Tip: Ideas on how to gift wrap small items

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I received a comment from Jo 2 days ago, who asked how I would pack a small gift like a lipstick or lipgloss for friends. I thought it so interesting that it deserved its own post icon smile Tip: Ideas on how to gift wrap small items

Here are some ways I pack small items as gift. I’m not very good with gift wrapping so I always take the easiest and simplest route icon smile Tip: Ideas on how to gift wrap small items Whilst this is coming in just nicely for the Christmas gift-giving season, you can use the ideas for any gift you want to give… like to me for instance… *ahem* shameless yes I know icon wink Tip: Ideas on how to gift wrap small items

For purposes of demonstration I’m using a nail polish bottle so you have an idea of size. This isn’t going to any friend icon smile Tip: Ideas on how to gift wrap small items

Place in a small Gift bag

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If you have a pretty organza bag on hand you’re halfway there! Sometimes you might receive gifts in such bags too. Save them so you don’t have to buy them! Wrap your gift in some layers of tissue paper (or not) and place in the bag. Tada!

Tip: You can  get these organza bags quite inexpensively in bulk if you go to wholesale shops or craft shops. Try Petaling St. Chinatown (Malaysia) or Bangkok (Thailand) where I usually purchase mine.

The sweet/cracker gift wrap

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Use a cardboard tube as a base. Place your item inside the roll and wrap the outside with pretty paper or colourful pages from a magazine (if you’d like to stick with the recycling theme). Twist the ends shut and hold shut with tape. Tie a pretty ribbon at the ends. Tada!

Tip: You can use the inner tube from kitchen towels. They are usually quite sturdy and you can cut them to size. Or look around for other tubes. The cardboard case from a light tube can work too.

Turn wrapping paper into a pouch

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If you are crafty, you can easily turn a piece of wrapping paper into a pouch. Then, use that pouch to hold your gift. This idea is picked up from a friend from whom I received a gift, wrapped this way. Its pretty and you can actually reuse it for someone else!

Tip: This is why you should keep scraps of wrapping paper! You can reuse old wrapping paper to make pretty pouches for small gifts

Use a cloth pouch and give a gift within a gift

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If you are crafty, sew a cloth bag or pouch to hold your little gift. When your recipient has oohed and ahhed over the contents, they can reuse the pouch to hold keys or their mobile phone or tissue paper or any knick knacks they fancy. You give a gift that lasts the whole year  and more!

Tip: If you aren’t crafty (and I’m not!) look on etsy.com for some inexpensive pouches that are very well made and come in pretty fabric.

Reuse a pretty paper bag

My camera ran out of battery at this point LOL! icon biggrin Tip: Ideas on how to gift wrap small items But If you don’t have an organza bag on hand or tissue paper, don’t fret! Here’s where recycling comes in. Look for a small, pretty paper bag. You sometimes get them when you purchase small items from stores. If you don’t like the brand name on it you can decorate it with some pictures you can cut our from mags or even the newspaper. Shred bits of colourful paper to pad up the bag and place gift in it. Tape the bag shut and tie a pretty ribbon on the handle. Tada!

Use a piece of cloth tied with ribbon

I did this one year. I wrapped up the small gifts in coloured tissue paper and then took a piece of colourful cloth (or a scarf if you’d like to give a gift within a gift), wrapped up the bundle and tied it shut with a bit of ribbon. It was fast and very easy.

These are some ways I use to giftpack my gifts if they are small items like cosmetics. I usually use all these methods to hold small gifts except the sweet/cracker gift wrap unless I’m feeling crafty. For larger gifts, I usually just put them in a pretty paper bag and am good to go.

If you have any ideas on how you might wrap a small gift, do share in comments icon smile Tip: Ideas on how to gift wrap small items I’m always up to learning something new!

Paris B

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rinnah
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December 21, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Daiso gift wraps and bags section! You can get all sizes of paper/plastic/cloth bags and boxes to easily and quickly wrap up small items. :)
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ParisB December 21, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Clever idea and inexpensive too! Although it can add up if you have lots of gifts to wrap right? But its been a while since I’ve been to a Daiso so I can’t remember if they do multipacks.

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Jo December 23, 2010 at 11:11 am

Where’s this Daiso place?

