... Just love, time and a bit of creativity!
I recently sent presents to a dear friend across the pond, and thought I'd share the presentation... I know my friend won't mind ;)
The box itself is a present! As this was meant for storage, I didn't want to add bits and bobs, so boxes can be piled up easily. But you can, if you're inclined to. Millinery flowers, rhinestone brooches, lace, bows, rusty keys...
My presents, all vintage or handmade, were tied up in pattern paper, also vintage and beautifully yellowed with age. I will show you only a few of the gifts I sent along to my friend, you can simply adapt the packaging for different shapes.
One delicate gift was presented in another smaller box, covered in old book pages too, and with an original vintage postcard glued on the lid.
Remember that for a neat finish, you'll need to cover the whole box and lid, even on the inside! It requires time, but I believe it is the attention to details that makes the difference!
Now these ideas are meant for the 'vintage lovers' but you can surely adapt them with new colored papers, different images printed on fabric and little modern touches, if chippy paint, rust, stains and cracks don't make your heart skip a beat;)
I assure you'll have much fun and satisfaction assembling your gifts this way, and the recipient will be equally happy. Spending less than buying a magazine, and with totally reusable packaging to go green.
Have a wonderful day!