If you have roses at your disposal, they make an excellent bow stuck in amongst the tissue paper. Just remember to scrape off the thorns!
I am, I admit, one of those annoying people who takes one look at a registry and gets B.O.R.E.D. bored. Putting gifts together with a little more thought and whimsy is more my style, so to that effect here is an “Anniversary Basket” that I put together for one wedding. The best thing about it? It’s a picnic basket!
tea lights, and celebration poppers, all nestled in tulle and ribbon.
keep old packing paper for just this purpose –
propping up poppers!
Also, secondhand stores are a great place to find baskets, just steam and reuse!
So I made this recipe, found in my mother’s house on a sheet of green paper, author unknown:
If you really want to go homemade this Christmas, think candles. They’re warm, they’re pretty, they smell good, and flame is comforting. Since you can buy candles $2 for a dozen at your neighborhood Wal-Mart, a regular old candle isn’t so much the way to go. Instead begin to think of what could be holding the candle, and that, my friends, is fun that could go on all year. Here I have included my two favorites, which are the reason I began thinking candle crazy in the first place.
Light and enjoy!
I am a big fan of what I like to call the compilation gift, which is basically just fancy for gift basket. The fun thing about putting these together yourself is you can be more personal and creative than buying them ready- made. I like to go to secondhand stores for the container itself and be open to the surprise of what I find. Here is one fun compilation gift:
This ceramic popcorn bowl is a great example of something that can inspire. The filling for this particular gift is 2 scary movies, local Kopper Kettle Candies (which can also be tailored to the recipient’s likes), and microwave popcorn. A gift certificate to a local movie theatre is also a great addition to a gift like this. For those who would like the experience of cooking popcorn on the stove, you could include little single-serving baggies of popcorn kernals, a little bottle of olive oil, and handwritten instructions for the pop:
Take one small pan with a lid and set the stove to medium. Put in popcorn kernals and enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan, cover, and wait till the popping stops!
Another container for a gift like this could be a cute pan itself – the possibilities are endless! Fill the bottom of the bowl/basket/container with crumpled paper before putting in the goodies, that way everything sits nicely on top. For an extra finish you can buy shrink wrap at your local craft store, which is activated with a hair dryer.