I’m sharing gift box ideas for the holidays, with tips on filling it and making it special.
The other night when I was co-hosting a Twitter party, the question came up, “what are some things you do to stay stress-free during the holiday season?” As you know it’s nearly impossible to stay stress-free this time of year, but one of the things we do is keep gift-giving to a minimal – immediate family only. It may not be the popular choice according to my observation, but it works for us and it actually gets other relatives “off the hook.”
What I do like, however, is giving unexpected gifts to someone that’s NOT on my typical list, and that’s the challenge I was given this year from the team at HomeGoods/TJMaxx/Marshalls. Last year I worked with them on Christmas decorating & entertaining, so I was thrilled when they invited me to participate again this year to share gift box ideas. Anyone who knows me knows they are some of my favorite places to shop!
So here’s the challenge: shop all three stores for gifts to give someone who’s not on your gift list. My immediate reaction was a gift for our brand new neighbor who moved in next door. It can double as a holiday gift and a welcome gift, and it’s easy to find things for filling a gift box at HomeGoods, TJMaxx, and Marshalls. I headed straight for my favorite section – the housewares aisle!
Gift Box Ideas: tips & tricks for filling a gift box
- For the container, I used a neutral toned photo box that can be kept for storage. Inside, shredded paper is the foundation for several smaller items.
TIP: Add bunched up paper to the bottom of the box and cover it with the colorful shredded filler. This will help lift up the items so they don’t get “lost” in the box.
- My first find was a box of on-the-go coffee/hot cocoa cups. I love the chevron design and the red & white was perfect for Christmas. A box of chocolate spoons, and hot cocoa mix round out the perfect wintry gift.
TIP: Take edible items out of their commercial packages and wrap them up in more decorative containers. Here I poured the hot cocoa mix into a glass jar, and put the chocolate spoons into a paper sack backed by card stock for support.
- Next, I added something savory, a white chili mix that can be prepared whenever they want. A wine foil cutter is a handy tool that I can’t live without, and which I find most people don’t have. No more cutting wine foils with a knife!
- Finally, I found canisters of gourmet popcorn that sound amazing! Flavors like “sea salt caramel crunch;” “popcorn, peanut butter cups, peanut butter, chocolate & peanuts;” and ” potato chips, pretzels, popcorn, caramel & chocolate.” I bought them all….. I only used the peanut butter cup version here though, and put it inside a clear container from the craft store.
- Printable tags from Love the Day are added to some of the items to give the entire box a Christmas touch. Adding printable tags for whatever the occasion is will instantly dress up your gift.
TIP: You could actually get 2 or 3 smaller gift baskets by dividing the items like I did here. For example, the chocolate spoons come in a set of 6, and the cups are a set of 10, and the popcorn is a large size. By dividing them up into individual portion sizes and re-packaging them into pretty containers, you get more bang for your buck.
What kind of gift baskets do you like to put together, and do you have any “un-planned” gifts to buy? Share your gift box ideas from HomeGoods/ TJMaxx/ Marshalls on social media with the hashtag #BestGiftEver !
Here’s a break down of what I bought, where: cups, chocolate spoons – HomeGoods / wine foil cutter, cocoa mix – T.J. Maxx / popcorn, chili mix – Marshalls