I really, really love giving a beautifully packaged gift. The wrapping is almost more fun for me than finding the actual present. But that being said, the amount of time I spend thinking about wrapping my gifts starts to get out of control. I’m not good at making choices when my options are endless so to save myself from staring at an unwrapped box and trying to decide what to do, I created a wrapping kit for myself last year. It not only kept my gifts coordinated, but it saved me so much time! Plus, I wish I had a wrapping station in my house ala Martha Stewart but that just isn’t happening in my little house! So, I keep it all in little red suitcases that I can grab and use anywhere in the house away from prying eyes.
This year, I made two basic kits: one is a little bit glamour and the other is a natural kit. I don’t like to spend a ton of money so most of these items you can find for only a few dollars or cents .
For my natural kit I included: (Starting from the top left)
Top Row: Twine, a chalkboard tag (you can find them at Hobby Lobby), red satin ribbon (the cheapest price I’ve found by far for nice ribbon is www.papermart.com) and strips of canvas. (I like to stamp names on these and use them instead of ribbon)
Second Row: White Pompoms (hobby lobby), baker’s twine, tiny trees, and wooden stars (from Michaels), and small craft boxes (from www.minted.com)
Third Row: Tags from the dollar spot at Target, doilies, wooden tags, muslin bags ( from www.papermart.com) cork arrow stickers (from www.studiocalico.com)
Fourth Row: wooden beads (Hobby Lobby), crepe paper
Bottom Row: live pine, washi tape, letter press tags (www.paperbanditpress.com) and yarn (from Hobby Lobby)
A lot of these items were things that I already had at home from other craft projects. I also include in the box a roll of tape and scissors.
The beauty of creating a kit is that I never have to search for anything and I create a kit based on the wrapping paper I have on hand so I know I can create something pretty in a matter of minutes.
What about you? Would you create a kit? Do you have a dedicated wrapping space?