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ParisB December 23, 2010 at 11:13 am

Daiso is a Japanese budget home store where everything is RM5 (In Malaysia) or S$2 (in Singapore) If you’re in Malaysia, Daiso is at The Curve, 1 Utama, Sg. Wang Plaza and Melaka Aeon Mall.

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Jenn
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December 21, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Eh!!! I just gave my colleagues lipbalms as gifts today! :D Here’s how i gift them:

Giftox!

Stuff a small gift box with organza paper, put the pressie in, close the lid then stick some pretty ribbons on them (or can tie the entire box with the ribbons too) and you’re done! Simple enough for artistically challenged people like me! :P

I love your tips, especially the cloth pouch idea!! The pouch is so pretty!!! :D
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Jenn
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December 21, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Woops typo. Should be giftBox! :P
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ParisB December 21, 2010 at 3:27 pm

That is gorgeous! Isn’t it wonderful how a pretty ribbon can make even the simplest box look festive? :D And you can tie a pretty bow – that’s not artistically challenged. Artistically challenged is me… who cannot tie a bow :P

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xin
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December 21, 2010 at 4:27 pm

omg i cant tie a bow too!

^5 for not being able to tie a bow
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ParisB December 21, 2010 at 4:29 pm

*high 5* My bows always come out lopsided

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xin
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December 21, 2010 at 3:33 pm

i think organza bags are one of the best inventions ever! u can prepare a gift in less than a min!

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ParisB December 21, 2010 at 4:28 pm

Haha… yeah. I usually take the lazy way out and not bother even with tissue paper … as you know :P

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Nikki December 21, 2010 at 4:11 pm

I love your ideas! Love how cute they all look! I am into cute packaging NOT UNLESS i have to send gifts via postal office! I can’t send cute stuffs as they’ll rip it open and Demand to see what’s inside! LOL
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ParisB December 21, 2010 at 4:29 pm

aww… boo to your PO for being nosy parkers! But I’m sure you wrap gifts up cute anyway :D

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Sam
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December 21, 2010 at 5:46 pm

I like these ideas as I’m terrible with wrapping paper…it looks like I scrunched the paper. They look very easy to do and cute!
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ParisB December 22, 2010 at 10:33 am

Thank you Sam. I am awful with wrapping gifts too. If they don’t look scrunched up its unimaginative. Hope it helped give you some ideas :)

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Hanny
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December 21, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Good tips!!! Usually, I’ll just stuff them smallish pressies into a little, but pretty paper bags… ^.^
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ParisB December 22, 2010 at 10:34 am

That’s a good tip too. I try not to buy paper bags though because I think they are really expensive for what they really are. So I hope my friends don’t mind that their gifts come in “branded” bags that I get from making purchases LOL

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gio December 21, 2010 at 9:00 pm

What lovely ideas! They look so cute and they’re so easy to do!
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ParisB December 22, 2010 at 10:34 am

Thank you Gio! :)

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Connie De Alwis
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December 22, 2010 at 8:40 am

Great ideas! I’m HORRIBLE at wrapping pressies.. Usually opt for the organza bag, paper bag or distorted attempt to wrap with paper

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ParisB December 22, 2010 at 10:38 am

Eh the organza bag is already good enough! :D The idea is the gift within, not the bag right? ;)

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Mari Ohira December 23, 2010 at 4:23 am

I can only work with bags and boxes and ribbons that you just have to pull to make them pretty. I’m lousy at making ribbons… +_+ I cannot even tie my shoes properly! My fine-motor skills are underdeveloped, so I’d rather have someone else do it for me: believe me, it’s for the best! :D
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ParisB December 23, 2010 at 11:02 am

Haha! I can at least tie my shoe laces ;)

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Jo December 23, 2010 at 11:09 am

Wow I’m flattered… :P Thanks for the great tips girl!

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ParisB December 23, 2010 at 11:12 am

You’re welcome! Glad it helps :)

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Jowie Giam January 4, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Hi,

Can i know which shop in Petaling Street you got your organza bag?

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Paris B
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January 6, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I don’t recall anymore as its been over a year. Any shop selling accessories or beading/jewellery accessories should have them.

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