“Brown paper packages tied up with string, these are a few of my favorite things…”
We all know this song, right? Well, this one simple verse inspired me to change my gifting strategy this holiday season. Instead of excessive spending and consumerism (simply because I knew I needed to buy a gift), I decided to breakaway and give “thoughtful gift boxes” instead.
What is a thoughtful gift box?
Inspired by the famous Julie Andrews song from The Sound of Music, a thoughtful gift box is a sustainable gift-giving idea: a reusable brown gift box tied up with ribbon and filled with a few of the recipient’s favorite things. This thoughtful promotes sustainability and reducing waste. Most importantly, it shows the recipient that you cared enough to put some thought into their likes, wants, and needs.
Who can I gift a thoughtful gift box?
Today, I am showing an example of a thoughtful gift box for our favorite little video gamers. (My gamer isn’t so little anymore but he thoroughly approved of this gaming gift box idea.). Last week, I showed a gift box for a co-worker.
How do I make a thoughtful gift box?
Let’s embark on a journey to create the perfect gift box that will warm hearts and make this holiday season truly memorable:
1. Choose a Reusable Box
To kickstart this thoughtful gifting journey, select a sturdy and reusable box as the foundation for your gift. You can repurpose a vintage wooden box, a beautifully patterned tin, or an eco-friendly fabric bag. The aim is to create a lasting impression and encourage the recipient to repurpose the box in their daily lives.
As I was inspired by the verse from the song “My Favorite Things”, I chose a brown reusable box with a lid, filled it with a few of the recipients favorite things…and tied it up with string.
2. Consider the Recipient’s Favorite Things or Interests
The key to a meaningful gift box is to fill it with a thoughtful selection of the recipient’s favorite things. Take the time to consider their hobbies, interests, and personal preferences. What brings them joy? What do they cherish the most? Whether it’s their favorite snacks, a beloved book, a scented candle, or a special piece of jewelry, each item should hold sentimental value and reflect their unique personality.
3. Personalize and Add a Note
To further enhance the sentiment behind your gift box, personalize it with small touches that reflect your relationship with the recipient. Add a handwritten note expressing your love and appreciation. Share memories, inside jokes, or meaningful moments you’ve shared. This personal touch will make the gift even more special and show the recipient that you truly care.
4. Opt for Sustainable Wrapping
In the spirit of sustainability, we can’t forget the wrapping. Instead of contributing to the staggering amount of holiday waste, consider using eco-friendly alternatives. Opt for reusable gift box or fabric gift bag. Tie it up with natural twine, adorned with a sprig of dried herbs, a small pinecone, or a cinnamon stick for a touch of seasonal charm. This eco-conscious wrapping will not only impress the recipient but also minimize the environmental impact of your gift-giving.
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