Part 1: Artful Giving
Part 2: Artful Tagging
Part 3: Artful Embellishing.
Now, every little package is just glorious and in my last post, The Art of Giving Part 1, but what if we just don't have the time or resources for all of that?
Honestly, I get invited to so many baby showers and such right now, I try and have a couple of bags/gifts all ready to go if I need to. Now, I am not the best gift wrapper, but that is the reason of this post, to inspire, right?
So, if you cannot wrap due to size or whatever, how about just throwing on a nice tag? One whose color scheme and style matches the gift (preferably). A shabby chic glittered thing is wonderful, but not so much on a bright glossy red thingamajodigidy.
There are tons of lovely tag options. You can stamp them, glitter them, wrap necklaces around them, lace them, tie dye them, nest them, tea stain them, plant them, scrapbook on them, ribbon them and jewel them...
You can make them out of paper, fabric, wood, ceramic, crystal, bacon, plantable matter...Did I forget anything? Oh, well, you can do that too!
You could even braid a lock of your hair and tie it with a bow if you are giving Lord Byron's book of poems. (He had a 4 foot long braid of hair given to him by a lady once. I know!)
Tags that are bright, colorful and with a bit of surprise makes a wonderful addition to your gift.
Of course, natural themes like nests, shells and twine are perfect in over the top pairs, or simply tied with a string.
So, tie on a tag with a little note, or better yet, leave it plain so that the gift recipient can use it again.... it may make it's rounds back to you someday. The final edition of "The Art of Giving" is a real treat, so don't forget to check back!
The Art of Giving, Part 1