Pretty packaging simplified: Solid color paper...twine...sticker in lieu of bows & name tags.
Ordinary soaps (store bought or homemade) become special when you package them with love and...buttons.
Inexpensive match boxes (with matches) become charming gifts when you cover them with scraps of wrapping paper...or...vintage/vintage style papers. They are a perfect accompaniment to gifts such as...
Pine cone & paraffin fire starters (store bought or homemade)...
...as are herb bundle fire~starters composed of dried thyme...rosemary...sage...& pepper held together with paraffin and nestled into recycled egg crates or mini peet pots. Break one off and use in the barbecue to add flavor while you grill...or use in the fireplace to scent the room!
Speaking of herbs...
...use them dried or fresh to create your own tea bags...steep a cup for yourself as you package it for your Gift Pantry!
And what better gift to give along with that lovely, home~grown tea than a home~baked pie...with the pretty pie plate as part of the gift! To learn how to make the perfect pie crust click HERE!
A lovely token gift for the crafter/sewer in your life (or a little one who loves to sort) is a special button jar!
If you have some bits of ticking lying about perhaps stitch~up a simple bag holder for the kitchen! To make fold a rectangle of fabric long ways...sew together...hem bottom and top (leave openings to add a drawstring)...thread ribbons one both sides and gather! This is a project even non~sewers could easily take on. Even more simple...purchase a charming one like this example from HERE !
As you're already stocking your gift pantry you'll want to remember to add packaging supplies as well!
And don't forget the birdies! You can make your own version of this simple bird feeder or... find one HERE!
Ornaments are always lovely when given as token gifts! This sweetheart wreath is composed of buttons threaded together with a light gauge wire...so simple...so charming
As is our classic idea of re~purposing chandelier crystals as tree ornaments (first introduced in Frugal Luxuries by the Seasons, Bantam Books, NY, 2000)
As I mentioned earlier, it's never too early to begin stocking your Gift Pantry! Put on some holiday music...enjoy the frugal luxury of candlelight using your prettiest recycled bottles as candle holders...and start your creations! Caution: Never leave candles unattended and keep away from small hands and flammables, of course!
Love and Good Thoughts to All!
Tracey and Family
P.S. Thanks to Terri for reminding me to include the following sources for the muslin tea bags!
SOURCES & OPTIONS FOR MUSLIN TEA BAGS
http://www.giftsintl.com/muslinbag.php This company sells 3x4 inch drawstring muslin bags for 16~cents each (in packs of 24)
All images borrowed from the wonderful online catalog of: A Decorative Home — Cox & Cox, the difference between house and home. If you're at all familiar with my books you'll recognize that they are most definitely kindred spirits! Please stop by their amazing Site as I know your creative juices and holiday spirit will be ignited!!!