Saturday, March 01, 2008

it's all about the packaging

today is one of my godchildren's birthdays. yes, one out of... eight (i think). and much like christmas, i have to be really smart about not only what i buy for the kiddies but also how i package the goods.

i love thoughtful, heartfelt packaging that is simple and pretty -- nothing that screams commercialism such as a TV cartoon character (usually, that's the toy that's inside). also, in my tiny, little home, i don't have room to store 5 rolls of paper appropriate for birthdays for boys, birthdays for girls, birthdays for adults, and showers galore. and i can't bring myself to throw it away after one use; that's just wasteful. i'm sure it wouldn't that be a big deal, but my adult friends probably don't want thomas, dora, or "bun in the oven" paper tarnishing their journals, powertools, or various fashion forward pieces.

my solution? brown paper.

and while it can be done wrong (think: UPS package), it's very easy to do right for every occasion. it's pretty classic.

a simple ribbon and some faux caligraphy make this box pop.

the toy on top is part gift, part finishing touch.

this was for a baby shower. cute "bug" touches, but not over the top B-A-B-Y!

christmas 2008
last year, i went nuts with loads of ribbon. while it was really pretty, the younger kids couldn't untie the ribbon by themselves. this year, i decided to go simple and use silver bows with a metallic, handwritten 'label'. just a little sparkle goes a long way.

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