Be on the lookout for vintage wooden crates with original paint or unique typography when flea market season is in full swing. Fill crates with shredded paper and seasonal fruit, such as citrus and pomegranate. The crate can become functional storage afterward.
Make waking up much more enjoyable with a tea lover's basket. Add a full set of tea cups (or just one) along with gourmet ingredients and tea bags to a classic basket. For a more polished presentation, showcase the ingredients in Mason jars or small canisters.
Give presents the personal touch with unique wrapping. Plain white boxes and bags are available from paper and crafts stores, and can be stencilled to great effect. If you don’t have time to stencil, wrap boxes with a light fabric paper.
Create a thoughtful gift basket for your coffee -dependent friends. Place a mug and their favorite coffee inside of a woven or wooden basket. Take the gift to the next level by including a French press.
If you have some basic gift tags that need a little pick-me-up, think about soaking them in a mixture of water and instant coffee. The longer you let the tags soak, the darker the intended look will be. For added color variation, sprinkle with instant coffee grounds and allow it to air dry.
Make a gift basket the grad will actually use. Grab a colander and fill with kitchen basics such as pasta, a cutting board, a coffee mug, measuring spoons and dish towels. Include stationary or a notebook to jot down recipes.
Paint a wooden craft box and attach a “tassel” to the lid using a tie tack post and cotton embroidery floss to resemble a graduation cap. The box can be filled with money, a gift card or another gift of your choosing. Keep in mind, graduation caps vary in color. Opt for a paint color that matches the grad’s cap and gown.
Kitchen essential gift baskets are a classic choice for homeowners spending their first holiday in a new home. Make the basket as practical as it is stylish by outfitting it with basics every homeowner is sure to need. In addition to tools and gadgets, mix in a few pantry essentials such as spices or gourmet condiments.
Use part of the gift for gift wrap by tying on a vintage Christmas cookie cutter with gold ribbon to the gift box. Keep the rest of the gift on theme by giving a cookie recipe book, some fun sprinkles and a rolling pin.