Go ahead! Judge a book by its cover

I know – you aren’t supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but when you receive a gift, don’t you find that the packaging influences how you feel about what’s inside?

Think about companies that have mastered this: Tiffany’s little blue box, Starbucks Christmas cups, Stampin’ Up!’s Paper Pumpkin

When you putting together a gift for a friend, it really is the thought that counts.  However… with a tiny bit of sweat equity, you can create packaging that makes your gift look like the most thoughtful thing they have ever encountered!

My new favourite packaging is the Petite Cafe Gift Bags in the Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue.

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I had a jar of jam I wanted to give to my friend for her birthday, and these Petite Cafe Gift Bags were an easy way to dress it up!  I can already envision how I’m going to use it to decorate Christmas treats.  Homemade chocolate??? Yes please!

I know it’s early to be thinking of the Holidays, but they are on my mind after decorating Christmas trees at the Stampin’ Up! Founder’s Circle in St. George, Utah.  So, let me pick your brain.  What are some inexpensive neighbour/friend gifts that you’ve given in the past for Christmas?  Something that I can slide into these Petite Cafe Gift Bags and dress up?