It has been forever. That second child . . hey! Woahhhhh. I have the attention span of a gold fish and little energy.
I have put on a ban of buying anymore craft supplies of any kind. Having said that, all the time and money I had already spent, I have amassed a great inventory of products to utilise when the need arises.
This was one such need. I did however have to buy a box at a two dollar shop. In the recent past I have let standards slip and used, please forgive me, gift bags! Not nice ones at that. The super tacky ones.
I wish to show you what I achieved for a family member’s milestone. I shouldn’t be making excuses, but I know a lot of my readers also find themselves in the same shoes, young kids, too many commitments, lack of time, indecisive, like nice things, procrastinators yadda yadda. It was my Aunty’s 50th and DID NOT HAVE A CLUE WHAT TO GET HER and I left internet shopping too late, not that I could decide on anything. She also hinted at not wanting actual ‘things’.
Which I think a lot of us feel like this too. How much stuff can we actually have? We all seem to be attempting to declutter in one way or another.
So what do you get someone who has everything?
I always feel that flowers can never go astray. People moan that they die. Yes, they die. You enjoy them for the days you have them. The lift the mood and create energy. Then hey presto you pop them in the green bin! Not hanging around haunting you forever. They are perfect.
If they drink alcohol, a bottle of something is good too, possibly even something they enjoy often, you know it will get drunk and not sit around collecting dust waiting for some elusive special occasion. Life is short! Drink the good stuff, drink the regular stuff.
I recently enjoyed a west coast cooler. It was fun! You know it is not precious to not be consumed. It can just be a bit of fun! Let’s not take everything so seriously. Or you can splash out on something grand, just make sure you just agree to open it and SOON!
I decided to create a gift with whimsy. Fifty and whimsical.
Let’s see what I put together. I bought a white gift box. Raided my ribbon stash for a classic wide black satin ribbon. Handmade washi paper from Japan and a torn watercolour paper tag.
I printed out little circle discs to also adorn the balloons but, alas, the sun was setting and I needed to get in the car and GO. So I had to ditch it.
I filled the bottom of the box with her favourite chocolate. I suggest finding out something they enjoy and grabbing them.
I covered them over with tissue paper.
A cinema did a recent renovation where the whole cinema is like a giant gold class and the recipient likes to frequent this place so I bought a voucher. I know it will be utilised and it is a fun outing. But I didn’t just hand over a voucher shoved in a hallmark card. I dressed it up a lil’. I wrapped it up like a little present with ribbon.
Next up was another voucher. (I know, I am so lazy!) It would have been MUCH nicer if I actually went and got an actual voucher from that shop but it is quite a drive for me from my place and I have young children and to go all that way for a voucher seems a bit disproportionate. If I was getting something AMAZING, I would definitely make the trek. A voucher though, ughhhh no. Plus the voucher probably is ugly.
I decided to make my own voucher. This is also a great idea if vouchers don’t exist with what you want to give.
I whipped this card up in no time flat. Cut two slices in the paper and thread the cash through. Luckily we have plastic money as I folded it on the back and sticky taped it down.
Then I made a teeny tiny little hand written card. I popped it in an equally teeny tiny little handmade envelope with hand made paper. So sweet!
A popped a little hemp cord black bow on the front. The top left is the framing voucher card wrapped up. These three things were wrapped in tissue paper and the chocolates were placed into the gift box.
With just one more chocolate on top to greet you when you first open it for a little bit of whimsy.
The gift box was then wrapped.
The card I made, the round discs and that hand torn label were all made of watercolour paper off cuts that I have kept for times like these. Waste not, want not!
The whole gift made for an enjoyable unwrapping experience. That, in my opinion, adds to the gift.
Maybe consider trying some of this next time you get attack of the guilts just giving vouchers as a gift.
There was a fifth balloon but I popped it with florist wire! I wanted this little arrangement to be really cool. I was thinking of adding tiny bows to the wire ‘strings’. To add the text discs on more wire. Possibly tulle covering, foliage etc. . . . but even just the 4 balloons were too heavy for the wire and even several strands of wire. I threaded them into a straw too. I tried quite a few things. This is something I wish to conquer on another occasion. Possibly Isabel’s first birthday.
Hope to be back to blogging. I miss it. I miss documenting things that have happened in my life or my dreams and aspirations. I miss other peoples blogs. Lots of migration to instagram and snapchat. I am on snapchat and share some tutorials of things I am making. Film in real time. Warts and all. #swearing!! Frustrations etc which appeal to some people. The smoke and mirrors removed.
Although I really miss the gloss. The polish. THE EFFORT!!!!
Please share any last minute gift ideas that you think are a hit.