolutely dying to make a particular project, buy the pieces they’ll need and create a project-in-a-box.

The art of crochet is back and more popular than ever. If you know someone who is new to the craft, why not fill a box with funky new yarns that they can create masterpieces with? Buy a set of special crochet hooks or a book filled with amazing patterns for your friend. Not only will they appreciate the gift, but they may be so pleased that they make you a gift in return.

People who draw and paint are truly amazing. These artists can take a blank piece of paper and bring it to life with a few strokes of a brush. If you’ve got a painter in your life, fill a box with special brushes, a set of paints they’ve always wanted to try and special paper. If you aren’t quite sure what to buy, a gift card added to the box will ensure that they can grab the supplies that they need.

Candle Makers
Candle making is a hobby that many people enjoy. If you know a person that can make candles better than any bought in a store, put a few supplies in a box for the holidays. You can buy wax, scents, wax dyes, wicks and even candle holders for your loved one. There’s no doubt that they’ll turn the supplies inside the gift box into wonderfully scented works of art.



If you like to craft, putting together a gift box for your fellow crafters can be incredibly exciting. When putting gift boxes together, remember to keep your loved one’s personality in mind; after all, they’ll be the ones working with the materials that you give them. Most of all, have fun with it! Gift boxes can be a joy to put together when you’ve got a theme to work with.



LIsa Merritt writes for party blogs where you can find out more about Gift Boxes From Retail Packaging.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Packaging Gifts

A Guide to Sending Long-Distance Gifts

Most of us have experienced being far from home during a special occasion – be it a birthday, holiday, wedding, or baby shower. And most of us would love to be able to send a gift that will make our loved ones feel as if we were really there. Sending wrapped gifts is perfectly okay with the post office and UPS as long as they are packaged in another box, but your gift is almost guaranteed to be in worse shape when it arrives than when you send it. If you want to avoid shredded wrapping papers, crushed items, lost packages, and the urge to give up and send a gift card, here are a few ideas.



  • Consider a gift box. These days, a variety of elegant and sturdy gift box options are available with no wrapping paper required. Not only will they hold up well in the mail, your package will arrive looking sophisticated and undamaged – which is important for occasions like graduations, or maybe a long-distance wedding you couldn’t make it to.
  • Don’t overwrap. Place your gift in the box you are sending it in and surround it with something to cushion the empty space, such as newspaper or packing peanuts. When done correctly, even a ribbon or a bow can be cushioned. Avoid using too much tape or any extra overwrap that can damage your gift box.
  • Don’t forget the card. Include some pictures or magazine clippings – anything that makes your entire package more personal. The more time you take putting it all together, the more it shows your loved ones how much you wish you could be there with them.
  • Invest in package insurance. Many people skip over insurance options, whether with the post office, UPS, or FedEx, but they all have insurance available up to thousands of dollars, and if you you’re sending one gift or many, you want to protect what you paid for. It also gives you some extra peace of mind, especially during the holidays or after a long-distance move.
  • Make sure you send on time. Keep in mind the distance your gift or gifts have to travel as well as the time of year, and allow plenty of time for delivery. Whoever is shipping your box can give you a good idea of when it will arrive, but keep your receipt and tracking number so you can track the progress of your package online if you have concerns.


Being separated from a friend or relative by geography is no reason to miss an important moment in their lives. But with all the options available to us online, it’s easy to lose the personal touches to our gifts when we have to send them far away. The right kind of long-distance gift should represent you – it should send along a little piece of yourself to whoever receives it and improve their special day. With a little time and planning, it’s possible to send gifts that will brighten any occasion with thoughtfulness and love. There’s no better way to keep in touch.



LIsa Merritt writes for party blogs where you can find out more about Retail Packaging.